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Pope Francis’ Message for Lent

“Lent summons us,
and enables us,
to come back to the Lord
and in every aspect of our life.” Pope Francis

To read Pope Francis’ entire message for Lent 2018, go to:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20171101_messaggio-quaresima2018.html

Pope Francis calls for respecting silence during Mass

ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.

To read more go to: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/01/10/pope-francis-calls-respecting-silence-mass/

National Migration Week January 7-14

On the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invited us to, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”

Respond with meaning

Communities can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation by commemorating National Migration Week from January 7-14. National Migration Week is a chance to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants—including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. It is a special opportunity for the Church in the United States to live out the Share the Journey campaign, a global effort to show love and honor the dignity of our migrant and refugee neighbors.

Get resources

Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.

This 110-year-old nun got birthday greetings from Pope Francis

.- She is one of the oldest religious sisters in the world, but this week, she turned 110 years young.  to read more go to:


Pope Francis Addresses World Youth Day


Thousands of young adults are gathering in Krakow, Poland to celebrate the 2016 World Youth Day (July 25-31, 2016).  During this World Youth Day celebration, God’s Mercy will be the theme. The fifth beatitude found in Matthew’s Gospel proclaims “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This theme aligns with the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. Pope Francis arrives today, Thursday, July 28th and delivers his welcome address at a prayer service.  Catch the latest news and schedule at http://worldyouthday.com/world-youth-day-2016-celebrating-gods-mercy-in-krakow


Pope Francis receives International Charlemagne Prize


“(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Germany, from Marcel Philipp, the Lord Mayor of the German city. The International Charlemagne Prize is awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Prize is named for Charles the Great (Charlemagne), the Franconian king revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe.”‘  To read more go to:


Lenten Disciplines: Fasting & Almsgiving


” For these Forty Days we are conscious of how we must sharpen our senses and focus mind and heart on the Reign of God. We are, above all, aware of those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death. We died to sin and evil and began a new life in Christ. The waters of Baptism wait at Lent’s end for the catechumens, but we are called to renew our Baptism as well.”  (From the USCCB Catechetical Corner) https://usccb.force.com/MN4__mnp_viewresource?id=a1I1A00000ZlUmrUAF

“Merciful like the Father”


(Taken from the USCCB website) How can we show others the mercy of God? We say that God is compassionate, but we ignore the poor. We say that God loves us and has mercy on us, but we hold grudges against our friends. Our actions need to authentically reflect God’s mercy. To explore the different ways that you can live out that mercy every day go to: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/index.cfm

Pope Francis sends airborne blessing to Mother Angelica


Feb 12, 2016 – 09:28 am .- While on board the plane taking him to Cuba and then Mexico, Pope Francis took a moment to send a special blessing to EWTN’s foundress Mother Angelica, and to ask her for her prayers. To view video, go to: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-sends-airborne-blessing-to-mother-angelica-13531/

October: Month of the Rosary

Lady of the Rosary

As we come to the end of October, please remember to take time to pray the rosary.  There are many tools on the web.  One such tool is on YouTube.  The 4 Mysteries of the Rosary can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIdiktEquMM  or Holy Rosary with the Pope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1xu1pH0F14