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  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 31st (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 12,28-34): A teacher of the Law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, «Which commandment is the first of all?». Jesus answer...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 4, 2018   « November 3  |  November 5 » Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 152 Reading 1 Dt 6:2-6 Moses spoke to the peopl...

  • God is so Good he's so Good to me.

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

    Good Morning. Yes its Saturday, going to be a busy day today. Will be getting ready shortly to go to the Share Food Pantry which is associated with the Greater Chicago Food Depository Organization. All the food pantries I am associated with will be very soon getting ready to distribute food for Than...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time) 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 Nov 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 Nov 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Martin de Porres St. Martin de Porres (1569-1639) was born in Lima, Peru. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed slave woman from Panama, of either African or Native American descent. His parents never marrie...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10-11  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 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 Nov 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 30th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 14,1.7-11): One Sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. Jesus then told a parable to the guests, for He had noticed how they tried to take th...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 3, 2018   « November 2  |  November 4 » Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 484 Reading 1 Phil 1:18b-26 Brothers...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Our Lord, by descending into hell, planted (if I may thus express myself), in the spiritual garden of the Church, a mysterious tree, the fruits of which—namely, His merits—are destined for the constant relief of the Poor Souls in Purg...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Oh, how I praise You!   You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.   You count the number of the stars and call them all by name.   Great are You, Lord, and mighty in power.   Your understandin...

  • Another piece of garbage Priest

    Posted Nov 2 by HOLLY G

    Ohio Catholic priest arrested for having sex on church property with a 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant with his baby - and cops found a used pregnancy test at his home PUBLISHED: 01:00 EDT, 1 November  Rev. Christopher Foxhoven, 45, (pictured) was charged with face eight counts of s...

  • Devotion of the Month

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

      Devotion of the Month Month of the Holy Souls The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of November to praying in a special way for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Holy Souls (also called the Faithful Departed) are members of the Church...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 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 Nov 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 Nov 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 Nov 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day Blessed John Bodey Blessed John Bodey (1549-1583) was born in Wells, England, the son of a wealthy merchant and former mayor. He studied at Oxford and became an Oxford Fellow in 1568 at the age of 19. Later he, along with seven othe...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." Isaiah 43:25  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 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 Nov 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...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day All Souls Day November 2nd is All Souls Day, sometimes called the Day of the Dead. On this day, and during the month of November, the Church prays in a special way for the souls of the faithful departed, and individuals pray espec...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: November 2nd: All Souls View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 23,33.39-43): There at the place called The Skull he was crucified together with the criminals —one on his right and another on his left. One of the criminals hanging with Jesus insulted him, «So you...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 2, 2018   « November 1  |  November 3 » The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed(All Souls)Lectionary: 668 Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 Th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Luke 12:40 NLT   A Time to Think Life isn't always about finding yourself. More often than not, it's about discovering who God created you to be. —Davi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Attorney’s Purchase Friday, November 2, 2018   He was a hardened lawyer who’d never before owned a Bible. He finally purchased one for the purpose of adding another reference book to his legal library. Gradually, that one book began drawing him away from his int...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Please fill me with your Holy Spirit today.   Help me to bring glory to the Father and to the Son, Jesus.   I surrender myself to You.   Come, fill me with a new zeal to be holy.   Give me a new desire to s...

  • At the Cusp of Forever:  Growing Beyond "Panentheism"

    Posted Nov 2 by Tony Villari

    Computer modeling has allowed us to discover many things, and it has also opened the door to many other questions in humanities search for an answer to God's existence.  Organized religion demands that the lack of solid proof requires an unyielding belief in that for which there is no proof.&nb...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Good morning Lord,   Today I pray for the spouses and families of those who are ministers, pastors, elders, deacons, teachers, servers and others in my church.   I pray for healing, where needed; for protection from harm, evil, and discouragement; and for blessing in ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 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 Nov 1 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 1 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 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Deborah the Prophetess St. Deborah (11th c. B.C.) was a godly widow and saint of the Old Testament. She was a courageous prophetess and champion of the Israelites. All Israel came to her to judge their disputes, and God prophesied ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Phillipians...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day All Saints Day On November 1st the Church celebrates all her holy ones in heaven, known and unknown, with the feast of All Saints. The solemnity originally began in the 4th century to commemorate all the Christian martyrs kil...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 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 Nov 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...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 1, 2018   « October 31  |  November 2 » Solemnity of All SaintsLectionary: 667 Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: November 1st: All Saints View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,1-12a): When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: «Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for the...

  • The Origins of Halloween and All Saints Day

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 31, 2018 The Origins of Halloween & All Saints Day Fr. William Saunders Q: What are the origins of All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Are these linked with paganism and Halloween? Both the feast of All Saints and the feast of All Souls evolved in the life of the Church independently o...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear God,   It's true...that I may be the only "Bible" someone ever reads.   Please help me be a living testament to others for You.   Please work through me and help me be a light and an encouragement for my non-believing family, friends, neighbors, an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, All Saints) 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 Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 31 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...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Wolfgang  St. Wolfgang (934-994 A.D.), also known as the Great Almoner, was a Benedictine monk, reformer, and Bishop of Regensburg, Bavaria. He was born into the noble class and had an excellent education. As bishop he wo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evi...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day All Hallow's Eve All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, is the vigil of All Saints (All Hallows) Day, which is a major feast on the liturgical calendar and a Holy Day of Obligation. Halloween (October 31st) is connected with All Sa...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 31 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 30th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 13,22-30): Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, «Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?». And Jesus answered, «Do ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 31 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 31, 2018   « October 30  |  November 1 » Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 481 Reading 1 Eph 6:1-9 Children, o...

