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Month of the Holy Rosary

                Homecoming is done and it will already be October in a couple days. Time is flying by so fast; the next thing you know is that the five-o-clock shadow will be getting scratchier. The good thing is that October is the month of the rosary. As of the time I am writing this, we are planning a Rosary Ralley during this month. The details should be in the announcements at the Masses this weekend. If not, then it will be soon.

                Some people have asked me if the rosary has been done away with at Vatican II. Absolutely not. I think in particular of our last three popes. … Continue reading

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Corperal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Corporal and spiritual works of mercy are essential to Catholic life. Without them, our faith is dead. Are you involved ion your church’s ministries? In this homily, Fr Barr also explains the latest mis-quote of Pope Francis.

A couple meditation songs after communion.

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Pope Francis: A Christian is One Who Bears Humiliation With ‘Patience and Joy’

Vatican City,      September 27, 2013

During his homily at morning Mass in Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis  emphasized the importance of carrying within oneself the joy and patience of Christian faith even in difficult and humiliating circumstances.

The question raised in the Gospel of Luke, which recounted Peter’s profession of faith when Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, is also asked to us, the Pope told the faithful. …

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Pope Francis Meets with Syrian Greek-Orthodox Patriarch

Rome,      September 27, 2013

This morning, Pope Francis met with Patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East. The Syrian prelate informed the Holy Father of the continuing suffering of Christians in the nation.

The situation is of particular difficult for the Patriarch whose brother was one of two bishops kidnapped in Syria. On April 22, Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek-Orthodox Bishop Boulos al-Yazigi were kidnapped by unknown abductors during a humanitarian mission. …

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Benedict XVI Writes to an Atheist Mathematician

I miss hearing about Pope  Benedict.

Rome,      September 25, 2013

In its online edition Tuesday, the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” published excerpts from a recent letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, a professor of mathematics at the University of Turin, prolific author and outspoken atheist.

The Pope Emeritus’ letter was a belated response to Odifreddi’s 2011 book “Caro Papa, ti scrivo” (Dear Pope, I am writing you). …