Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Vatican City, - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for August is: "That prisoners may be treated with justice and respect for their human dignity".
His mission intention is: "That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth".
(from: 31 July 2012  VIS)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Father Dobbins Honored for Volunteer Chaplaincy Service

On Tuesday, Father Michael Dobbins and three other volunteer Chaplains were recognized for their support of the Frederick county Sheriff's Office, County Fire and Rescue and Winchester Fire and Rescue in providing comfort and care to victims of fire, accident and crime. Heads of these agencies called the chaplains "an invaluable resource...offering solace and guidance."  Father Dobbins explained that much of his work involves comforting and  assisting the victims.
Kent Woodward, Darrel Taylor and Mark Ransom were the other clergymen honored at Tuesday's ceremony.
(from Winchester Star July 25 )

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

U.S. Publication of “L'Osservatore Romano” Begins

On Wednesday, July 25, the weekly English edition of  “L'Osservatore Romano”  will  be printed in  the United States, so that North American subscribers will receive the newspaper without the former 15 day wait.
Every Wednesday, as soon as the newspaper has been put to bed, the pages sent to the Vatican Printing Press will also be sent electronically to the Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Press in Indiana. OSV will print and distribute the  weekly edition  of “L'Osservatore Romano” identical to the English language version published in Europe.
The online version will continue to be available here.

Friday, July 20, 2012


Vatican City,  -In August, the "Osservatore Romano" newspaper, which focuses upon news concerning the Pope and the Vatican, will be distributed in the United States by the publisher of "Our Sunday Visitor" weekly newspaper, the largest selling Catholic periodical in the U.S.

from (20 July 2012 VIS)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


The episcopal ordination  in Harbin (Province of Heilongjiang) on Friday 6 July 2012, of the Reverend Joseph Yue Fusheng,without pontifical mandate  has  incurred the sanctions laid down by the Code of Canon Law. The presence of a bishop who is not in communion with the Holy Father was inappropriate and shows a lack of consideration for a lawful episcopal ordination. Illicit episcopal ordinations without pontifical mandate cause division and bring suffering to the Catholic communities in China and the universal Church.

The ordination of the Reverend Thaddeus Ma Daqin as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Shanghai on Saturday 7 July 2012 is encouraging and is to be welcomed.

from (10 July 2012 VIS)

Monday, July 02, 2012


The coffee and doughnut get-together, which the Saint Bridget's Men's Club sponsors after Mass on the first Sunday of each month, could not not have come at a more appropriate time. Friday evening the derecho from Chicago swept through causing wide-spread damage and power outages in the Northern Shenandoah Valley..Parishioners were happy to spend a few extra minutes in the air conditioned Narthex sharing coffee and doughnuts with friends and neighbors and commiserating about the record heat and and the lack of electrical power.

Some of the younger parishioners eschewed the coffee and commiseration and focused on the doughnuts, thereby giving new meaning to the term Munchkins.

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