Monday, August 29, 2011









TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 29: MARK 6: 17- 29

RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI presided over Mass yesterday with the Ratzinger Schülerkreis – the group of former students who did their doctoral work with the then-Professor Joseph Ratzinger.
The Mass took place at the Mariapolis Center in Castel Gandolfo, and marked the end of the traditional Summer gathering, which this year took place against the thematic backdrop of the new evangelization.
Briefly introducing the Eucharistic celebration, Pope Benedict said the words of the Psalm of the day, Psalm 62, which sings of the soul that thirsts for the LORD thirsts for you my soul, offers an occasion and an impetus to pray for those who seek to satisfy their thirst elsewhere: “Let us pray,” he said, “that God reveal to all that He is the living water, and that He does not allow the lives of men and their thirst for great things to suffocate and drown the ephemeral.”
The Pope prayed especially for young people in this regard, before going on to say, “We who have known God since we were young, must ask forgiveness, because we bring people so little of the light of His visage, because from us comes so little certainty that He is, the He is there, and that He is the Great One, whom we all attend.”
The homilist for the Mass, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, spoke of the total and complete renunciation of self that must accompany radical Christian discipleship.
“Only by not conforming ourselves to this world,” said Cardinal Schönborn, “can we recognize the will of God and make it the foundation of our lives.”


ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO PRESS RELEASE: Thanks to all those who have taken the time to send their condolences to the Ambrozic family and the Archdiocese on the passing of Cardinal Ambrozic. Details have now been confirmed for His Eminence's visitation and funeral Mass.

The body of Cardinal Ambrozic will arrive at St. Michael's Cathedral on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. At that time the Rite of Reception will be held.

His Eminence will lie in state for visitation at the cathedral Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with the Office for the Dead being celebrated at 8:30 p.m. All Tuesday events are open to the public who are most welcome to visit the cathedral to pay their respects.

The funeral Mass for Cardinal Ambrozic will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. Due to renovations currently underway at the cathedral, expected participation by up to 500 priests, family, friends, etc. there will be extremely limited public seating available.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to pay tribute to the Cardinal are invited to donate to one of His Eminence's favourite charities, the Shepherds' Trust.


STIFTHEILIGENKREUZ REPORT; Hello, read this, then maybe you also want to come to the Youth Vigil for Holy Cross! It's always on the first Friday of every month. You will not be alone: ​​There are so teenagers 150-200. But the thing is steep: an evening of intense prayer, the monks make. Yes, in Holy Cross are in fact real monks! And are pleased with the young people who flock together ever since.

Youth Vigil is every 1st Friday of the month.
Start is at 20.15 clock, at the end: 21.45 clock,
then is still agape with Open End ...

7th January
4th February
4 March
1 April
6 May
3 June
1 July
5th August
2 September
7 October
4 November
2 December ... So every 1st Friday of the month

You can already at 19.45 clock in the evening prayer (Compline) Compline participate in the monks of the Abbey Church. Clock at 20.15, it then goes on in the Church of the Cross: The monks move in and open with a piece of Gregorian chant. The Latin is perhaps why so cool because it is quite incomprehensible, and the melodies go in any case!

Then we go to a candlelight procession into the dark vast abbey church. Singing, we move on

through the rooms of the monastery, the cloister. There we stopped and a young monk reads a story.

So from the beginning is like a pilgrimage: they walk through the medieval rooms with candles and pray. This is a good match.When all are back in the Church of the Cross, then it goes on with worship: since then, has formed a band, where to play some young monks, for example, plays a guitar, a violin. A teenager is even a composer. The songs are (mostly) exciting, some are kind of Catholic "ear worms".

Then comes a short sermon, in which you can fall asleep difficult.Sometimes you can learn something. Maybe it fires even when you make is always another priest. Often speaks Father Karl, who is sort of organizer for the event.

At the end there is a solemn blessing, often a blessing first Mass by a newly ordained priest.Then, other youth events will be announced, because it's going on in Vienna and a lot more!- Come and see!

You have the chance to meet God!

