Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY 2013

Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for January 2013 is: "That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him".

His mission intention is: "That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance".
(VIS 28 December 2012 )

Monday, December 17, 2012

Your Family Advent Calendar

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Has Presented this 

Family Calendar 

to Enrich Your Advent Season Preparations

 

 

 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wanted: a few Good Men ( and Women)

As indicated below,  several additional Masses are scheduled for Christmas. Additional ushers will be needed for these extra Masses. If you can help, see Jim Willis to volunteer or phone him at 955 7001


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Two Useful Calendars

The Calendars Section at the top of the sidebar of  Saint Bridget's website, contains links to two useful monthly calendars.

The first is the Events Calendar of the Arlington Diocese which features a calendar of activities throughout the diocese. Clicking the date for an entry displays a  pop-up with more detailed information about the event.

The Liturgical Calendar of the USCCB also has a pop-up for each day of the calendar which presents the Reading , the Responsorial Psalm , and the Gospel  for that day.

American Women Religious and Vatican II


The Catholic News Service reports on the December 11th forum  Call & Response: How American Catholic Sisters shaped the Church since Vatican II  which was co-sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.
"It is sisters, as much as anyone, who have shaped the face of the church in the world today," said James P. McCartin, director of the Fordham Center.
"The story of U.S. religious women and a reforming Catholic Church has unfolded amid enormous changes, cultural shake-ups and under contested new developments," said Christine Firer Hinze, co-director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, the event's co-sponsor. Hinze said American women religious have "literally lived their lives on the front lines of issues and debates" in the church and society.
A link to the complete CNS article.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Vile Attack

Fox News,com  reports that a New Jersey-based  atheist group has sponsored a sign in Times Square depicting Santa Claus above an image of Jesus Christ, urging passersby to "Keep the Merry!" and "Dump the Myth!". The huge sign is the latest in vile holiday-themed  attack billboards put up by the group. Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue said , "When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists. But they can't seem to say, 'We simply disagree with you.' They have to insult us."

Read the full story here

New Sacred Heart Website



Sacred Heart of Jesus Church has a new parish website! It illuminates the activities and the people of Saint Bridget’s mother church with a variety of images and slide shows.
 It also contains a series of links to other websites that can help deepen your understanding of our Catholic faith.
We encourage you to accept Father Krempa's invitation to visit the upgraded Sacred Heart website.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Pope's First Tweet - A Blessing


Vatican City--- "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart".
This was Benedict XVI's first tweet, published after the blessing that concluded today's general audience. The Pope used a tablet to send his first tweet, which was transmitted in eight languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic), and displayed on a screen installed in the Paul VI Hall.
Throughout the day the Pope will respond to three questions - submitted from three different continents - selected from those sent during recent days.
The Holy Father already has over one million followers on Twitter. 
(From VIS 12 December 2012)

Saint Bridget's December Calendar




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Friday, December 07, 2012

A Saint for Our Time

In his column for the December 7th issue of the Catholic Pulse, Christopher White reflects on the life of Dorothy Day

Days after the U.S. bishops agreed to proceed with her cause for sainthood, The New York Times ran an article with the following headline: “In Hero of the Catholic Left, a Conservative Cardinal Sees a Saint.” While the Times and other commentators may attempt to politicize the life and work of Dorothy Day, their doing so runs contrary to her life’s witness — for it was her faith, not her politics, that prompted Day to champion the causes she did. Her faith required a consistent life ethic — opposition to abortion, care for the poor, concern for the elderly, compassion for the dying — that defied political categories and was only made possible by the message of the Gospel, in which she anchored all of her life’s efforts.
As the Church continues to reflect on ways in which we can live out the New Evangelization, particularly in this Year of Faith, the witness of Dorothy Day seems most fitting. Day’s faith was actively and publicly lived out on the streets of New York, but it was one that was fostered by a great personal devotion to the saints, Eucharistic adoration, deep prayer, and a spirit of humility.


Mr. White's entire essay may be found here

Thursday, December 06, 2012

More on @Pontifex from Catholic News Service

The Catholic News Service reports
"Starting Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the pope will send messages in eight languages, including Arabic, from eight different Twitter accounts. @Pontifex is the English feed while the other language accounts use an extension of the main handle. For example, the Spanish feed is @Pontifex_es.

