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  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Dec 11 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 Dec 11 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 Dec 11 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 Dec 11 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 Dec 10 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 Dec 10 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 Dec 10 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 Dec 10 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 Dec 10 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 Dec 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Patapios St. Patapios (4th c.) was born in Thebes, Egypt. His parents were prominent Christians, and his father was the governor of the region. Patapios was well-educated by the best tutors, and his learning awakened in him a desire ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' No, 'if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing thi...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic Church that "God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: December 8th: Immaculate Conception View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,26-38): In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 8, 2018   « December 7  |  December 9 » Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryLectionary: 689 Reading 1 Gn 3:...

  • The Freedom of Mary's Immaculate Conception

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

    December 8, 2016 The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception Constance T. Hull Today the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day we celebrate how Our Heavenly Mother was the first to receive the merits of her Divine Son’s Paschal Mystery. ...

  • Christmas Gifts Giving

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

    Dear Friends in Christ, Each year people spend hundreds of $ on gifts for Loved one on all sides of the family and run up tons of Dollars in cash, credit cards. Though receiving an actual Gift from mom, dad, aunts, grandparents is nice and sometimes we receive something that we don't have and can...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Immaculate Conception) 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 Dec 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 Dec 7 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan (c. 340–397 A.D.) was born in Gaul (modern France) and became a successful lawyer and governor in Milan, Italy. When the bishop of Milan died in 374 A.D., a movement arose among the people to demand...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "...it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a rans...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Friday 1st of Advent Saints December 7th: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,27-31): As Jesus moved on from Capernaum, two blind men followed him, shouting, «Son of David, help us!». When he was about to ente...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 7, 2018   « December 6  |  December 8 » Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 179 Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 ...

  • More abuse by priests now in Alabama

    Posted Dec 6 by HOLLY G

    29 priests and deacons in Mobile Archdiocese accused of child sex abuse   By: Chris Best  Posted: Dec 06, 2018 10:10 AM EST MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) - 29 priests and deacons have been "credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a child since 1950. That's according to two li...

  • The Force Within

    Posted Dec 6 by Larry Makinson

    I do not know why I am posting the following other than I feel compelled to do so. I do know that somethings I am compelled to do I can only understand in time after the action has been taken. I also know, from past life experience, that it is a mistake for me if I choose not to follow the guidin...

  • The Witness of Holy Senior Priests

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

    December 6, 2018 The Witness of Holy Senior Priests Louise Merrie Among the heroes in the Church today are holy senior priests who have persevered in their vocation for many years and continue to serve God and others with great love. After retiring from administrative duties, most priests con...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Nicholas St. Nicholas of Myra (270 - 343 A.D.) was the only child of a wealthy Greek Christian couple living in what is today the country of Turkey. He was a pious child, and upon the death of his parents Nicholas was raised b...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday 1st of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 7,21.24-27): Jesus said to his disciples, «Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. »So, then, anyone who hears ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 6, 2018   « December 5  |  December 7 » Thursday of the First Week of AdventLectionary: 178 Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will s...

  • ASSOCIATED WITH JCMC MINISTRIES?

    Posted Dec 5 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...

  • Is the Pope Senile?

    Posted Dec 5 by HOLLY G

    Be celibate or leave the priesthood, pope tells gay priests  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in ...

  • To Rule Over, What does in mean?

    Posted Dec 5 by Larry Makinson

    To Rule Over, what does it mean? This is a question I ask to many people. The 2 most common answers I get are along the lines of;   1:  I am in charge; I ask, are you really in charge?  As a Shepard of a Flock, if one was to get injured is it not you responsibility to help?  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Sabas St. Sabas (439-532 A.D.) was born near Caesarea in Cappadocia to an illustrious family. His father was an army officer who, being restationed in Alexandria, left Sabas (along with his estate) in the care of his wife's sister. S...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yoursel...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 1st of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 15,29-37): Jesus went to the shore of Lake Galilee, and then went up into the hills where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the dumb, the blind, the lame, the crippled, and many with other infirmit...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 5, 2018   « December 4  |  December 6 » Wednesday of the First Week of AdventLectionary: 177 Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the...

  • Thor. St. Bonafice and the First Christmas Tree

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

    Thor, St. Boniface, and the Origin of the Christmas Tree Articles Cool People History by Matthew Sewell - December 24, 2014   Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP When the average person thinks of a Catholic saint, I’d venture to guess that it&r...

  • The question of "Have You Read the Bible"

    Posted Dec 4 by Larry Makinson

    Many times when I talk to someone and I can see that they are in a state of unrest and confusion I ask them " have you read the bible" the most common answer is "the bible is not real" or "the bible is fake". I then say "I did not ask you if the bible is real I just asked if you have read it". ...

  • By The Light of a Nursing-Home Window

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

    Don't forget about Loved Ones in Nursing Homes. They need Love Also.   December 4, 2018 By the Light of a Nursing-Home Window Maura Roan McKeegan The first time I met Ginny, she was lying in bed. Her hands and feet were curled from muscular dystrophy, and she rarely left her bed in the...

  • No Right Answer?

    Posted Dec 4 by Tony Villari

    "Will you respect me in the morning?"   The question presupposes he respects you now, and if that respect isn't obviously clear, why in God's good name are you with him, much less thinking of doing the nasty with him?  What's your response going to be if the answer isn'...

  • The Downhill Slide

    Posted Dec 4 by Tony Villari

    It seems like I pay more attention, of late, to those who bemoan the downhill side of life; people my own age who feel the "end" will come, and all too soon. The end? I shake my head and smile. These are people who have truly lived life, many are retired military who have sidestepped death on multip...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Barbara St. Barbara (3rd c.) was born in Nicomedia in modern day Turkey. According to tradition, after the death of her mother she was raised by her rich and tyrannical pagan father who, because of her beauty and intelligence, guar...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you." John 15:12-14 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 1st of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,21-24): Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to the l...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 4, 2018   « December 3  |  December 5 » Tuesday of the First Week of AdventLectionary: 176 Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot sha...

  • Scale of Consciousness

    Posted Dec 3 by Scott Bruno

        All of these examples exist at the bottom of Dr. David R. Hawkins Scale of Consciousness where pain and suffering exist.  The scale ranges from 0 (no light, only darkness) to 1000 (pure intense white light or source energy).  According to his book, POWER VS FORCE, 85% of ...

  • Love Light Power

    Posted Dec 3 by Scott Bruno

    They say that it is during the age change of the procession of the equinoxes that occurs every 2000 years that we are greeted with a new great prophet, a new bible, and a new great religion. For the age of Pisces, the fish, it was Christ's age. Hence why we see the fish on the back of peoples cars...

  • St. Edmund Campion and the Advent of Advent

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

    December 3, 2018 St. Edmund Campion and the Advent of Advent Richard Becker It’s the First Week of Advent — it’s finally here! But, in truth, it actually started late on Saturday. That’s because, liturgically, Sunday always begins late on Saturday. It’s a r...

  • St. Framcis Xavier"Fearless Missionary for Christ

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

    December 3, 2018 St. Francis Xavier: Fearless Missionary for Christ Thomas Aquinas McGovern Today, December 3rd, is the feast day, and has been now for three hundred and fifty six years, of St. Francis Xavier. The sheer magnitude of the enterprise he undertook for the love of Christ staggers ...