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  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 27th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,27-28): As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, «Blessed is the one who bore you and nursed you!». Jesus replied, «Surely blessed are those who hear the w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 13, 2018   « October 12  |  October 14 »   Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 466 Reading 1 Gal 3:22-29 ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Oct 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The true reason for which God bestows so many graces upon the humble is this, that the humble are faithful to these graces and make good use of them. They receive them from God and use them in a manner pleasing to God, giving all the glory to Him...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father in Heaven, I praise You, Lord. Thank You for staying close to me, even in my most difficult days... The Lord is close to the brokenheartedand saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:18 Please use me to minister in Your Name to the brokenhearted and to those who are crushed in ...

  • Scripture Speaks Inheriting Eternal Life

    Posted Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 12, 2018 Scripture Speaks: Inherit Eternal Life Gayle Somers Today, a man runs to Jesus and seeks an answer to life’s deepest question.  Yet this did not end well.  Why? Gospel (Read Mk 10:17-30) St. Mark describes for us an unforgettable exchange Jesus had...

  • Humility Allows You to See All That God Has Given You

    Posted Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 12, 2018 Humility Allows You to See All That God Has Given You Fr. Philip Dion Humility is based on truth, but the truth on which it is based is one. Therefore, real and valid humility must be based on or flow from the whole truth. And the whole truth about anyone is that God has give...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Three Central Words   Friday, October 12, 2018   When you first learned to speak, you learned three central words: Please and thank you. We often forget what the simplest first lessen that we learned as children means in our hearts to God. When we ask God for some...

  • Our Daily Bread

    Posted Oct 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Safe in His ArmsHe tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. Isaiah 40:11 READ ISAIAH 40:9–11 The weather outside was threatening, and the alert on my cell phone warned about the possibility of flash floods. An unusual number of c...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,  I know You are able... to move mountains, to speak creation into existence, to heal the sick, to save the lost, and to meet every need I have today. I commit myself to You. I pray for the people who are experiencing storms, earthquakes, fires, turmoil, wars, illness,...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 12 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 Oct 12 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 Oct 12 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 Oct 12 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 Oct 12 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 Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Edwin St. Edwin (585-633 A.D.) was the son of the pagan King of Deira who reigned in present-day England. After his father was deposed from his throne, Edwin spent his childhood in exile to escape rival kings who considered his blo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 27th in Ordinary Time Saints October 12th: Our Lady of the Pillar View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,15-26): As Jesus was casting out a devil some of the people said, «He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons». So ot...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 12, 2018   « October 11  |  October 13 »   Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 465 Reading 1 Gal 3:7-14 Br...

  • Why Our Hearts Must First Be Transormed

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 11, 2018 Why Our Hearts Must First Be Transformed Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.” I was asked by a faithful Catholic recently, “Father, don’t you think that it would be great if the law on prie...

  • What Does the Church Say About Ghosts

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 11, 2018 What Does the Church Say About Ghosts? Fr. Michael Kerper Dear Father Kerper: It seems like there is a lot of evidence that there are ghosts that haunt people’s homes. Do ghosts really exist? Thanks very much for your question about the reality of ghosts. Some people, ...

  • How to Approach Our Priests

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 11, 2018 How to Approach Our Priests About the Scandals Constance T. Hull One of the good things coming out of the evil that is the current sex abuse crisis in the Church is the call for a closer relationship between the laity and the clergy. The days of placing priests on pedestals p...

  • One God

    Posted Oct 11 by Gail Dobson

    "God" is One, not 3. Oookay, 1x1x1=1 whereas 1+1+1=3, agreed. God is and has always been One -- when he was creating the heavens & earth, land & water, day & night, man & beast, and all that -- he was a single entity (no Jesus, no holy ghost? or those "aspects" were within but silent?); how did that...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Whenever He Is, Then Is The Perfect Time   Thursday, October 11, 2018   Galatians 4 says, “In the fullness of time, God sent His Son, born of a woman.” Does that simply mean that He came because it was the perfect time and so that made it the fullness of time? The “...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Whenever He Is, Then Is The Perfect Time   Thursday, October 11, 2018   Galatians 4 says, “In the fullness of time, God sent His Son, born of a woman.” Does that simply mean that He came because it was the perfect time and so that made it the fullness of time? The “...

