Sunday, June 10, 2012








VATICAN.VA RELEASE: Dear brothers and sisters!

Today, in Italy and in many other countries, they celebrate Corpus Christi, i.e. the solemn Feast of the body and blood of the Lord, the Eucharist. It's always tradition alive, in this day, keep the solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament, in the streets and squares. In Rome this procession was already held at the diocesan level last Thursday, the precise day of this occurrence, which annually renews in Christians the joy and gratitude for the Eucharistic presence of Jesus among us.

The feast of Corpus Christi is a great act of public worship of the Eucharist, the sacrament in which the Lord remains present even beyond the time of celebration, to be always with us along the passing of hours and days. San Giustino, which already has left us one of the oldest on the Eucharistic liturgy States that, after the distribution of Holy Communion to those present, showbread was brought by the deacons to absent (see Apology, 1, 65). Therefore in the churches the sacred place is precisely that which keeps the Eucharist. I can't not think about it with emotion to the many churches which were severely damaged by the recent earthquake in Emilia Romagna, the fact that the Eucharistic Body of Christ in the Tabernacle, in some cases remained under the rubble. Please fondly for communities, with their priests should gather for mass outdoors or in large tents; the thank you for their testimony and how they are doing on behalf of the entire population. It is a situation that does stand out even more the importance of being United in the name of the Lord, and the strength that comes from the Eucharistic bread, also called «pilgrims» bread. By sharing this Bread was born and renews the ability to share life and property, bring the weights for each other, to be hospitable and welcoming.

The solemnity of the body and blood of the Lord brings us the value of Eucharistic adoration. The servant of God Paul VI recalled that the Catholic Church professes the worship of the Eucharist not only during mass, but also out of his celebration, keeping with the utmost diligence the consecrated hosts, presenting them to the solemn veneration of the faithful Christians, and brought in procession with gaudio Christian crowd "(Enc. Mysterium fidei, 57). The prayer of adoration you can accomplish both personally, stopping in meditation before the Tabernacle, community, both also with Psalms and songs, but always focusing on silent, which hear inwardly the Lord living and present in the sacrament. The Virgin Mary is also teacher of this prayer, because no more and better than you have been contemplating Jesus with eyes of faith and welcome in the cozy resonances of his human and divine presence. To his intercession spread and grow in every ecclesial community an authentic and profound faith in the Eucharistic mystery.


CORPUS CHRISTI is Latin for Body of Christ. It comes from the Bible verses: "And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body.And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins." (Matt. 26: 26)
This is a Solemnity of the Roman Catholic Church, celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. In many places the Feast is transferred to the Sunday following the Thursday. It is a Holy Day of Obligation in many countries meaning the faithful should attend Mass. It celebrates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. Today it is called the 'Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.'
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, this feast began with St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, in Belgium. She was born in 1193 in Retines. Juliana was orphaned and raised by Augustinian nuns. She became a nun of the order and then superior. She died on April 5, 1258. She had a vision of the feast and told the Bishop of Liege, Robert de Thorete. Also Dominican Hugh who later became Pope Urban IV was told of this vision. The Bishop called a synod in 1246 which ordered the Feast to be celebrated. It was made a feast for the Universal Church on September 8, 1264; this was by order of Urban IV with the papal bull called "Transiturus".
St. Thomas Aquinas was comission to compose the office for this feast. He wrote the "Pange Lingua Gloriosi" and "Tantum Ergo Sacramentum".
For centuries this feast has been accompanied by a procession of the Eucharist in a Monstrance. These procession typically involve the entire Church walking and singing hymns and prayers.


IEC RELEASE: The 50th International Eucharistic Congress opened today, Sunday 10th June with a vibrant, colourful parade of pilgrims from more than 120 countries and from the four archdioceses of Ireland.

