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Pope Francis Says People With Autism Carry a Cross; Stigma Must Be Broken Down

Vatican City, November 24, 2014

Pope Francis says we need to break down the stigma of autism and is calling on government, institutions, and Christian communities to do so.

Speaking Saturday morning to the participants of a three-day conference held at the Vatican, he said support is needed to pay “due attention” to the rights, needs, and potential of those with autism, and that that support system must “always safeguard the dignity of every person.”

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-says-people-with-autism-carry-a-cross-stigma-must-be-broken-down?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Liturgy of the Eucharist Part 41

After the Lamb of God, the priest prays a prayer at the altar while bowing down. He whispers, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit, through your Death gave life to the world, free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood, from all my sins and from every evil; keep me always faithful to your commandments, and never let me be parted from you.” The priest says this prayer in preparation of receiving the Eucharist. Continue reading


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Gospel Reading for Sunday, November 23rd

Matthew 25: 31-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him. 
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. 
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink? 
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you? 
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/gospel-reading-for-sunday-november-23rd?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Holiday Craft & Vendor Benefit

A Holiday Craft & Vendor Show will be held at the Holy Family Community Center on December 13, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. If you would like to purchase a space to sell your wares, you may purchase tables for $20 each. To register, please contact Sam or Rosemary Havens at 815-821-4037 or 815-232-4841.

This is a fundraiser for St Joseph and St Mary Churches. Proceeds will be given to the parishes.

We hope to make this a yearly event. Tell everyone about the show and come out and support your

parish, while finding the perfect gift for someone!


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Lincoln Bishop Announces Masses With Priest Facing East to Recall Advent Symbolism

Lincoln, Nebraska, November 20, 2014

Here is the latest column published in the Southern Nebraska Register by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln.

Jesus Christ will return in glory to the earth.

We do not know when he will return. But Christ promised us that he would return in glory, “as light comes from the east” to bring God’s plan of redemption to its fulfilment.  …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/lincoln-bishop-announces-masses-with-priest-facing-east-to-recall-advent-symbolism?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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