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Saturday, December 15, 2012

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VATICAN : POPE : CLOSENESS IN PRAYER TO VICTIMS IN CONNECTICUT

CATHOLIC MOVIES - WATCH ST. JOHN BOSCO- PART 20

AMERICA : USA : HERO TEACHERS - NAMES OF CHILDREN KILLED - POPE'S CONDOLENCES

AUSTRALIA : FAITH AND EDUCATION - GUEST SPEAKERS

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. DEC. 15, 2012


RADIO VATICANA REPORT: The following Telegram was sent to the Diocese of Bridgeport on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI when he was informed of the horrific shooting attack in Connecticut in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.


"The Holy Father was promptly informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of this closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God, our Father, to console allthose who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love." 

Cardinal Tarcisio Berton,
Secretary of State
VATICAN 


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AMERICA : USA : HERO TEACHERS - NAMES OF CHILDREN KILLED - POPE'S CONDOLENCES

The tragic event of the killing at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has revealed the stories of some heroic teachers. Victoria Soto, age 27, pictured, put her 1st grade students into a closet to save them. She was then shot and killed by the assailant, Adam Lanza.   2 other teachers saved their students by placing them in closets. 6 adults and 20 children were killed by Lanza who then killed himself.
SEE - http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2012/12/america-shooting-in-elementary-school.html
The 26 children and adults killed in Friday's attack on a school in Connecticut have been named:

Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006
Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006
Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006
Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005
Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
James Mattioli, March 22, 2006
Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005
Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960
Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006
Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006
Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006
Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006
Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982
Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956
Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985
Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006
Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006

The Pope has issued a statement of condolences:
VATICAN RADIO RELEASE: The following Telegram was sent to the Diocese of Bridgeport on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI when he was informed of the horrific shooting attack in Connecticut in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.

"The Holy Father was promptly informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of this closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God, our Father, to console allthose who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love."

Cardinal Tarcisio Berton,
Secretary of State
VATICAN 

SHARED FROM RADIO VATICANA


ASIA : CHINA : 22 CHILDREN INJURED IN KNIFE ATTACK

22 CHILDREN were injured in a knife attack at their school on the morning of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Chengping, Henan, China. The attacker was 36 year old Min Yingjun. The children were between the ages of 6-11. The attack took place in a primary school but the police caught the attacker and now have him in custody. This follows a number of attacks in schools.

EUROPE : IRELAND : MEETING OF BISHOPS - EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS

Winter 2012 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference
Today a press conference was held at the Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth marking the closing of the Winter General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. The bishops attending the press conference were: Cardinal Seán Brady, Bishop Leo O’Reilly and Bishop Kieran O’Reilly.
Initial response by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgement in A,B and C v Ireland
A society that believes the right to life is the most fundamental of all rights cannot ignore the fact that abortion is first and foremost a moral issue.
As a society we have a particular responsibility to ensure this right is upheld on behalf of those who are defenceless, voiceless or vulnerable. This includes our duty as a society to defend and promote the equal right to life of a pregnant mother and the innocent and defenceless child in her womb when the life of either of these persons is at risk.
By virtue of their common humanity the life of a mother and her unborn baby are both sacred. They have an equal right to life. The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of a mother. Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are morally permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby.
Abortion, understood as the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby, is gravely immoral in all circumstances. This is different from medical treatments which do not directly and intentionally seek to end the life of the unborn baby.
Current law and medical guidelines in Ireland allow nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals to apply this vital distinction in practice. This has been an important factor in ensuring that Irish hospitals are among the safest and best in the world in terms of medical care for both a mother and her unborn baby during pregnancy. As a country this is something we should cherish, promote and protect.
The Report of the Expert Group on the Judgement in A, B and C v Ireland has put forward options that could end the practice of making this vital ethical distinction in Irish hospitals. Of the four options presented by the Report, three involve abortion – the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child. This can never be morally justified. The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights does not oblige the Irish Government to legislate for abortion.
Other aspects of the Report also give rise to concerns. These include, but are not limited to the fact that:
  • The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights permits options on this matter of fundamental moral, social and constitutional importance that are not offered by this Report. This includes the option of introducing a constitutional prohibition on abortion or another form of constitutional amendment to reverse the ‘X-case’ judgement.
  • The Report provides no ethical analysis of the options available, even though this is first and foremost a moral issue and consideration of the ethical dimension was included in the Terms of Reference.
  • The Report takes no account of the risks involved in trying to legislate for so-called ‘limited abortion’ within the context of the ‘X-case’ judgement. The ‘X-case’ judgement includes the threat of suicide as grounds for an abortion. International experience shows that allowing abortion on the grounds of mental health effectively opens the floodgates for abortion.
The Report also identifies Guidelines as an option. It notes that Guidelines can help to ensure consistency in the delivery of medical treatment. If Guidelines can provide greater clarity as to when life-saving treatment may be provided to a pregnant mother or her unborn child within the existing legislative framework, and where the direct and intentional killing of either person continues to be excluded, then such ethically sound Guidelines may offer a way forward.
A matter of this importance deserves sufficient time for a calm, rational and informed debate to take place before any decision about the options offered by the Expert Group Report are taken. All involved, especially public representatives, must consider the profound moral questions that arise in responding to this Report. Abortion is gravely immoral in all circumstances, no matter how ‘limited’ access to abortion may be.
ENDS
Notes to Editors
As part of the Bishops’ Conference Day for Life initiative this year, the bishops have promoted the following pastoral material in parishes throughout Ireland – North and South:
  • A new dedicated website and social media presence were established www.chooselife2012.ieand on social media: Choose Life 2012 on Facebook, and @Chooselife2012 on Twitter: and, on YouTubeThe new website www.chooselife2012.ie hosts prayer material for parishes as well as two videos comprising insightful and brave personal testimonies of parents discussing human life in the womb and the need to protect life
  • ‘Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb’
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvellous
work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a
unique and wonderful gift.
Guide the work of doctors, nurses and
midwives.
May the life of a mother and her baby in the
womb be equally cherished and respected.
Help those who make our laws to uphold the
uniqueness and sacredness of every human life,
from the first moment of conception to natural
death.
Give us wisdom and generosity to build a
society that cares for all.
Together with Mary, your Mother,
in whose womb you took on our human
nature,
Help us to choose life in every decision we
take.
We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life
with you, and in the communion of the
Blessed Trinity.
Amen.
Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
All the Saints of Ireland, pray for us.
SHARED FROM BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF IRELAND

