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  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Joseph St. Joseph (1st c.) was a descendant of Israel's King David and a carpenter by trade. Scripture tells us that he was a just and virtuous man who was betrothed to wed the young Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon finding her pregnant w...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.'" Luke 22:45-46  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: March 19th: Joseph, husband of Mary View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 1,16.18-21.24a): Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ ­—the Messiah. This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 19 2019   « March 18  |  March 20 » Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin MaryLectionary: 543 Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus Takes Away the Sin by Max Lucado   Some people feel so saved they never serve. Some serve at the hope of being saved. Does one of these sentences describe you? Do you feel so saved that you never serve? So content in what God has done that you do nothing? The fact is, we&...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Lesson Of Pirate Gibbs Monday, March 18, 2019 The last man executed for piracy in America was the pirate Charles Gibbs. For years, he terrorized the merchants of the Caribbean. In the early part of the 19th century, he was finally captured and condemned to execution in New York City....

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Psalm 22:19   A Time to Think Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony. –Joyce Meyer, author   A Time to Act Place your h...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for giving me the joy of my salvation made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus.   Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to save me and to save all people who accept you as their Saviou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, St Joseph) 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 Mar 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386 A.D.) was a well-educated man from Jerusalem and a scholar of Sacred Scripture. He was ordained a priest by the bishop of Jerusalem shortly after the legalization of Christianity in ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 2nd of Lent Saints March 18th: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 6,36-38): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Don't be a judge of others and you will not be j...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 18 2019   « March 17  |  March 19 » Monday of the Second Week in LentLectionary: 230 Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 "Lord, great and awesome God,yo...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Many try to fly away from temptations only to fall more deeply into them; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight. It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy. Those who shun them outwardly and do not pu...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Do Our Prayers Matter?by Max Lucado “If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.” This prayer in Mark 9:22 doesn’t sound courageous or confident.  It was the prayer of a desperate parent with a demon-possessed son in need of a miracle. Most ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13   A Time to Think I bind to myself today God's Power to guide me, God's Might to uphold me, God's Wisdom to teach me... –from St. Patrick's Breas...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for forgiving my sins and for saving me through the love and sacrifice of Your Beloved Son Jesus.   You are the Great I Am, always near to me.   I pray for those in my community w...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Patrick of Ireland St. Patrick (387-493) was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, to Roman-British parents. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of sixteen and sold as a slave to a Druid high priest. He worked as a shepherd and sp...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday II (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,28-36): Jesus took Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became dazzling white. Two men were talking with Jesus: Mo...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 17 2019   « March 16  |  March 18 » Second Sunday of LentLectionary: 27 Reading 1 Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and sa...

  • JUDGES GIVE THUMBS-UP TO PASTORS' HOUSING ALLOWANCE

    Posted Mar 16 by HOLLY G

    JUDGES GIVE THUMBS-UP TO PASTORS' HOUSING ALLOWANCE IRS's deduction for ministers had faced 'atheists' challenge'  A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an “atheists’ challenge” to the IRS deduction that allows ministers to have a housing allowance that is not taxable a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Psalm 36:5   A Time to Think Pray, hope, don’t worry. –Saint Padre Pio   A Time to Act Hold onto God's promises–they will prot...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   You are the God of truth...   Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. Psalm 31:5   Thank You for Your Holy Bible and how it allows me to know Y...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 2nd Sunday of Lent) 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Abraham of Edessa St. Abraham of Edessa (300-360 A.D.), also known as Abraham of Kidunaia, was a rich nobleman from Mesopotamia. He married according to his parents' wishes, despite his desire to give himself totally to God. After th...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings." Jeremiah 17:9-10  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 1st of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,43-48): Jesus said to his disciples, «You have heard that it was said: ‘Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy’. But this I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who perse...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 16 2019   « March 15  |  March 17 » Saturday of the First Week of LentLectionary: 229 Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, say...

  • Lent & the Light of the Transfiguration

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

    March 15, 2019 Lent & the Light of the Transfiguration Gayle Somers At the Transfiguration, God told the apostles: “This is My chosen Son; listen to Him.”  Why did they need this Divine exhortation? Gospel (Read Lk 9:28b-36) St. Luke tells us about a most extraordinary...

  • From Mount Tabor to Calvary

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

    March 15, 2019 From Mount Tabor to Calvary Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Appearances can be deceiving.  After all, Jesus was just another Galilean.  His hands were the rough hands of a workman.  People in Nazareth knew his mother.  Some even remembered the man they thought ...

  • How to Keep Our Eyes on Jesus Through the Crossroads of Life

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

    March 15, 2019 How to Keep Our Eyes on Jesus Through the Crossroads of Life Fr. George W. Rutler In New York City years ago, there was a pastor in the Garment District who advertised his church as the “crossroads of the world.” (New Yorkers are given to that kind of language.) Wel...

