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  • The Joy of Advent is on Our Journey with Mary

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

    December 3, 2018 The Joy of Advent Is in Our Journey with Mary Stephen Beale The great Cappadocian St. Gregory of Nyssa had this wonderful idea about what spiritual perfection looks like. Our restless hearts, as St. Augustine said, rest only when the rest in God. And yet, as Gregory reminds ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier (1506–1552) was born in his family castle in Navarre in what is today Spain. While studying in Paris he met St. Ignatius of Loyola and joined him in the foundation of the Society of Jesus. In...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 1st of Advent Saints View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 8,5-11): When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, «Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly». Jesus said to him, «I will...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 3, 2018   « December 2  |  December 4 » Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, PriestLectionary: 175 Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah,...

  • The Night Before Advent

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Bibiana St. Bibiana, also known as Vibiana or Viviana (d. 361), was born in Rome, the daughter of Christian parents who were martyred in the persecutions of Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate. Her father was severely beaten and sent t...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." Isaiah 35:10  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 1st (C) of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 21,25-28.34-36): Jesus said, «Then there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of perplexed nations when they hear the roaring of the sea and its waves. People will faint with ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 2, 2018   « December 1  |  December 3 » First Sunday of AdventLectionary: 3 Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, ...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Strong passions are the precious raw material of sanctity. Individuals who have carried their sinning to extremes should not despair or say, 'I am too great a sinner to change,' or 'God would not want me.' God will take anyone who is willing to l...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Dec 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Devotion of the Month Month of the Immaculate Conception The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Chosen before time to be the Mother of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ, God created Mary perfect and full o...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Dec 1 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 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 1st 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Edmund Campion St. Edmund Campion (1540–1581) was born in London, England, the son of a bookseller. He was a promising student and went on to become an esteemed and celebrated Oxford scholar, winning the high regard of Queen ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Dec 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, 'Seek his face!' Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Dec 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 34th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 21,34-36): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be on your guard; let not your hearts be weighed down with a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly cares, lest that day catch you suddenly as a trap. For...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Dec 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 1, 2018   « November 30  |  December 2 » Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 508 Reading 1 Rv 22:1-7 John sa...

  • Meditations

    Posted Dec 1 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "'As God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk.' No one can do better with his life than that; no one can put it to a better use. Any life must be perfect in proportion as it does what it was made to do....

  • Atheism is Not a Dirty Word

    Posted Nov 30 by Gail Dobson

    Regarding 'No Religion' blog post - the word 'atheist' itself is misleading and should not even be necessary in our vernacular. We don't have a word for someone who doesn't believe in fairies, dragons, Santa, Easter Bunny, or Bigfoot.    Until fairly recently here in the U.S. a common s...

  • Prayer in Preparation of Christmas

    Posted Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Over the years, I heard some strange talk about how a lot of people who learned this from a priest in the catholic church that before he would celebrate mass every day and after he prayed the Liturgy of the Hours and Meditation that he would continue to pray and say the Christmas Anticipation Prayer...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Andrew the Apostle St. Andrew (1st c.) was the first of the twelve Apostles to follow Jesus, after being a disciple of St. John the Baptist, the Precursor of Christ. St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade and the younger brother of St...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have ma...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: November 30th: St. Andrew, apostle View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 4,18-22): As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, «Come, f...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 30, 2018   « November 29  |  December 1 » Feast of Saint Andrew, ApostleLectionary: 684 Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18 Brothers and sisters:If y...

  • Meditations

    Posted Nov 30 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Christ Himself taught humility of heart, and the heart must not remain idle, nor fail to product the necessary acts. And what acts of humility do you make before God? How often do you make them? When have you made them? How long is it since you m...

  • Jesus Loves Me and He Loves YOU

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Jesus Loves Me Anna Bartlett Warner The Bible tells us that God loves each and every one of us, despite our sins and faults. Be comforted by the simple lyrics of 'Jesus Loves Me' and remember that our Creator is almighty and all-loving. He is with us each step of the day and will never leave our ...

  • What A Friend We Have In Jesus

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    What a Friend We Have in Jesus Joseph M. Scriven What a blessing to be able to come to God each day and hand over our worries and fears. With our friend, Jesus, our burdens can be lifted and our souls cleansed. Listen to the blessed lyrics of 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' and learn the incredi...

  • Day by Day With Each Passing Moment

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment Carolina Sandell-Berg Each day, we turn to God for our strength to walk through life. We will face trials and tribulations but have faith knowing that He is always by our side. Be blessed by the lyrics and learn the story behind the beautiful hymn 'Day by D...

  • Near My God To Thee

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Nearer My God To Thee Sarah Flower Adams Even when we cannot see or feel Him, the Lord never leaves our side. As we walk through each day, let us remember to call upon His name and give thanks. The beautiful lyrics of 'Nearer My God to Thee' are the perfect call to the Lord. And when you hear the...

