Friday, November 30, 2012


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.


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


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


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)