People of all ages represented the archdioceses of Tuam. Dublin, Armagh, Cashel & Emly with county flags and symbols of faith walked in procession while the Congress choir sang.
Bryan Dobson and Roisin Ní Thomain presented the gathering part of the opening ceremony to a crowd of more than 12,500 pilgrims from all four corners of the world. Music was provided by the Maynooth Gospel Choir, Our Lady of Victories Gospel Choir, the Palestrina Choir, the Dublin Deaf Choir, and the Three Tenors.
Papal Legate, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, celebrated the Mass at 3pm with concelebrants Archbishop Diarmuid Martin; President of the Congress; Archbishop Piero Marini; President of the Pontifical Committee for Eucharistic Congresses, Archbishop Robert LeGall; Archbishop of Toulouse, and Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Delivering his homily, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, said: “How fitting it is that, in God’s providence, this gathering takes place here in Ireland. This is a country known for its natural beauty, its hospitality and its rich culture, but most especially for its long tradition of fidelity to the Catholic faith”.
He added that “Ireland’s strong history of faithfulness has enriched not only these shores, but has, through her missionary sons and daughters, helped to bring the Gospel to many other, far-distant shores”.
“Now the Church in Ireland is suffering and faces many new and serious challenges to the faith. Well aware of these challenges we turn together to Our Lord, who renews, heals and strengthens the faith of His people. I know from my own experience at the last Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City that an event such as this brings many blessings to the local Church and to all the participants, including those who sustain it through prayer, volunteer work and solidarity. And so we pray with confidence in the Eucharistic Lord that this, the fiftieth occurrence of this great universal Church event, may bring a very special blessing to Ireland at this turbulent time and to all of you.”
“As the preparatory document for this Eucharistic Congress reminds us, everyone is able to live what is called 'a spiritual communion’ in the sense of an act of worship, uniting themselves with the self-giving movement that is being celebrated at Mass (The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another.”
Speaking during the ceremony, IEC2012 President Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “We pray that young Irish people will be led to know the happiness and fulfilment, the joy and the hope, the call to love and commitment that comes from an encounter with Jesus Christ.”
Dr Martin added: “The Church in Ireland is on the path to renewal. The Church is not ours to redesign; it is gift that we receive from the Lord with the guidance throughout history of the Holy Spirit and following the example of Mary and the saints.”
As an acknowledgement of the past, a healing stone was unveiled during the Opening Ceremony in the RDS on 10th June as a means of acknowledging the abuse of children.
The Healing Stone comprises a large, shaped piece of Wicklow granite which is engraved with a prayer composed by a survivor of clerical abuse. The prayer was originally featured in the Liturgy of Lament celebrated in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral in 2011.
Work on the Healing Stone project began in early 2012. Following consultation with various people, including abuse survivors, it was agreed that the stone would be an appropriate symbol for the Congress.
Father Kevin Doran, Secretary General of IEC2012, said: “Stone speaks of permanence. To say something is ‘carved in stone’ is to say that it is here to stay rather than just a passing thought. The stone represents the firm determination to work for healing and renewal".
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The liturgy can be led by a lay person, deacon or priest. Readers should be involved, congregational singing of the Congress hymn, Though we are many, is highly recommended. Ample time should be given to moments for silence.
We hope these texts serve you well as you celebrate the Congress and journey into renewal seeing the Eucharist as communion with Christ and with one another.
There is a liturgy for each day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.
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Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
8 Jun 2012

Dancers for "Tell Me a Story" rehearse movementsd
for the Sydney's school musical spectacular
A cast of 5000 performers from 162 Catholic schools across Sydney are in final rehearsals for an original all singing, all dancing production of "Tell Me a Story" at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Set for a six performance-run on 21 and 22 June the show will make history as the largest cast of students ever assembled for one mammoth production.
"It is incredibly exciting to be able to give this kind of opportunity to so many students and for them to have the opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience of more than 8000 will be something they will never forget," says one of the show's creative producers, Roger Wise.
In addition to the mammoth cast of primary and secondary school students, at both evening performances the talented youngsters and teenagers will be joined by international recording star and popular performer, Mark Vincent.

Former student from de la Salle
College Caringbah, singing
sensation, Mark Vincent
Mark was a 15-year-old student at Caringbah's De La Salle College when he won Australia's Got Talent in 2009 and followed that up with the release of his first-ever album, "My Dream: Mio Visione" which went gold just two weeks after it went on sale.
Now 18 years old, Mark's rich deep tenor is thrilling audiences worldwide and he will be a featured performer at both 7.30 pm shows of "Tell Me a Story."
Described by Roger Wise as a "wonderful celebration of the power of story and the different ways people from all ages and cultures have used dance, song and drama to tell stories," the production moves from powerfully dramatic segments such as the plight of the Sudanese fleeing civil war to a familiar fairy story told with a twist. Other segments feature an Indigenous dance ensemble telling the true and historic tale of two young Aboriginal boys who made an amazing journey to Rome in the 1840s from their home in Western Australia.
The ground breaking production features 2000 performers including dancers, the show's leads and specialist cast members, along with a massed choir of 3000, along with 6000 props, more than 4000 metres of material, 2000 costumes backed by a 40 member creative team and 100 logistics staff.

