October 7, 1998
The family that prays together, stays togetherFeast of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7, 1998

vol. 9, no. 196

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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

Today in Church history is the 427th anniversary of the great victory at Lepanto which established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Battle of Lepanto

Events today in Church History
     Today we commemorate the great Victory at Lepanto in which the undermanned Christian fleet, through the intercession of countless Rosaries, defeated the superior Turkish armada thus ending the threat of Islamism in Europe. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Feast of Our Lady of the RosaryToday is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Tomorrow we return to the regular liturgy with the 27th Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, and story on today's great feast, click on LITURGY

      Today's Preface of the Mass is taken from the Dominican Missal in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary:

On this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary we praise, bless and proclaim your name. Consenting to the Divine Word, Mary became the Mother of God; embracing Your saving will, she became the handmaid of the Lord; devoting herself to the life and work of Your Son. Mary cooperated in the mystery of redemption. Because of this she stands before us, Mother and model of the Church. Prayers for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

      For other special prayers and devotions for this day, click on Prayers and Devotions regarding the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

450 and counting,
hoping and praying...


  • Messages 222, 223 and 225 in our daily dose of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 8th

  • LITURGY for Thursday in Ordinary Time and and the Twenty-seventh Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the martyred bishop Saint Denis and his companions and the Feast of Saint John Leonardi, priest and religious founder.

  • ...and much more in our 197th issue for 1998!

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Be Reconciled in the Refuge of Reconciliation!
Our Lady of Betania - the New Lourdes      After just finishing our multi-part series on Lourdes, we begin today a similar multi-part series on the "New Lourdes" which is, of course, the Apparitions in Betania to visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini on a small farm south of Caracas, Venezuela where the Mother of God has come to announce to the world that this is truly her "land of grace" and that she wants all her children to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation." For the first part on The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

Turn off the TV's, put down the newspapers and magazines for they mislead
Queen of Prophets      Those are not our words but rather from the Blessed Mother Mary who warns us how clever satan is and how his time is so short in her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady also points out that the schism within the Church is coming and that from it her Divine Son Jesus' Church will emerge victorious as those who espouse heresy and apostasy will be weeded out and thrashed. She reminds us the only way to stay loyal to God is through prayer and dismissing the trappings and temptations of the world. For messages number 220 and 221, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

An Oktoberfest of appeteasers to think about
Food for Thought Appeteasers
Contrasts that we've contracted!
     Fittingly, on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we bring you some serious appeteasers that will make one even more dedicated to praying the Rosary for we need a victory over vice and immorality more than ever. The special morsels of meditation we present today are truly food for thought about the "Answers in Antitheses" in which the real question is: Are we praying enough? Once you've read these contrasting situations you'll agree the answer is: No! But it's not too late to begin and what better way to make the Holy Rosary a daily habit than on Our Lady's special feast? For Answers in Antitheses, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE

with a Catholic slant provided by Catholic World News Service
    Holy See cancels meeting between Pope and Lutheran Bishop because of latter's actions
    Swedish Lutheran archbishop has brought shame on all of his country and blown his chances to meet with Pope John Paul II     All those having an audience with the Holy Father raise your hand. Not so fast, Archbishop K. G. Hammar. You see he is the Lutheran archbishop who was scheduled meet with the Pope on Saturday but the Vatican canceled it after Swedish Catholics petitioned Rome to do just that for Hammar, head of the Lutheran Church in Sweden, is an outspoken and unrepentant proponent of homosexual marriages. Hammar has also shown an obvious disregard for decency, defending things that are sacriligeous such as an art exhibit in his own cathedral which blasphemes Jesus and His Apostles. For more, click on Leud Lutheran

    Supreme Court decision brings end to controversy over closure of six Catholic churches in Pittsburgh
    Diocese of Pittsburgh, headed by Bishop Donald Wuerhl, wins Supreme Court decision to close six churches     The Diocese of Pittsburgh's plans to close six churches in order to consolidate has been held up for ten years because of a group of parishioners who protested, taking it all the way to the Vatican which sided with Bishop Donald L. Wuerhl. Thus, like so many Catholics who too often decide what's best rather than following the wise counsel of the Church, they took it to secular courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court which ruled exactly as the Diocese and the Vatican had. For more, click on pitted in Pittsburgh

    Two priests imprisoned and tortured in Khartoum
    Persecution of priests continues in the Sudan      Word out of the Vatican's news agency FIDES reports that two priests Father Hilary Boma and Father Lino Sebit have been inhumanly tortured physically and mentally in a Khartoum prison in the Sudan, accused of crimes against the state which they are totally innocent of. The Sudan government is trying to hold up two Catholic priests as the ringleaders of a rebel group who have perpetrated numerous bombing attacks on government facilities and threats on government officials. They have also arrested 20 others, 18 of which are Christians. Getting a just trial seems a very remote possibility considering the government's mindset. Just another example of the on-going persecution of Catholic religious in Africa. For more, click on Suffering in Sudan.

    China gives in to UN demands but Russia remains stubborn regarding Kosovo
    China signs UN pledge to honor human rights UN convinces China to sign human rights pledge but Russia resistance could be a problemRussia opposes airstrikes on Serb strongholds
          Whether the Beijing government is sincere in their pledge to uphold human rights remains to be seen, especially in regards the Roman Catholic Church which is presently underground in China, but China bowed to pressure from the UN and agreed to sign the UN's Human Rights Pledge. Meanwhile, Russia remained a stumbling block to the unanimous approval of committing airstrikes on Serbian strongholds to free Kosovo by NATO forces. Despite their own financial woes and internal turmoil, President Boris Yeltzin sent a stern warning that Russia would veto any action and that any kind of retaliation against Serbia would be met with resistance on his part. For more, click on Asian tension.

Catholic World News ServiceFor more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

Medjugorje Monthly Message for September 25th
The Gospa's message for September    Dear children! Today, I call you to become my witnesses by living the faith of your fathers. Little children, you seek signs and messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation. You speak much, little children, but you work little on your conversion. That is why, convert and start to live my messages, not with your words but with your life. In this way, little children, you will have the strength to decide for the true conversion of the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

"Let not kindness and fidelity leave you; bind them around your neck; then will you win favor and good esteem before God and man."
Proverbs 3: 3-4

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