The handle "Pontifex" was chosen because it means "pope and bridge builder," said Greg Burke, media adviser for the Vatican's Secretariat of State. The name suggests "reaching out" and bringing unity not just of Catholics "but all men and women of good will," he said.

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the communications council, said the pontifex name also "refers to the office more than the person," that is, it highlights the leader of the church and the Catholic faithful.

A more practical consideration was that numerous permutations of the name Pope Benedict XVI were already taken by other people not affiliated with the pope, whereas the handle "Pontifex" was available."



The full article by Carol Glatz of CNS can be found here.


Sunday, December 02, 2012

How to Speak of God in 140 Characters


  Benedict XVI is now  on Twitter.

“The initiative”,  Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said, “comes from the Pope's desire to utilize all opportunities for communication which technology offers and are characteristic in the world today”.

The official press conference on the opening of the personal twitter account by Benedict XVI and the use of the new media in the Vatican was Monday at 11:30 am Central European Time (5:30 am EST)

Figures show over 500 million people now have Twitter accounts and at least a quarter of them are using it as their main means of daily communication. The Pope is no stranger to the 140 character “tweet” format. In June 2011, he launched the Vatican information portal www.news.va., with the words: “Dear friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.

If you were unable to view the early morning conference. Here are the essentials:

Pope Benedict XVI will  launch  his new Twitter account at his weekly general audience next week and you can watch it happening live around midday, Rome time, on Wednesday December 12th.  Before December 12th, persons with a twitter account can send questions to the Pope on issues of faith, some of which he’ll try and answer with his first tweets during his general audience that day. The account goes live in eight languages to start with and the official name or handle for English language users is simply @pontifex (with #askpontifex if you want to send in a question of faith).

For a fuller account try this Vatican News Page

Friday, November 30, 2012

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER

Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for December is: "That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities".


His mission intention is: "That Christ may reveal Himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of His Church".


(From 30 November 2012 VIS)

Vatican Declaration on General Assembly Resolution on Palestine

Portions of Holy See's declaration .........


"The Holy See has followed actively the steps which have led to this important decision, while striving to remain neutral between the Parties, and to act in accordance with its particular religious nature and universal mission, and in consideration also of its specific attention to the ethical dimension of international problems.

"The Holy See considers, moreover, that today’s vote should be placed within the context of the efforts of giving a definitive solution, with the support of the international community, to the question already dealt with by Resolution 181 of the General Assembly of the United Nations of 29 November 1947. That document is the juridical basis for the existence of two States, one of which has not been constituted in the successive sixty-five years, while the other has already seen the light.

 "Considering the outcome of today’s vote of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and to encourage the International Community, and in particular the Parties directly concerned, towards concrete action in view of the aforementioned objectives – the Holy See welcomes with favor the decision of the General Assembly by which Palestine has become a non-member Observer State of the United Nations. It is a propitious occasion to recall also the common position that the Holy See and the Palestinian Liberation Organization expressed in the Basic Agreement of 15 February 2000, intended to support the recognition of a internationally guaranteed special statute for the City of Jerusalem, and aimed, in particular, to safeguarding the freedom of religion and of conscience, the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem as a Holy City, respect for and freedom of access to its Holy Places".

From VIS 11/30/2012  full text here

A Message from Bishop Loverde


Thursday, November 29, 2012

First Vespers of Advent

Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers of Advent with the Pontifical Universities and Colleges of Rome commencing at 5:20 pm Central European time (11:20 EASTERN STANDARD TIME) on Saturday December 01. To see this on live Vatican TV, click here to reach the Vatican's  Multimedia player.  Follow the link to "First Vespers of Advent" then click the TV button.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

USCCB Supports Canonization Cause of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day was a a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy.  Day died in 1980 at age 83, Not a single Catholic bishop came to her funeral in 1980, according to Robert Ellsberg, the editor of her letters and diaries
 This month, at Cardinal Timothy M.Dolan’s recommendation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted unanimously to move forward with her canonization cause, even though, as some of the bishops noted, she had an abortion as a young woman and at one point flirted with joining the Communist Party.

“I am convinced she is a saint for our time,” Cardinal Dolan said at the bishops’ meeting. She exemplifies, he said, “what’s best in Catholic life, that ability we have to be ‘both-and’ not ‘either-or.’ ”
In recent years, he and other conservative Catholics have come to embrace Day, finding inspiration in her decision to support the church’s opposition to abortion, as well as her distrust of government and her overall religious orthodoxy. As someone who was both committed to social justice and loyal to church teachings, Day bridges wings of the contemporary church in a way that few American Catholic figures can.