  • Growing Beyond Denomination

    Posted Oct 11 by Tony Villari

    Worldwide, Christian denominations might number, roughly, 200 to 300. Unlike denominations, however, Christian "sects" probably make up for the daylight between the 200-300 number and 33,000. A sect is generally a subset of a religion or a religious denomination, though sects are not necessarily den...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   The Book of James tells me all about the power of my words and my tongue in James 3:1-12, including these three verses...   But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our God and Father, ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. John XXIII Pope St. John XXIII (1881–1963) was the third of thirteen children born to a poor sharecropping family living in Lombardy, Italy. Desiring to serve God with his life, he entered seminary at the age of 12,...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'" Psalm 91:1-2  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 27th in Ordinary Time Saints October 11th: St. Soledad Torres Acosta, religious View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,5-13): Jesus said to his disciples, «Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says: ‘F...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 11, 2018   « October 10  |  October 12 »   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 464 Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5 O...

  • The Early Church Was Catholics

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Early Church Was Catholic – Just Read the Church Fathers Articles History by Albert Little - July 13, 2015   Public Domain / Wikipedia There are lots of reasons why I decided, as an otherwise happy Evangelical Protestant, to become a Roman Catholic. Among ...

  • The Fellowship of Prayers We See

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Fellowship of the Prayers We See We enter into celebration with Heaven at each Mass. Sherry Antonetti This past weekend, we had to split up to attend separate events, and I got to spend some solo time with my youngest son. He's 10 and his Down syndrome sometimes hinders his activities,...

  • The Church is NOT a DENOMINATION

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 10, 2018 The Church Is Not a Denomination R. Jared Staudt Given the huge proliferation of Christian denominations, I think we have fallen into the position of viewing the Catholic Church as simply the oldest and largest of them all. It was in Antioch that followers of the “way,...

  • How the Light of Mary Can Lead Us Out of Darkness

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 10, 2018 How the Light of Mary Can Lead Us Out of Darkness Jeannie Ewing For about twenty-five years of my life, I was afraid of the dark. It was one of my biggest phobias, unwarranted and irrational. Nothing bad ever happened to me in the dark, but somehow — when I could no lon...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Miracles You’ve Been Missing Wednesday, October 10, 2018   Have you ever wanted to see a real miracle, like the deaf hearing, the blind seeing, or the dead raised to life? How would it change you? Imagine if you lived in a world of darkness. Then all of a sudden a light appears ris...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Thank You for giving me a purpose for my life and for telling me what Your expectations are for me through Your Holy Word, The Bible. Please help me to be kind-hearted and long-suffering with others, as You are with me. Guide me to handle my disappointments with grace; to remain ...

  • HURRICANE IMMINENT

    Posted Oct 10 by HOLLY G

    TAKE IMMEDIATE SHELTER At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 86.3 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north- northeast is expected later this morning, with a turn toward the northeast ...

  • HURRICANE IMMINENT

    Posted Oct 10 by HOLLY G

    <pre>MICHAEL IS A CAT 4 HURRICANE:<br>SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER<br>At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 86.3 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north- northeast is expec...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Francis Borgia St. Francis Borgia (1510-1572) was born in Spain to a noble family, the son of a Duke. On his father's side of the family he was the great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI, one of the notorious "Borgia Popes," and on his ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness." James 1:19-20  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 27th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,1-4): One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when He had finished, one of his disciples said to him, «Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples». And Jesus said t...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 10, 2018   « October 9  |  October 11 »   Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 463 Reading 1 Gal 2:1-2, 7...

  • HURRICANE MICHAEL INFO

    Posted Oct 9 by HOLLY G

    Hurricane Michael targets north Florida as 'monstrous' storm gains strength An intensifying Hurricane Michael gained strength over warm tropical waters on Tuesday, as residents across Florida's northern Gulf Coast are boarding homes and preparing to evacuate ahead of the dangerous storm that could ...

  • The Woman at then Well and the Desire for God

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

    October 9, 2018 The Woman at the Well and the Desire for God Stephen Beale Sitting by the well, Jesus thirsted. But it was more than physical water He desired. In the account in John 4, Jesus arrives at the well before the Samaritan woman. He is tired, and, based on what He says later, also ...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day Blessed John Henry Newman Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801–1890) was the eldest of six children born to a nominal Protestant family in London, England. As a child he loved reading the Scriptures, and experienced a convers...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 27th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,38-42): As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to h...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 9, 2018   « October 8  |  October 10 »   Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 462 Reading 1 Gal 1:13-24 Br...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13 NIV A Time to Think We cannot change yesterday, but we can hope and pray for a better to...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Unexpected Lives Of Ruth Tuesday, October 9, 2018   The Book of Ruth starts out one way and ends up much differently. Naomi - expected to stay in Israel her whole life, see her sons marry Israelites, and give her grandchildren. Ruth- probably expected to remain in Moab, marry a Moabite a...

