November 24
volume 8, no. 37    
MONDAY November 24, 1997

Queen of the Americas
Is it possible the Holy Father could conclude the Synod at Guadalupe?
      That is the buzz going around bishops' synod after Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera , head of the Mexico City Archdiocese and see to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, formally invited his holiness and the rest of the bishops to alter the schedule so that the Pope and bishops could close the Synod in the basilica of Guadalupe on Our Lady's feast day on December 12th in Mexico City. It was an interesting proposal, along for a call to canonize visionary Blessed Juan Diego and no response yet for this unusual, but natural invite since it is the Synod of America. For more, click on Daily Synod Synthesis to read other items on the synod currently in its second week in Rome.

More on the Laity's Role in Assisting the Priest
      We continue with the sixth installment in bringing you the entire 37-page document released November 13th on Instruction on certain questions regarding the collaboration of the non-ordained faithful in the sacred ministry of the priest which is a direct rebuttal to what Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney has mandated and which was covered in our last two issues. Click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Use these days wisely for focusing on prayer
      By earmarking each day of the week to focus on a particular aspect of our prayer life, we can better begin to pray sincerely in and with the heart as Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. illustrates in his ninth installment of The Journey from the Head to the Heart in his weekly column. Click on Hearts to Heart Talk

ourselves in Christ
      That is the essence of the Sacrament of Confirmation which we begin today in our daily capsules of teachings from both the new and old Catechisms. Click on CATECHISM CAPSULES

The Vietnam Martyrs
      Today is the feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions. Though he is the first Vietnamese saint, little is known of this diocesan priest from the mid nineteenth century who, along with numerouis others, died for their faith. They all were strengthened as soldiers of Christ for the cause of salvation and their blood has been the seed of many vocations from this ravaged area of the far east. For more on today's feast and tomorrow's readings in preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

      Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass:
O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, You kept the blessed martyrs Andrew and his companions faithful to the cross of Your Son even to the shedding of their blood. Through their intercession enable us to spread Your Love among our brothers and sisters, that we may be called and may truly be Your children.

Medjugorje Monthly Message
October 25th Message
The Gospa    Dear children: Also, today I am with you and I call all of you to renew yourselves by living my messages. Little children, may prayer be life for you and may you be an example to others. Little children, I desire for you to become carriers of Peace and of God's Joy to today's world without peace. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray! I am with you and I bless you with my motherly peace. Thank you for having responded to my call!
For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

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with a Catholic slant
    The Week in Review: All Roads lead to Rome
          The first full week of the Synod of America at the Vatican highlighted the week's news on the Catholic front. A review of the major synod events are included here. Click on Review to read more.

    "Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return"
         Those words from Genesis 3: 19 and repeated every Ash Wednesday, have been cast to the wind by too many who are making a mockery of cremation. To call a halt to these abherrent practices among some Catholics, the Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico has called for curtailing some of the practices that have gotten out of hand click on Dust to read more.

    Worshippers in store for a few surprises as Christmas nears
          It's time to put Christ back in "Christ"mas but too many Christians pay more heed to worshipping at the cash registers of the malls then in their churches. That's the deduction a survey has just revealed about the time allotment devoted to worshipping and shopping. Click on Shopping to read more.

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Wander through the wonders of a virtual Catholic museum

      Our significant site of the week, in honor of Christ the King, features the established international Christus Rex site. At this site you may wander...and for quite some time both in looking and waiting...through this virtual museum of Catholic wonders. Click on

Today's Proverb ties in with Fr. Valenta's column that we must always follow God's Will
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures."

Proverbs 19: 21


To review past articles, click on Archives to read text or the following articles in graphics for November are available if you click on NOVEMBER ISSUES

  • Pope Alexander III - a revival of Papal Authority
  • Father John Hampsch's weekly column
  • Lesson/Meditation #62 of THE HIDDEN WAY
  • More on the on-going Synod of America
  • 7th installment of Vatican Document on Laity
  • ...and much, much more!

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