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  • Misery Loves Company?

    Posted 1 hour ago by Tony Villari

    Over the years I have received my fair share of mail bemoaning one's misery.  My only response to these poor souls is to stop being miserable.  It isn't that I don't care; it's simply that my point of reference for their attitude was left so many years behind me that I remember little of i...

  • Sapphries

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Branding Your Cigarettes Thursday, June 20, 2019 In an effort to create a stronger deterrent to smoking, a new strategy was tried – namely, putting images on cigarette packs – images of what happens when you smoke – images of diseased lungs, sickened bodies, cancer, and...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Nevertheless… by Max Lucado   And the king and his men… spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” …Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). - 2 Samu...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21   A Time to Think You are a creation of God unequaled anywhere in the universe... Thank Him for yourself and then for all the rest of His glorious handiwork. –Norman ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   You sent Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His all for me on the Cross.   Jesus tells us...   "...take up the cross and follow me." Mark 10:21   My precious Savi...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Mark 10:21 New King James Version (NKJV) 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cros...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. John Fenwick & Bl. John Gavan Bl. John Fenwick and Bl. John Gavan (d. 1679) were Englishmen and Jesuit priests who were martyred for their Catholic faith in England during the monarcy's persecution of the Catholic Church. John F...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and retu...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 11th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 6,7-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 20 2019   « June 19  |  June 21 » Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 368 Reading 1 2 Cor 11:1-11 Brothers and sister...

  • Meditations

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "[Purity of intention] which is intimately connected with zeal, enables us to forget ourselves in all things, and to seek first the glory of God and the accomplishment of His good pleasure, persuaded that the more we sacrifice our own interests in...

  • The Most Holy Trinity

    Posted 6 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

  • When God Says, "WAIT"

    Posted Wed at 9:29 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 13, 2019 When God Says, “Wait.” Claire Dwyer It was almost exactly one year ago when I cried out in prayer to God:  “I can’t do this anymore!” I remember I was sitting on the edge of the couch, clutching the cushions.  Life felt so overwhelming an...

  • The Church Needs the Priesthood

    Posted Wed at 9:06 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 19, 2019 The Church Needs the Priesthood Michele Chronister In a recent article in The Atlantic, a former Catholic priest shared his thoughts about the crisis in the Church. His solution was doing away with the priesthood and putting power into the hands of the laity. I find many proble...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Wed at 12:50 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Law Of The Jungle & The Lamb Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Charles Darwin based his theory of evolution on the law of “the survival of the fittest.” It’s basically the same as the “law of the jungle.” It states a truism: that which survives is that which is m...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Wed at 12:46 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   You are in control, even when my life at times seems so out of control.   Please help me to keep my focus on You.   Please help me to spend time with You each day in prayer, in worship and...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Corpus Christi) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now,...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:43 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Matthew 1:23 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which means “God with us.”[a]   Footnotes: [a] Matthew 1:23 Is...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Gervase & Protase Sts. Gervase and Protase (2nd century) were twin brothers born in the Roman Empire to Christian parents. Their parents were killed for their Christian faith, and the brothers likewise suffered martyrdom. They ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is." 1 John 3:2  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Wed at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 11th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 6,1-6.16-18): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give somet...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Wed at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 19 2019   « June 18  |  June 20 » Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 367 Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-11 Brothers and sister...

  • How to Conquer Spiritual Blindness

    Posted Tue at 9:46 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 18, 2019 How to Conquer Spiritual Blindness Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Jesus the “Light of the world” gave sight to the blind! Spiritual blindness is an extremely prevalent reality. However, spiritually blind eyes can still have their sight restored. This short article will bring to ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Tue at 12:42 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    And David Shall Be Their King Tuesday, June 18, 2019 The Bible foretells the end-time regathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. And in that return, is a strange sub-prophecy. Jeremiah 30:9 says, “… and David, their king…” “And David, my serva...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Mark & Marcellian Sts. Mark and Marcellian (d. 286 A.D.) were twin brothers who were martyred for their faith in Rome under Emperor Diocletian. According to legend they were both deacons from a distinguished family who were thrown i...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:37 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3: 24-26 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Tue at 12:37 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 11th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,43-48): Jesus said to his disciples, «You have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy. But this I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Tue at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 18 2019   « June 17  |  June 19 » Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 366 Reading 1 2 Cor 8:1-9 We want you to know, b...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Tue at 12:34 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   You sent your only Son, Jesus, the great I AM.   Jesus is without beginning, and without end...   “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:31 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Revelation 1:8 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,”[a] says Adonai Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!”   Footnotes: [a] Revelation 1:8 cf. Rev. 21:6; 22:1...

