FRI-SAT-SUN     vol. 11, no. 45     March 3-5, 2000

March 3-5, 2000

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Decisions that can mold the future welfare of America and the Church!
Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley is excited about being shepherd of New York City Pope Pius XII has been exonerated of anti-Semitic charges against him George W. Bush has expiated to Catholics for his silence at Bob Jones University  Alan Keyes is excluded by the media  Holy Father exemplifies the true tenets of the Church Cardinal O'Connor is exhausted after loyal service to the Church
Excited | Exonerated | Expiated | Excluded | Exemplified | Exhausted
CATHOLIC PewPOINT   In this weekend's editorial, we look back on the news of this past week and see there's a new opportunity on the horizon that can bode quite well for loyal Catholics, but we can't be complacent or the opportunity will pass us by: opportunity to vote for the right pro-life candidates and initiatives, and the opportunity to stop the runaway radical rubrics that have permeated so many parishes, liturgical celebrations that in no way resemble the Catholic liturgy that Rome has determined should be the universal rubrics for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. With the most recent Symposium in Rome the Holy See is ready to crack down on violators in adhering to the true tenets of Vatican II. In addition, we should rejoice at Israel's release of a diary that completely exonerates Pope Pius XII of the trumped-up charges of anti-Semitism by radicals intent on besmirching his good name. Now we can get on with his beatification process. For this weekend's editorial Let's make it a Mardi Gras to remember: Get out and vote for the Sanctity of Life! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Blessed Katherine Drexel
    This weekend we observe Ordinary Time plus the Feast of Saint-elect Katherine Drexel on Friday and Saturday's Feast of Saint Casimir plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


For the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

    "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbah."

Mark 2: 27
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.

"Dear children! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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  • GIF images used with permission of EWTN Holy Father looks back and looks ahead during weekly Papal Audience
      Today we bring you a special edition of the VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS with the Holy Father's weekly message from his Papal Audience this past Wednesday in which he spoke of the "culminating" point of his trip to Egypt, reflecting on the spiritual "high" of his time on Mount Sinai and in looking ahead to a visit to another mountain - the Mount of Beatitudes in the Holy Land which he will undertake in three weeks. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    It's time to prepare for Lent in a small way that will produce big results
       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto sets her sights on Lent and shares with the readers ways we can all make this a meaningful 40 days of fasting and prayer. She emphasizes that the greatest offering we can give is by daily participation in the greatest of prayers - the greatest offering we can give - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. She also points out that we can make it a grace-filled, fruitful Lent by doing whatever we do to the best of our ability in small ways in patterning our behavior after the ideal example of humility and simplicity - Saint Therese of the Child Jesus who was known for doing the ordinary in an extraordinary way, something we can all strive to do For her column, Doing everyday duties well see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    The steady father figure Fred MacMurray played on television was an extension of the same role he played in his daily life despite the pressure of Hollywood's vices
    Fred MacMurray - photo from Nick-at-Nite             photo from Nick-at-Nite
        Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, brings the reader an upbeat story on Fred MacMurray who, though he was acting in such popular series as "My Three Sons" as a loving, paternal figure, it wasn't an act for in real life he was a sincere, moral Catholic who was a credit to Hollywood and his Church. For his column, Fred MacMurray: A Catholic actor whose respect for God and his Faith showed in his respect for his audience and profession , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    Appreciation of the Bible over evolution
       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 today on Evolution and the Bible which clearly shows that whatever evolved came from God and that He created man from the slime of the earth as this special catechesis outlines in My Catholic Faith. For the 122nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
       On Saturday 21 years ago in the 1979 His Holiness John Paul II issued his first encyclical Redemptor hominis that set the style for this 264th successor of Peter's illustrious 21 year pontificate to date. In it he showed a tremendous grasp of multi-cultures and outlined his theme of all realizing the importance of Jesus Christ in their lives as Christ-centered. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Medical should always consider moral ethics
    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".
    "Medical treatment in dealing with fear should never neglect the moral principles which may possibly be behind fear and their manifestations in body and mind. Even Freud has admitted that from a medical point of view the unscrupulous method of satisfying every instinct may make the patient worse. Ethics is the very essence of sound medical treatment."
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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Catholic Politicians and voters put on alert by pro-life Priests for Life Organization
    Fr. Frank Pavone   As SuperTuesday approaches, the organization Priests for Life headed by Father Frank Pavone have come forward to warn all candidates that pro-choice is not an option for any single Catholic who lives their Faith to the fullest. The priests are making clear the distinction that no law says one has to be Catholic, but if one professes to be such, his or her views cannot vary with the laws of the Church and the teachings of the the Holy Father, particularly regarding the Sanctity of Life. Politics, far from absolving anyone, imposes upon each individual member of the Church the obligation to vote for the candidate whose views are in accord with the teachings of the Church. continued inside
    Cardinal O'Connor's failing health spurs Senate to expedite presentation of Congressional Gold Medal
    Cardinal O'Connor    As Cardinal John J. O'Connor continues in failing health, the U.S. has rushed through legislation which will award the exemplary New York Archbishop with this country's highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. The resolution now goes before President Clinton for final approval. Once cleared, Cardinal O'Connor will be counted among the ranks of just a few elite citizens who have received the medal, including Mother Teresa and George Washington. continued inside.

    Alabama Student wins appeal to proudly wear the Cross at a public school
       As the culture of death swirls about us, a school district in Alabama has rescinded its stance on church-state by allowing a young eleven year old girl to wear her cross necklace to school. Proponents for the girl argued that her constitutional right to express her religious upbringing was infringed upon by the school's dress code. In the end, she won out because of her God-given rights and the district's hopes to avoid further negative publicity. continued inside.

    Shroud of Turin to be the focus of reflection and study as symposium begins in Turin this weekend
      Shroud of Turin    A symposium to study and reflect on the Shroud of Turin began in Turin yesterday. Encouraged by the Diocesan Commission for the exhibition of the Holy Shroud, a gathering of over 40 experts from Italy and other nations. After the studies, the results will be given to the Archbishop of Turin. Each day focuses on various aspects regarding the Holy Shroud with the final session to focus on the Carbon 14 dating, as well as other modern techniques of dating the material. continued inside.

    Pope welcomes Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
            Order of the Holy Sepulcher
         In preparation for his visit to the Holy Land in three weeks and in particular the place of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Holy Father welcomed the Knights, Dames and ecclesiastics of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee. These representatives of this ancient equestrian order were received at a general Wednesday audience, marking the beginning of their Jubilee celebration from March 1st through Saturday when it will conclude with a special Mass where Mozart's Coronation Mass will be conducted. continued inside.

    Excavations continue on nearly 500 year-old church in Brazil
         As the Jubilee marks each day as significant for Catholics worldwide, in Brazil the Catholics of this largest South American nation are rediscovering their own Catholic roots through the archeological remains of the Church of St. Francis, which was constructed between 1503 and 1515 on a hill in the town of Porto Seguro. The archeologists have found not only the outside walls, but the base of the belfry and main altar. This ancient church is spoken of as being among the first expressions of Christianity established thre by the Portuguese. continued inside.

    Windy City hoping wind of Holy Spirit will touch Chicagoans during Lent through radio programs sponsored by Archdiocese
       With our lives filled with soundbites, the Archdiocese of Chicago, under the direction of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, will begin a six-week radio program corresponding with the preparation of Lent during Lent. The context of a 60 second announcement invites listeners "to come closer to Christ." The cardinal's invitation which will reach the entire Chicagoland area, is in English and Spanish with a Polish version announced by one of the local Auxiliary bishops. continued inside.

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