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June 30, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 126
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LITURGY FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Today is the Thirteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome and tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, including the story of these martyrs and Fr. Serra, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Tuesday, June 30, 1998
Tuesday June 30: Thirteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of the First Martyrs of the Roman Church
Green and red vestments
First Reading: Amos 3: 1-8; 4: 11-12
Psalms: Psalm 5: 4-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8: 23-27
FEAST OF THE FIRST MARTYRS OF THE ROMAN CHURCH
In an effort to commemorate all of the early martyrs in the first days of the Church, a special feast has been set
aside which follows the day after the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and was established for the entire Roman Calendar by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Prior to that it had only been observed in the city of Rome. The Jerome Martyrology lists 979 martyrs who died in the famous fire set by the nefarious Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. as well as countless others who shed their blood to sanctify the faith with the blood of its martyrs." Their deaths were the "seeds of faith." Historians Tertullian and Tacitus give accounts of how many willingly gave their lives for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the dastardly acts of being thrown to the lions and other beasts in the arenas, or burned at the stake as "human torches;" while others were crucified, and still others banished to remote islands without food or water. All in all there is no set number how many martyrs they were but they are all remembered in this special feast as the "first martyrs."
Wednesday, July 1, 1998
Wednesday July 1: Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, Franciscan missionary
Green and White vestments
First Reading: Amos 5: 14-15, 21-24
Psalms: Psalm 50: 7-13, 16-17, 23
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8: 28-34
FEAST OF BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Considered the founder of the California missions that still flourish today along the west coast, Blessed
Junipero Serra was born Jose Miguel Serra in 1713 in the village of Petra near Mallorca, Spain. The son of a farmer, he received the name Junipero upon joining the Franciscans in 1730. After receiving his doctorate in theology as a priest and teaching at the Lullian University at Palma de Mallorca, he was finally given the assignment he had prayed for - missionary work which took him first to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1749. For the
next eight years he traveled throughout Mexico, holding numerous administrative offices including Commissary
of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled from Mexico and the Franciscans were
given the spoils with Junipero being named president of the missions in Lower California. Two years later
Spain took over Upper California and Blessed Serra accompanied the Conquistadors to San Diego where he
founded the first mission in 1769 - Mission de Alcala in Mission Valley which is still considered the "mother of
all California missions." Following the traditional Spanish rule for administering the missions, Serra had more
than a few run-ins with Spanish leaders and military forces regarding the Indians whom he ministered to and
loved. Because of his dedication to the Beatitudes, perseverance, and loyalty to the Indians resulted in
countless conversions. Riding by mule and horseback, Blessed Junipero established nine more missions
along the California coast from Oceanside to Carmel where he established his headquarters and where he
died peacefully in 1784 at the age of 71. At Serra's beatification ceremony in 1988, Pope John Paul II said Blessed Junipero "is a shining example of Christian virtue and the missionary spirit. His great good was to
bring the gospel to the native peoples of America, so that they, too, might be consecrated to the truth." It is fitting
that the Church established his feast day on the first day of the month America celebrates her heritage and
Events Today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
Historical Events in Church Annals for June 30:
Death of Saint Otto, bishop and missionary from Bamberg who strove to heal the breach between Pope Paschal II and the Holy Roman Emperor Henry V during a time when there were five succeeding antipopes. Otto was canonized by Pope Clement III in 1189.
Pope Benedict XIV releases the second official encyclical - Quanta cura which treats the subject of forbidding traffic in alms.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Lutheran pact pleases Pope while prospects of Pope and Patriarch meeting dim
Not since before Martin Luther plastered his confessions on the door at Augsburg have Roman Catholics and Lutherans been this close to justification and this greatly pleases the Holy Father, but there is sadness that his hoped-for meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church has hit so many snags that it now seems implausible they will ever meet as the Moscow head continues to sandbag the Vicar of Christ. For more, click on Ecumenism
POPE DELIGHTED WITH CATHOLIC-LUTHERAN ACCORD BUT
HIS MEETING WITH PATRIARCH UNLIKELY, VATICAN ENVOY SAY
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope
John Paul II proclaimed his delight with the new Catholic-Lutheran
accord on the nature of justification.
"We can rejoice," the Pope said, "at an important ecumenical
achievement." He observed that the new statement, to be signed
jointly by the Holy See and the World Lutheran Federation, is the
result of a dialogue which began soon after Vatican II.
While the joint declaration does not resolve all disagreements, the
Pope continued, it does "express a consensus on the fundamental
truths" of the doctrine of justification.
The Pope said that the new accord is "a gift of the Holy Spirit," and
voiced his hope that it would prompt a new impetus toward Christian
Meanwhile in Moscow it was announced that Pope John Paul II and Russian
Orthodox Patriarch Aleksey II are unlikely to hold an
historic meeting soon, according to Vatican Foreign
Minister Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran after meeting with
the Patriarch on Sunday.
"A meeting will not take place in the near future as there
still remain certain circumstances preventing it," the
archbishop said. He added that the possibility of such a
meeting had not even been discussed. "Certain progress has
emerged in relations between the two churches. The meeting
is very timely and the development of dialogue will do good
for both churches."