AUSTRALIA : FAITH AND EDUCATION - GUEST SPEAKERS

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE RELEASE
Faith and religious education

Monday 10 December 2012

By Patrick Jurd
Ave Maria College

DURING the final week for students in Years 7-9, Ave Maria College invited guest speakers from each of their 2013 year level charities. It was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and interest. The girls were engaged by each of the presenters and keen to explore ways to let the rest of the College know about their cause. Sr Brigid from the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project spoke to Year 7. Her information and the testimony of two young asylum seekers, Sajad and Melshu, were very moving. The Year 8 students worked with members of Western Young Vinnies and they were keen to learn and get involved. 
Paul Stewart, and his friend Vlad informed and entertained the Year 9 girls as they continue to work with our northern neighbour, East Timor.

I conclude by sharing a Christmas reflection with you:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ (Matthew 1: 23)

Christmas is many things. It can be a time to give thanks for all of the blessings of the past year. It can be a time to mourn the absence of loved ones. It also can, and should, be a time of hope and joy. God made good on his promise (Is 7:14) and became one of us. Our God understands what it means to be human - in all our joys and all our struggles. But this wasn't a 'one time deal'. The birth of Jesus constantly reminds us of all we can be. We were shown a way of living and loving that is constantly life-giving. God came among us in an unexpected way - not in power and majesty. Yet this is the same God of surprises of the Old Testament who was the still, small voice of 1 Kings 19. The grace of Christmas is that God is still with us - even if it is in a way that eludes our comprehension. May each of us have the eyes of faith to see - today and always.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Patrick Jurd, is Director of Faith and Religious Education, Ave Maria College.

Photo courtesy of Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie

SHARED FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE

AFRICA : BURKINA FASO : 100 YEARS OF EVANGELIZATION

Agenzia Fides REPORT - For the first time 100 years ago, in 1912, the Good News arrived in the region including the present diocese of Koudougou, in Burkina Faso, starting from the town of Réo, in the province of Sanguié, in the central West African country. The Diocese of Koudougou was the third region to receive the proclamation of the Gospel in Burkina Faso, brought by the Missionaries of Africa, after the diocese of Koupéla and Ouagadougou, and today, 15 December 2012, the local Church in celebration concluded solemnly the Centenary of evangelization.
The coincidence with the celebration of the Year of Faith, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, "are not accidental but providential coincidences," writes Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in his message sent for the occasion to the Bishop of Koudougou, His Exc. Mgr. Joachim Ouedraogo. It is in fact a "kairos, a moment of grace, a call, a call for all of your local Church to take the missionary mandate seriously."
After quoting the first Mass celebrated in Réo on March 12, 1912, Cardinal Filoni pays homage "to the pioneers of evangelization in your region" and to those who succeeded him, and points out that in 2001 the first centenary of evangelization of Burkina Faso had already been celebrated.
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, then special envoy of Blessed Pope John Paul II, on January 21, 2001, during the closing celebration, said, "Today, of course, is not a closing day, but rather a new beginning ..."
Cardinal Filoni continues: " I want to tell you that today is really a day to emphasize that your mission is to evangelize ... All men have the right to know Jesus Christ and his Gospel, and it is the duty of Christians, of all Christians to proclaim the Good News. The celebration of the centenary is an extraordinary opportunity for you to become more aware of this duty." (SL) (Agenzia Fides 15/12/2012)

2012


TODAY'S SAINT: DEC. 15: ST. MARY DI ROSA

St. Mary di Rosa
FOUNDRESS
Feast: December 15


Information:
Feast Day: December 15
Born: November 6, 1813, Brescia, Italy
Died: 1855, Brescia, Italy
Canonized: 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII
Foundress of the Handmaids of Charity of Brescia, also called the Servants of Charity. Born into a wealthy family in Brescia, Italy, on November 6, 1813, by age seventeen she was running her father's household and caring for the girls in her father's mill and estate. In the cholera epidemic of 1836, she became well-known as she directed a home for girls and begame another residence for deaf and mute young ladies. In 1840, she became superior of a community that evolved into her congregation. The women of the Servants of Charity ministered to the wounded on the battlefields of northern Italy and in hospitals. Maria died at Brescia on December 15. She was canonized in 1954.

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. DEC. 15, 2012


Matthew 17: 9, 10 - 13 




9And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."
10And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?"
11He replied, "Eli'jah does come, and he is to restore all things;
12but I tell you that Eli'jah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands."
13Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

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