FRI-SAT-SUN    vol. 11, no. 55     March 17-19, 2000

March 17-19, 2000

Saint Patrick

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The sole story behind St. Patrick's soul-saving mission for the Trinity
   In honor of Saint Paddy's Day, we suspend our regular CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial and Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column since she is in the Holy Land. In their place, we present a special diary of Saint Patrick himself written by the saint that delves into his mindset and heart and reveals to all the pure holiness of this great man who brought Catholicism to a pagan island in the 5th Century and since that time the emerald isle has remained one of the staunchest bastions of the Roman Catholic Faith in the world. His story is in two parts, both of which are carried in this weekend's issue. For his diary, see SAINT PATRICK'S STORY


    This weekend we observe the Lenten liturgy for the SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT as well as the joyuous Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and "Apostle of Ireland" as well as Saturday's Optional Feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. This year the Church will celebrate Sunday's normal Solemnity of Saint Joseph on Monday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these saints, see DAILY LITURGY.


For the Second Sunday of Lent:

    "Elias is to come first and will restore all things. But how then is it written of the Son of Man, that He should suffer many things and be despised? But I say to you that Elias has come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."

Mark 1: 15

  For the Daily Lenten Meditations and Way of the Cross devotions, see LENTEN REFLECTIONS


The Gospa's message for February
February 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.

For the Monthly Message and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

Fox's depiction of St. Patrick - photo from Fox Family Channel The Legend of Saint Patrick is all about Faith!
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa commemorates the Feast of Saint Patrick by revealing the real side of this "Apostle of Ireland." While overall favorable to Fox's "St. Patrick the Irish Legend" aired Sunday and Thursday, there were some inaccuracies that he points out such as how distorted this saint's life has been picked apart, twisted to make neo-Druidism palatable and how many aspects of our lives today mirror what St. Patrick faced in his life. More importantly he points out a prayer many haven't heard; one that encompasses everything this 5th century saint stood for. It expands on that famous Irish toast:
    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the rain fall softly upon your fields,
    And til we meet, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
In honor of his patron saint, Pat defends this great bishop and missionary in his column today, The Real Saint Patrick . See VIEW FROM THE PEW

The Brave heart of Mel Gibson - a man of family values and morals
Mel Gibson     Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, brings the reader the story of someone who is considered a pot o' gold in Hollywood: Movie superstar Mel Gibson. But this Irish-descendant-raised-in-Australia film star's worth is just as valued in real life with his family as Michael illustrates for Mel's heart is brave and true in devotion to family values and his Catholic Faith. For his column, Mel Gibson's greatest ensemble is his family preserved by his strong Catholic values , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to keep us out of Occasions and Sources of Sin
    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. Today we present the first part of the catechesis on Occasions and Sources of Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith and how all need to be aware of these temptations and strive to avoid them at all costs and cling to the Cross. For part one in the 133rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Saint Joseph    On Sunday about 1,976 years ago in 24 A.D. Saint Joseph, the gentle protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus is said to have passed to his Heavenly reward dying a peaceful death in Nazareth. All are encouraged to pray to this holy, humble and quiet saint for he is the patron saint of a peaceful death, of workers, of priests and seminarians. He is the patron of the Universal Church, the model of righteousness, protector of children, hope of the sick, consolation of the poor, rescuer of sinners, model of single men and married men, guardian of virgins and safeguard of families. Because this year his feast falls on Sunday, in honor of the importance of his feast, it will be celebrated the following day on Monday the 20th For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Life's inside-out puzzle!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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 Father gave his little son a cut-up puzzle of the world and asked him to put it together. The boy finished the picture in an amazingly short time. When the astonished father asked him how he did it, the boy answered: 'There was a picture of a man on the other side; when I put the man together, the world came out all right.' Such is the key to the understanding of all the political and economic problems of our day. Nothing ever happens to the world which does not first happen inside man."

with a Catholic slant

News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This entire week has seen a decrease in News regarding events from the Vatican since the majority of the Papal Staff and Roman Curia have been on retreat which will end Saturday. Therefore News announcements have been fairly brief during this time, so we join our prayers and hearts with those on retreat, and take this time to reflect upon the time of preparation during Lent.

German Protestants hail Holy Father's words of reconciliation
   The German Evangelical Church greeted the Holy Father's words of reconciliation last Sunday with the greatest respect, calling the Pope's comments "words worthy of the greatest respect and gratitude." Yet, the religious head of the EKD was interviewed regarding this historical ceremony and his comments, while allowing for "hope" for the future, do not go far enough in expressing the willingness of the Evangelical Church to understand the full truth and to open meaningful dialogue with the Vatican. continued inside

Jewish leaders in Vienna also give Pope high marks for Day of Pardon
Austria    Meeting in Vienna, Austria, the highest leaders of European Judaism have given high marks to the Holy Father's appeal for forgiveness on March 12. The president of the Conference for European Rabbis stated, "It is not necessary to say everything in words," suggesting that in the Pope's appeal for forgiveness, he certainly implied the Holocaust on behalf of the entire Catholic Church,as well as all peoples persecuted during the reign of the terrible Third Reich. continued inside.

Holy See holds special exposition to better acquaint Catholics with important symbols of the Covenant
   The Vatican, in an effort to underscore the spiritual nature of the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land, will hold an exposition of the most important symbols and meanings in the Jewish faith. The intent is to foster mutual understanding between these two great monotheistic religions, fostering fraternal charity which is the bridge between cultures and varying beliefs. After all, there is only one God, the Father of all. continued inside.

Cardinal for the Jubilee warns governments not to expect Pope to get politically involved in the peace process in the mideast.
   With the Holy Father's pilgrimage set to begin Monday, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, Prefect of the Committee for the Jubilee, has reiterated the Latin Patriarch's words yesterday that the Pope's pilgrimage should be seen in a spiritual light in the light of Salvation history. Any government or group who expect the Holy Father to get embroiled in politics, political correct demands such as radical Jews' insistence that he apologize for the Holocaust specifically, or trying to lure him into on-going peace negotiations by pitting him against one side or the other, are sadly mistaken.continued inside.

Philippines' Cardinal Sanchez joins ranks of Conclave ineligibles with 80th birthday as vacancies grow in College of Cardinals
Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez    Friday Cardinal Jose Sanchez, native of the Philippines and Prefect-emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy celebrates his 80th birthday which means he is now unable to vote in papal elections. This leaves the number of cardinals eligible to vote at 103. In all things the Holy Spirit leads, and all should count on the inspiration of the Sanctifier in the unlikely event a conclave would need to be held before His Holiness John Paul II calls his next Consistory. We join all Catholics in saying "viva le Papa!" continued inside.

Cardinal Ratzinger warns against decreasing dignity of fatherhood by letting science rule over faith and reason
   As biotechnology continues to dismiss God as Creator of all, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, warned against this trend, saying that such technology presents the danger of the destruction of the image of God by reducing the role of fatherhood to a mere biological phenomenon. Again, the Holy See, guided by the Holy Spirit, warns all peoples to beware that science is becoming its own god. The cardinal made his remarks in preparation for the Feast of Saint Joseph on Monday, the greatest human example of paternal purity. continued inside.

      For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the Dossiers, features and Daily Dispatches from ZENIT International News Agency CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC, but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Next week, during the major portion of his "Jubilee Journey," we will provide comprehensive coverage in this section of Pope John Paul II historic pilgrimage in Salvation History as the Vicar of Christ walks in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

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