Feast of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, Feast of Saint Vincent, Deacon and Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday|
and THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jonah 3: 1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Mark 1: 14-20
This weekend we commemorate the Feast of the martyr and virgin Saint Agnes on Friday. Saturday we observe Ordinary Time, the Feast of the deacon and martyr Saint Vincent and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and Sunday is the THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
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For the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"And passing along by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the sea (for they were fisherman). And Jesus said to them, 'Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' And at once they left the nets, and followed Him." Mark 1: 16-18
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.
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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Don't ever be fooled by the smooth-talking pro-abort rhetoric that is being spewed about!
In this weekend's editorial to kick off Respect Life Week we tackle the culture of death head-on and ask how can pro-aborts call themselves pro-choice since there is only one choice that can be made - "CHOOSE LIFE!" All other avenues are deadends that lead nowhere but straight to hell because, simply, frankly put: Abortion is murder! But the insidious emergence of political correctness has dulled our senses while trying to control our sensitivities. There is only one thing we should truly be sensitive toward first and foremost - the life of every human being - born and pre-born! All else will follow as God sees fit! For today's editorial There really is no other choice! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Ladies and Gentlemen: Start your Rosaries!|
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto returns to her series she had been bringing us weekly up until the Holidays, called "Kathy's Story" on the power of the Rosary. It's fitting that she concludes this weekend with the final episode corresponding with the beginning of Respect Life Week for the only way to carry out the Sanctity of Life is by using the most powerful weapon we have - the Holy Rosary, the ammo that will bind satan and end human sacrifice. Kathy points out that Our Lady promised Saint Dominic that in the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and bring an end to abortion when she imparted to him in a vision, "One day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world." But she can't do it without us and our role begins with the Rosary! See GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Appreciation of the
Two Letters of St. Paul to Timothy
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 Two Letters to Timothy. For the ninety-third installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Archbishop of Lima is the Peruvian-born Jesuit Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 77 year-old Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J., the Peruvian-born Archbishop of Lima who has served as shepherd there since 1989. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J., see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
The inalienable right to life!
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".
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Friday two years ago His Holiness Pope John Paul II became the first Sovereign Pontiff to ever step on Cuban soil when he landed in Havana for a historic and successful Papal visit to the people there, received with great warmth and welcome. Since then great strides have been made in Cuba for Catholics as Fidel Castro slowly, but surely allows more religious freedom. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"The moral and religious tone of our society has derived in part from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, which affirm: first, that rights and liberties are derived not from man or majorities, but from God and, therefore, are inalienable; second, because rights and liberties are Godgiven, citizens enjoy rights and liberties in addition to those given by the Constitution; third, the 'people' and not the 'masses' hold the title to civil power, which derives from God - the people being self-determined through conscience are opposite to the 'masses,' who are other-determined or dictator ruled."
When we think of "Next Friday" we don't think of the movie but rather the Feast of the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas
By next Friday "Next Friday" will have slipped out of the top box office spot and in the spotlight will be the annual celebration of the Feast of the Angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas which is of much, much more value than simple celluloid. For the Top Ten reviews for the 2nd week of the third millennium, prepared by the NCCB, see MOVIES AND MORALS
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Vatican makes "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt and Mt. Sinai official
The Holy See has officially confirmed what the Egyptian government announced earlier this week - that the Holy Father would make a Papal trip to Egypt on February 25 and 26, officially kicking off his "Jubilee Journey" that will take him on a pontifical pilgrimage from Old Testament time and Mt. Sinai to the time of Christ and New Testament time to following in the footsteps of the Apostles, most notably Saint Paul. continued inside
Egyptian people looking eagerly to Papal visit
Even though there are only 200,000 Catholics out of sixty million Egyptians they are ecstatic the Pope is coming to their land. Surprisingly, so are their Muslim countrymen who are planning to welcome the Roman Pontiff with great cooperation from those of the Islam faith. continued inside.
Culture of death advocates trying to put squeeze on Vatican's status in the UN
The pro-aborts are showing their true colors by trying to drum the Vatican out of the UN's status of Permanent Observer to a non-government organization (NGO) which would place the Holy See, head of over one billion people globally in the same stratosphere as the heretical upstart Frances Kissling's "catholics for a free choice." Please, give us a break! Pressuring the Vatican like that should have every loyal Catholic in the world incensed at this brash measure. continued inside.
Holy Father to honor first hierarchy of western hemisphere in Peru by sending his special envoy for celebration in Lima next Saturday
Today's featured prelate of the Conclave the Archbishop of Lima Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, SJ will receive Archbishop Marcello Zago, OMI, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples representing the Pope next Saturday during a week of celebrating the Peruvian hierarchy that was first established after the conquest of the Spanish Conquistador Juan Pizarro.
Little Flower's relics to touch the hardest hearts on death row in Philippine prisons
As the Relics of Saint Therese complete their four month pilgrimage throughout the US with a final stop in Hawaii before heading to the Philippines, the Military Ordinary of the Philippines intends to take her relics not only into the prisons to touch hardened hearts, but to death row to show that they may have life and have it abundantly just as the Little Flower taught. continued inside.
Liberation theology at the core of the dispute over selection of a new bishop in Chiapas, Mexico
Not a fan of outgoing Bishop Samuel Ruiz, the founding priest of the Apostles of the Word is calling on the Vatican to intercede to stop the growing radical movement that is trying to influence who the next bishop will be. Liberation theology is at the core and threatens to further deplete the loyal Catholic population of Chiapas. continued inside.
Pope will give message to the Media on Monday
In honor of the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales the esteemed bishop, Doctor of the Church and Patron Saint of Journalists, the Holy Father will give a special message for World Communication Day observed this coming Monday with many of the fifth estate and the entertainment industry present in Rome.
D.C. area Bishop to lead his flock in March for Life at Capital on Monday to decry abortion
The Bishop of Arlington, Virginia is inviting all in his diocese to join him in the March for Life on Capitol Hill Monday in a joint effort to end abortion through prayer and peaceful demonstration.
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