LINK

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mass Schedule for the feast of the Immaculate Conception

Saturday, December 8 is a holy day of obligation. 
Accordingly,  there will be a Mass  celebrated at 12 Noon at Saint Bridget's on that day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Advent at Ephesus CD Released

Founded in 1995, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: are a young, monastic order of Sisters. United with Our Lady at the foot of the Cross, the sisters seek above all else, a life of union with God in prayer as guided by the Rule of St. Benedict. They pray and sacrifice especially for the sanctification of priests. The Sisters sing together eight times a day as they chant the Divine Office in Latin. Along with the making of priestly vestments and sacred linens, The Benedictines of Mary also take care of gardens, an orchard and a small farm.




Advent at Ephesus is the third CD the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles have recorded. The first two, “Marian Hymns of Ephesus” and “Christmas at Ephesus,” were self-produced. De Montfort Music produced the third CD which was released Tuesday and is available for purchase at Amazon.

A sample of their lifestyle and their singing can be found on their YouTube page.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Mass Time at Saint Bridget's

Mass will be celebrated at Saint Bridget's Chapel at 10am Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day.

Third Volume of "Jesus of Nazareth" Trilogy to be Published

The Vatican Publishing House and Rizzoli Publications today announced that the book "L'Infanzia di Gesu", the third volume of Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI's trilogy on Jesus of Nazareth, will be presented to the press on 20 November. The book is due to appear in English with the title "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives".
from: (VIS 14 November 2012 )

Friday, November 09, 2012

Massachusetts Voters Reject Assisted Suicide Measure

In Tuesday's election, Massachusetts voters rejected an assisted suicide ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill persons. Critics of the so-called "Death with Dignity" initiative argued that it would devalue human life and could create a “slippery slope.”
The ballot measure had been strongly opposed by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who led a Twitter campaign against it. He warned that the proposal failed to value and respect the lives of those who are severely ill. The initiative was also opposed by disability rights groups, the Massachusetts Medical Association and the Boston Herald, as well as major newspapers in numerous other cities.
From the  Catholic News Agency website,

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

MESSAGE OF BENEDICT XVI TO U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA



Vatican City - Benedict XVI, through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, U.S.A., has sent a message to Barack Obama, congratulating him on his re-election as president of the United States of America.
In his message the Holy Father expresses his best wishes to the president on his new mandate, and gives assurances of his prayers to God to help him carry out his serious responsibilities, both in his own country and within the international community. The Pope also speaks of his hope that the ideals of freedom and justice, which guided the founding fathers of the Unites States of America, may continue to shine out as the nation progresses.
Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. also made a brief comment on the re-election of President Obama. "As we all know", he said, "the U.S. president has an immense responsibility, not only in his own country but also towards the rest of the world, given the role the U.S.A. plays at an international level".
"For this reason we hope that President Obama will respond to his fellow citizens' expectations, serving law and justice for the good and development of all people, and respecting essential human and spiritual values while promoting a culture of life and religious freedom"
(from VIS November 7th)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran a photograph of the damage Sandy had inflicted on the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. One iconic photo, taken by Natalie Keyssar, showed a landscape of utter destruction  reminiscent of photos of bombed-out cities of World War II. Centered in the scene of desolation, is an unscathed sculpture of the Virgin Mary, 

The amazing survival of the statue earned it the name The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point and prompted E.A. Carmean Jr., an art historian and canon in the Episcopal Church to write an interesting piece similar instances in history in the November 6th edition of the Wall Street Journal which may be found here.

Monday, November 05, 2012

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR NOVEMBER

Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for November is:
That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.

His mission intention is:
That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.

(5 November 2012  VIS)

Monday, October 29, 2012

ALL SAINTS Day and ALL SOULS DAY

Thursday,November 1st is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation

Mass at Saint Bridget's will be at  Noon. 
Mass at Sacred Heart will be at 7AM, 8:30AM, 12Noon,and 7PM.


Friday, November 2nd, is All Souls Day. There will be the usual schedule of Masses at Saint Bridget's and at Sacred Heart. There will be an additional Mass at Sacred Heart at 7PM.





