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  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Ash Wednesday View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 6,1-6.16-18): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 6 2019   « March 5  |  March 7 » Ash WednesdayLectionary: 219 Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole he...

  • Five Ways to Prepare for the Best Lent

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 5, 2019 Five Ways to Prepare for the Best Lent Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Lent is a season of grace. The joy of the Risen Lord at Easter will depend on how we live out this holy season of Lent. God’s generosity has no limits, but we often fall short in giving God our whole hearts so that H...

  • Spend Time as a Family This Lent

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 5, 2019 Spend Time as a Family This Lent Maria Augusta Von Trapp Lent is primarily known as a time devoted to fast and abstinence. Our non-Catholic friends feel sorry for us because we have to watch our food. “Isn’t it an awful strain?” But this is only one side of th...

  • Lent os a Time to Picka Side

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 5, 2019 Lent is a Time to Pick a Side Fr. Nicholas Sheehy, LC What would happen if you lived the next forty days intensely for Christ? Lent is an important time and planning it out well is worth a shot. Look back at the last forty days of your life. You can whip out your phone and chec...

  • Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

    Posted Mar 5 by Tony Villari

    We hear from people every day how angry they are, how hurt they are, how sad they are, how poor they are, how overworked they are, how lonely they are, how God has forsaken them, and the complaints go on.  Yet, they go to bed at night and wake up the next morning having been given the "gift" of...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Mark of a Disciple by Max Lucado   The mark of a disciple is his or her ability to hear the Master’s voice! The world rams at your door, but Jesus taps. Voices scream for your allegiance, but Jesus softly and tenderly requests it. Which voice do you hear? There is nev...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Celebrator Tuesday, March 5, 2019 The word for Jew in Hebrew is Yehudi. The Bible says in Ephesians that if you are born again, you are now a fellow citizen of Israel. You are spiritually Jewish, a spiritual Yehudi. But what does the word ‘Jew’ mean? The word “Jew,&...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17   A Time to Think We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   You have authority over all leaders, nations, and governments.   I pray for the leaders of my city, state, nation—and of every nation. &...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above, O Maria. Hail Queen of Mercy and of Love, O Maria. Triumph all Ye Cherubim, Sing with us Seraphim,  Heaven and Earth Resound the Hymn, Salve, Salve, Salve Regina.     Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to ou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John-Joseph of the Cross St. John-Joseph of the Cross (1654-1739) was born on the island of Ischia, near Naples. He joined the Franciscan Order of the Strict Observance (the reform of St. Peter of Alcantara) at age sixteen. His influ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them yo...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 8th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 10,28-31): At that time Peter began to tell Jesus, «We have given up everything to follow you». Jesus answered, «Truly, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters, or father...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 5 2019   « March 4  |  March 6 » Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 348 Reading 1 Sir 35:1-12 To keep the law is a gr...

  • Meditations

    Posted Mar 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Many Christians regard Confession in the light of an unimportant act of piety, if not mere ceremony . . . many go even frequently to Confession, but so few amend, and consequently derive little or no benefit from the Sacrament. ... Be, then, most...

  • Sinner Who Think They're Saints, Saints Who Know They're Sinner

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sinners Who Think They’re Saints, Saints Who Know They’re Sinners St. Francis de Sales and the Paradox of Loving God Enough Matt D’Antuono What is it about a paradox that is so satisfying to the mind and yet frustrating? There are few, if any, deep and profound truths about ...

  • God's Temple

    Posted Mar 4 by Joseph Esquivel

      1 Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sac...

  • Strive For Balance In Your Spiritual Life

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 4, 2019 Strive For Balance In Your Spiritual Life Fr. Basil W. Maturin Most of the heresies that have opposed the Church in her progress through the world have arisen from the undue pressing of one part of the truth. For the truth of the Christian Faith can generally be stated in the fo...

  • God's Otherness Is What Makes His Nearness Possible

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 4, 2019 God’s Otherness Is What Makes His Nearness Possible Stephen Beale Isaiah’s words about God’s providential plan are comforting in a most unexpected way. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the e...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Prayers Don't Get Graded by Max Lucado   Jesus downplayed the importance of words in prayers. We tend to do the opposite. The more words, the better! We emphasize the appropriate prayer language, the latest prayer trend, the holiest prayer terminology. Against all this emphasis...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Loving Him More Than Monday, March 4, 2019 In Matthew, Messiah told His disciples, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Why is that? It’s because it’s not enoug...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear God,   Thank You for giving me the opportunity to live my life to the fullest through the price paid by Your Son Jesus on the cross.   I want to cherish each day that I have with You here on earth.   I lift up to You in prayer those who are dealing...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Casimir of Poland St. Casimir of Poland (1458-1484) was the second son of King Casimir IV and Queen Elizabeth of Austria, one of thirteen children born to them in the royal palace at Cracow. Casimir committed his life to God from a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our cit...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 8th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 10,17-27): 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 you cal...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 4 2019   « March 3  |  March 5 » Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 347 Reading 1 Sir 17:20-24 To the penitent God prov...

