December 15, 1997   vol 8, no.52

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December 15, 1997

      St. Michael the Archangel, we ask you to assist us now as we draw closer to the Birth of Jesus. You, who are the guardian of God's Holy Name, and who worship so profoundly before Jesus in the Eucharist, obtain for us through your intercession a deeper devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and to reverence for God in every aspect of our lives. Keep far from us the evil one and all of his schemes, that we might embrace God at every moment until we see Him for all eternity.


PRAYER for November 30: First Sunday of Advent

December 1: First Monday of Advent

December 2: First Tuesday of Advent

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December 4: First Thursday of Advent

December 5: First Friday of Advent

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December 7: Second Sunday of Advent

December 8: Second Monday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 9: Second Tuesday of Advent and Optional Memorial of Blessed Juan Diego

December 10: Second Wednesday of Advent

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for November 25th

    Dear children: Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian and love God over everything. Little children, today also I invite you to rejoice and be joyful Christians, responsible and conscious that God called you in a special way to be joyfully extended hands toward those who do not believe, and that through the example of your life, they may receive faith and love for God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray that your heart may open and be sensitive for the Word of God. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



     HAVANA (CWN) - Cuba's Communist government said on Thursday that it is considering a request from Pope John Paul to reinstate Christmas as a public holiday.

      Foreign Ministry spokesman Alejandro Gonzalez said the holiday request was one of list of issues being considered as Cuba prepares for the Holy Father's landmark visit to the country in January. Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana revealed on Tuesday that the Pope had made the request of President Fidel Castro when they met in Rome last year.

      The officially-atheist Communist government ended Christmas as a public holiday in 1969 so that work could continue on the sugar harvest, and continued in the years after as a work day. Many Cubans still celebrate the holiday in their own homes. Cardinal Ortega emphasized that the Church is not seeking a capitalist, consumer Christmas, but for a "spiritual restoration" of the holy day.


      HOUSTON (CWN) - A state judge will be allowed to keep a copy of the Ten Commandments displayed in his courtroom pending trial following a federal judge's refusal to issue a temporary restraining order.

      District Judge Scott Brister was slapped with a federal lawsuit by attorney Daniel, who claims to be a Catholic theologian, to force the removal of the decalogue. Shea said in an affidavit filed with the court that, "As a practicing Roman Catholic, I am personally offended by the appropriation of one of the sacred symbols of the Judeo-Catholic tradition by a publicly elected official." He said he first saw the plaque on December 8 and believes it violates the US Constitution's mandate that Congress shall not establish or prohibit a religion.

      US District Judge David Hittner refused to issue a temporary restraining order compelling Judge Brister to remove the display, and set a tentative trial date for late January or February.


      LONDON (CWN) - A coalition of Britain's Christian denominations this week launched their seventh annual Christmas advertising campaign designed to bring people into churches to celebrate the holy day.

      "Our campaign is about getting people to come to church. The real celebration is about the birth of Christ not the Wonder of Woolworths," said the Rev. Tom Ambrose of the Christian Advertising Network, which represents the Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Free churches. This years poster features the word "Christmas" followed by copyright symbol with a caption reading, "Great singing, friendly atmosphere, and something to think about. It's not a genuine Christmas without church."

      The 1996 advertisement depicted the three kings of Scripture and a caption reading, "Bad hair day?! You're a virgin, you've just given birth, and now three kings have shown up -- find out the happy ending at a church near you." Although many churches received a huge response from that poster, many still felt that it might be "profaning the sacred" so the Network decided to tone down the message this year. "The posters do draw people in, sometimes out of curiosity," Ambrose said. "The first one we ever ran said, 'Wrap up the kids and bring them along to church.' From that campaign we got a number of people who became so interested that they are now ordained clergy."

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