FRI-SAT-SUN    January 21-23, 2000   vol. 11, no. 15   SECTION TWO

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  • Events this weekend in Church History
  • Weekend LITURGY
  • Daily WORD

  • 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

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 21:

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 22:

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 23:

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        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

    Friday, January 21, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 24: 3-21
        Psalms: Psalm
        Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 13-19

    Feast of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    Saturday, January 22, 2000

        First Reading: 2 Samuel 1: 1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27
        Psalms: Psalm 80: 2-3, 5-7
        Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 20-21

    Feast of Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

    Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

    SUNDAY, January 23, 2000

        First Reading: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10
        Psalms: Psalm 25:4-9
        Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
        Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 14-20

    Monday, January 24, 2000

        First Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-7, 10
        Psalms: Psalm 89: 20-22, 25-26
        Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 22-30

    Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Religious Founder and Doctor of the Church

        Born in Savoy, France on August 21, 1567, nearly 50 years after the Protestant Reformation, Saint Francis de Sales would go on to play a major role in beginning the swing of the pendulum back to Holy Mother Church. Spurning the luxury of a barrister, this learned graduate of the University of Padua opted to become a priest where, guided by the Holy Spirit, his words and actions helped convert over 70,000 Calvinists back to the One, True Faith. He was so successful Pope Clement VIII elevated him to the See of the Bishopric of Geneva in 1602 at the age of 35. Accused by some of being too gentle, he offered the rationalization, "I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity." This gentleness helped convince the widow of the Baron of Chantal, none other than Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, to whom Francis was Spiritual Director, to help him found the Order of Visitation Nuns (the Visitandines) in 1610. The fruits of their labors in this holy endeavor soon spread throughout Europe and eventually the world. Vowed to poverty, Francis refused all provisions and honors, including politely declining the See of Paris to remain head of the Geneva Diocese. He devoted much to writing including his two brilliant works Introduction to the Devout Life which he penned in 1609 as a guide for the nuns to-be, and seven years later wrote Treatise on the Love of God which simply points out that sanctity is achievable in everyone's life. Both books have gone on to become spiritual must-reading for religious and laity alike. Francis fell ill in the winter of 1622 in Lyons, France and passed on to his Heavenly reward three days after Christmas on December 28, 1622 at the age of 55. Later the next year he was the first person to be beatified in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was canonized 43 years later by Pope Alexander VII and declared a "Doctor of the Church" by Pope Pius IX in 1877. St. Francis de Sales holds a special place in the hearts of all editors, journalists, writers and authors as their patron saint which was made official on January 24, 1923 when Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the designated patron saint of the Catholic press.

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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

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    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


  • 1.   NEXT FRIDAY
      (New Line)$16.9 million in first week:
          Because of sexual situations, intermittent violence, recurring recreational drug use, bathroom humor and much rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. "Next Friday" is an unfunny sequel to the juvenile 1995 "Friday" in which central character Ice Cube moves to his uncle's home in the Los Angeles suburbs trying to escape a bully only to find trouble with his uncle's Chicano neighbors. The characters become caricatures as the cast squeezes out nothing but cheap laughs from the thin material.

      (Sony)$12.5 million last week:/   $109.6 million in five weeks
          Because of scenes of menace and a few cuss words, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Stuart Little" is a fetching live-action fantasy in which a talking white mouse (voice of Michael J. Fox) is happily adopted as the younger son in a human family (in which Geena Davis plays the mom) only to be targeted as a meal by mean neighborhood alleycats. As loosely adapted from E. B. White's 1945 classic, the cheery tale has ample visual appeal, though purists may find the neatly happy ending a cop-out to the author's more probing tale of self-discovery.

      (Universal)$10.5 million in first week:
          Because of brief violence, fleeting rear nudity, some profanity and recurring rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Hurricane" is a powerful fact-based account of the 20-year struggle of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (played by Denzel Washington) to regain his freedom, aided by an African-American teen (played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) and his Canadian guardians, after Carter was wrongly convicted of a 1966 New Jersey barroom triple murder. An a study of institutionalized racism, the movie chronicles a man's personal agony and triumph as he spiritually transcends his confines while helped by those committed to social justice.

      (Columbia)$9.3 million last week:/   $10.1 million in four weeks:
          Because of a suicide, implied sexual encounters, crude references, occasional profanity and much rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. In "Girl, Interrupted" a half-hearted suicide attempt lands a spoiled teen (played by Winona Ryder) in a late 1960's private asylum where living with the more seriously disturbed, especially a charismatic sociopath (played by Angelina Jolie), allows her to gain some insight into her own problems. Although unevenly adapted from an ex-mental patient's memoir, the movie is basically engrossing in spite of some melodramatics and sketchy characterizations.

      (Warner Brothers)$8.8 million last week/   $102.8 million in six weeks:
          Because of some violence including an horrific electrocution, occasional profanity and intermittent rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Green Mile" is a prison drama set in 1935 Louisana where death-row head guard Tom Hanks comes to believe in the innocence of a huge, gentle black man played superbly by Michael Clarke Duncan whose miraculous healing powers affect those around him in startling ways. Adapted from the serialized 1996 Stephen King novel, the movie is unduly long but presents affecting character studies of good and evil men with spiritual undertones and a sobering depiction of capital punishment.

      (DreamWorks)$8.5 million last week/   $48.8 million in four weeks:
          It's hard to believe this humorous film has been out for a month and still no available review from the NCCB on this film as of yet.

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