Welcome to the ULC Minister's Network

Blogs

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Athanasius of Alexandria St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.) was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to noble Christian parents. He received an excellent education in theology, philosophy, rhetoric, and law, which he directed to the service of Go...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. ... Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to othe...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday 2nd of Easter Saints May 2nd: St. Athanasius , bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,31-36): He who comes from above is above all; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth and his words, too, are earthly. The One who come...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 2 2019   « May 1  |  May 3 » Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 270 Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33 When the c...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "When needed, Mary provides for the defense and salvation of her children extraordinary graces and wonderful miracles. What wonders have caused, sustained, spread everywhere, a confidence among Christian people! What striking proofs of her protect...

  • Effective Evangelization Starts With the Family

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

    May 1, 2019 Effective Evangelization Starts With the Family Greg Schlueter Compared to decades ago, we have been blessed with unprecedented numbers of wonderful “programs” in the Catholic Church. Praise God for the undeniable impact these programs and groups have had. But tell me...

  • Have Passion for Jesus

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

    May 1, 2019 Have Passion for Jesus, the Ultimate Hero Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV Whether we are interested in watching it or not, we cannot help but notice that the movie, Avengers: Endgame, is showing now in theaters around the world. It is also raking in millions of dollars and genera...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Anvil Time by Max Lucado On God’s anvil. Perhaps you’ve been there.   Melted down. Formless. Undone. Placed on the anvil for…reshaping? (A few rough edges too many.) Discipline? (A good father disciplines.) Testing? (But why so hard?)   I ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7   A Time to Think In a world where you can be anything, be kind. —Seen on a bumper sticker in Northborough, Massachusetts   A...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   As I think back through the years, I am thankful for the times and the places where I have met with others to worship You.   God, Your house should be a safe haven from the world, a sacred and special pl...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Hebrews 11:6 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.   Com...

  • Devotion of the Month

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

      Devotion of the Month Month of Our Lady In addition to the myriad feast days honoring Our Lady under her many titles and virtues, the entire month of May is especially given to her praise. In the words of Pope Paul VI, May is "a month which the pi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Joseph the Worker St. Joseph (1st c.) was born in Bethlehem in Judea and later settled in Nazareth. By Divine command he became the husband of the Virgin Mary and adoptive father to God Incarnate. We know from Scripture and Traditi...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful." Colossians 3:14-15  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 2nd of Easter Saints May 1: St. Joseph, the worker View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,16-21): Jesus said to Nicodemus, «Yes, God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 1 2019   « April 30  |  May 2 » Wednesday of the Second Week of EasterLectionary: 269 Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all...

  • Ten Ways the Eucharist Can Increase Holiness in Us

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 30, 2019 Ten Ways the Eucharist Can Increase Holiness in Us Fr. Ed Broom, OMV All of us were created to make it to Heaven; and all of us should have an ardent desire to arrive there safely. In this essay we would like to present the short-cut, or if you like, the easiest way to make it ...

  • The Blessed in Heaven Are with Us

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 30, 2019 The Blessed in Heaven Are with Us Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, O.P. The bonds of love that the Trinity have formed among us on earth do not end at death, nor do those we have loved on earth abandon us when they die. They are still with us, and more dearly than ever. We can speak to the...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 30 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 Apr 30 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 Apr 30 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 Apr 30 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 Apr 30 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 Apr 30 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 Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope Saint Pius V Pope St. Pius V (1504–1572) was born as Antonio Ghislieri to a poor yet noble family in Bosco, Italy. He worked as a shepherd until the age of 14, after which he joined the Dominican Order and was ordained a pri...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 2nd of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,7-15): Jesus said to Nicodemus, «Because of this, don't be surprised when I say: ‘You must be born again from above’. The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 30 2019   « April 29  |  May 1 » Tuesday of the Second Week of EasterLectionary: 268 Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers was...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 30 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time, in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge, in order to ...

  • Christian Perfection

    Posted Apr 29 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    As We Strive Like The Saints To Strive For Christian Perfection Within Our Lives, And As Many Times As We Fall; I Can Picture Christ Laughing Asking Himself When We'll Ever Lean The Lesson Which He's Attempting To Teach Us. I Know As He Laughs He Is Also Celebrating In The Effort We Put Forth In Ser...

  • Wipo of Burgundy: Our Easter Template of Ordinary Discipleship

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 29, 2019 Wipo of Burgundy: Our Easter Template of Ordinary Discipleship Richard Becker When I left the Easter Saturday Mass, the alleluias were ringing in my ears. It had been an exhilarating way to round out the Octave, with lots enthusiastic singing and pervasive joy — alleluia ...

  • Our Bodies Long to Be in Heaven

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 29, 2019 Our Bodies Long to Be in Heaven Stephen Beale What does our body crave? Most people might say food, air, warmth, sleep, and sexual pleasure. But there is something more, an even deeper longing. Our bodies crave eternity.   Here is how Henri Nouwen puts...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God's Vision in God's Landby Max Lucado Joshua 21:45 says, “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”  Joshua and his men went from dry land to the Promised Land, from manna to feasts, from arid deserts to fertile ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Paper-Like A Knife Monday, April 29, 2019 A piece of paper is one of the weakest and most flimsy of substances. But paper can be dangerous. Have you ever had a paper cut? How can something as fragile as a piece of paper cut you as if it were a knife? It’s because the edge of the pa...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8   A Time to Think To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us–and He has ...

