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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 19 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 Apr 19 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 Apr 19 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 Apr 19 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 Apr 19 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 Apr 19 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 Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Timon St. Timon (1st c.) is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles. He belonged to the group of seventy disciples who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, St. Timon was one of the org...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God." 1 Corinthians 4:5 ...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Good Friday On the Friday of the Lord's Passion (Good Friday) the Church commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross for the sins of all mankind, at the same time the Passover lamb was being killed and prepared for consump...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Good Friday (Celebration of the Lord's Passion) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 18,1—19,42): When Jesus had finished speaking, He went with his disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley. There was a garden there where Jesus entered with his disciples. No...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 19 2019   « April 18  |  April 20 » Good Friday of the Lord's PassionLectionary: 40 Reading 1 Is 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall p...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Moreover we learn from the principles of our Faith and the teaching of the Saints that often God Himself by His immediate action withdraws the visible effects of His grace for purposes in accordance with His wisdom and goodness. How many persons ...

  • Prayers

    Posted Apr 19 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    I Cardinal Abbot Thomas Biddinger, U.L.C.M., S.M.F.C., Ph.D. Will Pray For Or With Anyone 24/7; If You Are in Need Of Prayer For Any Reason Or Just Need Someone To Talk With, Please Feel Free To Contact Me At (727) 861-9082 Or (727) 339-8682. I Will Be Holding Prayer Services Starting At Midnight,&...

  • The Secret of Holy Thursday

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 18, 2019 The Secret of Holy Thursday Francois Mauriac God, consider that we do not understand ourselves, and that we do not know what we want, and that we swerve infinitely from what we wish. Oh, how difficult it is to make this understood by hearts which do not know by experience ho...

  • The Faceless

    Posted Apr 18 by Tony Villari

    More of us are like this than I imagined and, in my humble opinion, I think we're usually more interesting.  Maybe it's because we just don't give a damn and we're not afraid to let people know.  And, having said all of this, you're still worried about being fat and unattractive?...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 18:32-37 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 32 For who is God, except Adonai? And who is a Rock, except our God? 33 God girds me with strength and makes my way straight. 34 He makes my feet like those of deer and makes me stan...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Cradle of Hope by Max Lucado   Christ rose first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will become alive again. 1 Corinthians 15:23 TLB   Let’s go to the tomb, for Jesus lies in the tomb.   Still. Cold. Stiff. Death has claime...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      The Scare House  Thursday, April 18, 2019 Did you ever go through an attraction that was supposed to scare you? It may have been called a scare or haunted house, and as you rode or walked through it, it was dark. Sound’s better like this - as you rode through it in the...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   You are my Shepherd.   You watch over me.   You tend to the needs of my heart.   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 18 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 Apr 18 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 Apr 18 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 Apr 18 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 Apr 18 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 Apr 18 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 Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur, or Pedro de San José Betancur (1626-1667), also known as Hermano Pedro, was born into poverty in the Canary Islands. He was a shepherd until the age of 24 at which...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the house...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Thursday On Thursday of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday) the Church celebrates the three pillars of the Catholic Church instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper: the priesthood, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Holy Eu...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Holy Thursday (Lord's Supper) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 13,1-15): It was before the feast of the Passover. Jesus realized that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father, and as He had loved those who were his own in the world, He would love them w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 18 2019 - Evening Mass   « April 17  |  April 19 » Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperLectionary: 39 Reading 1 Ex 12:1-...

  • Everything You Need to Know about the Sacred Triduum

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Everything You Need to Know about the Sacred Triduum Apr 16, 2019 By Gretchen Filz Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year.  It's more sacred than Christmas! This is because Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord's lif...

  • Did God Really Die on the Cross?

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Did God Really Die on the Cross? Eric Shearer I once heard a man object to the divinity of Jesus, saying that “Jesus cannot be God because Jesus died on the cross, and God cannot die.” Have you ever found yourself pondering this dilemma? Something just doesn’...

