December 29, 1998 - January 3, 1999
Mary, Mother of God
December 29, 1998 -
January 3, 1999

vol. 9, no. 250


Celebrating the final year of the second millenniumHappy New Year
Year End Final Issue for 1998!
God's Blessings for the New Year!
Optional Feast of Pope Saint Sylvester I   Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Feast of Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and Doctors of the Church   Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

    This weekend we wrap up 1998 with the Sixth and Seventh Days in the Octave of Christmas with the optional feast of Pope Saint Sylvester I before saying hello to the first day of the final year of the second millennium with the glorious SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD followed by the Feasts of two Bishops and Doctors of the Church Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, and Sunday the Epiphany of the Lord which, in the past, was always celebrated on January 6th, the 12th Day of Christmas. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes for all the feasts covered for this New Year's issue, click on LITURGY

For the special prayers during the time covered in this issue, please click on PRAYERS

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb Jesus."
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

"The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most complete, most perfect of all prayers."
Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary
    Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary re-emphasize the value of the Mass and how all the "Heavenly Hosts" bow down and adore her Divine Son Jesus at the Consecration of each and every Mass and continue afterwards when He resides in the Tabernacle at each church. But Our Lady weeps that so few give Him the time or reverence He deserves. She warns in both Messages #330 and #331 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late April 1993 that He is our only strength and refuge and we will be engulfed in satan's abyss if we are not faithful to Him and His Vicar on earth Pope John Paul II who is a living martyr for the Church as many surrounding the Holy Father are betraying him and Christ, Head of the Mystical Body. For these two messages from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Medjugorje Monthly Message for DECEMBER 25th
The Gospa's message for December

    Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

First issue of 1999!
  • Twelfth Part of the Holy Father's newest encyclical on Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART

  • Gems from the writings of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Messages 332 and 333 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • January 4th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Tuesday, Feast of Saint John Neumann.

  • Daily dose of facts on the faith in CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 1st issue for 1999!

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Pope asserts the Holy Familiy is a "marvelous model" to emulate
Holy Father highlights Holy Family     In his Sunday Angelus from Castel Gondolfo, the Holy Father focused on families and the role of the Holy Family in our lives and society's in upholding the Sanctity of Life in honor of the Feast of the Holy Family. He pointed to the third annual worldwide encounter with families earmarked for October 14-15 in the Jubilee year of 2000 at Rome as hope for all with the theme "Children: springtime for the family of society." For more, click on Pope's Sunday Angelus.

Investigation of Swiss Guard deaths sealed in the Vatican archives
Tragic killing of Swiss Guard commander and his wife put to rest    After seven months of conjecture, the Vatican has put to rest any controversy or conspiracies regarding the death of Swiss commandant-elect Alois Estermann and his wife Gladys and the subsequent purported suicide of Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay. The investigation unveiled nothing new, leaving the summation that it was indeed a murder-suicide by a disgruntled younger guard. For more, click on Swiss Guard

Pope and Cuban people show their appreciation for revival of Christmas celebrations
Cuba freely celebrated Christmas for only the second time in past three decades because of cooperation between Pope and Castro    Despite their differences, the Holy Father expresessed his deepest gratitude to communist leader Fidel Castro for reinstating Christmas as an official holiday in Cuba. This gesture of good will comes from the fruits of the Pope's visit to Cuba last January in which he urged for the restoration of Christmas traditions and for more brotherly love to and among the people and cooperation with the world. For more, click on Christmas in Cuba.

Cardinal George equates "Dr. Death" with the Grinch by trying to steal the true meaning of life that is Christmas Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
    The Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI pulled no punches when he recently did not include Jack Kevorkian, the notorious suicide-assisted physician, among those men of good will. The cardinal showed the difference between "Dr. Death's" agenda and the true meaning of Christmas which is a celebration of life, which is the great gift God has given us and cannot be exchanged or canceled by man. For more, click on Grinch
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   For Day Five through Day Ten of the song that was actually a secret Catechism for persecuted Catholics, click on TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

"On the fifth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, five Golden Rings."