A key point preventing the meeting or a papal visit to
Russia or Ukraine is the demand by Ukrainian Catholics that
property seized by the Soviets under Communist rule be
returned. "To make the meeting possible (between the Pope
and Aleksey) one should find real means to improve the
situation in western Ukraine," said a senior Russian
Orthodox Church official. "The negotiation process, which
is not very easy, has so far not produced the desired
Portuguese Catholics stage a voter boycott to defeat Abortion iniative
The Mother of God promised at Fatima that her beloved Portugal would be preserved if they keep the faith and the Portuguese are not letting Our Lady down, evidence of the fact that enough Catholics stayed home to completely nullify an abortion referendum that would have eased abortion restrictions. Parliamentary procedures demand a large turnout to make any initiative legal and the Catholics of praying and staying home proved provided the Divine intervention that keeps abortion a crime in Portugal. For more, click on Portugal.
PORTUGAL ABORTION VOTE FAILS FROM LOW TURNOUT
LISBON (CWNews.com) - A planned vote to legalize abortion
in Portugal failed on Sunday because most of this Catholic
country's voters stayed away from the polls in record
Just 32 percent of registered voters turned out, and of
those who voted 51 percent favored keeping abortion
illegal. The National Electoral Commission said the turnout
was the lowest in any national referendum since 1974.
Because of the low response, the results of the referendum
are not legally binding on parliament.
Portugese law currently allows abortion only for rape or
specific medical reasons until the 12th week of pregnancy,
but the parliament passed a law in February legalizing the
procedure on demand. That law was blocked when critics
forced a public referendum to either ratify or overturn the
legislation. Members of parliament must now decide whether
to enact the new law without the ratification of a
Violence breaks out in East Timor a week after Bishop met with Indonesian president
Less than a week after Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili, former Nobel Prize winner, was personally assured by Indonesia's President B.J. Habibie that special concessions and courtesies would be granted the Catholic country of East Timor, violence broke out when Indonesian troops opened fire on a group of student protesters who are demanding independence from this Muslim country which annexed their country illegally. For more, click on East Timor.
ONE KILLED IN EAST TIMOR PROTEST SHOOTING
DILI, East Timor (CWNews.com) - One Timorese protester was
killed on Monday as Indonesian soldiers opened fire on a
demonstration demanding independence for the mainly
The incident occurred outside the cathedral in Bacau just
after three European ambassadors arrived there for a
meeting with Bishop Basilio dos Nasciemento of Bacau. The
ambassadors to Indonesia from Britain, Austria and the
Netherlands are on a trip to East Timor to review political
developments in the troubled former Portuguese territory.
A spokesman for the bishop said one person was killed and
five others were injured when the troops tried to disperse
the large crowd with bullets and tear gas. Earlier on
Monday, Jakarta-appointed East Timor governor Abilio Soares
said authorities would get tough on protests, which he said
had led to anarchy in the enclave. Street protests have
become frequent in Dili since the Indonesian government
announced earlier this month that it was willing to give
East Timor special status if Indonesian sovereignty over
the region was recognized by Portugal and the United
Nations. Many Timorese instead want a referendum to decide
the future of the territory.
The shooting comes less than a week after Nobel Peace Prize
winner Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili met with Indonesian
President H.J. Habibie to discuss an increase in freedoms
for East Timor. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim
country, invaded the former Portugese colony in 1975 and
annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by
the United Nations.
Swiss Guard installation toned down after eight week delay
What had intended to be a grand and glorious celebration of Swiss Guard installations and the elevation of the new commandant back in early May went off nearly two months later in the relative seclusion of only immediate family and friends because of the shocking murder of the Holy Father's personal pick commandant-elect Alois Estermann. For more, click on Swiss Guard.
NEW SWISS GUARDS QUIETLY INSTALLED
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Swiss Guard received 37 new
recruits for service on Sunday, June 28.
The new members of the Swiss Guard were sworn in quietly this
year, after the annual public ceremony was postponed because of the
shooting of their commandant. Instead they attended a Mass at the
Vatican, followed by a buffet for friends and families.
The number of new members was slightly down from the 40
originally anticipated. However, the Swiss Guard explained that 3
recruits had dropped out for reasons of health or family difficulties;
the attrition had nothing to do with the recent shootings, officials
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June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today I desire to thank you for living my messages. I bless you all with my motherly blessing and I bring you all before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the final day of Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Jesus, we know that You are merciful and that You have offered Your Heart
for us. It is crowned with thorns and with our sins. We know that You
implore us constantly so that we do not go astray. Jesus, remember us when
we are in sin. By means of your Heart make all men love one another. Make
hate disappear from amongst men. Show us Your love. We all love You and
want You to protect us with Your Shepherd's Heart and free us from every
sin. Jesus, enter into every heart! Be patient and never desist. We are
still closed because we have not understood Your Love. Knock continuously,
O Good Jesus, make us open our hearts to You at least in the moment we
remember Your Passion suffered for us. Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 18, 1983)
CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, ardent with goodness, show Your Love towards
us. May the flame of Your Heart, O Mary, descend on all mankind. We love
You so. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous
desire for You. O Mary, humble and meek of heart, remember us when we are
in sin. You know that all men sin. Give us, by means of Your Immaculate
Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of Your maternal
Heart and may we all be converted by means of the flame of Your Heart Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 28, 1983)
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