Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happening September 28th & 29th

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 25 September 2013 -



Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we confess that the Church is "one". When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift, grounded in our common Baptism and our sharing in the Church's one faith and sacramental life. Like a great family, we are united to all our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they may be. We might ask ourselves how much we appreciate and express in our daily lives, and particularly in our prayer, this reality of our unity and solidarity in the communion of the Church. The world needs our witness to God's plan for the unity, reconciliation and peace of the whole human family. Let us ask the Lord to enable us, and Christians everywhere, to work to overcome our tensions and divisions, to strive, as Saint Paul bids us, to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (cf. Eph 4:3), and to cherish the harmony which the same Spirit creates from the richness of our diversity.

The Holy Father:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Irlanda, Danimarca, Norvegia, Sud Africa, Uganda, Australia, Nuova Zelanda, India, Cina, Giappone, Sri Lanka, Sud Corea, Vietnam, Canada e Stati Uniti. Rivolgo un saluto particolare alla delegazione dell'Università Sophia di Tokyo, ai nuovi seminaristi del Venerabile Collegio Inglese, ai partecipanti all'Istituto per l'Educazione Teologica Permanente presso il Pontificio Collegio Americano del Nord, e infine ai sacerdoti pellegrini dell'Arcidiocesi di Colombo con il suo Cardinale Arcivescovo. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell'amore di Cristo e della Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada and the United States. My particular greeting goes to the delegation from Sophia University in Tokyo, the new seminarians of the Venerable English College, the participants in the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College, and the priests' pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Colombo accompanied by its Cardinal Archbishop. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for Christ and his Church. God bless you all!

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Penn South Ceramics presents
The Mexican Tree of Life Workshop

This workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore Mexican folk art and create unique one-of-a-kind Tree of Life candelabras as well as hanging wall pieces and single candle holders. Using coils and press molds students will create their own symbolic Mexican folk art in clay. Tree of life themes have evolved and today its common to find trees about various subjects such as Day of the Dead and other folk art icons. The Tree of Life also represents a good year ahead and a successful harvest.

Students will make their own symbolic Tree of Life using molds of animals, flowers, leaves and figures. By coiling and using galvanized wire, colorful and intricately decorated candelabra or incense burner designs will be made and even a beginner can jump in and create their own design. The finished sculptures will painted with acrylics and given a varnish to seal the surface.

Instructor: Ava McNamee
Sunday, September 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
10 am-1 pm

Penn South Ceramics Studio
276 9th Avenue @ West 26th Street
Chelsea, NY 10001

Click here to download a flyer with additional information.
If you not able to download flyer, click here to print it from Ava's website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Centering Prayer - this Friday

Centering Prayer will begin on Fridays from 7 pm – 8:15 pm in the Chapel beginning September 27th. It will be every Friday except the first Friday of the month since there is a Mass in the Chapel.

What is Centering prayer? Centering prayer is a popular method of contemplative prayer or Christian meditation that places a strong emphasis on interior silence. Some well known proponents of Centering Prayer are the Trappist monks Abbot Thomas Keating and Fr. M. Basil Pennington. Basil Pennington shares these guidelines for centering prayer: 

  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Be in love and faith to God.
  2. Choose a sacred word that best supports your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you (i.e. "Jesus”, “Lord,” "God," "Savior," "Abba," "Divine," "Shalom," "Spirit," "Love," etc.).
  3. Let that word be gently present as your symbol of your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you.
  4. Whenever you become aware of anything (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, images, associations, etc.), simply return to your sacred word, your anchor.
  5. When no longer engaged in thoughts, one is attentive to God alone and delights in the presence of God. 