Then it gets really intense: it follows the Eucharistic adoration with the possibility of free prayer. The youth vigil is there that God give you the chance to touch you in my heart. Ehrlich: Yes, we trust God often do not realize that he exists and that he is really on my side. In the Youth Vigil he can prove to you the opposite. Jesus says yes: "Ask and ye shall receive, knock on un deuch be opened!"

Actually, God is always there! But we forget him. Somehow, God has indeed the problem is that he is invisible. But it is un-effective unicht Lich, no WORKS, he, if you let him. His "problem" is thus more YOUR problem, namely that you forget him. - Well at least the youth vigil is really a moment where you feel that God can do anything with me.

After: Agape in the youth room!

According to the Youth Vigil, there is a small snack in the youth room and a happy encounter. Since it is indeed often crowded, but cozy. Who has time, can meet new friends or talk with a nice Brother or Father of the Cistercians. SOURCE:


ASIA NEWS REPORT: According to the police they were proselytizing among the Dalits and poor Hindus. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The situation is alarming. The Dalits are empowered by Christian prayer and Hindus are afraid of this. "

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The number of Christians targeted by Hindu extremists are on the rise: the situation is alarming”, warns Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), speaking toAsiaNews of the umpteenth case of anti-Christian violence, the fourth in the month of August in Karnataka. Yesterday the police arrested four Uppinangady Pentecostal Christians in Puttur Taluk (Dakshina Kannada district), accused of trying to convert by force a Dalit colony in Nidle Boodujalu. The Christians were beaten before being arrested.

Praveen Boodujalu, a Hindu, denounced the four, accusing them of door to door proselytizing. Some local residents, including the Dalits, said that the group - Mary (60), her son Kunjimonu (30), his wife Lenny (23) and BT Sainu (34) - went to their homes every Sunday for a month, bringing books to help in the conversion to Christianity. According to the police report, the houses chosen by the Christian were only those of Hindu and Dalits with financial difficulties. "When we refused - explain some locals – the Christians attacked and insulted on the basis of our caste."

But for Sajan George, "this arrest reflects the lack of religious freedom in Karnataka. Moreover, the evangelization of the Dalits is still viewed with suspicion. In India, for Hinduism India's over 250 million Dalits are Hinduism's "untouchables," relegated by the high-caste to an almost permanent underclass status. The caste system, though illegal in India, remains in force socially. Dalits are not allowed to enter upper-caste houses, fields, or temples. They cannot draw water from village wells or wear shoes while passing upper-caste areas".

"Many of them - continues the president of the GCIC - are empowered by the liberative message of the Gospels and this is staunchly opposed by the Hindus, hence they will use even fabricated charges to arrest anyone who announces to them the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ". (NC)


Mamre House News Story
South Sudan Independence celebrations at Mamre House.

DIOCESE OF PARRAMATTA REPORT: The Independence and the declaration of the new Nation of the Republic of South Sudan have brought great excitement and joy to the South Sudanese community living in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, and to all who know them.

The staff at Mamre House in Orchard Hills, a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, have been working with the Sudanese community for the last six years since the arrival of most of the Sudanese community in Australia.

Mamre House shared the delight of the Sudanese community in their independence, organising a formal celebration on Tuesday 26 July. The day provided an opportunity for the women to share their joy and hopes for the future of South Sudan after many years of war and sadness.

Visitors included Sr Catherine Ryan, Leader of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, other Sisters, members of the Coalition Partnershipand students from Catherine McAuley High School Westmead.

Mrs Salwa Garang gave a brief and vivid history of Sudan’s struggle for independence. This was followed by several women giving an explanation of the symbolism of the new flag.

After the singing of the new National Anthem, “South Sudan Oyee”, the visitors were entertained by the women and their children, singing and doing their national dances. The morning concluded with a feast of Sudanese dishes, prepared by the women.

“We share the delight of the Sudanese community in their new nation and congratulate them,” said Sr Janet Woods, the Co-ordinator of the project.

It is a great joy for the teachers to see these women approach the microphone so confidently and address us in English. We are so proud of these women. Not only are they wonderful mothers and home makers, but they are also making great progress in their mastery of English, and adapting to their new country so well, after only a few years in Australia.”


