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  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 14 2019   « June 13  |  June 15 » Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 363 Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters: We ...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Like a child who fears no danger in his father's protecting arms, we must cast ourselves into the arms of our Heavenly Father, confident that those Hands which sustain the heavens are all powerful to supply our necessities, to uphold us in tempta...

  • The First Secret of Fatima:

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 13, 2019 The First Secret of Fatima: The Reality of Hell Fr. Nicholas Sheehy, LC What was happening to the three children during the apparitions at Fatima? The people surrounding the children knew that they were apparently seeing a mysterious lady enveloped in light during the visions bu...

  • Why Do We Call God "FATHER"?

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 13, 2019 Why Do We Call God “Father”? Shane Kapler Why do we address God as “Father,” instead of “Mother”? Well, because that is what Jesus did, and as Christians we don’t have an independent relationship with God; we participate in Je...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for all of Your promises.   Thank You for opening Your arms and welcoming me to come to You, to find rest in You, to find freedom in You, to have abundant life in You.   I cry out to You...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 145:14 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 14 Adonai upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Je...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anthony of Padua St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal to a powerful yet pious family. At age 15 he relinquished a life of nobility, wealth, and honor, and chose instead to serve God with the Augustinians. Y...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:22-23 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 10th in Ordinary Time Saints June 13th: St. Anthony of Padua, presbyter and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,20-26): Jesus said to the crowds, «I tell you, then, that if you are not righteous in a much broader way than the teache...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 13 2019   « June 12  |  June 14 » Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 362 Reading 1 2 Cor 3:15&md...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jun 13 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "It does indeed produce an entire change in the whole conception of the Christian life when one passes from under the law of prohibitions to live under the benign influences of the law of the Beatitudes. One ceases merely to strive against particu...

  • Why the Holy Spirit is Called `Lord and Giver of Life`

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Blogs |  Jun. 12, 2019 Why the Holy Spirit is Called ‘Lord and Giver of Life’ The Holy Spirit came to you fully on the day of your Confirmation, but his first gift to you was given on the day of your conception. John Grondelski If I were a betting man, I’d wager tha...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Stunned By His Grace by Max Lucado I was mulling over a recent conversation I had with a disenchanted Christian brother. He was upset with me. So upset that he was considering rescinding his invitation for me to speak to his group. Seems he’d heard I was pretty open about who I ha...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Only God Can Make What Was Become What Never Was Wednesday, June 12, 2019 How does wine become wine? Wine, by definition, is aged. Good wine takes years to age. The first recorded miracle Messiah did was to turn water into wine, and not just any wine, but good wine. God made the wine com...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8   A Time to Think God's mercies are new every morning. Receive them. —Max Lucado, best-selling author, and preacher   ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   You know my mind, my heart, and my heart aches.   You have showered me with blessings and carried me through many valleys of pain and sadness.   Thank You for the godly influences of special peo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Amos 9:13-15 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 13 “Behold, days are soon coming” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the one treading grapes, the one sowing seed. ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Leo III Pope St. Leo III (d. 816 A.D.) was a Roman cardinal who was unanimously elected pope on the same day his predecessor was buried. He lived during a time of tension between the popes and emperors and their respective right...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path. He made my feet like the feet of deer, and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 10th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,17-19): Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 12 2019   « June 11  |  June 13 » Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 361 Reading 1 2 Cor 3:4-11 Brothers and sisters:S...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jun 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "To love God’s will in consolations is a good love when it is truly God’s will we love and not the consolation wherein it lies. Still, it is a love without opposition, repugnance, or effort. Who would not love so worthy a will in so ag...

  • A new Lifestyle Church

    Posted Jun 11 by Michael Mideaker

    I have started an online lifestyle Church called Church of Rope and Chain.  Its a lifestyle church that celebrates everyone and every lifestyle.  It is based in Conway, SC but since it is online it is open to everyone.  I'm very excited about this new journey I will be taking.  W...

  • 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Catholic Home

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 11, 2019 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Catholic Home Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Opening our eyes, we can see that the family in serious crisis. This being the case, as followers of Christ and defenders of the Domestic Church—the family—let us launch a concerted effort to save our ch...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Barnabas St. Barnabas (1st c.) was a Jew from the island of Cyprus who was given the name Joseph at birth. He is mentioned by name in the New Testament. A convert to the Christian faith in Jerusalem, he sold his property and preach...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: June 11th: St. Barnabas, Apostle Gospel text (Mt 10,7-13): Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it a...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 11 2019   « June 10  |  June 12 » Memorial of Saint Barnabas, ApostleLectionary: 580/360 Reading 1 Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3 In those days a g...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God, You are my Creator and I am blessed and amazed to read this beautiful Bible passage about my Savior Jesus...   In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Acts 2:1-6 Tree of Life Version (TLV) The Ruach Fills the Disciples 1 When the day of Shavuot[a] had come, they were all together in one place.   2 Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it fille...

