Events this weekend in Church History |
Sunday is the date in 618 when Pope Saint Deusdedit I, the 68th successor of Peter, died. He was a heroic and holy pontiff who administered to the plaguestricken and lepers and who was the first to use seals of lead for Papal Bulls and Pontifical Decrees. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on November 6th through November 8th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"All gathered to my Immaculate Heart shall have strength, but will know well the intense sadness of Heaven."
The Blessed Virgin Mary rejoices at the number of her children who adore her Divine Son Jesus especially during the Christmas time as she conveys to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in messages 267 and 268 in late December 1992. But she laments the greater number who either ignore Him totally or are fair-weather weaklings, forgetting what He has promised and clinging sadly to the false promises of His great enemy and our greatest stumbling block - lucifer or satan. She reminds all that she can no longer hold back the Justice of the Father and urges her little ones to cling to her Immaculate Heart and live their faith. For these two messages from Our Lady surrounding the Feast of the Nativity in 1992, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The false witness will perish, but he who listens will finally have his say." Proverbs 21: 28
- Fourth 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
- Messages 269 and 270 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- November 9th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for a full week of feasts beginning with the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome on Monday, and the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great on Tuesday.
- ...and much more in our 219th issue for 1998!
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Vatican sets Papal Itinerary for Saint Louis stop in January
The Holy See late this week released the Holy Father's 24-hour itinerary for his short Papal Visit to St. Louis, Missouri where Archbishop Justin F. Rigali will welcome the Pope arriving from Mexico City on Tuesday, January 26 shortly after 12 p.m. A special youth service will be held that afternoon at the old Kiel Center. Pope John Paul II will leave the next day after a morning Mass at the spacious TWA Dome, home of the Rams NFL team. His Holiness will meet with the American Bishops for a short time after that and conduct Vespers from the stately old St. Louis Cathedral before heading back to Rome after his 4-day visit to Mexico City to officially close the Synod of the Americas. For more, click on Papal Visit
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Vatican expresses optimism for Papal Visit to Jerusalem in 2000
If the fragile peace accord between Israel and Palestine holds up, it will enhance the possibility of the Holy Father visiting the Holy Land during the Jubilee year as he has expressed so many times. Despite this optimism, there still remains tension between the Vatican and Israeli government over the latter's occupation of the Holy City of Jerusalem which the Holy See believes should be an open city. The recent remarks by the Israeli ambassador over the beatification process of Pope Pius XII did not sit well with Vatican authorities and relations remain strained over the Holocaust with Jews and Catholics at odds over the memory of Auschwitz. For more, click on Holy Land
Fox's Ally McBeal takes cheap shots with Catholic bashing as the latest sport among TV producers
Arresting television fare it is not, but the producers and star Callista Flockhart could be arrested for the cheap shots the writers of the weekly series "Ally McBeal" have taken at Catholics with an episode denigrating priests, nuns and the Church that aired last week. William Donohue, the Church's media watchdog and head of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights decried the latest attacks that so debase the religious life. He was the crusader who helped give the irreverant, modernist "Nothing Sacred" the boot last year. That was ABC; now he has to contend with that outrageous mogul Rupert Murdoch and his network which airs "Ally McBeal." For more, click on Ally's not well.
Holy See turns attention to South America
Events concerning Argentina, Chile and Guatamala occupied much of the Holy See's attention late this week topped by the presentation of the 1999 Path of Peace Foundation Prize to the President of Argentina Carlos Saul Menem by the Vatican's representative to the UN and founder of the award Archbishop Renato Martino. Also, reporters hounded the Holy See about reports that the Vatican would intervene in the matter of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet who was arrested in Europe. Many Chileans fear reprisal if Pinochet returns to their country. Meanwhile, the Holy Father received the new ambassador to Guatamala and urged him to uphold the values Christ and His Church teach. He also encouraged the ambassador not to cover up the crimes of the government and, no doubt, talked about the cover-up currently going on that has framed an innocent priest for the murder of a human rights bishop last April that was committed by employed soldiers of the Guatamalan government. For more, click on South America .
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Avoiding the pitchfork by choosing the fork that points to Heaven
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto brings the reader a special vignette about a dying woman who, in very simple terms brings home the point with an optimististic perspective of being prepared for more after we die by utilizing the right utensils - prayer, good works and a fork in preparation for the great Heavenly feast. For Sister's column, What's with the Fork?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we observe the First Friday and First Saturday of November. All Masses are celebrated in the Liturgy of Ordinary Times with the exception of the optional Mass on Saturday when we commemorate the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is the second-to-last Sunday in Ordinary Time with the Thirty-second Sunday. Monday begins a full week of feasts with the observance of the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, say the special Prayer of Our Lady - the Hail Mary.
Medjugorje Monthly Message for October 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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