Advent with Fr. Pontifex - Week 1
Advent Gangnam Style
Advent Gangnam Style!
Why is this Advent season so important? It is a time to stop - to prepare - to wait. Take a look at this video on the real meaning of Advent.
Fr. Barron Skyfall
"Skyfall": A Commentary by Fr. Barron
If you have not watched the movie, you may want to wait to watch this until after if you don't want to know what happens.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Pope proclaims seven new saints, including St. Kateri Tekakwitha
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Proclaiming seven new saints - including St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope from North America - Pope Benedict XVI said they are examples to the world of total dedication to Christ and tireless service to others.
In a revised canonization rite Oct. 21, the pope prayed for guidance that the church would not "err in a matter of such importance" as he used his authority to state that the seven are with God in heaven and can intercede for people on earth.
An estimated 80,000 pilgrims from the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Italy, Spain, Germany and Madagascar ﬁlled St. Peter's Square for the canonization of the holy women and men who ministered among their people.
Dolan Letter to Pres
Cardinal Dolan Writes To The President
Dear President Obama,
In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom. We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone.
May God bless you and Vice President Biden as you prepare for your second term in service to our country and its citizens.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Bible vs Protestant
Catholic Bible vs. Protestant Bible
Learn why Catholics and Protestants have different versions of the Bible. This is the video that was shown at the last Newman Club Meeting.
Communion of the Saints
Communion of the Saints
Prayer for our Nation Before the 2012 Presidential Election
Prayer for our Nation Before the
2012 Presidential Election
Saturday, October 27, 2012
In a little over two weeks, Americans across the country will go to the polls to elect the next President of the United States. Without doubt, this is an important time for all Americans, especially for those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. Currently many of the values that have shaped our Country from its founding seem to be at risk, religious liberty being one of the most prominent. Religious liberty, which is the first value guaranteed by the Constitution, is being eroded and is on the verge of being denied with the HHS mandate that would compel Catholic employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization. Pope Benedict XVI and the United States Bishops have recognized this erosion, and have encourage Catholics across the Country to defend our religious freedom and to defend those Christian values upon which the United States was founded.
So, as Catholics, we have always turned to the Mother of God for help in times of need. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is sponsoring a Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation. This novena is a great way to ask for the Blessed Mother's intercession! Each day, there is a short reflection and prayer, which can be prayed online everyday, or downloaded to print. It is a great way to pray with others all over the country and world for the future of the United States and for religious freedom. And if you start tomorrow, Sunday, October 28, the novena ends one day before the Presidential Election.
Tell your family and friends about the novena, and let's ask Mary the Mother of God to intercede for us so that religious liberty may be protected and the values we cherish as "one nation under God" would be respected and promoted!
Click here for the novena website.
Thank you and God bless you!
Pope John Paul II
What is So "Great" About John Paul II?
Q - I have heard a lot of people referring to Pope John Paul II as "John Paul the Great". I do not feel comfortable giving him this title although I think he is one of the greatest popes ever. What do you think about calling him John Paul the Great now, and how does a pope receive that designation?
Here is the interesting thing, none of the three have ever been officially recognized by the Church as "great". It is a popular title given, that rises up from the people and tradition surrounding the men. Since they received the popular title, the have been listed in Church documents with "The Great" appended to their name, but never has the Church given the title to them officially.
I expect history won't downgrade John Paul from being the next "Great" Pope.
An online, video version of the Angelus has been produced by the Catholic Advance as part of the Year of Faith activities and to promote the traditional prayer. Bishop Michael O. Jackels leads the Angelus, a set of prayers in honor of the Incarnation. It is traditionally prayed three times a day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of the bell. The faithful are invited to bookmark the prayer which on the diocesan homepage at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.