  • Daily Nosh

    Posted Oct 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    From Messianic Jewish Alliance of America General Secretary – Joel Chernoff October 9, 2018 (9) But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind – these things God has prepared for those who love Him.”...

  • Again, not taking the blame for Pedophile Priests

    Posted Oct 8 by HOLLY G

    Pope blames devil for Church scandals The devil is the cause of the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals, Pope Francis says. In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the deep divisions in the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world ...

  • Apostle to the Amerian Frontier

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

    October 8, 2018 Apostle to the American Frontier Br. Charles Marie Rooney, O.P. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, or so goes the saying. In these turbulent times of ecclesial crisis, a flashback to the early days of the Catholic Church in America—days in which plenty of to...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection So we continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature person in Christ. Colossians 1:28 NCV ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Changing The Plus Into Times Monday, October 8, 2018   God is one God, He exists as one, and yet He exists as three. 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. So, how can three be one? The Father, the Son, and the Spirit do not exist independently of each other, but rather each exists by the other. In mathematics, the...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day Blessed Ambrose of Siena Blessed Ambrose (1220-1286) was born in Siena, Italy, the son of a book illuminator. He was born so severely deformed that his parents could not bear the sight of him. They put their son in the care of a nur...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love." 1 John 4:7-8  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 27th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,25-37): A teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, «Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?». Jesus replied, «What is written in the Scripture?...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 8, 2018   « October 7  |  October 9 »   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 461 Reading 1 Gal 1:6-12 Broth...

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN, HURRICANE MICHAEL PROBABLE

    Posted Oct 7 by HOLLY G

    Michael expected to gain hurricane strength nearing Florida Associated press, oct 7th, 2018 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday warned that a tropical storm headed for the Florida Panhandle could become a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 miles per hour...

  • My Lords Prayer

    Posted Oct 7 by Norman R. Van Etten

     Resently It was requested that the Teachers in our youth ministry rewright the lord's prayer, in our own words. This is mine.  It is a great exercise I hope you do it. My Lord's Prayer My father who gave us heaven,your kingdom,sacred be your name. I attempt living my life befitting you...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionYield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you. Job 22:21 NASB A Time to ThinkThe way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this fo...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Justina of Padua St. Justina of Padua (d. 304 A.D.) was a young and pious Christian woman who dedicated her virginity to Christ. She received baptism at the hands of St. Prosdocimus, the first Bishop of Padua in Italy. At the age of ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Oct 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Our Lady of the Rosary The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted following the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V, the "Pope of the Rosary," attributed the naval ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 27th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 10,2-16): Some Pharisees came and put him to the test with this question, «Is it right for a husband to divorce his wife?». He replied, «What law did Moses give you?». They answe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 7, 2018   « October 6  |  October 8 »   Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 140 Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24 The LORD God said...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Bruno St. Bruno (1030-1101) was born to a noble and prominent family in Cologne, Germany. He was well educated and excelled in his studies, and became a priest around the year 1055. He went on to direct and teach at the episcopal s...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measur...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 26th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,17-24): The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, «Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name». Then Jesus replied, «I saw Satan fall like lightning ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 6 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 6, 2018   « October 5  |  October 7 »   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 460 Reading 1 Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 1...

  • Scripture Speaks

    Posted Oct 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 5, 2018 Scripture Speaks: Faith like a Child Gayle Somers The Pharisees ask Jesus a question about divorce.  Why did He answer their question with one of His own? Gospel (Read Mk 10:2-16) In Mk 10:1, we read that Jesus “went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jord...

  • Pope still tone deaf

    Posted Oct 5 by HOLLY G

    Report: Catholic Church Faces Gravest Crisis Since ‘Protestant Reformation’ The Catholic bishops are gathering in Rome for a synod in a moment in which “the Church faces perhaps its gravest crisis since the Protestant Reformation in the form of the worldwide clerical sexual abus...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Maria Faustina Kowalska St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), baptized with the name Helena, was one of ten children born to a devout, peasant farming family in Poland. She grew up during the tough years leading up to and follow...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, 'Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.'" Isaiah 35:3-4  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 26th in Ordinary Time Saints View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,13-16): Jesus said, «Alas for you Chorazin! Alas for you Bethsaida! So many miracles have been worked in you! If the same miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would already b...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 5 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 5, 2018   « October 4  |  October 6 »   Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 459 Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:...

