Pope Implores Faithful For Prayers So That Shepherds Will Not Beco me Wolves

PLEASE pray for all priests from our Holy  Father, Pope Francis to the newly ordained priests!  ALL priests need prayer!

Go to:  http://www.courageouspriest.com/

Why not form a prayer group to pray for priests or make prayers-for-priests part of your Bible Studies and other meetings!

From: The St. Bridget Men’s Ministry of Faith and Fellowship:

Courageous Priest <quinnjohn@centurylink.net>
To: creativememry@juno.com

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ZENIT – The Practice of Exorcism in the Church Today 5/30/13

Interview with Father Pedro Barrajon, Rector of the Pontifical

By H. Sergio Mora

ROME, May 27, 2013 (Zenit.org) – In the television program “Vaderretro” of the SAT 2000 channel of the Italian Episcopal Conference, a video was shown of Pope Francis praying while imposing his hands on a young man in a wheelchair. In the program some thought it was an exorcism.

The news, widely reported in newspapers, was scaled down by Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., spokesman of the Holy See Press Office, who said it was a prayer and not an exorcism (see:May 21st article.)

To reflect further on the matter, ZENIT interviewed Father Pedro Barrajon, rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum of Rome, where several courses on exorcism have been taught.

ZENIT: Father Barrajon, what is an exorcism?

Father Barrajon: It is a sacramental, a sacred sign that has spiritual effects through the intercession of the Church, carried out by a bishop or authorized priest on a person who is possessed by the devil.

The rite is structured with an introduction, an initial part, the reading of the Word of God, and a series of prayers that include one in which the exorcist asks the devil, in the name of Christ, to leave the person.

ZENIT: Is a particular rite necessary?

Father Barrajon: Yes, it’s a celebratory rite that begins with the sign of the cross, the proclamation of the Word of God, the Litany of the Saints, the aspersion with holy water, the profession of faith, the imposition of hands, the renunciation of Satan, the recitation of the Lord’s prayer, the blessing with the cross, the breathing into and the prayers proper to exorcism; it ends with a blessing. Some of these parts can be omitted. The rite was published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2001.

 

For the rest of this article go to:

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/the-practice-of-exorcism-in-the-church-today?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=di­spatch

Saints & Sinners Dinner Update

To all those who will be singing for the Saints and Sinners dinner June 11 Spring Spectacular . . . 

 

Allen Bean has offered to meet those of us participating in the choral program for rehearsal at 8:30 this Saturday (6/1/13), following the SBMM meeting and morning Mass. Again, this is for all choir members that will sing at the Saints and Sinners dinner on June 11th.

Also, Allen will practice with the singers on the night of the performance (Tue, June 11th) at 5:30 pm.

 

Please contact John McCulla for more details or any questions.

John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

(804) 342-1114 (office)

(804 306-2488 (cell)

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Raffle – on 5/28/13

From: Paul Sinclair <paul.a.sinclair@gmail.com>
To: paul.sinclair <paul.sinclair@kingcrest.com>
Sent: Tue, May 21, 2013 12:44 pm
Subject: Commonwealth Catholic Charities Raffle – Can You Help?

United partnership

[SPOILER ALERT: This email contains a fund raising pitch for a good cause!]

Friends,

This is a fund raising appeal on behalf of Commonwealth Catholic Charities. A raffle will be conducted next Tuesday, May 28 for a number of very nice prizes (see attached file for more information about the raffle.) 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be used for food to stock CCC’s food pantry. CCC distributes food from the pantry to families in need in the central Virginia area.

If you would like to support CCC’s Food Pantry please let me know how many tickets you would like to purchase. Tickets are $10 apiece. You can either send me a check made out to Commonwealth Catholic Charities or call me and provide credit card information which CCC will use to pay for your tickets.

CCC is the second largest human service provider behind only the Red Cross. CCC helps the most vulnerable individuals and families in central and southwestern Virginia by providing crisis support as well as services to strengthen families and nurture children. The mission of CCC is NOT Catholics Serving Catholics. Its mission is to provide quality, compassionate human services to ALL people – especially the most vulnerable – regardless of faith. Only 15% of the CCC workforce is Catholic and less than 10% of recipients of CCC services are Catholic.

Thanks in advance for considering this opportunity to support a worthy cause!

Best,

Paul

804-677-2308

The Gift of Life – Cardinal Dolan

For the Full story go to: http://blog.archny.org/index.php/the-gift-of-life/ 

Here we are, in the month of May, when everyone joyfully celebrates Mothers Day, and we Catholics particularly remember our Blessed Mother Mary. It is Springtime, when God’s creation is bursting forth in all its beauty and fertility. All around us, we are reminded that our lives are a gift, ultimately from God, but also from our human mother and our human father. And we are grateful for this gift.

But anyone who picks up the morning newspaper, or turns on the television, can’t help but be deeply troubled by the condition of our culture, particularly how we treat the gift of life.

The national news has given us the nauseating story of the late-term abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell. He was convicted of multiple counts of murder last week, for killing babies who had been born alive after attempted abortions . . .