CISA REPORT -President Rupiah Banda of Zambia has described the death of former Mongu Diocese Bishop Paul Duffy as a major loss to the Church and the nation. (IMAGE SOURCE; DIOCESE ZAMBIA)

In a letter of condolences to Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) president, Bishop George Lungu, President Banda said he was saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Duffy in Texas, United States of America on Tuesday August 23, 2011 according to Catholic News Agency.

President Banda described the late priest as outspoken in his quest to see the wellbeing of the vulnerable and marginalised in society uplifted, and a keen advocate on many national issues.

“The MMD Government and I are deeply sorry about this loss and we wish you and the Catholic Church leadership in Zambia God’s grace and strength as you handle the various pressures that arise out of this extremely difficult development,” the President said.

The President said he still remembered the conversation he had with Bishop Duffy when he visited the clergyman at his house in Mongu. He said the bishop was an intelligent person even though the President differed with him on some issues.

Meanwhile, the Zambian Catholic Church said it had learnt with great sorrow the death of Bishop Duffy. Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson Paul Samasumo said ZEC together with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Zambia Delegation were saddened with the death of retired Mongu Catholic Diocese Bishop, Right Rev Paul Duffy.

He said in a press statement released yesterday that the prelate died at the Oblate retirement home in San Antonio, Texas, USA on Tuesday. Fr Samasumo said Bishop Duffy died of Leukaemia.

The late Bishop Paul Francis Duffy was born on July 25, 1932 at Norwood, Massachusetts, USA. He entered the Catholic religious congregation of Oblate Priests and Brothers in the USA in 1952 and was ordained priest on December 22, 1962.

He went to Zambia in 1984 and served as parish priest in the Catholic parishes of Lukulu and Kalabo, Western Province until 1997. Bishop Duffy was ordained as the first Bishop of Mongu Diocese on August 31, 1997.

Apart from his pastoral duties as the Shepherd of Mongu Diocese, Bishop Duffy served as Zambia’s delegate to the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Board Chairman of Lewanika General Hospital and Mongu Trades Training Institute.

Bishop Duffy retired in February 2011 and formally handed over the Diocese of Mongu to his successor, Bishop Evans Chinyemba on May 28 2011.



The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
Feast: August 29
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST was called by God to be the forerunner of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve the extraordinary graces which he had received, he was directed by the Holy Ghost to lead an austere and contemplative life in the wilderness, in the continual exercises of devout prayer and penance, from his infancy till he was thirty years of age. At this age the faithful minister began to discharge his mission. Clothed with the weeds of penance, be announced to all men the obligation they lay under of washing away their iniquities with the tears of sincere compunction; and proclaimed the Messias, Who was then coming to make His appearance among them. He was received by the people as the true herald of the Most High God, and his voice was, as it were, a trumpet sounding from heaven to summon all men to avert the divine judgments, and to prepare themselves to reap the benefit of Vie mercy that was offered them. The tetrarch Herod Antipas having, in defiance of all laws divine and human, married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, who was yet living, St. John the Baptist boldly reprehended the tetrarch and his accomplice for so scandalous an incest and adultery, and Herod, urged on by lust and anger, cast the Saint into prison. About a year after St. John had been made a prisoner, Herod gave a splendid entertainment to the nobility of Galilee. Salome, a daughter of Herodias by her lawful husband, pleased Herod by her dancing, insomuch that he promised her to grant whatever she asked. On this, Salome consulted with her mother what to ask. Herodias instructed her daughter to demand the death of John the Baptist, and persuaded the young damsel to make it part of her petition that the head of the prisoner should be forthwith brought to her in a dish. This strange request startled the tyrant himself; he assented, however, and sent a soldier of his guard to behead the Saint in prison, with an order to bring his head in a charger and present it to Salome, who delivered it to her mother. St. Jerome relates that the furious Herodias made it her inhuman pastime to prick the sacred tongue with a bodkin. Thus died the great forerunner of our blessed Saviour, about two years and three months after his entrance upon his public ministry, about a year before the death of our blessed Redeemer.

TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 29: MARK 6: 17- 29

Mark 6: 17 - 29
17For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her.18For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."19And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.22For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it."23And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."24And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer."25And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."26And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.27And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

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