  • Meditations

    Posted Mar 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Christian life is a retreat. We are 'not of this world', just as Jesus Christ is 'not of this world' (John 17:14). What is the world? It is, as St. John said, the 'lust of the flesh', that is, sensuality and corruption in our desires and deeds; '...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Chapel (REVISITED): Relying On God's Power by Max Lucado     For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.   Our Lord's prayer has given us a blueprint for the Great House of God. From the living room of our Father to the family r...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16   A Time to Think A quiet morning with a loving God puts the events of the upcoming day into proper perspective.—Janette Oke   A Time to Act Pray about what you want. Ask God if i...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   Thank You for calling me to be Your disciple.   Thank You for adopting me into Your family.   You are sufficient; You are enough; You are all that I desire.   I look back on how Your love has transformed me.   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Katharine Drexel St. Katharine Drexel (1858-1955) was a wealthy heiress from a prominent family in Philadelphia. From a young age she felt called to serve the spiritual and temporal needs of the underprivileged, particularly the Af...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression." Psalm 19: 12-13  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 8th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 6,39-45): Jesus offered this example, «Can a blind person lead another blind person? Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above the master; but when fully trained, he will be like ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 3 2019   « March 2  |  March 4 » Eighth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 84 Reading 1 Sir 27:4-7 When a sieve is shaken, the husks appea...

  • Good Morning to all, on this "Glorious Day"

    Posted Mar 2 by Larry Makinson

    Good Morning to all, on this "Glorious Day".   Within us all, there is, "The Light".Within us all, there is, "Great Power".Within us all, there is, "Great Love"   From "The Light" we are given blessings.These blessings are great and exist beyond time.   Every time I wake up, I s...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicksby Max Lucado Look at a bruised reed at the water’s edge—once slender, sturdy, and tall— now bowed and bent.  Are you a bruised reed?  You were upright and sturdy, rooted in the riverbed of confidence.  Then you were bruised by hars...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 NIV A Time to Think Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness. –Barbara Johnson, writer A Time to Ac...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   You are the Almighty God.   Thank You for creating me and for Loving me.   Today I am grateful for my body, which You have given to me.   I pray for health and agility and that I may be a good steward of my physica...

  • Wasted Tears

    Posted Mar 2 by Tony Villari

    450 years before the birth of Christ, the Greek poet Sophocles said, "There is no sense crying over spilt milk.  Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?"  By the same token, you should not fret over those things you can do nothing about.  Is this supposed to make gri...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 2 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 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 8th 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 Mar 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Charles the Good Blessed Charles the Good (1083–1127), also known as Charles I and the Count of Flanders, was born in Denmark, the only son of King Canute IV (St. Canute) and Adela of Flanders. He was five years old when hi...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 7th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 10,13-16): People were bringing their little children to Jesus to have him touch them, and the disciples rebuked them for this. When Jesus noticed it, He was very angry and said, «Let the children co...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 2 2019   « March 1  |  March 3 » Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 346 Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15 God from the earth cre...

  • Meditations

    Posted Mar 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Our Blessed Lord, bound like a thief, is conducted through the public streets of Jerusalem accompanied by a large body of soldiers who indulge their rage and hatred by ill-treating Him in every possible way, and surrounded by a multitude of peopl...

  • One day you might go to hell...

    Posted Mar 1 by Brother Matthew Michael

    I know no one likes to hear the words, "one day you might go to hell' but it's true. "No one can serve two masters. Jesus says: No one can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon"...

  • Feast of the Way of the Cross

    Posted Mar 1 by Brother Matthew Michael

    The first friday in March is the Feast of the Way of the Cross (FWC). The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. This year, FWC provides an excellent opportunity to prepare ourselves for Lent. I will begin the Lenten fast today rather than on Ash Wednesday. Fish fridays and abstaining...

  • Scripture Speaks: Can the Blind Lead the Blind?