Friday, October 26, 2012

New Legislative Research Tool For Citizens

The Law Library of Congress  announced its new homepage. It is less text heavy, and more intuitive than its former homepage. The Law Library's new homepage includes a prominent link to its beta legislative research tool, Congress.gov that will eventually transform the Library of Congress's existing congressional information system into a modern, robust and user-friendly resource incorporating all the information available on THOMAS.gov. The beta site will likely  become the congressional information system of choice of the future. Today, it offers  citizens ready access to information on legislation pending or enacted in the current Congress.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

USCCB Responds To Statement On HHS Mandate

The statement was made during the Vice Presidential Debate.
The statement: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact."
USCCB comment: "The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain 'religious employers.' That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to 'Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,' or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served."

First Native American Saint Canonized

Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven saints including two Americans: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, who spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The canonization Mass will take place at the Vatican today.
More information on these saints can be found here

Bishops To Address Challenges, Opportunities In Digital Age

The USCCB website reports that U.S. bishops will consider a document on Catholic doctrine in the digital age at their November 12-15 meeting in Baltimore
The document notes that digital media "constitute a blade that can cut two ways." They "create new difficulties for bishops in the exercise of their teaching office" yet they also "offer powerful new tools for more effective ministry."  The document noted a  key benefit of new media: "...they offer the bishop the possibility of communicating with people in a relatively unmediated fashion,"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Craft Show: Creativity on Display with Holiday Bargains Galore

The Crafters of the Women's Club raised their crafting skills to new heights at the second annual spaghetti dinner and craft show at Enders Fire House. Many attendees were able to purchase exquisitely crafted items for the holidays





Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mangiare Lycopene!

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study that indicates eating spaghetti sauce.and other lycopene rich foods reduces the risk of stroke. Another reason to parcipate in the second annual Spaghetti Dinner and Craft Show sponsored by the women's Club at the John Enders Fire Station Social Hall from 4pm to 7pm next Sunday, October 14.

The article discussing the benefits of spaghetti sauce can be found here

Mrs. Leilani Rose Matson

The funeral Mass for Lani Matson will take place at Saint Bridget's at 10:AM Friday, October 12. Following the Mass, there will be a gathering of mourners in the Narthex.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Year of Faith Opening Ceremony

This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, announced details of the opening ceremony for the Year of Faith, which will be presided by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m. on Thursday 11 October. Details here.
 Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS)



Wednesday, October 03, 2012

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER



Vatican City, 3   Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for October is: "That the new evangelisation may progress in the oldest Christian countries".

His mission intention is: "That the celebration of World Mission Day may result in a renewed commitment to evangelisation".
(from October 2012 VIS)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Martins A+ Rewards Begins October 7

Participation in the program offers Martins Bonus Card holders a no-cost  opportunity to support the Sacred Heart Academy's educational programs.  Participation does not affect your personal gas or grocery rewards accumulated under the Martins Bonus Card program. Persons who registered their bonus card in the program last year must re-register for this school year in order for the Academy to receive credit.

The Academy's ID is 00414.

October Mass Calendar





Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
2
3
4
5
6

Special Intention
(Jim Jones)
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Anna Benda
Mary C. Willis
Avis Pearsall
Jean Drescher
Visitation 12-1 pm
Memorial Mass 1 pm
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Matthew McHale
Erma Dunn
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Virginia Smith
Tony & Joanna Cherico
Dorothea Anderson

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Special Intention
(Helen Izzo)
Special Intention
(Janine Haas)
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Rose McFerran
Eileen Mason
Special Intention
(Harold Barlow, Jr. and family)

21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Parish Family
Special Intention
(Harold Barlow, Jr. and family)
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Special Intention
Rose Proietti
Eileen Mason

28
29
30
31
Special Intention
(Mr. & Mrs. Francis Cassidy)
Arthur Santinelli
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Jack Roque



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Notre Dame invites Obama, Romney to Speak

The University of Notre Dame announced that it has has invited President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to speak on campus during their campaigns.

 Rev. John Jenkins, the school's president, and student body President Brett Rocheleau addressed letters to the two candidates and their running mates offering Notre Dame as a "forum for serious political discussion." The university said the purpose of the invitations was to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the candidates and their messages.

The invitations to the candidates continued a long-standing tradition established in 1952 by the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, in his first year as president of the university. Republican Dwight Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson both spoke at the school. Others who have accepted have included Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Joe Lieberman.

(From  INDY STAR.com)
Full text



Middle Eastern Religious Leaders Denounce Western Interference

During an event sponsored by the Iraqi Embassy to the Vatican Sept. 24,two religious leaders, an Iraqi archbishop and a Syrian-born representative of the Melkite Catholic Church, called upon western nations to respect the people of the Middle East and trust them to solve their own problems.

