Dominican Nuns on Fox News

Sr. Mary Magdalene, a native of Overland Park, KS, attended PSU until 2008. In 2009 she became a Dominican nun in the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Sr. Mary Magdalene made First Profession as a Nun of the Order of Preachers at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, NJ on December 8, 2011, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.   Recently, Sr. Mary Magdalene's order was featured on FOX News.  Below is the video. Click here for the full article. If you would like to visit their online shop, click here.


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Divine Mercy Sunday - April 15, 2012

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a 3:00pm Roman Catholic devotion (prayer) based on the visions of a Polish nun and canonized saint, Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), known as "the Apostle of Mercy." The chaplet is often said as a rosary-based prayer with the same set of rosary beads used for reciting the Holy Rosary or the Chaplet of Holy Wounds. However, the chaplet may also be said without beads, usually by counting prayers on the fingertips.

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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“What we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected. We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.”

This is in a statement just issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the HHS mandate.

Click here to read the full statement.

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Heavenly Father and God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.  From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us.  Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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What is the Triduum?

The Triduum is made up of the three days before Easter - Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It is a single prayer of final preparation where we enter into the redemption of humanity and the salvation of the world made present in the Resurrection of our Lord.

  • Holy Thursday - The Mass of the Lord's Supper, it is the celebration of the first Eucharist in the upper room. This is when we have the annual washing of feet. Usually there is no other Mass celebrated on this day. Extra hosts are consecrated and then all of the Blessed Sacrament are taken from the Church and the tabernacle is left open to signify our longing for Christ. We have adoration after this mass as our last act of worship before the sorrow of Good Friday.
  • Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion. There is no Mass this day. Usually there are Stations of The Cross and a Communion service. This is when we have veneration of the Cross and the entire Passion of Christ is read.
  • Easter Vigil - This is the high-point of the Church's year. During this celebration of Christ's death and Resurrection we have the RCIA candidates and elect receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). The vigil must take place after night falls. It starts with an Easter fire outside of the Church. Then the paschal (Easter) candle is lit and processed into the Church. Then we all share the light of Christ with one another. Afterward, we have the Liturgy of the Word, which will have many readings about the story of God's Salvation history (7 Old Testament and 2 New Testament readings). Then after the homily, we celebrate baptism and confirmation. After this we celebrate the Eucharist. It is a long and absolutely beautiful liturgy with many "smells and bells".

We should prayerfully enter into the coming Holy Week in preparation for Christ's rising from the dead.

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A Great Reflection as We Enter Holy Week

The Passion of Jesus Christ seen through the eyes of God the Father. This is the true meaning of Lent and the bedrock of the joy of Easter. This is how great the love of God is.

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"The Hunger Games"
A Commentary by Fr. Barron


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Vanderbilt Catholic Will Not Comply with Vanderbilt University’s Mandate


Vanderbilt Catholic announced to its members on Sunday that they will not re-register as a student organization at Vanderbilt University for the Fall Semester 2012.

According to Fr. John Sims Baker, Chaplain of Vanderbilt Catholic, “The discriminatory non-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand.”

Student organizations must re-register in April and affirm that they will abide by the controversial non-discrimination policy, explained Fr. Baker. “The Administration is forcing religious groups to open leadership positions to all students, regardless of whether or not they practice the religion or even know anything about it,” he said.
To read the full article, click here.

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This Sunday, April 1st is Palm Sunday
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Below is a commentary about Palm Sunday by Fr. Barron

 

 

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Pope Benedict's Agenda for Mexico and Cuba Trip

This week Pope Benedict is traveling to Mexico and Cuba.
Details on his trip can be heard in this video.

 

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Defense Department Responds to Medal of Honor Letter for Father Kapaun
The Department of Defense has answered a letter written by members of the Kansas Congressional delegation that urged the department to speed along the application to award the Medal of Honor to Kansas army chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun.
The above is from an update posted on the Wichita Eagle's website regarding the effort to award Fr. Kapaun a Medal of Honor.  For the full article click here.

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We Hold These Truths

"We Hold These Truths" is a video produced in order to clearly state the main issue in regards to the (HHS) Health and Human Services Mandate. The main issue is Religious Liberty. The mandate, as it stands right now, violates the Constitution and specifically the 1st Amendment. We have a right to the free exercise of our religion without violating our consciences. Every American should see this as an important issue. It is not a Catholic issue. It is an American issue.

 

 

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I Have a Say: Father John Hollowell

 

 

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Father Barron comments on the three practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He offers practical advice to enact these three pillars in your own life. In addition, he comments on the traditional practice of receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday.

 

 

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Why Is A Nun Walking The Oscar's Red Carpet?

Because she starred in multiple movies alongside Elvis, entered a convent, became the superior of the order, and is now the subject of a documentary that is nominated for an Oscar.

 

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5 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a great time to share your Catholic faith with others. Therefore, below are five simple suggestions on how to do just that.

5 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday
  1. Explain why you have ashes on your forehead. It is inevitable that if you get your ashes early enough in the day, you will run into someone who tells you that there is something ("dirt", "smudge", "stuff", etc.) on your forehead. Remember, they are being polite in telling you this. So, return the favor by explaining what the ashes are for (a Biblical sign of repentance) and share your faith by explaining Lent and Ash Wednesday to them.
  2. Invite someone to Mass with you. Anyone is welcome to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday in a Catholic Church. They need not even be Christian to receive them. This isn't the case for Communion though, so it is a good time to explain our liturgy, belief in the Eucharist, basis for Sacraments, etc. to them. If you don't know a good way to explain why a non-Catholic cannot receive the Eucharist, then this explanation should help.
  3. Discuss lent with your social media network. Most of us are connected to others through social media. With these connections come the availability and opportunity to help them come closer to Christ and His Church. So, start a discussion about what lent is for, what it means, or what you are doing for lent. Keep it positive and encourage all to participate in lent.
  4. Fast and Pray for others. The heart of evangelization is found in our prayer. We cannot help others if the source of our spiritual life is not deeply rooted in Christ through prayer. Since lent is a time of "increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving", we should use this increase in our prayer and fasting for others.
  5. Invest yourself in a relationship with a new friend. To make any relationship work you have to invest time and effort into it. You must open yourself up to the other person and truly love them. True love would always want what is best for the other person. What could be better than helping them know Christ and the Catholic faith better? Ultimately all effective evangelization comes down to good relationships. So, spend your time investing in others!

Lent is time to help others spiritually, materially, Pope says
By Mary Shovlain
Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and "not to remain isolated and indifferent" to the fate of others.

Materialism and a sense of self-sufficiency are obstacles to a Christian life of charity, the pope said.

Instead of looking first to God and then to the well-being of others, people often have an attitude of "indifference and disinterest born of selfishness and masked as a respect for 'privacy.'"

For the full article, click here.

 

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