  • Finding Strength for the Turmoils of Life

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Finding Strength for the Turmoils of Life Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV Talk about a disconnect and you have the greatest example in Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. He knows every single thing that awaited Him in Jerusalem – His betrayal by Judas, Peter denying Him...

  • Notre-Dame:

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Notre-Dame: The Burning Heart of Paris Sean Fitzpatrick Like St. Joan of Arc, Notre Dame de Paris — the Gothic icon of Catholicism on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine — was ravaged by raging flames on April 15, 2019. As the roof blazed and ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Whose Wisdom Is Foolish? 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.   19 For it is written, ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sign on Christ’s Cross by Max Lucado   John 19:19 says, "Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross: 'Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.'"   Why is a sign placed over the head of Jesus? Could it be that this piece of wood is a picture of Go...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You Are Not What You Don’t Eat Wednesday, April 17, 2019 You’ve heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Of course, it’s true. Whatever you eat, that’s what you are. That’s true in the physical realm and also in the spiritual. If you partake...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23   A Time to Think Every day we live is a priceless gift of God, loaded with possibilities to learn something new, to gain fresh ins...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of All Creation,   I rejoice in how You created me.   For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:1   You created everything and You brought all l...

  • Monasticim find a Home in Fraser Valley

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monasticism finds a home in Fraser Valley   Voices Nov. 14, 2018 Share Tweet Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey in Mission process to their monastic cemetery for a memorial service on All Souls Day.  (OC-Travel photo) In the history ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 17 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 Apr 17 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 Apr 17 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 Apr 17 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 Apr 17 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 Apr 17 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 Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Donan St. Donan (d. 617 A.D.), also known as St. Donnán of Eigg, was a prominent Celtic missionary and Gaelic priest. Little is known of his life except that he was likely an Irishman who traveled as a missionary througho...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:3-4  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday of Holy Week View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 26,14-25): One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the chief priests and said, «How much will you give me if I hand him over to you?». They promised to give him thirty pieces of ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 17 2019   « April 16  |  April 18 » Wednesday of Holy WeekLectionary: 259 Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained to...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it is possible, that I may have no other spirit but yours to know Jesus and his divine will; that I may have no other soul but yours to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but yours to love...

  • Size does matter....

    Posted Apr 16 by Gary V.

    In women's basketball, the tallest lady usually gets the most baskets. Same goes for men's basketball... I feed birds in my front yard and watch them compete for the food. I have only seen two species fight over the food: saw a blue jay ward off a starling. The starling was a tad bit bigger I thou...

  • Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ's Passion

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

    April 16, 2019 Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ’s Passion Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises — in the third week of the month retreat which is dedicated to the contemplation of the Passion of our Lord — accentuates the fact that Jesus suffere...

  • What is Our Ultimate Destination?

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

    April 16, 2019 What Is Our Ultimate Destination? JP Nunez As 21st century Christians, we’re conditioned to think of heaven as our ultimate goal. We know that when our bodies die, our souls will live on and be judged by God. As a result of this judgment, we will go either to heaven or he...

  • The First, Forgiving Word of Jesus April 16, 2019 The First, Fo

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

    April 16, 2019 The First, Forgiving Word of Jesus on the Cross Fr. Ralph Gorman At the Last Supper and on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus discoursed long and lovingly with His Apostles. During His Sacred Passion, however, He spoke rarely and briefly. Indeed, it may well be that the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Romans 13:8-10 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Torah.   9 For the commandments—“You shall not commit adultery, you shall not mur...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Many Gifts of the Cross by Max Lucado   Much has been said about Jesus’ “gift of the Cross.” But what of the other gifts? What of the nails, the crown of thorns? The garments taken by the soldiers? Have you taken the time to open these gifts? He didn’t h...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Hollywood’s Broken Hedge Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Hollywood used to have something called the “Production Code”. It stated, among other things, “No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith. Ministers of religion in their character as ministers of r...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (The Daily Life Bible) A Time to Think Don't pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Please give me the ability to be a godly leader.   Please give me Your divine wisdom and knowledge.   Let Your Holy Spirit guide me in my decisions, choices, and actions.   L...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844–1879) was the eldest of nine children born to an impoverished family from Lourdes, France. She was a sickly child who suffered from severe asthma her entire life....