Their comments came during an event sponsored by the Iraqi Embassy to the Vatican. Ali Nashmi, a Muslim professor and historian spoke on the contribution by Iraqi Christians throughout history to the preservation of both eastern and western cultures.



(As reported by the Catholic News Service
See Catholic News Service  for full text.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Twenty-nine Women to Serve as Experts/Observers at Synod




VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI nominated 45 experts and 49 observers, approximately 30% of whom are women, for the upcoming world Synod of Bishops on the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith."  The synod is scheduled for October 7-28 in t he Vatican.
The experts include priests, nuns and laypeople, many of whom are professors, rectors or supervisors of catechetical or pastoral programs.  Many of the observers are leaders of religious orders, founders or leaders of lay movements or large Catholic associations, or professors or organizers of catechetical and pastoral programs.
The experts from the United States include:
Sister Sara Butler, a professor of theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. A member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, Sister Butler was one of two women Blessed Pope John Paul II named to the International Theological Commission in 2004
  Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll, a professor at Rome's Pontifical Athenaeum of San Anselmo and at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, OR
 Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, MI., and director of graduate programs in the new evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit
  Sister Paula Jean Miller, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist and professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston
 Edward N. Peters, who holds the Edmund Cardinal Szoka chair in faculty development at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. A professor of canon law, Peters was the first layperson to serve as a consultant, to the church's highest court, the Apostolic Signature. He is also the author of the blog, "In the Light of the Law."
The 49 observers can attend all synod sessions, participate in the synod working groups and have an opportunity to address the entire assembly. 
The U.S. observers are: Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus; Peter Murphy, executive director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, "FOCUS;" Marylee J. Meehan, the U.S.-based president of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants; and U.S. Sister Mary Lou Wirtz, president of the International Union of Superiors General and general superior of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
(from  Catholic News Service -- Carol Glatz)


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

USCCB NOW on FACEBOOK in ENGLISH and SPANISH

In addition to the English Language Version


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a Facebook page in Spanish 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16th Bake Sale

 Click to enlarge

Today was Bake Sale day It did not take long to sell out all the goodies.
It also gave an opportunity to for folks to mingle and chat about the Glorious weather of the last few days.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pope Benedict Arrives in Lebanon

Shortly before 2 p.m. local time today, Benedict XVI arrived at  Rafik Hariri Airport of Beirut, which is named after the former prime minister of Lebanon who was killed in a bomb attack in 2005

The Holy Father was greeted by Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites; Nabih Berri, speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, and Naguib Miqati, prime minister of Lebanon.

The Pope's arrival was covered by all major news services. Here is a sample:

Catholic News Service

Reuters

Wall Street Journal  The WSJ article includes a slide show of the Pope's arrival.

Cardinal Dolan Speeks on Religious Freedom


Timothy Cardinal Dolan delivered the opening address at the conference,  International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good, held on the September 12, 2012 at the Catholic University of America and co-sponsored by USCCB, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and CUA's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

At the start of his address, Cardinal  Dolan offered brief comments on the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and recent protests in Egypt.:“Yesterday's events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake,” he said. “We need to be respectful of other religious traditions at the same time that we unequivocally proclaim that violence in the name of religion is wrong.”

Excerpts from his prepared speech follow:

All religious traditions experience religious discrimination and violence, especially when they are in the minority of a population.  Baha’is, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and others all experience marginalization and persecution, but our experience as Catholics and Christians is especially relevant and timely.  Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, makes an observation clearly validated by objective studies - Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith ....

Christians are being persecuted and killed at an alarming rate in many Muslim-majority nations.  The 2012 Annual Report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom notes that in Egypt there is “a climate of impunity in the face of repeated attacks against Coptic Christians and their Churches.”  In Eritrea there are “an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 religious prisoners and reports of torture and other inhumane treatment” of these prisoners.  In Iran the theocratic government has targeted “Baha’is, as well as Christians, Zoroastrians, and Sufi Muslims.”....

The epicenter of violence against Christians may be the Middle East, but tragically it is not confined there.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reports that in Vietnam last year “there were marked increases in arrests, detentions, and harassment of groups and individuals viewed as hostile to the Communist Party, including violence aimed at peaceful ethnic minority gatherings and Catholics protesting land confiscations and harassment. ...