Full story, click the link above.american Family on hill

Celebrating mothers, celebrating women

Editor’s note: Below are Ms. Lopez’s remarks from the 28th Annual Ball for Life, a dinner that raises funds for Good Counsel maternity homes in the New York metropolitan area.

Kathryn Jean Lopez (klopez@nationalreview.com) is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a nationally syndicated columnist who speaks frequently on faith and public life.

Family at Home 2

Pope Francis was talking about the importance of daily examination of conscience and Confession the other day so I’m going to begin with mine.

I was asked me some months back if I’d speak at the Ball for Life this year. In the mess that is my inbox — which some of you have been casualties of — I apologize but you’ll understand what I’m talking about — I said sure, happy to do anything for Good Counsel if they think it’s helpful!

It actually wasn’t until last week that I realized the whole “honoring” aspect to tonight. Had I focused months ago, I’m sure I would have made a convincing case that one of the worthy people in this room who actually save lives instead of occasionally tweeting about people who do who are much more worthy to be honored instead.

But here we are. . .

For the complete Article please follow this link:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/cw/post.php?id=709

Complements of Mike K.

Robert George – the Call to Forgiveness; Links


Robert George’s
 piece on the call to forgiveness is profound, as are the arguments from reason that are now available to the pro-life cause in the wake of the Gosnell horrors…and there is apparently a new one unfolding in Texas.  The story needs to be told – follow these links for more information:

http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustic

e/2013/05/see-the-victim.html

http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2013/05/no-were-not-through-with-kermit-gosnell.html

http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2013/05/abortion-on-trial.html

Mirror of Justice

FALL_Autumn road

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.

Urge Congress to Protect Conscience Rights

Baby eating watermellonSubject: Urge Congress to Protect Conscience Rights with HR 940

Dear Brother Knight:

On August 1, people of faith, family-owned businesses, and charitable institutions will be forced to pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs and moral convictions.  This development comes as a result of a Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires all of these objectionable interventions be included in every health insurance plan, with very few narrow exceptions.

People of faith must send a clear message to Congress that they support religious freedom and rights of conscience.  Representative Diane Black of Tennessee has introduced the “Health Care Conscience Rights Act,” (H.R. 940), which protects individuals and organizations from being forced to violate their religious beliefs or moral convictions.  Please act today to contact your elected representatives.

Time is running short for Congress to protect the conscience rights of all Americans.  Our representatives will respond if they hear from us that religious freedom is a right.  Encourage your fellow parishioners, friends and family to contact Congress.  As Knights we should do everything possible to ensure that Americans do not lose their cherished right to religious freedom.

This email was sent to CKOZ654@AOL.COM from info@KofC.org.

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Fortnight for Freedom, June 21st – July 4th

Our Council should make our Parish aware of this effort. (Mike)

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/index.cfm

http://www.kofc.org/un/en/news/releases/detail/hr940_20130515.html

The Fortnight for Freedom, which we celebrated for the first time last year, takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.  Last year, we saw a great diversity of events promoting religious freedom across the country.  In 2013, we face many challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate; potential Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, causing serious religious liberty issues for Catholic adoption agencies and many others; and religious liberty concerns in other areas, such as immigration and humanitarian services.

During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More.Through prayer, study, and peaceful public action during the Fortnight for Freedom, we hope to remind ourselves and others all throughout the United States about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom.

Please join our Facebook Page so you can stay up to date on the latest Fortnight for Freedom 2013 news! Also, check out 14 ways you can celebrate the Fortnight in your parish!

Fortnight for Freedom Special Masses

Opening Mass
June 21, 7:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland.
Celebrant: Most Reverend William E. Lori,  Archbishop of Baltimore

Closing Mass
July 4,12:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Celebrant: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington

Residing at Domus Marthe

One benefit of the Pope residing at Domus Marthe instead of the Palace is that he is saying Mass and giving homilies on almost a daily at the Chapel for public consumption.  You can keep up with his words of wisdom and instruction here:

http://www.news.va/en

And, here are a few select nuggets:

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/05/09/the-vivid-images-of-pope-francis/

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Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:56 AM
Pope Francis in March of 2013
Pope Francis in March of 2013

One of the more remarkable aspects of Francis’ pontificate has been his rhetorical style. Whereas Benedict XVI generally spoke in carefully crafted Latin paragraphs, Pope Francis has adopted a more casual style of Italian—often speaking without prepared notes. Most notable of all, Francis has gone about coining striking phrases that capture spiritual concepts in contemporary terms.

Archbishop Claudio Celli, head of the Vatican’s Council for Social Communication says that Francis uses images to “communicate concepts that people can perceive immediately.” According to Celli, Francis is ”helping us to rediscover that communication is not only an intellectual problem.”

Vatican observer Rocco Palmo cites an article in article in Avvenire by Stefania Falasca that compared Francis’ rhetoric to sermo humilis—the simple Latin by which the church once spoke to the ordinary man. Falasca also connects Francis rhetoric to “pastiche.” This, says, Falasca, “is precisely the juxtaposition of words of different levels or different registers with expressive effect. The ‘pastiche’ style is today a typical feature of communication on the web and of postmodern language. This is therefore a matter of linguistic associations unprecedented in the history of the Petrine magisterium.”

Go to the above link for the rest of this article.