Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Church Needs Priests Who are Well-Prepared

The Church needs priests who are well prepared and full of the wisdom that is acquired in friendship with the Lord Jesus. These were the Pope's words today when he received the staff of the Pontifical Polish Ecclesiastical Institute of Rome which is celebrating its centenary. The Pope said: "The search for Truth for you priests who are enjoying this unique Roman experience, is stimulated and enriched by your proximity to the Apostolic See which has the task of offering specific and universal service to Catholic communion in truth and charity. Remaining close to Peter, in the heart of the Church, means gratefully recognising that we are part of a centuries-old and fruitful history of salvation which, ...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Feast of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope

Taking a look at last year's Feast of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope:

Thank you for these video clips, Fr. Marc Alexander!

Here's a good link about Bl. Mother Marianne: Cope.

Thanks, Melissa C., for the info!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Three Singing Irish Priests

I have featured these three priests about three years ago, right here on this blog. These priests are Fr. Eugene O'Hagan, Fr. Martin O'Hagan and Fr. David Delargy, who are practicing Catholic Priests from Northern Ireland. They all grew up singing when they were very young and together, while studying for the priesthood, formed their group.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vocation Awareness -- Quote of the Day

Saint Damien of Moloka'i
Leper Priest of Hawai'i

"Each person must discover his or her own personal vocation and respond to it with generosity.”
— Pope John Paul II

Sunday, January 9, 2011

National Vocation Awareness Week

January 9 – 15, 2011
From Fr. Peter Dumag, Director of Vocations
Source: Catholic Hawaii

January 9 – 15, 2011 is National Vocations Awareness Week. It begins with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. Let us remember to pray for priests and consecrated men and women this week, and for married couples and families. Send a card to a priest or consecrated person this week, thanking them for the gift of themselves given to Christ and to his body, the Church. Pray for more vocations to priesthood and consecrated life, and consider a vocation to priesthood and consecrated life.

I ask you to consider the following:
 include an intention at the Masses on this week from January 9-15
 place a notice about this week on your parish bulletin
 consider placing the Diocesan Prayer for Vocations in your bulletin, newsletters,
website, or other means of communication

Diocesan Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, your divine Son taught us
to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His vineyard.
We earnestly beg you to bless our Diocese and our world
with many priests, deacons and religious who will love you
fervently and gladly and courageously spend their lives
in service to your Son's Church,
especially the poor and the needy.
Bless our families and our children, and choose from our homes
those whom you desire for this holy work.
Teach them to respond generously
and keep them ever faithful in following your Son Jesus Christ,
that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
and with the inspiration of Saint Damien and Blessed Marianne
the Good News of redemption may be brought to all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Quote of the Day -- Evangelization

"The Catholic Church believes that Christ entrusted to Her the fullness of Divine Revelation. She therefore realizes that the use of the media for evangelization and religious instruction, is not an option but a serious moral obligation." - Fr. John Hardon

Read about Father John A. Hardon, S.J. at The Real Presence

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Prayer for the New Year and Auld Lang Syne

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year!

Thank you to my good friend, Fr. Mark Wheelan, S.O.L.T., for sending me this video with a lovely prayer for the new year.