Thursday, October 31, 2013


 Pope Francis' prayer intention for November is: “That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity”.

His mission intention is: “That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches”.
from 31 October 2013 (VIS)


The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., announced today that
 the Pope has announced his intention to convoke a Consistory for the creation of new cardinals on the occasion of the Feast of the Cathedral of St. Peter, 22 February. Pope Francis has decided to communicate his decision to convoke February's Consistory in advance in order to facilitate the planning of other meetings involving the participation of cardinals from different parts of the world.

Fr. Lombardi also said “Indeed, it is foreseen that the Pope, like his predecessors on other occasions, intends for the Consistory to be preceded by a meeting of the College of Cardinals.--- scheduled for the 17 and 18 February.

Prior to that, the 'Council of Cardinals' (the so-called 'Eight Cardinals'), will meet while after the Consistory, on 24 and 25 February, there will be the meeting of the Synod Council.

Fr. Lombardi also noted: “The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals for economic and organisational matters of the Holy See (the so-called 'Council of Fifteen') is expected to be scheduled as in previous years for the month of February, probably during the preceding week”.

 from 31 October 2013 (VIS)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

November Calendar

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

All Souls Day, Saturday November 2nd Mass at Saint Bridget's

On Saturday, November 2nd Mass will be celebrated at Saint Bridget Chapel in the Field at noon and there will be a Book of Remembrance in the Narthex.

                                            All Souls‘ Day by William Bouguereau 
                                                               (Public Domain: Wikipedia)

As Father Krempa reminds us,

 All Souls Day is a reflective way to to remember and and to pray for those who have left this earth and have gone before the Lord. Our prayer for those who have died is a way of showing gratitude to our beloved dead and is also a way of seeking reconciliation with those whom we have been distant when they were with us. Remembering and giving thanks to those who have died is one of the many graces of the month of November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Daily Meditations of Pope Francis

Meditations of Pope Francis during the daily Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae

The daily meditations of Pope Francis are reported  by the official Vatican News Network
 based upon reports by L'Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio

Friday, October 18, 2013

International Commission on English in the Liturgy Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Pope received the members of the Commission in audience today. He remarked that the fruits of their labors “have not only helped to form the prayer of countless Catholics, but have also contributed to the understanding of the faith, the exercise of the common priesthood and the renewal of the Church’s missionary outreach, all themes central to the teaching of the Council.... by enabling the vast numbers of the Catholic faithful throughout the world to pray in a common language [the commission] … has helped to foster the Church’s unity in faith and sacramental communion. That unity and communion, which has its origin in the Blessed Trinity, is one which constantly reconciles and enhances the richness of diversity” concluded the Holy Father, imparting his Apostolic Blessing to those present.

According to the Vatican Information Service: "The International Commission on English in the Liturgy was founded as part of the implementation of the liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Divine Liturgy. Over the past fifty years, the Commission has carried out the enormous task of providing English translations of the texts of the liturgy, and has also contributed to the study, understanding and appropriation of the Church’s sacramental and euchological tradition."

(VIS 10/18 2013)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October Calendar Update

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(Note: This version of the calendar includes the Mass intention for November 1st to avoid a  lacunae between the Oct and Nov calendars. The rose window image on that date indicates that November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation -- All Saints Day)

World Mission Sunday October 20th

On World Mission Sunday, we are invited to “do good on earth,”  from the words of St. Therese of Lisieux, co-patron of the Missions, by putting our faith into action in support of the work of missionaries — like Sister Clara who rescues girls from human trafficking in India, giving them a loving home. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday support the tireless work of so many priests, religious and lay leaders around the world as they offer practical, emotional and spiritual care to communities, children and families in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.

 For more information visit: the website

ICANN approves " .catholic" top level domain name

                                                                                                                                                                                  Catholic News Service

The Catholic News Service reports that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),  which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses such as the familiar .com  and  .gov  etc,  has allowed entities to apply for ownership of a multitude of new domain names such as .biz  etc.
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has received ICANN approval that will allow it to control a new Internet address extension .catholic and decide who is allowed to use it.

For the full story see the CNS Report blog

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Vatican Radio Website Reports on Cardinal Dolan's meeting with Pope Francis

Today, the Vatican Radio Website carried an interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan who spoke about his meeting with the Holy Father.
The text of the interview may be found here
An mp3 recording of reporter Tracey McClure's interview is found here

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


The Holy Father's general prayer intention for October is: "That those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it may sense the nearness of God's love."

His mission intention is: "That the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God's word."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Trouble Understanding Obama Care?

With help from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms, the Kaiser Family Foundation has published a extensive set of Frequently Asked Questions about Obama Care.
 It comprehensive and fine grained. If you have questions about this law, here is one good place to look for answers.The Kaiser Family Foundation appreciates help received from staff at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms in answering these frequently asked questions.The Kaiser Family Foundation appreciates help received from staff at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms in answering these frequently asked questions.

October Calendar

October Calendar Click the image  to enlarge