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  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 20 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live....

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 20 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 28th in OrdinaryTime View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,8-12): Jesus said to his disciples, «I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before people, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But the one who denies me before others will ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 20 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 20, 2018   « October 19  |  October 21 »   Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 472 Reading 1 Eph 1:15-23 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 20 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 20 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...

  • Happily Ever After

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Breaking In The Habit Reflections of a Friar in Training Home Videos Social Media Blog Press Kit Book Donate Happily Ever After? Click to listen Audio Player 00:00 00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. After many long and perilous struggles, the prince rides in on hi...

  • 7 Old-Fashioned Sins that Can STILL Send You to HELL

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    7 Old-Fashioned Sins that Can Still Send You to Hell Christian Living Lists Theology by ChurchPOP Editor - September 30, 2014   Do not be deceived: sin may be fashionable, but it's still damnable. Jonathan Higa / Flickr American culture may have become more enligh...

  • The Sons of Zebedee & Servant Leadership

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 19, 2018 The Sons of Zebedee & Servant Leadership Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. It was time to make their move.  Usually it was Peter who took the initiative, but now it was their turn.  They cleared their throats and asked the master for the best seats in the house, the plac...

  • Scripture Speaks

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 19, 2018 Scripture Speaks: At the Hand of the Lord Gayle Somers Two disciples from Jesus’ inner circle make a request that irritates the others but allows Him to reveal one of His kingdom’s greatest mysteries.  What is it? Gospel (Read Mk 10:35-45) St. Mark tel...

  • St. Pope Paul VI

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 19, 2018 St. Pope Paul VI: Defender of the Rosary Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC Saint Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) was born in northern Italy and elected the Vicar of Christ during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Before being elected to the papacy, he had earned a doctorate in canon law and ser...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 19 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 19 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 19 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 28th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,1-7): Such a numerous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way, «Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered t...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 19, 2018   « October 18  |  October 20 »   Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, MartyrsLectionary:...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 19 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 Oct 19 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 19 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 Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Isaac Jogues St. Isaac Jogues (1607–1646) was born in France to a middle-class family, and at the age of 17 entered a Jesuit seminary where he displayed a talent for writing and teaching. He was ordained in January of 16...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 19 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God." 1 Peter 3:17-18a ...

  • First of a Three part Series on the Church and Pedophilia

    Posted Oct 19 by HOLLY G

    The Catholic Church and Pedophilia: Trafficking Children as Sex Slaves Comments by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News In the years we have covered the topic of “medical kidnapping” and child abductions through child social services, we have exposed the corruption behind these &l...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. 1Peter 1:24-25 A Time to Thi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holiness Of Bad Eyesight  Friday, October 19, 2018 In Genesis 27, Isaac is blessing his sons. He wants to bless Esau, but Jacob comes to him in disguise. Due to his poor eyesight, Isaac blesses Jacob instead, thus fulfilling prophecy. Are you having a hard time blessing, loving, or forg...

  • Daily Nosh

    Posted Oct 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    From Messianic Jewish Alliance of America General Secretary – Joel Chernoff October 19, 2018 (1)Now it came to pass after this that David inquired of the Lord saying, “Should I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” The Lord said to him, “Go up”. “Where shal...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord, Please help me to focus on what is important today. I want to know You better. I long to know the power of Your Resurrection... ...that I may know Himand the power of His resurrection,and the fellowship of His sufferings,being conformed to His death...Philippians 3:10 Please, “...

  • Justice Dept opening Probe into Penn. Clergy Scandal

    Posted Oct 18 by HOLLY G

    Justice Dept. opens probe into child sex abuse in Pennsylvania clergy Dr. Alex McFarland and Christopher Hale on the implications of the sweeping grand jury report about priest sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and how the Catholic Church can begin to make amends. The Justice Department has opened a pr...

  • What are the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

    Posted Oct 18 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 18, 2018 What are the Symbols of the Four Evangelists? Fr. William Saunders Q: The Gospel writers have symbols — a man, a lion, a bull and an eagle — which I think refer to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why these symbols? Traditionally, the four Gospel writers have been r...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Flowing Life Thursday, October 18, 2018 Isaiah 55:12 says, “You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” The word “led forth” in Hebrew, is “yabal.” Yabal also means to “flow”, like a river flows. God’s Spirit is likened to wat...

