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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father 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 16 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Adelaide of Burgundy St. Adelaide (931-999 A.D.) was the virtuous daughter of King Rupert II of Burgundy, France. She became the Queen of Italy after being given in marriage to the future King of Italy. When her husband died, she was...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 16 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for what...

  • Feast Day

    Posted 16 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Gaudete Sunday The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. Advent is a penitential season of abstinence, sacrifice, and prayer in order to prepare our souls for the advent or coming of the Lord. On Gaudete ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted 16 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 3th (C) ofAdvent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 3,10-18): The people asked John, «What are we to do?». And John answered, «If you have two coats, give one to the person who has none; and if you have food, do the same». Even tax collect...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 16 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 16, 2018   « December 15  |  December 17 » Third Sunday of AdventLectionary: 9 Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Si...

  • When the Bar is Non-Existent

    Posted Sat at 11:02 AM by Tony Villari

    It takes more effort to keep an open mind than to close off all ideas not your own.  Yeah, you can quote me.  I think people should always set their personal bar higher than is reasonable, but they also need to be proud of whatever accomplishment they attain.  It i...

  • Oh NO Gail, they want to take your coffee away !!

    Posted Sat at 7:45 AM by HOLLY G

    Tom Shillue: Latest coffee study is nonsense – leave my morning ritual alone! Study: We should stop drinking coffee first thing in the morning Scientists have found that there’s a better time to get your morning caffeine fix: Wait an hour after waking up to drink you first cup when you...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sat at 12:48 AM by Father 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 Sat at 12:47 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 3rd Sunday of Advent) 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,   i...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sat at 12:46 AM by Father 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 Sat at 12:45 AM by Father 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 Sat at 12:44 AM by Father 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 Sat at 12:44 AM by Father 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 Sat at 12:42 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587–1651) was born in Genoa, Italy, to an aristocratic family. She was pious and desired the religious life, however, at the age of fifteen she was forced int...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sat at 12:42 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sat at 12:40 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 2nd of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 17,10-13): As they were coming down the mountainside, the disciples then asked Jesus, «Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah must come first?». And Jesus answered, «So it is: first come...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sat at 12:39 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 15, 2018   « December 14  |  December 16 » Saturday of the Second Week of AdventLectionary: 186 Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those day...

  • 2 Weeks With ULC

    Posted Sat at 12:36 AM by Larry Makinson

    I wish to share with you what has taken place for myself in the last 2 weeks. The path that led me here was not premeditated and happened very quickly. One night, I had this overwhelming force from within my heart that I could not diminish. I gave into the force and followed my heart, for I know ...

  • Some thoughts for everyone whose heart is aching at the Holiday

    Posted Fri at 11:06 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Some thoughts for everyone whose heart is aching at the Holidays... Was cleaning my house - I stopped in my tracks and sat down and just went down memory lane...All I can say is it wasn't pretty. I think I cried for over an hour with memories of what this time used to be for me and how it was filled...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Fri at 9:24 AM by Father 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 Fri at 9:23 AM by Father 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 Fri at 9:21 AM by Father 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 Fri at 9:20 AM by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Fri at 9:19 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John of the Cross St. John of the Cross (1542–1591) was born to a poor family in Old Castile, Spain. His father married below his rank and was disinherited as a result. After his father's early death, John was raised in pover...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Fri at 9:18 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carr...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Fri at 9:16 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 2nd of Advent Saints December 14th: St. John of the Cross View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,13-19): Jesus spoke to the crowds: «Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their compa...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Fri at 9:15 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 14, 2018   « December 13  |  December 15 » Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 185 Reading 1...

  • Miracle

    Posted Thu at 6:19 AM by Tony Villari

    Tomas Crisp, 65 and dying of cancer, stirred in his sleep, the I.V. tubing and wires attached to the monitoring electronics made it difficult to roll off his back and onto his side.  He coughed, and the cough led to another, and then another deeper cough which developed into a full-bl...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Thu at 12:54 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:54 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:53 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:52 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:51 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:51 AM by Father 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 Thu at 12:50 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Lucy St. Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse (283–304 A.D.) was born to a wealthy Christian family on the island of Sicily. Her father died when she was in her infancy. Lucy grew in piety, and at a young age secretly consecrated her vir...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Thu at 12:49 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Thu at 12:48 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 2nd of Advent Saints December 13th: St. Lucia, virgin and martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,11-15): Jesus said to the crowds, «No one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women, and yet the least in the kingdom of h...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Thu at 12:46 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 13, 2018   « December 12  |  December 14 » Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and MartyrLectionary: 184 Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD...

