Friday, August 30, 2013

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cardinal Wuerl Reflects on the Dream of Martin Luther King and that of Archbishop O'boyle

In a reflection published in the English language version of  l'Osservatore Romano Cardinal Wuerl  of Washington, recalled the March on Washington, its meaning 50 years ago and what it means today.
What follows is a brief extract. The entire piece can be found  here and is well worth reading. A Catholic Standard news item of August 30 has more information and includes a copy of Cardinal O'Boyle's invocation. It can be found here..

"...On that unforgettable day, Aug. 28, 1963, participants in the March on Washington heard those historic words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 'I  have a dream....'
To a crowd of people from many backgrounds, walks of life and religious traditions, King added, 'We cannot walk alone.' Standing with him at the Lincoln Memorial was my predecessor as archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Patrick O'Boyle, who offered the invocation, praying 'that the ideals of freedom, blessed alike by our religious faith and our heritage of democracy, will prevail in our land.'

Before the march, O'Boyle had encouraged local Catholic groups, parishes and universities to participate and offer hospitality to out-of-town marchers, and to march with their pastors, carrying banners displaying the names of their parishes or organizations. Working for racial and social justice came easily to O'Boyle, who was named a cardinal in 1967. Shortly after receiving the shepherd's staff as the first resident archbishop of Washington in 1948, he began working to integrate local parishes and Catholic schools years before the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregated educational facilities. He also joined the city's religious leaders in advocating equal opportunities in housing, jobs and public education. At the Second Vatican Council, he urged the council fathers to make a clear-cut declaration condemning racial prejudice


"As Washington's archbishop, I have witnessed King's vision of Americans praying and marching together for justice. Each year at the March, Rallies and Masses for Life, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country gather to pray and then march together in defense of the dignity of human life in all its stages.
Our faith can never be relegated to just an hour inside church on Sunday. As Pope Francis has urged us, we need to "go out" and bring Christ's love and hope to our communities and our world. That is why Catholic Charities programs and Catholic hospitals continue to bring Christ's love and hope to those who need it regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. That is why we must continue to stand for the dignity of human life, for religious freedom and for justice for immigrants. Our pope's new encyclical, Lumen Fidei, reminds us that faith is the light that should guide our lives. It certainly did so for King.
Speaking from the steps of the Islamic Center in Washington to an interfaith gathering in 2006, I called on people to rely on the light of their faith to dispel the darkness, fear and hatred of our world, and to build bridges of solidarity and peace, together. This is the unity that King not only dreamed of, but believed would become a reality.
"With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood," he said. The day will come "when all God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'  "

USCCB Speaks Out on Egypt

EWTN reports that the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on international justice and peace, has written to the U.S. Secretary of State urging the United States  to support human rights, religious freedom in Egypt, and the creation of “an inclusive democracy in which all Egyptians have a stake and a voice.”
The letter of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines stated “Extremists have scapegoated Christians, blaming them for the current state of affairs, and viciously attacked Christian churches, institutions and communities, destroying property and terrorizing people."  Since August 14th, over 80 churches have been attacked.  Christian  schools, homes and businesses have also come under attack. Hundreds of people have been reported killed in violent clashes throughout the country.
Bishop Pates also  noted that  many  Muslims  have come to the defense of their Christian neighbors -- actions that have won praise from Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak of Alexandria.

Read the full story here

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wording Change in Baptsimal "Welcome"

The Catholic News Service reports that  In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved the changed wording  which emphasizes “the Church of God” as the community receiving the baptized individual...The priest now receives the child, saying, “The church of God welcomes you with great joy” according to a Feb. 22 decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
The change took effect March 31 in the Latin typical edition of the baptismal texts, and is to be implemented in future vernacular editions.
Read the full story here

The "Mystery Priest" speaks out

Father Patrick Dowling ,dubbed the "mystery priest" and a "guardian angel" in national media, after praying with a severely injured woman trapped in a wrecked car in northeastern Missouri, hopes that all the hype surrounding his deed won't overshadow the real message.."God loves us, he is here close to us, and when we're in trouble, he's there," said Father Dowling.

That, he believes, is why God gave him, a priest of the Jefferson City Diocese, a chance Aug. 4 to minister to 19-year-old Katie Lentz while first-responders worked to free her from her mangled car.

From the Catholic News Service August 23 Read the entire article here

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Egypt --a Ray of Hope?

James Martin, S.J., author and editor-at-large of America, a national Catholic magazine, has tweeted a photo showing Muslim men standing in front of a Catholic church in Egypt, protecting its congregants while they attend mass.

The picture has gone viral.and provides at least some hope for the suffering Christians in Egypt.

"Hope for return of compassion and dignity," one Twitter user commented on the photo. However, many  remained skeptical, noting that Muslim Brotherhood supporters have attacked dozens of other churches in recent weeks.and arguing: "The peaceful actions of some do not cancel the violent actions of others,"as one user tweeted.

According to multiple sources, nearly 60 churches and  Christian schools, homes, businesses, and an orphanage. across Egypt have been targeted by Islamist radicals. In one instance, recalling the the NAZI attacks on Jewish businesses during Nazi Germany's Krystal Nacht, Christian businesses in the city of Minya were reportedly marked with an "X" to designate  Christian business establishments as attack targets.

Read more at  on the Christian Post. which contains links to additional photos of the attacks on Christians.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Marriage Jubilee Mass October 20th

 For more information check the Diocesean Family Life website
To register, contact the Sacred Heart rectory at 540 662 5858