September 21, 2000
Feast of SAINT MATTHEW, Apostle and Evangelist
volume 11, no. 177
September 21, 2000
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Appreciation for the First Commandment of God
    Sins Against Faith
    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the fourth of a multi-part installment on the First Commandment as explained in My Catholic Faith. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our moral code set down by God and the First Commandment sets in order the importance of worshipping only the Almighty - Three Persons in One God: "I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me." In this issue we focus on Sins Against Faith and how we need to be aware of how easily we, as Catholics, can fall into the traps of this through infidelity, apostasy, heresy, and indifferentism. It's important all know what these mean and realize their responsibilities as Catholics, especially in regards to the Church and in society today. For the 198th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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      First Reading: Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13
      Psalms: Psalm 19: 2-5
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 9: 9-13
    Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    St. Matthew In sending Your Only-begotten Son You have manifested Your love for mankind and You have mercifully invited sinners to be seated at the banquet of the kingdom. Matthew, happy to welcome the Master into his home, generously accepted and, renewed by this encounter with grace, became a herald of Your marvels.

    Taken from the Preface for today's Mass

    For the profile on Saint Matthew, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

    "Now as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax-collector's place, and said to him, 'Follow Me.' And he arose and followed Him...'It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. But go, and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I have come to call sinners, not the just.'"

    Matthew 9: 9, 12-13

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Benedict XV On this date 79 years ago Pope Benedict XV, whose pontificate spanned World War I and the Russian Revolution, reached out with love and compassion to the people of Russia who were being suppressed by the iron fist of Nicolai Lenin after the Kronstadt rising was crushed and Lenin clamped down on state control of the economy. Just like the dire situations in Indonesia, Africa and the Philippines today, back in 1921 the 258th successor of Peter generously donated one million lira to feed the starving people of Russia, especially in the Ukraine as the iron curtain began to take shape, the smothering hammer and sickle cutting a wide swath throughout this land being carved into the Soviet Union. Through prayers, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and persistence of Pope John Paul II the iron curtain, rusting from within, crumbled and, just as in 1921, the poor Russian people are still starving. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWithout kindness to others, our well of graces dries up

       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".

      " Wells are made sweeter for the drawing. Those from which no one draws water for beast and fellow human being become polluted. Riches too become more peaceful when used as fuel for charity. The poor cannot reward us for hospitality; therefore God will have to do so. It was these He asked us to invite to our dinners, and it is interesting to note that He always called them, not meals but 'banquets.'"
    47 DAYS
    to Defend Life
    and pray that there will be
    No more Blood and Gore!!

       We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life

    The Gospa's message for August Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 2000

      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 Our Lady's message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    Feast of Our
    Lady of Sorrows

    2 SATURDAY     no. 172
    September 16
    Saint Pope Cornelius &
    Saint Cyprian, Martyrs

    3 SUNDAY     no. 173
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    24th SUNDAY IN

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    Weekday in
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    Saint Januarius, Martyr
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    Feast of the
    Korean Martyrs

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    Apostle and Evangelist

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