  • Mondays Bite

    Posted Mar 15 by Tony Villari

    "Why, Tony?"  Okay, first of all, I brought this on myself as I always tell people to ask the only important question, "Why?"  Quite a few people have thrown this back at me like a hot topic they really don't want to handle.  No one does.  The answer usually comes back ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Focusing On The Line Friday, March 15, 2019 Imagine you were in desperate need of a million dollars. Now imagine, your father is a billionaire. What would be the wisest way to spend your energy? Should you spend your time and efforts trying to work your way out of it? Would you spend you...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I laid me down and slept; I awoke; for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5   A Time to Think Go out on a limb when you pray for others. Take a risk. Be outrageous. Be passionate. Take a leap. Love a lot, not just a little. –Rick Hamlin, auth...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of Wonders,   You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. Psalm 77:1   Thank You for Your beautiful creation.   As I take time today to read Your Wo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Louise De Marillac St. Louise De Marillac (1591-1660) was born in Paris, France to a noble family and received her education at a Dominican convent. Her mother died shortly after her birth, and her father when she was sixteen years...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast toward you. Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Friday I of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 5,20-26): Jesus said to his disciples, «I tell you, then, that if you are not righteous in a much broader way than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 15 2019   « March 14  |  March 16 » Friday of the First Week of LentLectionary: 228 Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wi...

  • Depression

    Posted Mar 14 by Gary V.

    Yesterday, as I suffered from a familiar kind of depression; I realized it was one of many depressive attitudes I come by.... Being alone is one of them- not having anyone to talk to. Not working is another, because I have had too many crazy jobs working around crazy people. Then, there is my...

  • Singular problem that I've had for years on end....

    Posted Mar 14 by Gary V.

    Not to freak anyone out, but I've had a concern in my life and probably in many others' that haunts me; but it may not haunt you....It has been going on since I was a teen, or tween.... Why is it, that the central thinking in my brain is my libido, if it is normal, if it is working, does it control...

  • Everything Can Turn Into Prayer

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

    March 14, 2019 Everything Can Turn Into Prayer Raoul Plus, S.J. To remain in a state of prayer, it is not necessary to be always actively praying. Every action done for God rises to His throne as an act of homage. It constitutes a lifting up of our whole being to His supreme majesty, a recog...

  • We Can't Do it Ourselves

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

    March 14, 2019 We Can’t Do it Ourselves: Growing in Holiness During Lent Constance T. Hull As we wage battle in the desert with Our Lord throughout these 40 days of Lent, there is much that Christ will teach us if we let Him. One of the most significant lessons He teaches us through fas...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Eyewitnesses of His Majesty by Max Lucado   Christianity, in its purest form, is nothing more than seeing Jesus. Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating Him who we see. To see His Majesty and to imitate Him, that is the sum of Christianit...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11   A Time to Think God has given us two hands — one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, You are my loving and forgiving Father in Heaven. Thank You for giving me Your love that... …always protects, always trusts,always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:7 Today my prayer is for people who have wandered away from You, as described in ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Matilda of Saxony St. Matilda (895-968 A.D.) was born in Prussia, the daughter of a Count, and was raised and educated in a monastery by her grandmother, who was the abbess. A political marriage was arranged for her to Henry I, the f...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. . . . Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer eve...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday I of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 7,7-12): Jesus said to his disciples, «Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 14 2019   « March 13  |  March 15 » Thursday of the First Week in LentLectionary: 227 Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seize...

  • True Love Fights for the Beloved

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

    True Love Fights for the Beloved Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV I met John many years ago when he was hospitalized in the terminal stage of his cancer. He proudly told me how that was his fourth bout with the disease and how he had fought and won the previous battles. He vowed to fight the disease a...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Eyewitnesses of His Majesty by Max Lucado   Christianity, in its purest form, is nothing more than seeing Jesus. Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating Him who we see. To see His Majesty and to imitate Him, that is the sum of Christiani...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    From Red To Blue Wednesday, March 13, 2019 The Tent of Meeting was the place for God and man to meet. It was woven with the colors of blue, purple, and red. Each color was filled with meaning. The name for “man” in Hebrew, “Adam” also means “red.” So t...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44   A Time to Think Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. —H. Jackson Brown   A Time to Act Neve...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for my church family and for providing a place for us to come together in Your name.   I pray that Your Holy Spirit would guide my church and that You would plant a deep desire within me to love...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Euphrasia St. Euphrasia (380-410 A.D.) was the only child of noble Christian parents serving the court of the Christian Emperor Theodosius I, their relative, in Constantinople. After her birth her parents vowed to remain celibate in ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but d...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 1st of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 11,29-32): As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, «People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah bec...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 13 2019   « March 12  |  March 14 » Wednesday of the First Week in LentLectionary: 226 Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to ...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Knock. Persevere in knocking, even to the point of rudeness, if that were possible. There is a way of forcing God and wresting his graces from him, and that way is to ask continually with a firm faith. We must think, with the Gospel: 'Ask, and it...

  • All the Wrong Places - Again

    Posted Mar 12 by Tony Villari

    My worst fear in life is one that many of us have: I don't want to die alone.  I used to think this meant sharing my life with someone.  How selfish is that, sharing my life?  And what of the other person sharing theirs?  Because of this attitude, I have come to terms w...

  • Let Mary Intercede in your Lent

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

    March 12, 2019 Let Mary Intercede in Your Lent Carol Monaco “A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit.&r...

  • All the Wrong Places

    Posted Mar 12 by Tony Villari

    When I was young, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to "hook-up" with young ladies.  More times than not, and typical of young men, the brain below my belt took control of my God-given good sense, and any expectation for quality would take second-seat to the more base desires.  I...