  • Blessed Assurance

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Blessed Assurance Fanny Crosby Each and every day we sing praises to His name. We are thankful for all of the blessings that He bestows upon us. The lyrics of the classic hymn 'Blessed Assurance' is the perfect way to worship. And when you hear the story behind the hymn, you will be even more in ...

  • His Eyes are on The Sparrow

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    His Eye is on the Sparrow Civilla Martin Throughout life, we may feel discouraged and down. But always remember that He is by our side and watches over us through it all. Just like the lyrics of 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow' remember that He is with us in all that we do. And when you hear how this ...

  • Be Thou My Vison

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Be Thou My Vision Eleanor Hull No matter where we are in life, the Lord is our light and our strength. He watches over us and stands by our side. The powerful lyrics of 'Be Thou My Vision' are the perfect reminder of His love and presence. This 8th century Irish hymn is still relevant today and ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 29 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 Nov 29 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 Nov 29 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 Nov 29 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 Nov 29 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 Nov 29 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 Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Denis of the Nativity Blessed Denis of the Nativity (1600-1638) was born as Pierre Berthelotin in France and became a sailor at the age of twelve. He had a successful career as pilot-in-chief and cartographer in service to the Ki...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'” John 8:12  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 34th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 21,20-28): Jesus said to his disciples, «When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must know that the time has come when it will be reduced to a wasteland. Then, if you are in Judea, fle...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 29 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 29, 2018   « November 28  |  November 30 » Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 506 Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23...

  • FOR GAIL

    Posted Nov 28 by HOLLY G

    i thought I did answer you, albeit fleetingly. the guys were [maybe] referring to the fact that the church says it is a sin to "commit suicide" and maybe that if youre ill, euth is still assisted "suicide". IDK. if they wont answer you, its my best guess. and also that they are human and humans don'...

  • The Mysterious Holy Veil of Manoppello

    Posted Nov 28 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 28, 2018 The Mysterious Holy Veil of Manoppello K. V. Turley The Shroud of Turin is known throughout the world. There are, however, other burial cloths said to be from the time of Christ and directly related to the Passion and death of Our Lord. Other than the Shroud of Turin, howeve...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 28 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 Nov 28 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 Nov 28 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 Nov 28 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 Nov 28 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 Nov 28 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 Nov 28 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Catherine Labouré St. Catherine Labouré (1806 – 1876) was born in Burgundy, France, the ninth of seventeen children of a pious and prosperous farming family. Her mother died when she was nine years old. After her ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 28 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neigh...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 28 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 34th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 21,12-19): Jesus said to his disciples, «People will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought befo...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 28 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 28, 2018   « November 27  |  November 29 » Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 505 Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4 I, J...

  • Euthanized for Autism and Dementia

    Posted Nov 27 by HOLLY G

    Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman  Associated Press Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002 in the European nation. Th...

  • Inside the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Inside the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal November 27, 2015 By Gretchen Filz 17 Comments Do you know the full meaning and history behind the most famous of all Catholic medals, the Miraculous Medal? Located in Paris, France is the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculou...

  • 8 Ideas for Celebrating Advent in 2018

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 27, 2018 8 Ideas for Celebrating Advent in 2018 Brandon Harvey Each December brings the same temptation for Catholics: Join one’s daily focus with the commercially oriented Christmas frenzy in nearly every corner of modern American society or avoid it for the sake of focusing o...

  • Advent Prepares Us for the Light of Christ

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 27, 2018 Advent Prepares Us for the Light of Christ Maria Augusta Von Trapp The events that come to mind when we say “Christmas,” “Easter,” and “Pentecost” are so tremendous that their commemoration cannot be celebrated in a single day each. Weeks ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 27 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 Nov 27 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 Nov 27 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 Nov 27 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 Nov 27 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 Nov 27 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 Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal On November 27, 1830, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris, France and gave her a vision of an image, with instructions to strike the image, front and back, onto a medal. W...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in o...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 34th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 21,5-11): While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, «The days will come when there shall not be left one s...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 27, 2018   « November 26  |  November 28 » Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 504 Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19 I, J...

  • No Religion?

    Posted Nov 26 by Tony Villari

    No religion?  Not necessarily a bad thing, but let's make sure we all agree on just what religion is.  Religion is defined as a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes beliefs, and practices; a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with scrupulous conf...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 26 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 Nov 26 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 Nov 26 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 Nov 26 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 Nov 26 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 Nov 26 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 Nov 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John Berchmans St. John Berchmans (1599-1621) was born in Flanders, Belgium, the eldest of five children of a shoemaker. He was a virtuous and well-liked child who would often rise early to serve at two or three Masses a day before...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Luke 6:35-36 ...