  • Gifted to Be Christ's Witnesses Today

    Posted Wed at 10:11 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 12, 2018 Gifted to Be Christ’s Witnesses Today Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV Here are three separate scenarios I encountered recently: A devout Filipina Catholic lamented to me, “I am really troubled because Philippines’ President Duterte’s does not like us Catholics...

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Offers Us Hope

    Posted Wed at 9:47 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 12, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Offers Us Hope Jonathan B. Coe With his unusual insight, C.S. Lewis sums up an important aspect of the human condition: “The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hun...

  • Finding Sacred Time During The Holidays

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

    December 12, 2018 Finding Sacred Time During the Holidays Jeannie Ewing I remember the first time Advent came and went without much intentionality on my part. Felicity, our firstborn, was only six weeks old when Christmas Day arrived, and I lamented to my mother that it just didn’t feel...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:46 AM by Father 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 12:45 AM by Father 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 Wed at 12:45 AM by Father 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 12:44 AM by Father 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 12:43 AM by Father 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 12:42 AM by Father 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 12:41 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Our Lady of Guadalupe St. Juan Diego, a humble Aztec peasant, saw the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Hill of Tepeyac near present-day Mexico City on December 9, 1531, the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the time. After a request by t...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible." Hebrews 11:3  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 2nd of Advent Saints December 12th: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Queen of Mexico, Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,28-30): Jesus said, «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I wil...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Wed at 12:37 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 12, 2018   « December 11  |  December 13 » Feast of Our Lady of GuadalupeLectionary: 690A Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O dau...

  • The Tradition of the Christmas Creche

    Posted Tue at 8:00 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 11, 2018 The Tradition of the Christmas Crèche Maria Augusta Von Trapp When asked about the origin of these old folk customs, one sometimes finds it hard to answer. They have come down to us through the centu­ries out of the gray past. Some are so old that they go back to ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 1:17 AM by Father 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 1:16 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    <!-- --><!-- -->Universalis: Vespers 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, &nbs...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 1:15 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    <!-- --><!-- -->Universalis: None 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,  &n...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 1:14 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    <!-- --><!-- -->Universalis: Sext 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,   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 1:13 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    <!-- --><!-- -->Universalis: Terce 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, &nbs...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 1:12 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    <!-- --><!-- -->Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds) 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 h...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Tue at 1:11 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saint of the Day Pope St. Damasus I Pope St. Damasus I (306-384 A.D.) was born into a Christian family in Rome. He became a deacon and served at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Rome where his father served as priest. After the death of Pope Liberius, Damasus was elected Pope in the year 366 A....

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Tue at 1:11 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Tue at 1:07 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 2nd of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 18,12-14): Jesus said to his disciples, «What do you think of this? If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won't he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? An...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Tue at 1:04 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 11, 2018   « December 10  |  December 12 » Tuesday of the Second Week of AdventLectionary: 182 Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfo...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Mon at 8:11 PM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Our Lady of Loreto Our Lady of Loreto is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with the house where Mary was born, the site of the Annunciation, and the dwelling place of the Holy Family. The tradition and history of the Holy House goes back to Apostolic times. In the 13th c...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mon at 8:05 PM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 2nd of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 18,12-14): Jesus said to his disciples, «What do you think of this? If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won't he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? An...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mon at 8:02 PM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 10, 2018   « December 9  |  December 11 » Monday of the Second Week of AdventLectionary: 181 Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the pa...

  • Recognizing the Lord

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

    December 10, 2018 Recognizing the Lord Br. Vincent Mary Bernhard, O.P. As the first season of the new liturgical year, Advent possesses a twofold character. Having just ended the liturgical year celebrating the solemnity of Jesus Christ reigning over the universe in glory, we begin the cycle ...

