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vol. 10, no. 53
March 17, 1999

March 17, 1999
Optional Feast of St. Patrick
Fourth Wednesday in Lent and
Optional Feast of Saint Patrick
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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow


CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

   For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur - a vital link in the "Polish connection" in Rome
   Today we feature our thirty-second red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 75 year-old Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur. A life-long friend of Pope John Paul II's since their seminary days in Cracow, he has become one of the Pope's most trusted advisors. For more on this Polish cardinal appointed by John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Year of God the Father
289 and counting,
hoping and praying...

"Of Myself I can do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just because I seek not My Own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me."
John 5: 30

  • The ninety-ninth installment of our on-going megafeature on the Church today WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • First installment of Chapter Eight of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • A layman's perspective on the insanity of a parish in Rochester, New York in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 18th.

  • Messages 439 and 440 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Fourth Thursday of Lent and the Optional Feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem and Friday's Feast of Saint Joseph, Foster-father of Jesus and protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary .

  • Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 54th issue for 1999!

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  • Feast of Saint Patrick
       Today is the Fourth Wednesday of Lent and the Optional Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland while tomorrow we commemorate the Fourth Thursday of Lent and the Optional Feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

        Below is the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Patrick:

    God our Father, You sent Saint Patrick to preach Your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim Your love to all men.


    • Orthodox in Romania rumbling in revolt to papal visit

    • George W. Bush to follow in father's footsteps, declares his pro-life stance

    • Capital punishment issue resurfaces in Columbia, Missouri as Vatican makes another plea for clemency

    • Malaysian peninsula the spot for first Asian Youth Days late this summer

    These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

    Be very much in the world, but not of the world and rekindle the missionary spirit for the new millennium
    Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Conv.      Just as we carried the 1998 address of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Conv. to the Mile Hi Congress last year, so also we bring you this year's in which he states that the Catholic faithful need to take the form of faithful, obedient disciples for as he states - "Either we form society, or society will form us." Archbishop Chaput is one of the leading new orthodox shepherds who sets the tone of loyalty and adherence to the faith and, among many experts, is one of the leading American candidates for the cardinalate in the next Consistory. For the final part of four installments of the Archbishop's address Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium, click on MITERS THAT MATTER

    Passion of Our LordIt is Consummated!
    Our Lady shares her heart with her children
        The Blessed Mother in her Meditation in Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON shares what is in her heart how the evil one tried to the torment her, but she turned to the sure-fire pest eradicator: prayer and gave herself to the Divine Will. She asks us to do the same- turn to prayer for all louir answers and to withstand the suffering all must undergo if we are to help carry her Divine Son's cross. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. For part three of Lesson 7, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    Our Lady's "Quiet Gift" to Ireland speaks volumes at Knock
    The Chapel at Knock where Our Lady appeared      In commemoration of Saint Patrick's Day we bring you Ireland's most famous apparition today - the Apparitions at Knock, Ireland when the Blessed Mother appeared along with Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist on the south gable of the Church at Knock in County Mayo in northwest Ireland. Not a word was spoken but the image of these three with an altar, cross and lamb with angels surrounding them spoke volumes. Four Roman Pontiffs have visited this popular site including Pope John Paul II on September 30th twenty years ago. For the installment "Knock and it shall be opened to you", click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    We must decrease so God can increase
        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".

    "How much happier people would be if instead of exalting their ego to infinity, they reduced it to zero. They would then find the true infinite through the rarest of modern virtues: humility. Humility is truth about ourselves."

    Monthly Message for
    FEBRUARY 25th
    Celtic crosses of Ireland The Gospa's message for February    Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    Sacred and Merciful Heart of JesusImmaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary " Soon, dear children, My Holy Mother will not be among you in the extraordinary way She has been for many years."
        Those words come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Solemnity of His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Conception in 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message 438. Our Lord reaffirms that He will reclaim His kingdom on earth and urges all His children to return to Him and listen to His Mother's Messages. Our Lady prefaces this by preparing all for Advent in her 437th Message the day before, entreating all to persevere. For Messages #437 and #438, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
    with a Catholic slant provided by
    Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

      More defenders of Pope Pius XII surface on one year anniversary of Shoah document
      Pope Pius XII   Volumes and volumes of material prove, without a shadow of a doubt, what the Vatican has contended all along: that Pope Pius XII did more to help the Jewish people during the terrible years of Nazi persecution than anyone else. That is why men such as Father Peter Gumpel, serving as the relator in Pius XII's beatification cause, are puzzled at those who have accused the quiet pontiff of not doing enough. For more, click on Praise for Pius XII.

      Archbishop of Denver believes in the principle that if you build it, they will come
      Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. is bringing a bit of Rome to Denver with new seminary     While some dioceses are closing seminaries, the Archdiocese of Denver is starting to teem with candidates for the priesthood; no doubt due to the excellent shepherd who guides his flock - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. and his predecessor Cardinal James Francis Stafford who have placed a special emphasis on evangelizing for the new millennium. Vocations are so much on the increase that Denver is building a new seminary to accommodate the influx as well as provide a link to Rome via the Pontifical Lateran University tie-in where students of Our Lady of the New Advent Theological institute can obtain pontifical degrees. For more, click on Mile-high see on the rise.

      Peace process suffers setback in Northern Ireland with another car bombing of prominent Catholic lawyer
      Peace process in Northern Ireland set back with bombing     In an apparent, overt act designed to halt the peace process in Northern Ireland, a car bomb took the life of a prominent Catholic human rights attorney in County Armagh. No one claimed responsibility but all those advocating peace on both the Catholic and Protestant side expressed outrage and condemned the murder as cold-blooded, stating it is an outright attempt to "sabotage the peace process at a critical time." For more, click on Car bomb.

      Cardinals in Old and New World address abortion issue
      Cardinal Thomas J. Winning of Great BritainCardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City     In Scotland Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning extended mercy to sinners by reminding his priests that all mothers who have had abortions can receive forgiveness and "make peace with God and their aborted babies" through a sincere confession without having to be referred to the archbishop for absolution as was the case prior to the changes in Canon Law. Half way around the world in Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City braced his flocks to be prepared to fight the legalization of abortion as something Catholics must not stand for in good conscience. For more, see Abortion issues

    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 Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    Events in Church History
    Pope Alexander VI     On this date in 1497, Pope Alexander VI decreed that a cave in Ireland be sealed shut forever; the same cave which was revealed to Saint Patrick in an interior vision as the "doorway to hell." Also, on this date in 1762 New York Catholics celebrated their first St. Patrick's Day Parade. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
    An Irish Blessing
        May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be at your back.
    May the sun shine brightly upon your face.
    May the rain fall gently on your fields;
    And until we meet again, dear friend,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. heads dynamic Archdiocesan programs in DenverSITE OF THE DAY
        With the completion of the four part installments by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. we want to refer you to his site at the ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER. The Archdiocese is fast becoming the ideal model of what an episcopate should be and this site gives you an idea of those attributes.

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