Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!

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“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.  Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11 : 25-30)

First Communion

Congratulations First Communicants

eucharist_500Sunday 31 May:  Please join us in a prayer of thanks to the Holy Spirit for all of the dedicated parents and teachers who helped prepare this year’s class, and for the gift of so many inspired & hopeful catechumens!

App for Life

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If you have a smart phone, you have apps.  Some are for games, others for social media. What if there was an app that could save lives every day?  Archbishop Gomez invites you to download and use the App for LIFE!  This prayer app alerts users when women call for help with an unintended pregnancy.  Your prayers at the time of her decision send grace at the moment she needs it.   We are already seeing lives saved from abortion and women given the help and resources to choose parenting or adoption.  The App for LIFE is available in the Apple App Store and Google

Play or at www.optionsunited.org.  Make the choice for life today with the App for LIFE!

Mothers’ Day

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Nothing can ever overcome that one enormous sex superiority, that even the male child is born closer to his mother than to his father. No one, staring at that frightful female privilege, can quite believe in the equality of the sexes. Here and there we read of a girl brought up like a tom-boy; but every boy is brought up like a tame girl. The flesh and spirit of femininity surround him from the first like the four walls of a house; and even the vaguest or most brutal man has been womanized by being born. Man that is born of a woman has short days and full of misery; but nobody can picture the obscenity and bestial tragedy that would belong to such a monster as man that was born of a man.

G.K. Chesterton: What’s Wrong With the World

Mary our Mother

May is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Protectress of America.

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Mary attains a union with God that exceeds all the expectations of the human spirit. It even exceeds the expectations of all Israel, in particular the daughters of this Chosen People, who, on the basis of the promise, could hope that one of their number would one day become the mother of the Messiah. Who among them, however, could have imagined that the promised Messiah would be “the Son of the Most High”? On the basis of the Old Testament’s monotheistic faith such a thing was difficult to imagine. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit, who“overshadowed” her, was Mary able to accept what is “impossible with men, but not with God” (cf. Mk 10: 27).

…When Mary responds to the words of the heavenly messenger with her “fiat”, she who is “full of grace” feels the need to express her personal relationship to the gift that has been revealed to her, saying: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38). This statement should not be deprived of its profound meaning, nor should it be diminished by artificially removing it from the overall context of the event and from the full content of the truth revealed about God and man. In the expression “handmaid of the Lord”, one senses Mary’s complete awareness of being a creature of God. The word “handmaid”, near the end of the Annunciation dialogue, is inscribed throughout the whole history of the Mother and the Son. In fact, this Son, who is the true and consubstantial “Son of the Most High”, will often say of himself, especially at the culminating moment of his mission: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Mk 10:45).

At all times Christ is aware of being “the servant of the Lord” according to the prophecy of Isaiah (cf.Is 42:1; 49:3, 6; 52:13) which includes the essential content of his messianic mission, namely, his awareness of being the Redeemer of the world. From the first moment of her divine motherhood, of her union with the Son whom “the Father sent into the world, that the world might be saved through him” (cf. Jn 3:17), Mary takes her place within Christ’s messianic service. It is precisely this service which constitutes the very foundation of that Kingdom in which “to serve … means to reign”.21 Christ, the “Servant of the Lord”, will show all people the royal dignity of service, the dignity which is joined in the closest possible way to the vocation of every person.

Mulieris Dignitatem, St. John Paul II

Saints Today!

27 April 2014, Feast of the Divine Mercy, two new brothers in the Community of Saints.

Pope St. John XXIII

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Following the death of Pius XII, [Pope John XXIII] was elected Pope on 28 October 1958, taking the name of John XXIII.  In the five years of his pontificate he appeared to the world as an authentic image of the Good Shepherd.  Meek and gentle, resourceful and courageous, simple and ever active, he undertook various corporal and spiritual works of mercy, visiting prisoners and the sick, welcoming people of all nations and religions, demonstrating an exquisite sense of fatherhood to everyone.  His social magisterium was contained in the Encyclicals Mater et Magistra (1961) and Pacem in Terris (1963).

He convoked the Synod of Rome, instituted the Commission for the Revision of the Code of Canon Law, and convened the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.  As Bishop of Rome, be visited parishes and churches in the historical centre and in the outskirts.  People saw in him a reflection of benignitas evangelica and called him the “good Pope”.  A profound spirit of prayer sustained him. He embodied, as the driving force behind a movement of renewal of the Church, the peace of one who trusts completely in the Lord.  He advanced resolutely along the paths of evangelization, ecumenism and dialogue, and showed a paternal concern to reach out to those of his children most in need.

Pope St. John Paul the Great

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Bishop Wojtyla [future Pope John Paul II] took part in the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and made a significant contribution to the drafting of theConstitution Gaudium et Spes.  He also took part in the five assemblies of the Synod of Bishops prior to the start of his Pontificate.

On 16 October 1978, Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope and on 22 October he began his ministry as universal Pastor of the Church.

Pope John Paul II made 146 pastoral visits in Italy and, as the Bishop of Rome, he visited 317 of the current 322 Roman parishes.  His international apostolic journeys numbered 104 and were expressions of the constant pastoral solicitude of the Successor of Peter for all the Churches.

His principle documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions and 45 Apostolic Letters.  He also wrote five books: Crossing the Threshold of Hope (October 1994); Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination (November 1996); Roman Triptych, meditations in poetry (March 2003); Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way (May 2004) and Memory and Identity (February 2005).

Pope John Paul II celebrated 147 beatifications, during which he proclaimed 1,338 blesseds, and 51 canonizations, for a total of 482 saints.  He called 9 consistories, in which he created 231 Cardinals (plus one in pectore).  He also presided at 6 plenary meetings of the College of Cardinals.

From 1978, Pope John Paul II convoked 15 assemblies of the Synod of Bishops: 6 ordinary general sessions (1980, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1994 and 2001), 1 extraordinary general session (1985) and 8 special sessions (1980, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 [2] and 1999).

On 3 May 1981, an attempt was made on Pope John Paul II’s life in Saint Peter’s Square.  Saved by the maternal hand of the Mother of God, following a lengthy stay in the hospital, he forgave the attempted assassin and, aware of having received a great gift, intensified his pastoral commitments with heroic generosity.

Pope John Paul II also demonstrated his pastoral concern by erecting numerous dioceses and ecclesiastical circumscriptions, and by promulgating Codes of Canon Law for the Latin and the Oriental Churches, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  He proclaimed the Year of Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist as well as the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, in order to provide the People of God with particularly intense spiritual experiences.  He also attracted young people by beginning the celebration of World Youth Day.

No other Pope met as many people as Pope John Paul II.  More than 17.6 million pilgrims attended his Wednesday General Audiences (which numbered over 1,160).  This does not include any of the other special audiences and religious ceremonies (more than 8 million pilgrims in the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 alone).  He met millions of the faithful in the course of his pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world.  He also received numerous government officials in audience, including 38 official visits and 738 audiences and meetings with Heads of State, as well as 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers.

Additional information and materials related to the canonization event are available at the Vatican website and from the USCCB.