The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary invite you to participate in the Veneration of the Official Relic of the Blood of St. John Paul II. November 6, 2017 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, TX, 77002.
The publisher Sadlier Religion has some great ideas for Halloween and All Saints’ Day on their “We Believe and Share” Blog. Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/yaoek5fn
Each year Catholic Life Insurance proudly offers two scholarships worth $2,000 through the Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is for Roman Catholics who have attained a bachelor’s degree and are now enrolled in Catholic graduate schools of theology or religious studies. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2017. The application can be downloaded from www.cliu.com . If you have any questions, please call 1-800-262-2548.
To learn more about how you can join in prayer to protect and preserve our religious freedom read the corresponding article in the June 13th edition of the Catholic Herald on page 2 or go to: http://www.archgh.org/resources/fortnight-for-freedom/
St. Boniface’s story can be found at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-boniface/
Prayer of St. Boniface
Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Register today! Presenters: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, Sr. Lynn Levo, Robert Wicks, Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, Hoffsman Ospino, Sr. Theresa Rickard, Mike Patin, Jack Jezreel, and Aida Hildago. To find out more information or to register go to: https://www.nccl.org/conference-2017/
Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, begins our Holy Week. This history of Palm Sunday is very interesting.
“Library : History of Palm Sunday | Catholic Culture
As soon as the Church obtained her freedom in the fourth century, the faithful in Jerusalem re-enacted the solemn entry of Christ into their city on the Sunday before Easter, holding a procession in which they carried branches and sang the Hosanna (Matthew 21, 1-11). In the early Latin Church, people attending Mass on this Sunday would hold aloft twigs of olives, which were not, however, blessed in those days.” To read more, go to: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=105
ST. JOSEPH NOVENA PRAYERS
Find the Original Here: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-joseph-novena/#ixzz4bEyPtPu1
The St. Joseph Altar or St. Joseph Table is an old tradition from Sicily. Here is the explanation of how the tradition started.
The people of Sicily prayed. For too long there had been no rain to nourish the crops that sustained life for most of the island.
The dried out wheat stalks cracked beneath the feet of the poor farmers as they walked through their barren fields. Only a sea of dust and withered vines remained from what had once been row upon row of brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
And so the people prayed.
They pleaded to St. Joseph, their patron, for relief from the famine that gripped the island. At last the skies opened, sending down the life-giving water. The people rejoiced. Some time later, to show their gratitude, they prepared a table with a special assortment of foods they had harvested. After paying honor to St. Joseph, they distributed the food to the less fortunate.
The first St. Joseph Altar set up on the Island of Sicily was a small one, of course. But as time went on and the tradition took hold, the flamboyant nature and creative spirit of the Italians caused the altars to grow larger and more ornate.
Today, the artistic quality of the breads, cookies and pastries, which are baked in such shapes as chalices, staffs and pyramids, often rivals the exquisite flavor of the food offerings.
Though Sicilian immigrants introduced the custom to America, the celebration is not confined to any nationality. Rather, it has become a public event which its devoted participants embrace for a host of private and personal reasons. The feast is alternately a source of petition and thanksgiving.