  • ‘Tis the Season?

    Posted Mon at 9:35 AM by Tony Villari

    When I minister to folks, especially in groups, I want them to first understand that I am not trying to convert them to some organized religious belief.  My intent is to have them consider their faith in themselves.  You must be able to have faith in yourself before you can truly...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 9:24 AM by Father 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 9:23 AM by Father 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 9:23 AM by Father 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 9:22 AM by Father 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...

  • How to Learn

    Posted Dec 9 by Larry Makinson

    In the past I taught advanced mechanics at mining sites in Central Canada.   This was hands on training with working equipment and the majority of it was done several thousand feet underground. The importance of this training was extreme, involving computer diagnostics/repair, introduction o...

  • Wrong Response

    Posted Dec 9 by Tony Villari

    I suppose this is a follow-up to my post from last month, No Right Answer, which concerned what we say when faced with questions designed to trap us.  While a "wrong response" can also be seen as an answer to a question, I'd like to approach it from the aspect of action rather than sp...

  • 10 Lessons to Help Us Prepare for the Greatest Birthday

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 20, 2018 10 Lessons to Help Us Prepare for the Greatest Birthday Fr. Ed Broom, OMV The key to the success of the party or celebration depends upon the prior preparation for the party. In other words, the more intense the preparation, normally and in most cases, the more successful th...

  • What people see of us and the trail we leave behind

    Posted Dec 9 by Larry Makinson

    When we look around and see things, we draw conclusions as to if they are good or bad. This is common when looking at the other people around us. If we see someone helping another person, most of us feel that is good. If we see someone in a state of intoxication laying passed out on the sidewalk,...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Juan Diego St. Juan Diego (1474–1548) was a poor and humble peasant of the lowest class of Aztec Indians living in what is today Mexico. His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, meaning, "eagle that talks." He was baptized at the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord, they flourish in the courts of our God." Psalm 92:12-14    

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 2nd (C) of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 3,1-6): It was the fifteenth year of the rule of the Emperor Tiberius; Pontius Pilatus was governor of Judea; Herod ruled over Galilee, his brother Philip ruled over the country of Iturea and Trachonitis, and L...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 9, 2018   « December 8  |  December 10 » Second Sunday of AdventLectionary: 6 Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mour...

  • Meditations

    Posted Dec 9 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience, and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ours...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Dec 9 by Father 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 Dec 9 by Father 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 Dec 9 by Father 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 Dec 9 by Father 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 Dec 9 by Father 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 Dec 9 by Father 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...

  • The Beautiful Boot

    Posted Dec 8 by Larry Makinson

    A friend of mine, who also has a home in the same farm yard as myself, came to me with a boot that I had given to him that was cut open.  He asked if I would patch it for him like I did to another pair of boots he had.  I replied "We will get you new boots".  He said "No I want thes...

  • Notorious gang leader now preaches Jesus

    Posted Dec 8 by HOLLY G

    ‘I’m a radical soldier for God’..... Notorious gang leader now preaches Jesus  Rene Martinez spent the majority of his life in and out of jail, breaking into homes, stealing guns, dealing drugs, and getting into fights. But today, the former gang leader, 44, better known as ...

  • ASSOCIATED WITH JCMC MINISTIRES?

    Posted Dec 8 by HOLLY G

    IF YOU ARE ASSOCIATED WITH JCMC MINISTRIES ON THIS BLOG IN ANY CAPACITY, I SUGGEST YOU READ THIS ARTICLE I FOUND ONLINE.  NH prison chaplain allegedly smuggled drugs to inmates PORTSMOUTH — A prison chaplain was arrested Thursday for felonies alleging he smuggled cellphones, marijuana...

  • Who People See

    Posted Dec 8 by Tony Villari

    What do people see when they look at you?  Well, what they see is who they see, right?  Not necessarily so.  Most people put on a mask before they leave the house.  They put on makeup, brush their hair, shave, bathe, and usually choose an outfit that says, "Lo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Dec 8 by Father 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 Dec 8 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 2nd Sunday of Advent) 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,   i...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Dec 8 by Father 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 Dec 8 by Father 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...