September 11-13, 1998
Sunday is the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy CrossSeptember 11-13, 1998
vol. 9, no. 178


Novena of Life     The Nine Day Novena for Life sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops continues with Day Three. The Novena stretches from the Vigil of the feast of the Birth of Mary to September 15 - the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is appropriate that these liturgical feasts fall during the same time Congress will once again consider the important legislation impacting the lives of unborn children in trying to rescind Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortion. Below is the daily prayer for the Novena for Life and click on NOVENA FOR LIFE:

God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (Glory Be).

Holy Mother of God, hear the prayers of the Church for all mothers, especially those wearied by life and overcome by the suffering they bear for their children. (Hail Mary).

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, intercede for them from your place in Heaven, that the mercy of your Divine Son might lighten their burden and give them strength. (Hail Mary, Glory Be).

  • Fourth installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter to the Bishops Apostolos Suos in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART

  • September 14th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for the feast of THE HOLY CROSS and Tuesday, feast of OUR LADY OF SORROWS.

  • ...and much more in our 179th issue for 1998!

Today in Church history
Events this weekend in Church History
     For time capsule events that happened in Church history on September 11th through September 13th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES

476 - 475 - 474 and counting,
hoping and praying...

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Proverbs 29: 7
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Because of veiled death threats, will the Holy Father follow through on his trip to Northern Italy next week?

      That is the major question circulating the Vatican today after it was revealed that posters claiming "Death to the Pope" were discovered in the village of Chiavari, one of the towns on the Holy Father's itinerary which includes a planned visit to the birthplace of Pope Paul VI in Brescia. Many believe the threats are limited to an extremist anarchist group and merely an expression of their hatred for authority, not a definite death threat. Nevertheless security for the short Papal trip will be tightened immeasurably and certain venues may be bypassed for safety concerns. For more, click on Papal Death Threats

Cardinal Bevilaqua calls for national law to ban doctor-assisted suicides

Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua     The Archbishop of Philadelphia spoke out against the "culture of death" this week when he appealed to Congress through the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania in calling fornational legislation to ban doctor-assisted suicide, showing where it is the same as partial-birth abortion and does nothing to promote life but rather only gives more rope to the culture of death aficianadoes. A similar bill that would curtail assisted suicide is already on the House floor. For more, click on Suicide ban

Poll proves Argentinans place their belief in the Church first and foremost

     In a Gallup Poll conducted among the people of Argentina the Roman Catholic Church placed first in trust among social service institutions that are there to help people. To reinforce their belief in Catholic institutions, the government of Argentina formally presented their congressional reward for 1998 to Caritas, a Catholic Non-Profit organization for their assistance during the floods caused by El Nino. The award was presented on the birthday of the Blessed Mother For more, click on Argentina trust.

Tragedy mars pilgrimage to Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil

National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

      Brazil was rocked by the news that over 50 Brazilians, returning from a pilgrimage to Our Lady's national shrine of Brazil in Aparecida, were involved in a three vehicle fatality that erupted into an inferno when two trucks exploded trapping the two buses carrying 100 pilgrims back to their home. More were hospitalized and the mayor of the village on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro where most of them were from where a funeral Mass was held yesterday. For more, click on Tragedy on Pilgrimage.

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     This weekend is strictly the liturgy of Ordinary Time as we observe the TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME followed by Monday's special feast of THE HOLY CROSS. For the liturgies, readings and meditations for this weekend, click on
Big Mac is the Apostle of Good Will - photo from Associated PressThe Spirit of St. Louis flies higher than ever!
     In this weekend's editorial, we salute the feats of Mark McGwire as well as his actions and character for he has, indeed, brought everyone together - young and all, people of every race and creed for a joyous celebration of life at the very end of Summer - a summer filled with thrills provided by the muscular, goliath swings of Big Mac - balls that only seem to have flown higher and faster than Charles Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis. For the weekend commentary In this Collage of Cardinals he is the Apostle of Good Will! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Symphony of Suffering
There can be no Symphony without the Cross!
Cyndi Cain, the Hidden Flower continues this series on sharing her own feelings from her heart and soul     In this weekend's issue the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart focuses on the two upcoming feasts at the beginning of this next week - the feast of THE HOLY CROSS on Monday and the feast of OUR LADY OF SORROWS on Tuesday and reflects on how there can be no melody, no symphony, no harmony if we are not rooted in the Cross of Jesus Christ and one with the heart of His Blessed Mother Mary. For her sixteenth sonata entitled The melody of our suffering is intricately intertwined with the Cross and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Clinton is about to meet his justiceThe fall of the proud is the only salvation for those who refuse to be humbled
     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto points out how everything is beginning to unravel for the President of the United States because of his own stubborn pride and greed for power and pleasure. But that is not a bad thing both for the country and for him for only when man is broken and humbled can he truly begin to rebuild his life. For Sister's column, Pray hard for the President, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Medjugorje Monthly Message for August 25th The Gospa's message for August
   Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Time to revive the GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD
     With the summer over we put aside our weekend top ten movies list and get set to revive our SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK review and awarding our GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD but we need your help in finding the best sites to award. Therefore, to find out how you can be part of this, click on GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD.

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September 11-13, 1998       volume 9, no. 178
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