Fifth Day of Christmas=Five rings represent the first five books of the Bible and devotion to Our Lady and her Holy Rosary

"On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, six geese a-laying."

Sixth Day of Christmas=Six days of Creation

"On the seventh day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, seven swans a-swimming."

Seventh Day of Christmas=Seven Sacraments

"On the eighth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, eight maids a-milking."

Eighth Day of Christmas=Eight Beatitudes

"On the ninth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, nine ladies dancing."

Ninth Day of Christmas=Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

"On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, ten lords a-leaping."

Tenth Day of Christmas=Ten Commandments

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Year of God the Father

God the Father: Fitting Finale to the Millennium
    In our final editorial for 1998 as we welcome 1999 we focus on God the Father and His role in our lives as we begin this final year dedicated to Abba. We equate the fact that the Daughter of the Father is honored on the first day of the year as Mary, Mother of God the Son for Our Lady is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and God's hand-chosen emissary to relate His Will to all His children. Mary plays an intricate role in God's master plan for mankind and we have the inside track if we but listen. For our commentary Absolutely Abba! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The Papacy was anything but innocent under Innocent VI at Avignon
The Babylonian exile continues at Avignon
Innocent VI used the Inquisition for his own personal vendettas
    In our eighty-sixth installment of this on-going megaseries on Church history we arrive at the fifth of the Avignon Popes - Pope Innocent VI, the 199th successor of Peter and, though he meant well in reforming the Church, he abused the office of the Inquisition in settling personal scores and began this Holy Office on a sojourn of abuse that would be exaggerated to be considered a torture chamber. The truth of the matter is Innocent had intended to return the papacy to Rome, but his weakness and obsession with ruling with an iron fist through the Inquisition, along with warring factions was an omen that Avignon would remain the seat of the Holy See for at least another twenty years. For the eighty-sixth installment titled Pope Innocent VI: The road from Avignon is often paved with good intentions., click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Jesus had a method to His manger
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto    In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto prompts us all to think about why God came as a defenseless infant, vulnerable to all things human when He could have come as the Mighty King. Think about it for the reasoning for His meager beginnings are quite pertinent to what He is asking of us. For her column, Why Jesus came as a baby, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER.

The "River of Mercy" flows into the final year of the millennium
Graces flow through the River of Mercy       As we embark on our journey through the final year of this millennium, we are urged to reconcile with God, ourselves and our neighbor through the Sacrament of Reconciliation whichArchbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. is the focus of a Pastoral Letter by the head of the Archdiocese of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.. Today we present the second of two parts of this moving letter that outlines how we can refresh ourselves in the "River of Mercy" by flowing with the graces inherent in this healing sacrament. For the second and final part of the Archbishop's letter, "River of Mercy," click on MITERS THAT MATTER.

The elusive Raccolta provides a catalog of indulgences which we can gain for the souls in Purgatory
The seat of Christianity - the seat of our salvation: Rome and St. Peter's Basilica       We continue our segment on Indulgences, both Plenary and Partial in conjunction with the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium for the Pope says in the bull, "Another distinctive sign, and one familiar to the faithful, is the indulgence, which is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. The indulgence discloses the fulness of the Father's mercy, who offers everyone His love, expressed primarily in the forgiveness of sins." Today we look at the various prayers and pious practices by which we can gain Plenary and Partial Indulgences, and explain the out-of-print Raccolta which is the bible for indulgences. For the Eighty-ninth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.

Events this weekend in Church History
Martin Luther Fidel Castro
    On January 3, 1521 and 1962 two "thorns" in the Church were excommunicated - Martin Luther by Pope Leo X and Fidel Castro by Pope John XXIII. For one his time ran out, for the other there is still hope of reconciliation with Holy Mother Church in light of the concessions the Cuban dictator has made since Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba this past January. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 29th through January 3rd, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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December 29, 1998 through January 3, 1999       volume 9, no. 250
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