Natalie Samardzic and Monica Morrison from
Freeman Catholic College, Fairfield take a break
from rehearsals
Not since 2005 when the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Education Office (CEO) celebrated 185 years of Catholic education have students at CEO schools been brought together in such a massive production. Each year regional areas of Sydney's Catholic schools get together to put on a specific production such as the Eastern Region's performance of Splash! at the Hordern Pavillion last year which involved 1200 students across 40 of schools.
But "Tell Me a Story" is the first time since "Entertaining Angels," the production created to mark the 185th anniversary of Catholic education in Sydney that students and schools across the city have combined to showcase their talents and skills in the performing arts.
Thumbs up from Tenaya Fairclough
from St Therese Saldier Miller Primary
and Alicia Casey from
St Christopher's Holsworthy
In those seven years however the number of students as well as schools has increased. In 2005, 4000 students from the city's (then) 140 Catholic primary and secondary schools took part against this year's production involving 5000 students and 162 schools.
As with this year's production, Entertaining Angels also had Roger Wise as well as musical director, Stephen "Spud" Murphy at the helm.

A Helpmann award winner, "Spud" Murphy was musical director of the smash hit stage show, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and he and his partner, the Australian Institute of Music's Jennifer Murphy have written the signature tune for "Tell Me a Story."
The song, "We All Have a Story" is a winner and will have audiences humming along.
Tickets are now on sale with performances on each of the two days at 10.30 am, 1 pm and 7.30 pm.
For more information on the show and how to purchase tickets log on to and follow the link to Tell Me a Story.


An agreement by education authorities in South Korea may prove to be a landmark decision.
Billy Hallowell
June 8, 2012
Catholic Church News Image of Creationists win fight to remove evolution from school books
In America, the debate over evolution and creationism is seemingly never-ending. And, judging from the numbers, the battle is poised to continue. But it’s not just the U.S. that finds itself embroiled in controversy surrounding the creation and development of mankind. In South Korea, where disagreement is also fierce, a shocking decision has been made: Officials plan to remove some evolutionary references from high school student textbooks.
The creationist-led victory was achieved last month when a petition to remove references to evolution was accepted. While the theory isn’t being taken out entirely, specific examples, including the horse and the avian ancestor Archaeopteryx will be nixed. Biologists who embrace evolution are voicing their concerns with the development, Nature reports.
The journal goes on, explaining where the campaign originated and how it reached this latest victory:
The campaign was led by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which aims to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks to “correct” students’ views of the world, according to the society’s website. The society says that its members include professors of biology and high-school science teachers.
The STR is also campaigning to remove content about “the evolution of humans” and “the adaptation of finch beaks based on habitat and mode of sustenance”, a reference to one of the most famous observations in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. To back its campaign, the group highlights recent discoveries that Archaeopteryx is one of many feathered dinosaurs, and not necessarily an ancestor of all birds.
Exploiting such debates over the lineage of species “is a typical strategy of creation scientists to attack the teaching of evolution itself”, says Joonghwan Jeon, an evolutionary psychologist at Kyung Hee University in Yongin.


NAIROBI, May 31, 2012 (CISA) -In cooperation with other faiths the Franciscans are starting a tree planting campaign based on the love of St Francis for creation and for Mother Earth.
The campaign is expected to reach each Diocese, parish, outstation, Small Christian Community and the family. Schools and social institutions are also to be incorporated in the programme.
Br Hermann Borg, ofm, the patron of Mother Earth Nature, said that they will involve other faiths among them the Muslims and the Hindu.
“It will teach, educate, motivate, inspire, enlighten, encourage, activate and mobilize. It will open eyes, ears, minds and hearts. It will include, incorporate, enlarge, widen horizons and call for actions,” said Br Borg.
“The forests cover needs to be raised from 6% to 10% for the present generation of seven billion of people. The potentials are there if action is taken. With modern methods even semi-deserts can turn into green forests,” he added.
All organizations are invited to join this faith based initiative.
“The campaign hopes to dig holes, to prepare the ground, to plant trees, to water and take care of them. We plan to initially plant 10 million trees in Kajiado, Subukia, Kitui, Wamba, Turkana in Kenya and in South Sudan. We hope for your support in prayers and by action,” concluded Br Borg.


Exodus 24: 3 - 8
3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, "All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do."
4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.
6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar.
7 Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient."
8 And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."
Psalms 116: 12 - 13, 15 - 18
12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
16 O LORD, I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
Hebrews 9: 11 - 15
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
Mark 14: 12 - 16, 22 - 26
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?"
13 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him,
14 and wherever he enters, say to the householder, `The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?'
15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us."
16 And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body."
23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
24 And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
25 Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.


St. Getulius & Companions
Feast: June 10

Feast Day: June 10
Died: 120 AD
Major Shrine: Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, Rome
Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138). He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, the imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli. The significance of the conversion rests in part upon the fact that the emperor himself owned a large and famous estate in the same area, an indication of how the Christian faith had established itself among the ranks of the wealthy patrician class of the empire.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)