If you’d like to try this type of prayer, please come join us this Friday in the Chapel.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 18 September 2013 -


Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our Mother, by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their children. First, our mothers show us, through their tenderness and love, the correct path to follow in life, so that we may grow into adulthood. So too the Church orients us on the path of life, indicating the way that leads to maturity. Second, our mothers know how and when to accompany us with understanding through life and to help lead us back when we wonder off the right path. The Church also accompanies us in mercy, in understanding, never judging us or closing the door, but offering forgiveness to help us return to the right course. Third, as our mothers never grow tired of interceding for us, no matter our failings, so too the Church stays with us always and, through prayer, puts into the hands of the Lord all our situations, difficulties and needs. And so we see in the Church a good Mother who indicates the path to walk in life, who always accompanies us in patience, mercy and understanding, and who places us in God’s hands.

The Holy Father:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese. In modo particolare, saluto la Delegazione interministeriale governativa per gli Affari Religiosi della Repubblica Socialista del Vietnam presente all’odierna Udienza. Saluto anche tutti coloro che provengono da Inghilterra, Scozia, Irlanda, Norvegia, India, Canada e Stati Uniti. Gesù Cristo vi confermi nella fede e vi faccia testimoni del suo amore e della sua misericordia per tutti. Dio vi benedica!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience. In a particular way, I welcome the Inter-Ministerial Delegation of the Vietnamese Government for Religious Affairs. I welcome also all those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, India, Canada and the United States. May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and mercy to all people. May God bless you!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

“The Photographer and the Saint” - September 20th



On the occasion of the 45th commemoration anniversary of the passing of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), The Puglia Center of America and The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere of Staten Island are honored to invite you to the book presentation and photo exhibit: “The Photographer and the Saint”.


The book presentation will also be complemented by a photo exhibit, where a collection of 20 unpublished pictures and a video clip of Saint Pio will be displayed. 

Introduction by Ms. Gina Biancardi, President of The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. Speakers: Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, President of the Puglia Center of America; Ms. Carla Palone, Publisher of Gelsorosso Editore, and Patrizia Mastrorilli, daughter of the official photographer of Padre Pio, Gaetano Mastrorilli, herself also the author of the book. A book signing with the author, Patrizia Mastrorilli, will be available immediately after its presentation, followed by refreshments.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

If driving, parking will be available directly across the street in the lots at Notre Dame Academy.

For information and reservations, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

“Their Sound Hath Gone Forth” at
St. Malachy’s Church - September 16th

The Patriarch Tikhon Choir composed of 35 professional singers from Russia and North America will perform a concert of Orthodox sacred choral works.

Monday, 9/16/2013  at 7:30 p.m
Tickets: $35, students $25

St. Malachy's Church (The Actor's Chapel)
239 West 49th Street
Manhattan, NY
www.patriarchtikhonchoir.com

"The Conversion of St. John XXIII: From Roncalli to the First Pope of the Contemporary World"

Monday, September 23rd at 6:00 pm - This forum will explore why the man remembered as “the Good Pope” still resonates with the faithful, and asks if Pope Francis is indeed his natural heir.

Fordham University/New York City
E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center
113 West 60th Street, 12th floor Lounge 


What is Centering Prayer?

Centering prayer is a popular method of contemplative prayer or Christian meditation that places a strong emphasis on interior silence. Some well known proponents of Centering Prayer are the Trappist monks Abbot Thomas Keating and Fr. M. Basil Pennington. Basil Pennington shares these guidelines for centering prayer: 

  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Be in love and faith to God.
  2. Choose a sacred word that best supports your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you (i.e. "Jesus”, “Lord,” "God," "Savior," "Abba," "Divine," "Shalom," "Spirit," "Love," etc.).
  3. Let that word be gently present as your symbol of your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you.
  4. Whenever you become aware of anything (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, images, associations, etc.), simply return to your sacred word, your anchor.
  5. When no longer engaged in thoughts, one is attentive to God alone and delights in the presence of God. 
If you’d like to try this type of prayer, please come join us on Fridays as of September 27th in the Chapel.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer will be held on Fridays beginning September 27th, except for 
the 1st Friday of the month since the Healing Mass is scheduled on that day. 
Centering Prayer will take place at 7 pm – 8:15 pm in the Chapel.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 11 September 2013 -


Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother.  By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own Mothers.  First, like our Mothers, the Church gives us the gift of life.  Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are reborn as children of God and receive his life.  While faith is a personal act, we also recognize that faith comes to us through others – our families and communities who teach us how to believe.  Second, like our Mothers, the Church nourishes us, helps us to grow, teaches us the path to follow, and accompanies us in life, especially in our illnesses and sufferings, through the Sacraments and the Word of God. Third, it is also our mission to go forth and share in the maternity of the Church by bringing others to a life of faith.  And so we ask ourselves, do we love the Church as our Mother, who helps us to grow as Christians?  And how do we go  beyond ourselves in order to bring Christ to others? As faithful children, let us bring the light of Christ to the ends of the earth.

Santo Padre:


Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all’odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Galles, Danimarca, Norvegia, Svezia, Germania, Malta, Kenya e Stati Uniti.  Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna faccia crescere il vostro amore per la Chiesa, per la sua Chiesa, nostra Madre.  Che Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:


I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Malta, Kenya and the United States.  May your stay in the Eternal City increase your love for Church, his Church, our Mother.  May God bless you!


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Annual Seminary Collection

Next weekend the Annual Seminary Collection will take place. The cost of preparing future priests is daunting, and for this reason we count on your yearly support. With it, we are able to continue our solid tradition of excellence in the formation and academic training of candidates for the priesthood. The financial health and well-being of the entire seminary system depends on the continued growth of this annual collection. Please give generously.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Church of Immigrants

The Catholic Church has always been a champion for and source of support to immigrants. We have been and are a Church of  immigrants. Immigration reform must be comprehensive: respecting family unity, providing a path to full participation in our society, securing our borders in a humane way, and providing a fair legal immigration system. These values flow from the social teaching of the Church. It is the right and responsibility of Catholics to participate in the political process. As our nation debates immigration reform, now is a critical time to communicate with our elected officials – especially those of the U.S. House of Representatives – about our values and concerns. 

Click here to read the Catholic Church's Position On Immigration Reform. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Atlantic City Trip - Tuesday, October 8th

We are most grateful to Miss Mary Duffy for her leadership of the monthly bus trips to Atlantic City. Her many hours of organizing, and managing these excursions have been a great benefit to our parishioners and neighbors. 

Following on her lead, Sr. Anna Romano and Sr. Rose Daly will be planning future trips. Please take note we had to change the date due to a conflict with Penn South’s Trip. The next trip is Tuesday, October 8th. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. The cost of the trip is $30, payable two weeks in advance. Please make check payable to St. Columba. Payments can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or can be given to Sr. Rose or Sr. Anna. Because of the need to pay for the bus in advance, anyone deciding to go on the trip on the day it occurs will be charged $35 

Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 4 September 2013 -



Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I would like to speak about my recent visit to Brazil for World Youth Day. As someone from the Americas, I thank the Lord who in his providence gave me this beautiful gift! I also thank Our Lady of Aparecida for her constant presence. Reiterating my thanks to the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, I want to say how wonderful the Brazilians are! There are three words I would use to describe my visit: welcome, celebration and mission. The World Youth day was firstly characterized by the welcome extended to all of us; every visit has its challenges, but they can be transformed by a great welcome. Next, celebration: the culmination of World Youth Day is experienced when we praise the Lord, listen to his word and adore him in silence. The third element is mission: Our Lord said “Go […] and make disciples of all nations”. Then he added, “I am with you always”. This is essential! It is only with Christ that we can bring the Gospel to others. Welcome, celebration, mission: may these words not simply remind us of Rio, but be a source of inspiration for our lives and communities.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all’odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Galles, Malta, Etiopia, Australia, Corea del Sud, Canada e Stati Uniti. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell’amore di Cristo e della Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Wales, Malta, Ethiopia, Australia, South Korea, Canada and the United States. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and his Church. God bless you all!

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