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 1, 2019 Scripture Speaks: Can the Blind Lead the Blind? Gayle Somers In Sunday’s reading, Jesus asks His disciples a seemingly nonsensical question: Can the blind guide the blind?  What’s His point? Gospel (Read Lk 6:39-45) We continue today in the portion of St. Luke...

  • The Spiritual Wound Healing Process

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 1, 2019 The Spiritual Wound Healing Process Richard Becker My students just finished a unit on perioperative nursing — the nursing responsibilities and interventions associated with caring for surgical patients. One of the most important of these is monitoring surgical incisi...

  • Humility is the Key to Our Lenten Preparations

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 1, 2019 Humility is the Key to Our Lenten Preparations St. John of Avila May God bless you during this Lent and grant that you may receive the ashes upon your forehead at the beginning of this holy season with such fitting dispositions as to preserve constantly that holy humility in you...

  • Humility is the Key to Our Lenten Preparations

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 1, 2019 Humility is the Key to Our Lenten Preparations St. John of Avila May God bless you during this Lent and grant that you may receive the ashes upon your forehead at the beginning of this holy season with such fitting dispositions as to preserve constantly that holy humility in you...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    When We Love Them, We Love Him by Max Lucado Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.—Matthew 25:40 (MSG) There are many reasons to help people in need."Benevolence is good for the world.""We all float on the same ocean. When ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    THE STONES OF SODOMFriday, March 1, 2019In Genesis 18 and 19, the Scripture recounts the destruction of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities were judged for their perverse and inhumane evil. The Lord rained brimstone, or sulfur and fire, on the cities of the plain until they were des...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, You are a merciful God. As I go through my days, I see many acts of kindness and love, such as a mother smiling as she looks at the little baby in her arms or a coworker taking the time to encourage someone at work. In these moments I am reminded of Your goodness. But I am also ...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Devotion of the Month Month of St. Joseph The Church traditionally dedicates the month of March to the special veneration of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19th. "He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of hi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. David of Wales St. David of Wales (6th c.), also called Dewi Sant by the Welsh, was a missionary priest, Celtic monk, archbishop, miracle-worker, and the founder of many monasteries in Wales and western England. He was descended fr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 7th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 10,1-12): Jesus went to the province of Judea, beyond the Jordan River. Once more crowds gathered around him and once more He taught them, as He always did. Some (Pharisees came and) put him to the test with...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 1 2019   « February 28  |  March 2 » Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 345 Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17 A kind mouth multipli...

  • Free in the frame of Bible

    Posted Feb 28 by Philip Shin

     There is start as alpha and end as omega and after eschatology, we go to heaven as God create me and us. I do not have memory for heaven, but as philosophy, it is rule to understand it. In this frame, we are free to express my own faith inside of the bible, even though I say I have no fai...

  • The Origins of Lent

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 28, 2019 The Origins of Lent Fr. William Saunders Q: What are the origins of Lent? Did the Church always have this time before Easter? Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgic...

  • Why Little Kids Belong at Mass

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 28, 2019 Why Little Kids Belong at Mass Michele Chronister In a baffling interpretation of a recent Sunday reading, a pastor at a Catholic church in Maryland wrote a blog post about why small children don’t belong at Mass. His explanation — they are too little to understa...

  • Helping One Another Towards Heaven

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 28, 2019 Helping One Another Towards Heaven Constance T. Hull Those of us who live in the West live in cultures that pride themselves on autonomy, individualism, and a will-to-power. According the philosophies that undergird our culture, we as individuals are the harbingers of truth ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Kitchen: God's Abundant Tableby Max Lucado "Give us this day our daily bread…" Your first step into the house of God was not to the kitchen but to the living room, where you were reminded of your adoption. "OurFather who is in heaven." You then studied the foundation of the house, where...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Phronaymah – The Secret Of A New Mind Thursday, February 28, 2019 We tend to think of our minds as a set thing. But the Bible says differently. One of the words for the mind in the New Testament Greek is the word ‘Phron-ay-mah.’ It’s used in the New Testament for ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionYour eyes will see the King in His beauty. Isaiah 33:17 A Time to ThinkDon't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of God. –Author Unknown A Time to ActConcentrate on serving God in whatever way He directs. A Time to PrayLord, may all that I ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Thank You for Your Word and for the guidance and truth it speaks into my life.   I want to know You more with each day, setting aside time to read my Bible and to let Your words rest on my lips and in my heart...   Your word is a lamp...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 28 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 Feb 28 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 Feb 28 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 Feb 28 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 Feb 28 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 Feb 28 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...