  • Daily Nosh

    Posted Oct 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    From Messianic Jewish Alliance of America General Secretary – Joel Chernoff October 18, 2018 Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. (TLV) - Romans 8:28Nosh: In this verse, Paul lays out in just a few...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear God,   Here I am, in awe of Your tremendous love and power...   I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate (me) from ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 Oct 18 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 18 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 Oct 18 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Luke St. Luke the Evangelist (1st c.) was a well-educated Greek physician and a native of Antioch in Syria. He was one of the earliest converts to Christianity, believed to have been one of Jesus' seventy disciples. He was a follow...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 18 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them." Psalm 91:14-15  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 18 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: October 18th: St. Luke, evangelist View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 10,1-9): The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where He himself was to go. And He said to them, «The harvest is rich, but ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 18 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 18, 2018   « October 17  |  October 19 »   Feast of Saint Luke, evangelistLectionary: 661 Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, ena...

  • When God Cured an Amputee

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    When God Cured an Amputee: The Astonishing Miracle of Calanda Articles History by ChurchPOP Editor - January 12, 2016   via parroquiadepadron.blogspot.com There is an atheist website with a particularly provocative argument against God’s existence ca...

  • The Power of Contemplative Prayer

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 11, 2018 The Power of Contemplative Prayer Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Contemplative prayer has immense power against all kinds of evil. This silent movement of the heart unveils self-contradictions and rash judgments that threaten one’s own integrity and, at the sa...

  • St. Ignatius of Anioch, A Martyr's Love for the Eucharist

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 17, 2018 St. Ignatius of Antioch: A Martyr’s Love for the Eucharist Daniel Stewart If it weren’t for St. Ignatius of Antioch, I might not be a Catholic today. How could a first century bishop so influence an American guy two thousand years later? Well, I first learned of t...

  • Imitating Mary The Contemplative

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 17, 2018 Imitating Mary The Contemplative Jonathan B. Coe We find Mary throughout the Gospel of Luke contemplating the birth and childhood of Jesus. When the shepherds tell her about the angels’ Gloria in Excelcis Deo, she keeps this incident in her heart and meditates on it. S...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The Lord… does not become tired or need rest. No one can understand how great his wisdom is. He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. Isaiah 40:28-29 NCV   A Time to Think The remedy for discourageme...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Mystery Of His Wings  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Malachi 4:2 says, “...the Son of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings.” That Hebrew word, in this text, for wings is Kanaph. Kanaph is also the name of a sacred fringe called tzitzit that is on the tallit or pra...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 17 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 17 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...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for Your Son Jesus from whom all life flows. Jesus is the strong Branch reaching out to hold me up and the one who has saved my soul. Jesus completes The Holy Trinity, all of whom I can go to when I need a fresh anointing, a new start, shelter from ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 17 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 17 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 Oct 17 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 17 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 Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Ignatius of Antioch St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 98-117) was a Syrian who became a disciple of St. John the Apostle. Tradition holds that he was the infant whom Jesus took in his arms, saying, "Whoever welcomes one such child in ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 28th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,42-46): Jesus said, «A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 17, 2018   « October 16  |  October 18 »   Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and MartyrLectionary: 469 Reading 1 Gal 5:18...

  • Meditations

    Posted Oct 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Meditation of the Day "No human motive should lead us to pray: neither routine, nor the habit of doing as others do, nor a thirst for spiritual consolations. No, we should go to prayer to render homage to God. It is not, however, a common-place visit of propriety, nor a conversati...

  • Growing Beyond Pantheism

    Posted Oct 17 by Tony Villari

    In my last couple of posts, I contemplated religion, religious denominations, religious sects, religious faith, and my own spiritualist view at the time; the very real possibility that I am a pantheist. A recent comment to one of those posts gave me kudos for "still expanding, exploring your own bel...