  • Priest on Titanic: The Last Voyage of Fr. Thomas Byles

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 10, 2019 Priest on Titanic: The Last Voyage of Fr. Thomas Byles K. V. Turley Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. On board in all directions there was the sound of running feet. It was clear there was something wrong. Before hearing anyt...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jun 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Doubtstorms by Max Lucado The following is excerpted from Chapter 13 of In the Eye of the Storm.   On Sundays, I stand before a church with a three-point outline in my hand, thirty minutes on the clock, and a prayer on my lips. I do my best to say something that will convi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Festival Of Going Monday, June 10, 2019 Do you remember when you were a child, and the summer came around? The school would have a commencement celebration, and everyone would go their separate ways. It was a time of going out. Ancient Israel had something like that too. Every year I...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14 NIV   A Time to Think Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. –George MacDonald, author, poet, and Christian minister   ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Thank you for giving us Your laws to keep us on track, to keep us safe, to help our lives to be more orderly, secure and happy…and to protect us.   Please help me to focus on Jesus: The Lawgiver t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Acts 20:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost. New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Olivia of Palermo St. Olivia (448– 463 A.D.) was the beautiful daughter of a noble family living near Palermo on the island of Sicily. She desired to serve God through her life as a consecrated virgin, and gave her wealth to ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But t...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Mary, Mother of the Church Mary, by virtue of being the mother of Jesus Christ, has always been recognized as the Mother of the Church, which Jesus established during His Passion. Before He expired on the Cross, Jesus gave His fin...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday after Pentecost: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 19,25-27): Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the discip...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 10 2019   « June 9  |  June 11 » Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the ChurchLectionary: 572A Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After Ad...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Anna Maria Taigi Bl. Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837) was born in Siena, Italy, to a poor working class family. Her family later moved to Rome, and Anna took on various low-skill jobs to help with the family finances. She married a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, n...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Pentecost Sunday When Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection, He instructed the Apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the sending of the Holy Spirit. Ten days later the eleven Apostles, together with the Blesse...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Pentecost Sunday View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,19-23): On the evening of that day, the first day after the Sabbath, the doors were locked where the disciples were, because of their fear of the Jews, but Jesus came and stood in their midst. He said to them, &laqu...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 9 2019- Mass During the Day   « June 8  |  June 10 » Pentecost Sunday - Mass during the Day    Lectionary: 63 Reading 1 Acts ...

  • Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    After Pentecost: Catechesis on the Holy Spirit from the Saints May 17, 2016 By Gretchen Filz   Celebrating the feast of Pentecost reminds us of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and in the life of the individual Christian.  In fact, the Acts of the ...

  • Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Come Holy Spirit I need thee, Come sweet Spirit I pray, Come in thy strength and they power, Come in thy own special way.    PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT BY ST. AUGUSTINE     Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.   Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that...

  • State of Grace

    Posted Jun 8 by Tony Villari

    I like to think of "grace" in other than Christian, or theological, terms.  What if the universe simply imparts individual virtue to those who open their minds to the possibility of it?  What if "divine grace" is simply a universal force which makes each of us strive to be more than we are...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Pentecost) 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. William of York St. William of York (d. 1154) was born to a powerful family in England, the nephew of the king. He became a priest and then treasurer of York Minster Cathedral at the time when the English crown was contested by two...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole struc...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 7th of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 21,20-25): Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, « Lord, who is to betray you?». On se...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jun 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   June 8 2019   « June 7  |  June 9 » Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter - Mass in the MorningLectionary: 302 Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 W...

  • Why Does Christ Breathe On His Disicples?

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 7, 2019 Why Does Christ Breathe On His Disciples? Gayle Somers On Resurrection Day, Jesus breathed on His disciples, a gesture that can seem odd in itself but is packed with meaning for our celebration of Pentecost today. Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-23) Today’s Gospel tells us that Jes...

  • The Divine Persons Dwell in Us Through Grace

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    June 7, 2019 The Divine Persons Dwell in Us through Grace Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, O.P. How blessed we would be if we truly appreciated the treasures the Divine Persons pour into our souls when we are baptized! “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). T...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Huppah Friday, June 7, 2019 Isaiah 4:5 says this: “Then the Lord will spread over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud of smoke by day and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all, the glory will be a canopy.” But the original Hebrew...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)   A Time to Think Each of us, made in His image and likeness, is yet another promise He has m...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jun 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I join with all of Heaven in proclaiming...   Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing! Revelation 5:12   ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jun 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Revelation 5:12 Tree of Life Version (TLV) [a] 12 They were chanting with a loud voice,   “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!&rd...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jun 7 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...