TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 2     January 4, 2000

January 4, 2000
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Feast of Saint Elizabeth Seton


First Reading:
 1 John 4: 7-10
 Psalm 72: 1-4, 7-8
  Mark 6: 34-44


    Today is the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Educator while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint John Neumann, Bishop. Both saints played an integral role in the formation of Catholic education in America. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on both, click on DAILY LITURGY.


    "And He took the five loaves and the two fishes and, looking up to Heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people; and the two fishes He divided among them all. And all ate and were satisfied. "

Mark 6: 41-42

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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  • Whether it's the care of souls or designing web page layouts, there's a time to metamorphize and weed out the unnecessary
        In our first editorial for 2000, we share with you the method to our madness in redesigning the new look for the DailyCATHOLIC to fit with the new century. It's really no different with souls. For a soul to grow and be accepted as worthy it must undergo a transformation - a metamorphosis from the dark cocoon of sin to the light expansion of sanctifying grace. This is something Our Lord preached in the Gospel, Our Lady repeats in her messages of conversion throughout the world, and the Holy Father hammers home constantly with his theme of reconciliation for the Great Jubilee Year. For today's editorial Both the Pope and the DailyCATHOLIC are busy separating the wheat from the chaff! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
    Appreciation of the
    Gospel of Saint Matthew

        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. We begin today the first of the four Evangelists with the First Gospel, written by Saint Matthew, the former tax collector who went on to collect much more: souls for Our Lord. For the eightieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Pope Saint Eutychian
        On this day 1,725 years ago in 275, Pope Saint Eutychian was elected the 27th successor of Peter. It was this Pope who ordered that a martyr's remains should be covered with the Dalmatic, the cloak worn today by deacons as a sacred vestment but then akin to the cloak worn by Roman emperors. He also was the first Sovereign Pontiff to institute the blessings of the crops for all farmers in order that they would sow an abundance for the harvest. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
    It's not too late to love Him
    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".

    "The soul that has finally come to love God is worried by the thought that he has already lost so much time. Ast St. Augustine said: 'Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new. Late have I loved You.' But, on the other hand, this regret is compensated for by the knowledge that it was always in the Divine plan that we should eventually come to know God."

       Today is the 11th Day of Christmas. For the meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas - actually a secret Catechism for persecuted Catholics - click on 12 Days of Christmas.
    Eleventh Day of Christmas=Eleven faithful Apostles

    • The 81st installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Installment 32 of the 2000 Year Voyage on the Barque of Peter

    • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 5th.

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint John Neumann on Wednesday and the Feast of Blessed Andre Bessette on Thursday.

    • ...and much more in our 3rd issue for 2000!

    Holy Father moved by massive throngs of children who celebrate the Children's Jubilee with him Sunday

        Jesus said "Suffer the little children to come to Me" and the Holy Father was overwhelmed Sunday at the tremendous turnout for the Children's Jubilee as over 100,000 packed St. Peter's Square to celebrate with him. The Children's Jubilee, celebrated Sunday, was the first of a long line of particular jubilees to be held this Holy Year, and quite a surprise for the events organizers. continued inside

    Behind the scenes great fruits have already blossomed from Children's Jubilee with inclusion of children ransomed by Church from Sierra Leone militants
    Sierra Leone
        Among the 100,000 or so children and youth who took part in this morning's Jubilee celebrations with the Pope in St. Peter's Square, there were ten boys from Sierra Leone who "played" with real rifles during their childhood. They are in Rome representing the hundreds of child soldiers that the Church has freed in that country, which has been lacerated by one of the longest armed conflicts in Africa. continued inside.

    Philadelphia Archbishop delivers US Bishops' declaration for 2000: "Because God loves you"

        Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, representing the US Bishops, revealed the theme of the Bishops for 2000. The organism of communications of the US Bishop's Conference recently informed that the country's bishops have presented their conjunct declaration "Because God loves you" at the beginning of this year 2000. continued inside.

    Jubilee turns into jam as in traffic gridlocked during first week of Jubilee in Rome Traffic gridlocked in Rome for Jubilee
        Italian newspapers slammed Rome's leaders on Monday after the city was gridlocked with traffic during the Christmas and New Year holidays as millions of pilgrims jammed the streets. continued inside.

    Ehud Barak follows Pope's lead, extends peace to all religions in welcoming them to Israel in 2000
    Israel extends wreath of peace
        In a sign of men of good will, especially during this Jubilee Year when the Holy Father travels to the Holy Land, The Israeli Prime Minister extended peace and welcome to all. On behalf of the Israeli government, Prime Minister Ehud Barak congratulated his Christian compatriots of all denominations and Christians worldwide on the occasion of the New Year. continued inside.

    "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" is theme of nightly vespers geared toward youth in St. Peter's Square during Jubilee Year
    St. Peter's Square
        Since December 26, whenever there is not another event scheduled, St. Peter's Square fills each night with a group of pilgrims for evening prayer. During the winter months, the event occurs at 7:00, but it will be delayed to 7:30 in the summer. continued inside.

    Ecumenical service in Scotland gives rise to optimism as Catholics and Protestants worship together
        Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning joined the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to celebrate an ecumenical service, something unheard of just ten years ago as this tiny country, rich in tradition but so often overshadowed by Britain, took the lead in the British Isles as the first country to pray as one. continued inside.

    Poor St. Anne is caught in the middle of an indian-giver tug-of-war
       First the Pope has it, then the people want it back. In a classic case of politicians exceeding their bounds Brazil's President didn't check with the townspeople of Paracutu before giving a statue of Saint Anne to the Holy Father as a gift. But the citizens feel the Pope has enough statues and this one is special to their town. Therefore, they're asking for it back. We're sure the Holy Father will cooperate but we don't give a plug nickel for the Brazilian president's reelection bid. Maybe he had better start praying to St. Anne. continued inside.

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