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21  

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Face of Jesus Veneration of the Holy Face of Jesus has its beginning during Christ's Passion, making it one of the oldest devotions in the Christian tradition. St. Veronica, as a sign of her love and compassion, offered Our S...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday of Holy Week View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 13,21-33.36-38): Jesus was distressed in spirit and said plainly, «Truly, one of you will betray me». The disciples then looked at one another, wondering who He meant. One of the disciples, the one Jesu...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 16 2019   « April 15  |  April 17 » Tuesday of Holy WeekLectionary: 258 Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples....

  • Making the Most of the Last Days of Lent

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

    April 15, 2019 Making the Most of the Last Days of Lent | feat. Derek Rotty Here we are, about to enter Holy Week after several weeks of Lent. How did this Lent go for you? If you find yourself wishing you had done more for Lent or tried just a little harder, don’t quit yet! There is ...

  • The Humble Entry of Our Lord Into Jerusalem

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

    April 15, 2019 The Humble Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Although the advent of Christ had to be accomplished in humility, contrary to the expectation of the Jews, it would not be utterly destitute of glory and brilliance. This brilliance was necessary so that...

  • How Should We Celebrate Holy Week

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

    April 15, 2019 How Should We Celebrate Holy Week? Michele Chronister Just over three years ago, on Palm Sunday, we found out that we were expecting our third child. We were overjoyed. Our secondary infertility had been particularly challenging that time around, and we had long been hoping and...

  • When Jesus Sleeps Through Our Storms

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

    April 15, 2019 When Jesus Sleeps Through Our Storms Stephen Beale During her own dark night of the soul, St. Therese was confident that Jesus was with her, but also distressed that He appeared to be asleep and hidden. As she describes it, [M]y soul was like a fragile skiff tossing without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Hunna St. Hunna (d. 679 A.D.) was born in Alsace, France. She was the virtuous daughter of a duke, and she married a similarly virtuous nobleman. Hunna and her husband did not indulge in unnecessary luxuries according to their high s...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Riches and honor come from you, and yo...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday of Holy Week View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 12,1-11): Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where he had raised Lazarus, the dead man, to life. Now they gave a dinner for him, and while Martha waited on them, Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus....

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 15 2019   « April 14  |  April 16 » Monday of Holy WeekLectionary: 257 Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one ...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Always give good heed to the Word of God, whether you hear or read it in private, or hearken to it when publicly preached: listen with attention and reverence; seek to profit by it, and do not let the precious words fall unheeded; receive them in...

  • How the mind works:

    Posted Apr 14 by Gary V.

    Our minds can harbor fear for years...intimidate us from trying harder at whatever task we wish to accomplish... It is very confusing, but I will try to give you some examples... If you have failed at something, you might be afraid to try again. Or, you try, but that scared feeling is still in your...

  • 9 Things to Know about Palm Sunday

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

        Palm Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share! This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Jimmy Akin Palm Sunday — or is it Passion Sunday? — marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significa...

  • A Hand Up

    Posted Apr 14 by Tony Villari

    I have always been a believer in the saying, "God helps those who help themselves."  Will we find this in the Bible?  No, not really.  What the Bible says is in Psalm 94:17-19, "Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.  When I ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Lidwina of Schiedam St. Lidwina of Schiedam (1380-1433) was born to a poor family in Holland. She had a devotion to the Blessed Mother and would often pray before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Schiedam. One winter, when she w...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great thing...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Palm Sunday Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the reliving of the final seven days of Jesus' earthly ministry. On this day the Church recalls the triumphal entrance of the Messiah into Jerusalem in order to accomplish ...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Palm Sunday (C) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 22,14—23,56): When the hour came, Jesus took his place at table and the apostles with him. And he said to them, «I was eager to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for, I tell you, I shall not eat it...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 14 2019   « April 13  |  April 15 » Palm Sunday of the Lord's PassionLectionary: 37/38 At the procession with palms - Gospel Lk 19:28-40 J...