Tag Archives: Evangelization

Support the Fortnight for Freedom 2017

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/

 

Saint Boniface Saint of the Day for June 5

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.

 

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday

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

 

U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to DHS Memoranda on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

February 23, 2017

WASHINGTON—On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement. In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement:

“We recognize the importance of ensuring public safety and would welcome reasonable and necessary steps to do that. However, the two memoranda issued by Secretary Kelly on February 20th contain a number of provisions that, if implemented as written, will harm public safety rather than enhance it. Moreover, taken in their entirety, the policies contained in these memoranda will needlessly separate families, upend peaceful communities, endanger the lives and safety of the most vulnerable among us, breakdown the trust that currently exists between many police departments and immigrant communities, and sow great fear in those communities.

The DHS memoranda eliminates important protections for vulnerable populations, including unaccompanied children and asylum seekers. They greatly expand the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border.  Taken together, these memoranda constitute the establishment of a large-scale enforcement system that targets virtually all undocumented migrants as ‘priorities’ for deportation, thus prioritizing no one.  The memoranda further seek to promote local law enforcement of federal immigration laws without regard for the existing relationships of trust between local law enforcement officials and immigrant communities. The engagement of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law can undermine public safety by making many who live in immigrant communities fearful of cooperating with local law enforcement in both reporting and investigating criminal matters.

I urge the Administration to reconsider the approach embodied in these memoranda, just as it should reconsider the approach it has taken in a number of executive orders and actions issued over the last month.  Together, these have placed already vulnerable immigrants among us in an even greater state of vulnerability.

Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to care for and respect the human dignity of all, regardless of their immigration status.  During this unsettling time, we will redouble our work to accompany and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters and recognize their contributions and inherent dignity as children of God.”

http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-043.cfm

40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent

by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

When it comes to practicing our faith, Lent is a time of heightened intensity. With Lent upon us, I’m pleased to offer these 40 Lenten activities.

40 Ideas for 40 Days calendarThese activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various websites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.

May this Lent be a time of heightened focus on faith formation for you and for those you teach!

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A Lenten Letter to Parents

As a diocesan catechetical director, I write a message for parents annually. My intent in this effort is always to provide some manner of evangelizing formation for parents that will resonate with who they are and where they are at, collectively. I figure that if I can speak their language, they may actually give me a hearing. My hope is to be able to invite them into a deeper relationship with God, the Church and their parish…for themselves, first…and then for their children.

Parish catechetical leaders in this diocese are asked to provide it to parents in these days as Lent approaches. You’ll notice that I did not provide specific directions in which to send them for resources, authors, etc. It became apparent to me that this would be expanding the tone and scope of the letter beyond a rather core, simple practical message. To address this, I’ve asked parish catechetical leaders to consider providing specific guidance for their parents to grow in faith, with an encouragement to utilize digital means (links and such) since our parents live on their devices. I’m encouraging them to look at email and social media for delivery of good faith content to them.

I’m pleased to be able to share this Lent 2017 message with you for two reasons.  It gives you a sense of how one might attempt to engage in evangelizing catechesis with parents.  And, it might inspire you in your Lent messaging of parents and others this year.  (Please feel free to borrow liberally from my message if it would be helpful…or even share it outright.)  May the Holy Spirit accompany you in your efforts to foster conversion in parents and all adults!

Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet

To Download the letter go to:  http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/

 

Planning begins for Agape in English.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, February 25, 2017, to experience Agape (English) at Strake Jesuit High School’s Parsley Center. Cardinal DiNardo will participate in this day-long event aimed to evangelize people of all ages! More information will be shared as plans develop. You won’t want to miss it!2016-05-18 10.43.31

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi.  For Catholics, every Sunday is a feast of the Eucharist.  Nonetheless, over the centuries, a desire to specifically celebrate the Eucharist developed. The feast of Corpus Christi owes a rather large debt to St. Juliana, a nun of Liege, Belgium, who was led to start a celebration of the Mass around AD 1230. (excerpt from http://www.churchyear.net/corpuschristi.html)

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (CCC 1324).

Saturdays: In Honor of the Virgin Mary

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Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary

“To dedicate Saturday in honor of Mary is an ancient custom.  It is based on a legendary account that Jesus appeared to Mary on the Saturday, the day after His death.  He did so to reward her for her steadfast faith in His divinity, which did not waver under the Cross.  Another strain of devotional thought explains that Divine Wisdom, becoming flesh of the Virgin Mary, rested (Saturday=Sabbath=day of rest) in Mary as on a bed.

‘One of the oldest customs traced to honoring Mary on Saturday in the Church of Rome took place on the Saturday before “Whitsunday” [White Sunday].  The newly-baptized members of the Church were led from St. John’s baptistry of the Lateran to Mary’s great shrine on the Esquilin, St. Mary Major [built under Pope Liberius 352-66].  St. John of Damascus’ († 754) writings testify to the celebration of Saturdays dedicated to Mary in the Church of the East.  The liturgical books of the ninth and tenth centuries contain Masses in honor of Mary on Saturday.”

Excerpt taken from: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/firstsaturday.html  You can go to this University of Dayton website for more information on this and other Marion days.