Cardinal Dolan concluded: "Americans generally, and our Catholic people especially, need to become better informed of the systematic challenges to the fundamental right of religious freedom in far too many countries.  The first freedom, which we too often take for granted in our own nation, even as we are vigilant in its defense, is under often violent attack in other nations with terrible human consequences."


The entire speech may be found here.





Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pope to Visit Lebanon

On Friday, Benedict XVI will begin his twenty-fourth apostolic trip abroad, taking him to Lebanon. On Sunday, he is due to sign the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in the Vatican in October 2010.
Lebanon gained its independence in 1943 and became a regional centre for trade, business, finance and tourism. The expulsion of the Palestine Liberation Organization from Jordan in 1970 was a key moment in the country's history, as the PLO's political and military center moved to Lebanon where it became a catalyst for the tensions between the various religious communities. The Civil War between 1975 and 1991 wreaked widespread destruction on the economy and infrastructures.
Beirut has five dioceses: Beirut of the Maronites (episcopal see since 1577), an archieparchy with some 232,000 faithful under the care of Archbishop Paul Youssef Matar. Beirut of the Greek-Melkites (dating from the fourth century) and Jbeil of the Greek-Melkites (suburbicarian 1881), a metropolitan see with 200,000 faithful under Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros. Beirut of the Armenians (1928-1929), metropolitan see and patriarchal eparchy of Cilicia of the Armenians, serving 12,000 faithful and led by His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians. Beirut of the Chaldeans (1957) with 19,000 faithful under Bishop Michel Kassarji. Beirut of the Syrians (1817), eparchy of the patriarchal church of Antioch of the Syrians with 14.500 faithful under the care of His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians.
The city also has one apostolic vicariate, that of Beirut of the Latins which has 10,000 faithful and the vicar of which is Archbishop Paul Dahdah O.C.D.

from (VIS 13 September 2012 )

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vatican Embraces Cutting Edge Communication Technology

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2012  The Vatican's publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana,  has teamed up with Apple to develop hi-tech methods for communicating the works of Pope Benedict XVI to the world via eBooks and iTunes.

 Father Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican’s publishing house, said, the venture  "represents an enormous step on the international stage because, as you know, internet goes beyond space and time.

 The  eBook format  of the pontiff's latest print volume, “Prayer in the New Testament,” will be accompanied by illustrations from the Vatican’s art collections. Father Costa noted that the illustrations  in the electronic version are of great value because readers can zoom in to examine the images and compare them with the texts for their own personal meditation,”

It is reported that USCCB is collaborating with the Vatican regarding publication of an English version of the Italian language editions.
(from CNA/EWTN News)


Monday, September 10, 2012

Women's Club Bake Sale September 16

The bakers are gearing up for next Sunday's bake sale.

 Delicious cakes, cookies and assorted goodies will be available after mass in the Narthex. Plan to stop by and buy a treat for your family. All proceeds will support the purchase of furnishings for Hobert Hall.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Closing Benediction at DNC

Yesterday evening, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention.
The full text of the Cardinal's prayer may be found on the Catholic Culture website

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Coffee Get together

The first Sunday of the month is coffee and donut day. The Men's Club sponsors a coffee and socializing event and a brief respite from eating healthy. Since this is the middle of the Labor Day Holiday, I expected that many folks would be traveling. That did not happen. The church was packed and the donuts went fast. And as the saying goes, "A good time was had by all."

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Mourned

Vatican City,  - Today Benedict XVI sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, Italy, on the death yesterday of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., archbishop emeritus of that diocese, at 85 years of age.
"I received with sorrow", the Pope writes, "news of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, after a long illness that he lived with serenity of spirit and complete trust in the Lord's will. I wish to express, both to the diocesan community as well as the family members of the lamented cardinal, my deepest sharing in their sorrow, recalling affectionately this beloved brother who so generously served the Gospel and the Church. I recall with gratitude his intense apostolic work extended as religious dedication, this spiritual son of St. Ignatius, experienced teacher, accredited Biblicist, and appreciated rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute as well as caring and wise archbishop of this Ambrosian archdiocese. Also brought to mind is his competent and fervent service given to the Word of God, opening the treasures of Sacred Scripture more and more to the ecclesial community, especially through his promotion of 'lectio divina'. I lift fervent prayers to the Lord that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, He may welcome this faithful servant and distinguished pastor to the heavenly Jerusalem and I wholeheartedly impart the consolations of apostolic blessing to all those who mourn his loss".

