FRI-SAT-SUN     vol. 11, no. 10     January 14-16, 2000

January 14-16, 2000
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Ordinary Time
Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday


First Reading:
 1 Samuel 4: 1-11
  Psalm 44: 10-11, 14-15, 25-26
  Mark 1: 40-45


    This weekend we commemorate Ordinary Time Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we also observe the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and Sunday is the SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME and Ecumenical Sunday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.


For the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time:

    "Now Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard John and had followed him. He found first his brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messias (which interpreted is Christ).' And he led him to Jesus. But Jesus, looking upon him said, 'Thou art Simon, the son of John; thou shalt be called Cephas' (which interpreted is Peter)."

John 1: 40-42

The Gospa's message for December
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
    Dear children! This is the time of grace. Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, Whom I hold in my embrace, I am giving you the possibility to decide for peace.Through your 'yes' for peace and your decision for God, a new possibility for peace is opened. Only in this way, little children, this century will be for you a time of peace and well-being. Therefore, put little newborn Jesus in the first place in your life and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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  • Why are we still bickering and fighting over ownership of Jesus?
    CATHOLIC PewPOINT     This weekend, with Ecumenical Sunday on tap, the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and Tuesday the gobal kickoff of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity kicked off by Pope John Paul II opening the fourth and final door at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls with a special ecumenical service where religious leaders from many other Christian faiths will be in attendance, it's time to take note of what is necessary in the long process of seeking unity with our Christian brethren. It doesn't mean selling the farm, but it doesn't mean hogging it either. While so many make claim to Christ, the Roman Catholic Church is the only one which can trace its roots directly to Him. Yet we must win our brethren over with love and understanding. For today's editorial Every Christian claims Christ as their own, yet how many are willing to share Him? , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Pray "that we all may be one."
       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto looks toward next week when we observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18 through January 25th. She points out that unity can only be attained through love, not hate and prejudice. The latter is what has divided us for so many years and God doesn't want that. He wants all of us to be one with Him, reminding us of His two greatest commandments - to love God and love one another. For her column this weekend, Church Unity Week, go to GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    Appreciation of the
    Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith, concentrating on the Books of the New Testament today with the introduction to Paul's Letter to the Galatians. For the eighty-eighth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Paulos Tzadua - photo from Inside the Vatican 79 year-old Ethiopian-born Cardinal Paulos Tzadua has served as Archbishop of Abbis Ababa for 22 years
    Ethiopia     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 79 year-old Cardinal Paulos Tzadua, the Ethiopian-born Archbishop who has served as shepherd of Addis Ababa since 1977. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of May 25, 1985 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Paulos Tzadua, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Cardinal John O'Connor     On Saturday 80 years ago in 1920 Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor was born in Philadelphia and went on to become a priest, head chaplain of the U.S. Military, and Archbishop of New York City as well as one of the most respected and beloved members of the College of Cardinals today. In five months the Holy Father will join him in turning 80 on May 18, 2000. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
    Driving Miss Daisy!
    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen     They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "A wealthy woman once got into Heaven where St. Peter pointed out the masion of her chauffeur. She said: 'If that is my chauffeur's home, think what mine will be.' St. Peter pointed out to her one of the more humble bungalows of Heaven saying: 'That's your home.' 'Oh,' she said, "I could never live there.' St. Peter answered: 'Sorry, Madam, but that is the best I could do with the materials you sent me."

    Stuart Little - photo from Sony

    "Stuart Little" continues as top cheese at box office for first week of the millennium
       Sony's surprise hit "Stuart Little" continues at the top of the heap garnering top box office honors for three out of four weeks. More remarkable is the staying power of "The Green Mile", which, thanks to word of mouth, is enjoying a steady run and deservedly so. For the Top Ten reviews for the first week of the third millennium, prepared by the NCCB, go to MOVIES AND MORALS

    Greek Orthodox Church might be more open to Holy Father retracing Apostle Paul's footsteps as more details are revealed on Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land

       Following Wednesday's official announcement of the Pope's plans to travel to the Holy Land and visit historic sites in Israel, Jordan and Palestine, word has surfaced that the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens has joined the Greek government in being favorable to extending an invitation to the Pope to be allowed to visit Greece and retrace the footsteps of the Apostle Saint Paul. continued inside
    Israel warming up to Papal Visit in March
        Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak expressed great delight in the fact the Holy Father will be coming to Jerusalem in March. He cited the visit as a vital link in bringing the Jews and Christians closer, but expressed regret the Pope couldn't spend more time there. The Pope will give a talk at the Mount of Beatitudes. continued inside.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among those submitted to Pope for honor as Martyr for Witness of Faith
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.     The US Conference of Bishops submitted to the Holy Father nearly 30 names of Catholic and non-Catholic martyrs as witnesses of faith including among the list - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the black Baptist minister who led the civil rights movement in the sixties. These suggestions are to honor them as "witnesses of faith" not canonization as is the case with many martyrs who died for the Faith. continued inside.

    China's threats of religious persecution could come back to haunt them
    China    The many years of lies and threats are catching up with Red China and it could cost them if they don't back off. This comes from Republican U.S. Congressman Matthew Selmon from Arizona who met with China's leader Jiang Zemin yesterday and warned the President that continued abuse of human and religious rites could prohibit free trade with western nations, specifically the U.S. continued inside.

    Vatican agency rips Gore's rhetoric about increasing funds to fight AIDS in Africa as more of an excuse to increase population control
    VP AlGore     Vice President Al Gore is campaigning for more money to fight AIDS in Africa but his tactics are such that it would only fund further abortion and contraception as part of an intensified culture of death program which the Vatican agency "Fides" called a smokescreen. continued inside.

    But there is an upside in Africa, as Apostles of Jesus save 500 Sudanese children
    Sudan     The thriving, dynamic Apostles of Jesus missionaries have freed 500 Sudanese children from slavery by purchasing them from scrupulous traders and establishing mission homes for them throughout Africa in extolling the Sanctity of Life in the face of the growing culture of death shadow enveloping the continent. continued inside.

    Vatican extends all the way to Fiumicino Airport with special Jubilee chapel for travelers
        During this Great Jubilee Year pilgrims pouring in and out of Rome can make their first or last visit to the Blessed Sacrament at a special chapel in Fiumicino Airport southwest of the city. In addition the Holy See has extended the Jubilee indulgence privilege to include this chapel if the person fulfills all the requirements necessary to merit the graces of the indulgence. continued inside.

    Special Jubilee Guidebook for Youth prepared by US Bishops
        A resource guide has been published which will provide information, inspiration and education for youths during this Jubilee Year, including prayers, programs and a calendar of Youth activities sponsored by the Vatican. The guide covers the entire year and is available in both English and Spanish. continued inside.

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