  • Email Phishing (with extortion attempt)

    Posted Oct 16 by Gail Dobson

    Hacked my email, took screenshot with my device's camera of me visiting, and getting excited over, questionable sites apparently, pay about $500 in bitcoin within 50 days or "all my contacts" will receive copies of said files! It is hilarious -- but I fear someone may fall for it. It is not rea...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret Mary St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) was born in France to a virtuous and distinguished family. As a child she showed great devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and by the age of 9 was practicing severe penan...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise a...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 28th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,37-41): As Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to have a meal with him. So He went and sat at table. The Pharisee then wondered why Jesus did not first wash his hands before dinner. But the Lord sa...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 16, 2018   « October 15  |  October 17 »   Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 468 Reading 1 Gal 5:1-6 Bro...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Saints And Anti-Semites Tuesday, October 16, 2018  Those known as the church fathers are considered to be great men who rose up after the apostles and after the completion of the Bible. But did you know that several of them were Anti-Semitic? For example, John Chrysostom, the Archbishop of ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father in Heaven, When I remember the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, I realize how You want so much more for me than I could ever dream. I also see how You can turn what others intend for evil into what You intend for good. Just as Joseph proclaimed to his brothers... But as for yo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 Oct 15 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 15 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 Oct 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Teresa of Avila St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), also known as St. Teresa of Jesus, was born in Spain to a large, devout, and prominent Catholic family. Fascinated with the lives of the saints taught to her by her pious paren...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 28th in Ordinary Time Saints October 15th: St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila), Virgin & Doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 11,29-32): As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, «People of the present time are evil people. Th...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 15, 2018   « October 14  |  October 16 »   Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 467 Reading ...

  • Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent

    Posted Oct 14 by HOLLY G

    Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent Former students at ‘the fortress of faith’ who reported sexual abuse say they were told they had sinned June 18, 2014 1:00PM ET by Claire Gordon    Raised in a conservative Mennonite home in rural Ohio...

  • MORE sex coverups and deliberate discrimination

    Posted Oct 14 by HOLLY G

    Bob Jones University Blamed Victims of Sexual Assaults, Not Abusers, Report SaysA survey done at Bob Jones University found that for years, the evangelical Christian school in Greenville, S.C., discouraged students from reporting sexual assaults.By Richard Pérez-PeñaDec. 11, 2014For de...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 Oct 14 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...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope Saint Callistus I Pope St. Callistus I (d. 223 A.D.) was a Roman by birth and a Christian slave. He was the servant of a fellow Christian serving in the Roman imperial household. He was entrusted with the task of managing&...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, i...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 28th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 10,17-30): Just as Jesus was setting out on his journey again, a man ran up, knelt before him and asked, «Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?». Jesus answered, «Why do yo...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 14, 2018   « October 13  |  October 15 »   Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 143 Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11 I prayed, and p...

  • The Universe Marvelously Arranged

    Posted Oct 14 by Tony Villari

    I find Albert Einstein to be very intelligent when it comes to theoretical physics, though he came off as something of a horndog, and he seems wanting when writing his personal thoughts and allowing interpretation by those who would read much into them.  For instance, when he states "our l...

  • Pope defrocks two priests, where are the rest?

    Posted Oct 13 by HOLLY G

    Pope Francis defrocks two bishops caught in Chile's widening Catholic church sex abuse crisisThe Vatican announced the defrocking of Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus, 84 and Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, 53, on Saturday. It said the decision was final and neither man would be able to appeal.&...

  • FINALLY, AMERICAN PASTOR RELEASED FROM TURKEY

    Posted Oct 13 by HOLLY G

    President Trump will meet with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson in the Oval Office Saturday afternoon -- and insisted that there was “no deal” made with Turkey for Brunson’s release. Brunson, from North Carolina, flew to Germany for a medical checkup at a U.S. milita...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 13 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 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 28th 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 Oct 13 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 13 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...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Oct 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Edward the Confessor St. Edward the Confessor (1003-1066 A.D.) was a prince born to the King and Queen of England. His family was exiled from the kingdom when the Danish took control of the country in 1016 A.D. Edward spent much of...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all th...