Likewise, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone sent a telegram to Cardinal Scola expressing, in his name, in that of the secretariat of state, and in that of the entire Roman Curia, deepest condolences on the death of the cardinal who "witnessed and taught the primacy of the spiritual life and, at the same time, the attentive listening to the human being in its various existential and social conditions". The secretary of state recalled Cardinal Martini as an "expert and passionate scholar of Sacred Scripture, who knew how to teach it to and meditate upon it with all those who make up the people of God and all persons in search of truth".

(from: VIS,1 September 2012 )

 In the national Catholic weekly,, America,  James Martin, S.J.wrote in the blog, In All Things:
"Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, A great Jesuit, a renowned Biblical scholar, a former archbishop of Milan, a widely read spiritual master, a popular retreat master, and a one-time possible pope, has died at age 85.  Cardinal Martini had been battling Parkinson's disease for many years.  Among the people of Milan he was known as a sensitive and creative pastor, among his readers a brilliant writer and among Jesuits a lively, warm and witty friend.  May he rest in peace with the Lord he loved and served in so many ways."

Fr. Martin  appended an article which appeared in the Catholic News Service datelined Vatican City. Here is a link to that article.

BENEDICT XVI'S MISSION PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER



Vatican City  - Pope Benedict's mission prayer intention for September is: "That Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries, priests, and lay people, along with concrete resources, to the poorest Churches".
(from VIS 1 September  2012)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Benedict’s general prayer intention for September

Pope Benedict XVI’s general prayer intention for September is “that politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth”

He noted "There is a need for authentically Christian politicians but, even more so,
for lay faithful who witness to Christ and the Gospel in the civil and political community. ... politics is a very important field in which to exercise charity. It calls Christians to a strong commitment to citizenship, to building a good life in one's country, and likewise to an effective presence among the international community's institutions and programmes.

(from  Vatican Radio)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cardinal Dolan to offer Benediction at Democratic Convention

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the  USCCB, has accepted an invitation from Democratic convention organizers to deliver the benediction on the last night of the Charlotte N.C. event.The invitation was accepted  after clearing it with Charlotte  Bishop Peter J. Jugis in accordance with protocol.
The USCCB announcement made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as  had been made clear to the Republicans in accepting their invitation to deliver the benediction at the Republican convention, that the cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate".
Clergy from several denominations are scheduled to pray at the opening and closing of each day's sessions of the party conventions carrying on a  tradition that goes back more than 100 years.
From Catholic News Service Aug 28 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cardinal Dolan to Offer Closing Prayer at Republican Convention

Aug 22, 2012 / 05:07 pm:  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, head of the U.S.Conference of  Catholic Bishops, has accepted an invitation to offer the closing prayer at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.  Cardinal Dolan will give the concluding benediction prayer on August 30, the final night of the GOP convention, where Mitt Romney is slated to accept the presidential nomination for his party.
In an Aug. 23 statement, New York archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said that “usual church protocol” requires a request for prayer from the local bishop. Bur after contacting Bishop Robert Lynch of Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Fla., “who gave the Cardinal his approval,” Cardinal Dolan accepted the GOP's invitation.
“It was made clear to the convention organizers, however, that the Cardinal was coming only to pray not to endorse, and that he would be willing to accept a similar offer from the Democratic Party as well,” Zwilling added. “That same sentiment was conveyed to the Democratic National Committee.”

From CNA/EWTN News

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lectio Divina Closes

  Lectio Divina Word of God Christian Shop  is closing.

The closing sale begins September 4th at the Winchester store on 209 E Boscowen St.
and will run through the end of October.

Monday, August 20, 2012

CCD Begins in September


 Sunday, September 9th -- 
CCD Classes will begin at St. Bridget’s

 September 4th at 7pm -- CCD Teachers' Meeting
All Saint Bridget's CCD teachers and Aides should attend this meeting  in narthex.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass at Saint Bridget's is at noon.
Masses at Sacred Heart will be 7am, 8:30am, noon and 7pm.

Friday, August 10, 2012

FISH SUNDAY IS AUGUST 12 at SAINT BRIDGET'S

The food pantry is in particular need of the following items:
 toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, 
canned meats, boxed dinners, 
fruit, rice, jelly.
Drop off your donations at the Narthex next Sunday.Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated.