Sunday, October 30, 2011






RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims of recent flooding in Thailand and Italy. The Holy Father began his remarks to the faithful following the Angelus prayer this Sunday in St Peter’s Square by recalling the devastation in both countries. “Dear brothers and sisters,” he said, “I express my closeness to the people of Thailand hit by serious flooding, as well as in Italy, to those of Liguria and Tuscany, recently damaged by the consequences of heavy rains.”

Thailand's worst flooding in half a century has claimed nearly 400 lives over the last three months, while in Italy, floods and mudslides last week devastated coastal areas of Liguria and Tuscany and killed nine people. The Holy Father assured all those affected of his continuing prayers.

Before the Angelus, Pope Benedict reflected on the Sunday Mass readings, which spoke of the figure of the true teacher, recalling that the one true teacher is Jesus, Himself.

In the Gospel of today’s liturgy, Christ urges us to combine humility with our charitable service towards our brothers and sisters. Indeed, may we always imitate his perfect example of service in our daily lives.

The Pope noted Jesus condemnation of those who preach the good, and then act in opposition to it – those who would require the consciences of others to bear heavy and difficult burdens, while refusing to bear those same themselves. “Sound doctrine,” warned Pope Benedict, “may well be made incredible by unbecoming conduct.” In conclusion, the Holy Father prayed that all those who, in the Christian community, are called to the ministry of teaching, “might in their conduct always bear witness to the truths they convey with their words.”


Bringing Baby Home News Story
Bringing baby home...fostering your baby's development.

CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta is holding a Bringing Baby Home workshop over two Saturdays (29 October and 5 November), helping new parents and expectant couples strengthen their relationships with and foster their baby’s development.

After completing the BBH program, you will have the skills to create a caring and nurturing environment in your home and have the tools to cope with conflict in positive ways.

Throughout the BBH workshop, you can expect to gain the following skills:

  • Learn what to expect during your transition into parenthood
  • Have the skills to strenghten friendship, intimacy, communication and conflict resolution skills with your partner
  • Increase your knowledge about child development and hot to co parent with your partner

Topics include:

  • Conflict
  • Preserving intimacy and romance
  • The importance of fathers
  • Positive interaction with your baby

The program utilises various learning tools such as group discussions, interactive excersises and DVDs.

Couples are welcomed to bring their baby if required. We ask, however, that older siblings do not attend.

When & Where

Saturday 29 October & Saturday 5 November

Diocesan Assembly Centre
Corner of Flushcombe Rd & Marion St, Blacktown


Madeleine: Ph 02 9933 0222 or E

Visit CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta


CISA REPORT: NAIROBI, October 28, 2011 (CISA) –Kenyan Catholic Church is working on a document to guide the formation of future priests in line with new evangelization, CISA has learned.

Fr Joseph Kamau, Rector of St Mary’s Seminary in Molo, Kenya told CISA on October 27 in an interview at the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) regional meeting in Nairobi that the draft document called Ratio Fondamentalis, will be presented to the bishops at their Plenary Assembly in November 2011.

Fr Kamau told CISA that once the bishops approve the document it will be presented to the Vatican for ratification before implementation.

Among the highlights on the draft document is the introduction of information and communications technology (ICT) in seminaries, training of formators in psychology as a tool of formation and new rules of life for seminarians.

Fr Kamau said this will tackle some of the challenges faced in formation of priests in a modernised world.



UCAN REPORT: Calls on Filipinos worldwide to pray for the nation
October 29, 2011
Catholic Church News Image of Group launches global prayer movement
Br Eddie Villanueva, head of the charismatic Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide

Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church Worldwide founder and spiritual director Br Eddie Villanueva yesterday launched the “God Bless the Philippines Global Prayer Movement.

The campaign aims to highlight Br Villanueva’s belief that prayer is the only solution to the many crises besetting the world in general and the Philippines in particular.

Filipinos worldwide were called to say a small prayer of blessing on the nation every day at 12pm, according to their respective time zones.

The prayer movement, accessible online, also provides a space for Filipinos to post their prayers for the Philippines thru its Post-A-Prayer feature.

“Prayer is actually joining forces with the unlimited awesome power of God,” Villanueva said just ahead of JILs 33rd foundation anniversary prayer rally in Manila on October 28.

He said he was “shocked” not only by the violence happening in various parts of the globe but more importantly by what is taking place in the Philippines, most recently in Mindanao.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces in Al-Barka, Basilan, allegedly attacked troops who went to the area on October 18 in pursuit, they claimed, of rogue rebels.

Nineteen Philippine army soldiers were killed. A series of other attacks was launched in the last week that brought the number of reported casualties to at least 35.
Quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14, Villanueva said he believed God would bless the nation if only people would learn to “humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways.”

The JIL leader also called on all nation-loving Filipinos to support President Benigno Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid,” or “straight path,” for good governance. The phrase was Aquino’s campaign slogan during the 2010 elections.

Based in Quezon City, JIL operates in seven other countries.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - To monitor the upcoming elections and to ensure transparency, the Bishops are the "best possible witnesses": this is why the organization "Ethics and Transparency," which has the task of monitoring the progress of the vote, has called Mgr. Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano, Archbishop of Managua and Mgr.Silvio José Báez Ortega Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, to attend the operations of "quick count" for the national elections scheduled for November 6. The mechanism covers about 1,200 seats called JRV (Junta of Receptor rating), for which the calculations are automated.
The organization's executive director, Robert Courtney, explained that the methodology requires the franchise to deliver a "credible witness" of the printouts of the "test vote" made, saying that the Bishops are "the most trustworthy witnesses available" in the country. Yesterday, October 28 members of the organization were welcomed by the Bishops for the delivery and explanation of this sample.
As the vote approaches, in past weeks, hundreds of people protested for the non-delivery of thousands of identity cards, essential to exercise the vote. The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) has admitted that the offices in the municipality Murra, in the northern province of Nueva Segovia, on the border with Honduras, have about 30,000 missing cards: But also accused the Independent Liberal Party to promote violent demonstrations . The police Spokesman, Fernando Borge asked the Bishop of the northern province of Esteli, Mgr. Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara, to intercede to prevent violence.
Approximately 3.4 million Nicaraguan citizens will vote on Nov. 6 to choose president, vice president, 90 deputies in the National Assembly and 20 in the Central American Parliament (Parlacen). (CE) (Agenzia 29/10/2011)


 Crackpot Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.

  •  Crackpot Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.
  •  Crackpot Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.
  •  Crackpot Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.
  •  Crackpot Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.Austriantimes report:
  • Town Hall officials have asked priests to bless all the manhole covers in their town to stop them being stolen by scrap metal thieves.

    Councillors in Lodz, Poland, replaced all 4,000 of the town's manhole covers after the new ones had been blessed at a church service to keep them safe.

    Town sewage department president Wlodzmierz Tomaszewski explained: "Lodz’s holy patron is Saint Faustina who walked the streets helping the poor and underprivileged."

    "By blessing the manhole covers we are blessing the streets and spreading her goodness," he added.


    St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
    Feast: October 30
    Feast Day:
    October 30
    July 25, 1532, Segovia
    October 31, 1617
    6 September, 1887
    Major Shrine:

    Born at Segovia in Spain, 25 July, 1532; died at Majorca, 31 October, 1617. On account of the similarity of names he is often confounded with Father Rodriguez the author of "Christian Perfection", who though eminent in his holiness was never canonized. The Saint was a Jesuit lay-brother who entered the Society at the age of forty. He was the son of a wool merchant who had been reduced to poverty when Alfonso was still young. At the age of twenty-six he married Mary Francisco Suárez, a woman of his own station, and at thirty-one found himself a widower with one surviving child, the other two having died previously. From thattime he began a life of prayer and mortification, although separated from the world around him. On the death of his third child his thoughts turned to a life in some religious order. Previous associations had brought him into contact with the first Jesuits who had come to Spain, Bl. Peter Faber among others, but it was apparently impossible to carry out his purpose of entering the Society, as he was without education, having only had an incomplete year at a new college begun at Alcalá by Francis Villanueva. At the age of thirty-nine he attempted to make up this deficiency by following the course at the College of Barcelona, but without success. His austerities had also undermined his health. After considerable delay he was finally admitted into the Society of Jesus as a lay-brother, 31 January, 1571. Distinct novitiates had not as yet been established in Spain, and Alfonso began his term of probation at Valencia or Gandia -- this point is a subject of dispute -- and after six months was sent to the recently-founded college at Majorca, where he remained in the humble position of porter for forty-six years, exercising a marvelous influence on the sanctification not only of the members of the household, but upon a great number of people who came to theporter's lodge for advice and direction. Among the distinguished Jesuits who came under his influence was St. Peter Clavier, who lived with him for some time at Majorca, and who followed his advice in asking for the missions of South America. The bodily mortifications which he imposed on himself were extreme, the scruples and mental agitation to which he was subject were of frequent occurrence, his obedience absolute, and his absorption in spiritual things even when engaged on most distracting employments, continual. It has often been said that he was the author of the well known "Little Office of the Immaculate Conception", and the claim is made by Alegambe, Southwell, and even by the Fathers de Backer in their Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus. Apart from the fact that the brother did not have the requisite education for such a task, Father Costurer says positively that the office he used was taken from an old copy printed out of Spain, and Father Colin asserts that it existed before the Saint's time. It may be admitted, however, that through him it was popularized. He left a considerable number of manuscripts after him, some of which have been published as "Obras Espirituales del B. Alonso Rodriguez" (Barcelona, 1885, 3 vols., octavo, complete edition, 8 vols. in quarto). They have no pretense to style; they are sometimes only reminiscences of domestic exhortations; the texts are often repeated; the illustrations are from every-daylife; the treatment of one virtue occasionally trenches on another; but they are remarkable for the correctness and soundness of their doctrine and the profound spiritual knowledge which they reveal. They were not written with a view to publication, but put down by the Saint himself, or dictated to others, in obedience to a positive command of his superiors. He was declared Venerable in 1626. In 1633 he was chosen by the Council General of Majorca as one of the special patrons of the city and island. In 1760 Clement XIII decreed that "the virtues of the Venerable Alonso were proved to be of a heroic degree"; but the expulsion of the Society from Spain in 1773, and its suppression, delayed his beatification until 1825. His canonization took place 6 September, 1887. His remains are enshrined at Majorca.


    Malachi 1: 14; 2: 1 - 2, 8 - 10
    14Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished; for I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name is feared among the nations.
    1"And now, O priests, this command is for you.2If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.8But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts,9and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction."10Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
    Psalms 131: 1 - 3
    1O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
    2But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.
    3O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
    1 Thessalonians 2: 7 - 9, 13
    7But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
    8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
    9For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
    13And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
    Matthew 23: 1 - 12
    1Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,
    2"The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
    3so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
    4They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
    5They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
    6and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,
    7and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.
    8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
    9And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
    10Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
    11He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
    12whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

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