  • Faith

    Posted Apr 29 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    Today We Celebrate Saint Catherine Of Sianna Virgin And Martyr For Her Faith. So Today Please Remember Any Sacrifice You Make Not Only Draws You Closer To Christ, But Is An inspiration To Others And Deepens Your Faith And Reconciles You To Christ Through His Most Divine Nature And His Most Sacred Bo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   I confess that I have sinned against You and others.   Please have mercy on me and please forgive me.   I pray that You would guide me to be a person who lives a life that is pleasing to Y...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 19:9-11 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 9 The precepts of Adonai are right, giving joy to the heart. The mitzvot of Adonai are pure, giving light to the eyes.   10 The fear of Adonai is clean, enduring forever....

  • Murder or Tolerance?

    Posted Apr 29 by Tony Villari

    Recent violence against our Jewish community synagogues is just another in a long line of intolerance of faith being witnessed throughout our country and the world.  Peaceful Islamic Mosques, Jewish synagogues, and Christian churches are being targeted by various factions of the League of ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 29 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 Apr 29 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 Apr 29 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 Apr 29 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 Apr 29 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 Apr 29 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 Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Catherine of Siena St. Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) was born in Siena, Italy, the 24th of 25 children born to a wealthy wool dyer and his wife. Catherine began having profound mystical experiences at the age of six which en...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim an...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 2nd of Easter Saints April 29th: St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor of the Church, patron saint of Europe View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 3,1-8): Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by night and said, &laqu...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 29 2019   « April 28  |  April 30 » Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 267 Reading 1 Acts 4:2...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 29 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "You must first have peace in your own soul before you can make peace between other people. Peaceable people accomplish more good than learned people do. Those who are passionate often can turn good into evil and readily believe the worst. But tho...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Stop Being Uneasy about Your Life by Max Lucado   Worry has more questions than answers, more work than energy, and thinks often about giving up. There’s not enough time, luck, credit, wisdom, or intelligence. We’re running out of everything it seems, and so we worr...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank You for Your promises, Oh God my Father!   Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8   I want to draw near to You.   Please let me know Your presen...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Philippians 2:5-8 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 5 Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua,   6 Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped.  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 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 Apr 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 Apr 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 Apr 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 Apr 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 Apr 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...

  • Saint of the Day

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

      Saint of the Day St. Louis De Montfort St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673 – 1716) was born in Brittany, France, to a large farming family. As a child he displayed an unusual spiritual maturity and spent much time in prayer before the Bles...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous." Matthew 5:...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Divine Mercy Sunday From ancient times the Easter octave, culminating on the 8th day, has been centered on the theme of God's mercy and forgiveness. The final day of the octave celebration of Easter is meant to be a day of thanksg...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 2nd (A) (B) (C) of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,19-31): On the evening of that day, the first day after the Sabbath, the doors were locked where the disciples were, because of their fear of the Jews, but Jesus came and stood in their midst. He sai...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 28 2019   « April 27  |  April 29 » Second Sunday of Easter(Or Sunday of Divine Mercy)Lectionary: 45 Reading 1 Acts 5:12-16 Many signs and...

  • Second Sunday of Easter

    Posted Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Confess and Believe by Max Lucado   Can we know we are truly saved? The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Confess and believe&helli...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5   A Time to Think Prayer is more than words. It is listening, seeing, feeling. –Norman Vincent Peale, best-selling author, and minister   A Time to Ac...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Luke 19:10 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Most High God,   You know my heart and my heartaches.   You have showered me with blessings and You have carried me through the valleys of pain and sadness.   Thank You for the godly influenc...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 27 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 Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Divine Mercy Sunday) 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 Apr 27 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 Apr 27 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 Apr 27 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 Apr 27 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 Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Zita of Lucca St. Zita (d. 1271) was born into poverty in Tuscany, Italy. Her mother taught her to develop a strong prayer life, which, combined with her happy disposition, enabled her to seek God's will in all her life circumstanc...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Saturday (Octave of Easter) Saints April 27th: The Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia's patron saint View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 16,9-15): After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom He had driven out s...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 27 2019   « April 26  |  April 28 » Saturday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 266 Reading 1 Acts 4:13-21 Observing the boldness of Peter...

  • St. Thomas & Divine Mercy Sunday

    Posted Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 26, 2019 St. Thomas & Divine Mercy Sunday Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. The Gospels tell an incredible story. A virginal conception. Miraculous healings. Even people coming back from the dead. How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence...

  • The Triumph of Divine Mercy

    Posted Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 26, 2019 The Triumph of Divine Mercy Gayle Somers The Gospel of Divine Mercy Sunday records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which His mercy to sinners begins to flow.  Watch out!  There is no stopping it. Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31) The celebration of our Lord&rsquo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 26 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 Apr 26 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 Apr 26 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 Apr 26 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 Apr 26 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 Apr 26 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 Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Cletus & Marcellinus St. Cletus (1st c.) and St. Marcellinus (3rd c.) were both Romans, popes, and martyrs who ruled the Holy See during the terrible persecution of Christians at the hands of the Roman Empire. St. Cletus was a conve...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, s...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Friday (Octave of Easter) Saints April 26th: Isidore, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 21,1-14): Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was calle...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 26 2019   « April 25  |  April 27 » Friday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 265 Reading 1 Acts 4:1-12 After the crippled man had been c...