  • A Moving Prayer to St. Francis

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    A moving prayer for St. Francis's feast day today!

  • Three of the most Misunderstood Saints of all Time

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Three of the Most Misunderstood Saints of All Time catholiccompany.com/getfed/3-most-misunderstood-saints/   Genevieve CunninghamAugust 30, 2017 Most Catholics can rattle off a list of who they consider to be the ten most popular saints. The lists would vary, of course, but would most l...

  • How We Can Grow inDivine and Fraternal Charity

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 4, 2018 How We Can Grow in Divine and Fraternal Charity Constance T. Hull A few days ago a friend of mine came to me to share some joyful news: She’s pregnant. She felt some trepidation in telling me the news. This friend and I have suffered together through the grief of miscar...

  • Does God Punish to the 4th Generation

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Does God Punish to the Fourth Generation? God forgives repentant sinners, but punishes the individually guilty. Dave Armstrong Exodus 20:5-6 (RSV) you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Francis of Assisi St. Francis (1181-1226) was born in Assisi, Italy, to a wealthy cloth merchant. He was a spoiled child given to pleasure, fine dress, liberal spending, and worldliness. Handsome and courteous, he was a favorite am...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.'" Mark 16:15-16  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 26th in Ordinary Time Saints October 4th: St. Francis of Assisi View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,1-12): The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And He said t...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 4 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 4, 2018   « October 3  |  October 5 »   Memorial of Saint Francis of AssisiLectionary: 458 Reading 1 Jb 19:21-27 Job said:Pity me, p...

  • Four Ways to Increase Devotions to your Guardian Angel

    Posted Oct 3 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 3, 2018 Four Ways to Increase Devotion to Your Guardian Angel Jeannie Ewing “God created something above you for you.” – Fr. Chad Ripperger Most of us believe in angels, but we seldom pray to them. We imagine them wistfully flying around us, guarding or guiding...

  • The Power of Cooperation

    Posted Oct 3 by HOLLY G

    Update On Charges Against Woman Guilty Of Sheltering Animals During Hurricane By Edge Canopy The charges against Tammie Hedges, the woman charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license while helping animals in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, have been dropped, as repo...

  • At the Cusp of Forever: Where Everything Is Not

    Posted Oct 3 by Tony Villari

    As you stand at the edge on the Cusp of Forever, staring into the blackness which is the void, have you ever considered the complete nothing of it? The void, for all the mystery we endow it with, is simply a completely empty space, a total vacuum bereft of everything, where everything is not. It is ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 (NIV) A Time to Think Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Sabina’s Choice   Wednesday, October 3, 2018   Often in communist countries when men were put in prison for their faith, agents from the state would harass the prisoners’ wife, threatening her, pressuring her to divorce him. Sabina Wurmbrand was one of those women. She re...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 3 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Théodore Guérin St. Theodore Guerin (1798–1856), also known as St. Theodora, was born in Etables, France, towards the end of the French Revolution. She was a pious child who loved prayer and who knew her vocatio...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 3 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, 'For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.' No,...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 3 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 26th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm 1st Reading (Job 9:1-12.14-16): Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so; but how can a man be justified before God? Should one wish to contend with him, he could not answer him once in a thousand ti...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 3 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 3, 2018   « October 2  |  October 4 »   Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 457 Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 2 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Guardian Angels October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Although Guardian Angels have been venerated since the early days of the Church, it wasn’t until the 17th century that Pope Clement X extended their feast day to th...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 2 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyo...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 2 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 26th in Ordinary Time Saints October 2nd: Guardian Angels View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 9,51-56): As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, He made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. He had sent ahead of him some messengers who entered a S...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 2 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 2, 2018   « October 1  |  October 3 »   Memorial of the Guardian AngelsLectionary: 456/650 Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job open...

  • Meditations

    Posted Oct 2 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Now, man is afraid of death by nature, afraid of the decay of the body. But here is a really starling fact: whoever has put on the faith of the Cross despises even what is naturally dreadful, and for Christ’s sake is not afraid of death. So...