  • Church Triumphant:

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

    October 30, 2018 Church Triumphant: 10 Insights Into the Saints Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Every year the Church joyfully celebrates the Feast of All Saints.  A classical ecclesiastical model divides the Church into three parts, but all belonging to the same family of God: the Church Triumphant, ...

  • God Reveals Himself Through

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

    October 30, 2018 God Reveals Himself Through Miracles Fr. John Portavella The veil is thin when God manifests Himself in various periods of history through miracles. They are extraordinary events that show in time and space God’s power and glory, disclosures that build up faith and brin...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

        Saint of the Day St. Alphonsus Rodriguez St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1532–1617) was born in Segovia, Spain, the son of a wool merchant. He was prepared for his First Holy Communion by St. Peter Faber, one of the first Jesuits. When...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 30th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 13,18-21): Jesus continued speaking, «What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? Imagine a person who has taken a mustard seed and planted it in the garden. The seed has grown and b...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 30, 2018   « October 29  |  October 31 » Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 480 Reading 1 Eph 5:21-33 Brothers an...

  • Why all the materialism?

    Posted Oct 29 by Scott Luxon

    Most of us can barely afford our lifestyle or we are going into debt to do so. We scoff at meager blessings and wait for the big payoff. Everything costs so much more than it used to. Shelter, Clothing, Teechnology, Hygiene products, Food, Fuel... everything. What is the real cost? By not being than...

  • How to Use the "Lord's Prayer" as a Spiritual Weapon

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

    How to Use the “Lord’s Prayer” as a Spiritual Weapon Articles Prayer Supernatural by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - April 6, 2016   John, Flickr / ChurchPOP This article originally appeared on Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s blog “Standing on My He...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Jesus wept. John 11:35 NIV A Time to Think The pain passes, but the beauty remains. —Auguste Renoir, Artist A Time to Act Find comfort in this verse and know that Jesus is ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      John The Baptist As A Businessman  Monday, October 29, 2018 Yochanan the Immerser, also known as John the Baptist, never got married. Why? It’s probable that if John had married, he would have missed his calling and his life would have been a disaster. We don’t k...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord Jesus, There are days when I feel weak and uninspired. And there are days when I am full of the life and hope that You have given to me. Please help me to remember that my strength comes from You... But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;He is their strength in...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Narcissus of Jerusalem St. Narcissus (c. 99 – c. 216 A.D.) was a holy and esteemed priest of Greek origin who became the 30th bishop of Jerusalem in the year 180 A.D., about a century after the city's destruction by the Romans....

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 30th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 13,10-17): Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath and a crippled woman was there. An evil spirit had kept her bent for eighteen years so that she could not straighten up at all. On seeing her, Jes...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 29, 2018   « October 28  |  October 30 » Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 479 Reading 1 Eph 4:32–5:8 Broth...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   I realize that because I am a Christian, I am in “Full-Time” Christian service.   Some Christians are called to other nations.   Thank You that I am called to minister in my home, in my church, in my school and workplace, an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day Sts. Simon & Jude St. Jude Thaddeus (1st c.) was a blood relative of Jesus Christ and one of his Twelve Apostles. He was known for his preaching, healing, exorcisms, and his appearance was said to have closely matched that of Jesus'. H...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 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 Oct 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 30th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 10,46-52): As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth passin...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 28, 2018   « October 27  |  October 29 » Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 149 Reading 1 Jer 31:7-9 Thus says the LORD:Shout ...

  • The Vatican Sued

    Posted Oct 27 by HOLLY G

    Sexual abuse survivors sue Vatican for allegedly covering up molestation by priests SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Two survivors of alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy announced a lawsuit in San Francisco today in federal court against the Vatican alleging the church has done nothing to by current...

  • Who are these PEOPLE ???

    Posted Oct 27 by HOLLY G

    Chocolate milk definitely doesn't come from brown cows-but some adults think otherwise  By Nancy Coleman, CNN Some adults don't know where chocolate milk comes from, and we're a little concerned. A survey from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy found that 7% of American adults think cho...

  • 11 dead, 6 wounded after bullets fly in Pittsburgh synagogue

    Posted Oct 27 by HOLLY G

    Pittsburgh synagogue shooting leaves 11 dead and 6 wounded, including 4 officers; suspect in custody Authorities say a gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. A gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 NIV A Time to T...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Thank You that You are a God of second chances.   I thank You for forgiving me and taking me back during the times of my life when I strayed from You and when I was disobedient.   I’m so sorry for disappointing loved ones in my ...