  • JohnXXI and the True Gift of the Papacy

    Posted Mon at 10:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 17, 2019 John XXI and the True Gift of the Papacy Richard Becker When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man. – G.K. Ch...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Emily de Vialar St. Emily de Vialar (1797–1856) was born in Gaillac, France to an aristocratic family in the years following the French Revolution. Because the Catholic faith was under severe persecution, she was baptized in ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!" Luke 12:4-5 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mon at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 11th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,38-42): Jesus said to his disciples, «You have heard that it was said: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you this: do not oppose evil with evil; if someone slaps you on your ri...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mon at 12:37 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 17 2019   « June 16  |  June 18 » Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 365 Reading 1 2 Cor 6:1-10 Brothers and sisters:A...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jun 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God's Translator by Max Lucado   There were a few occasions in Brazil when I served as a translator for an English speaker. He stood before the audience, complete with the message. I stood at his side, equipped with the language. My job was to convey his story to the listeners...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Too often I beg You for help in my plans.   Please teach me to submit my plans to You and to seek Your wisdom and direction for my life...   Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 119:105 New King James Version (NKJV) נ NUN 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Regis St. John Francis Regis (1597–1640) was born to a wealthy French merchant and his noble wife. After being educated by the Jesuits, he joined their order at the age of 18 and was later ordained a priest. He grew into a sk...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Trinity Sunday On the first Sunday after Pentecost the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This revealed doctrine of God's nature is that the eternal God is one in essence and being, yet three distinct p...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Trinity Sunday (C) View 1st Reading and Psalm 1st Reading (Prov 8:22-31): Thus says the wisdom of God: «The Lord possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth. When ther...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 16 2019   « June 15  |  June 17 » The Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityLectionary: 166 Reading 1 Prv 8:22-31 Thus says the wisdom of God:"...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jun 16 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Know, dearest daughter, how, by humble, continual, and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and perseverance, every virtue. Wherefore should she persevere and never abandon prayer... The soul should advance by degrees, and I know we...

  • Path of Obstacles

    Posted Jun 15 by Tony Villari

    "Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path."  A gentleman recently mentioned this line he quoted from Proverbs, in the Bible.  The Bible?  I had to come home and look it up because I didn't remember that particular quote coming from biblical scripture.  I remembered...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jun 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    No Pecking Orders with Jesus By Max Lucado   Love does not boast, it is not proud (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV). Jesus has no room for pecking orders. His solution to man-made caste systems? A change of direction. In a world of upward mobility, choose downward servility. “Rega...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you. Job 22:21 NASB   A Time to Think I expect the best and with God's help will attain the best. —Norman Vincent Peale, Guideposts Founder   A Time to Act ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Let me begin by thanking You for taking care of me, my family and my loved ones.   Thank You for always being there to carry us, to protect us, and for loving us for eternity.   Please lead me, ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Galatians 5:22-23 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 22 But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentlenesses, and self-control—against such things, there is no law.   Tree of Life V...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Most Holy Trinity) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Germaine Cousin St. Germaine Cousin (1579–1601) was born in a remote French village to a peasant farmer. She was born with a deformed right arm and a disease that causes abscesses in her neck. Her mother died when she wa...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:13-14 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 10th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,33-37): Jesus said to his disciples, «You have also heard that people were told in the past: Do not break your oath; an oath sworn to the Lord must be kept. But I tell you this: do not take oaths....

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 15 2019   « June 14  |  June 16 » Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 364 Reading 1 2 Cor 5:14-21 Brothers and sisters...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jun 15 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The divine activity permeates the whole universe, it pervades every creature; wherever they are it is there; it goes before them, with them, and it follows them; all they have to do is to let the waves bear them on. Would to God that ... all men ...

  • Why We Celebrate Trinity Sunday

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 14, 2019 Why We Celebrate Trinity Sunday Gayle Somers Jesus never used the word “Trinity,” yet in Sunday’s readings He describes why we believe in it. Gospel (Read Jn 16:12-15) “Jesus said to His disciples:  ‘I have much more to tell you, but y...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Joseph the Hymnographer St. Joseph the Hymnographer (816-883 A.D.) was born in Sicily to a pious Christian family. When Muslims invaded the island, his family moved to Greece to escape persecution. At the age of 15 he entered a monas...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried o...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 14 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 10th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,27-32): Jesus said to his disciples: «You have heard that it was said: ‘Do not commit adultery’. But I tell you this: anyone who looks at a woman to lustfully has in fact already committ...