Wednesday, April 30, 2014

From Pope Francis - April 30, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Pope: The gift of understanding is not based on intellect

Now that John Paul II and John XXIII have been canonized, it's business as usual for Pope Francis. He led  his weekly general audience, focusing his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  
He talked about the gift of understanding, which he described as a grace that allows people to better understand God.

POPE FRANCIS 

"This is what the Holy Spirit does with us. The Spirit opens the mind, so we can better understand the Divine, humanity and situations.”
  
Actually receiving the grace of understanding, he said, is not based on intellect, nor is it a special ability.

POPE FRANCIS

"One can understand a situation with human intelligence and wisely-this is good.  But understanding a situation in depth, as understood by God is the real effect of this gift.”

It's also a grace that's key in understanding the Scriptures. To make this point, he referenced a  Gospel reading of Emmaus, which describes how the disciples were so filled with sorrow, they couldn't recognize the presence of Jesus—their pain was blinding.

POPE FRANCIS

"You can read the Gospel and understand something, but if you read the Gospel through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can understand God's Word in depth. This is a great gift, a great gift we must all pray for.”

Roughly 40,000 people took part in the general audience. Many of them were Polish, since they decided to stay a few days after the canonization. The Pope greeted them and now that John Paul II is a saint, he encouraged them to pray for his intercession.


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Live stream of the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II - April 27, 2014



On April 27th, the second Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis will preside over the Holy Mass for the Canonization of the Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II, St. Peter's Square.

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

May 10th bus pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in New Jersey


Pilgrimage with Fr. Tomás del Valle-Reyes and his staff

Saturday, May 10, 2014: 8 AM departure, 6-7 PM return
$40 per person. Secure your reservation ASAP 
with a deposit of $20 p/person

The National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a Catholic Shrine in Washington, New Jersey, dedicated to the message of Fatima. It is owned and operated by The Blue Army, USA, a worldwide movement of millions of faithful responding to the requests Our Blessed Mother made to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. 

Click here for more information on the bus trip and to reserve your seat. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

From Pope Francis - April 23, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pope Francis criticizes layoffs caused by the economic crisis


Thousands of pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square despite cloudy skies, and chances for rain. Pope Francis surprised a group of Italians and Argentinians, when he stopped his Popemobile to greet them.

But a greater surprise came when he denounced the situation several Italian workers are going through.

POPE FRANCIS

"Yesterday, I received a video message from workers in Lucchini de Piombino. They sent it to me just before their blast furnace closed down. It truly moved me, and saddened me.”

The Pope asked the workers not to lose hope, and told them he was at their side, praying for them. But he also directed a message to the people in power who make these types of decisions.

POPE FRANCIS

"To those responsible, I ask that you spend all efforts in creativity and generosity to reignite hope in the hearts of our brothers, the hearts of every person laid off because of waste and the economic crisis. Please! Open your eyes and do not remain with arms crossed!”

In his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about hope. He asked several times if Christians place their hopes on power and money, or on the Risen Christ.

POPE FRANCIS

"Brothers and sisters, He is alive, He is with us. Don't go to so many burials, that today they promise you one thing, and then give you nothing. He is alive. Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

The Pope added that Christ brings a deep and authentic joy. But he also admitted, that at times, "it's not easy to accept the presence of the Risen” among us.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Atlantic City Trip - Thursday, April 24th

The next trip to Atlantic City is Thursday, April 24th. 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 put through the slot at the convent door. 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, April 16, 2014

From Pope Francis - April 16, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 16 April 2014 

Pope's Audience: Jesus died humiliated, but God's victory shines

During his catechesis on Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis talked about the beginning of the Passion of Christ. 

He said Jesus suffered humiliation and betrayal, and yet he was loyal to God's plan for Salvation. Likewise, he asked Catholics that in time of humiliation and betrayal, they follow Christ's footsteps and open their hearts to "reconciliation, redemption and new life..”

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

The Gospel of this Wednesday of Holy Week presents the betrayal of Judas, which marks the beginning of Christ’s Passion.  Out of love for us, Jesus freely walked the path of humiliation and self-abandonment for our salvation.  

As Saint Paul says, "he emptied himself… and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil  2:7-8).  As we contemplate Jesus in his passion, we see reflected the sufferings of all humanity and we discover God’s answer to the mystery of evil, suffering and death.  

He gives us his Son, who dies humiliated, betrayed, abandoned and reviled. Yet God’s victory shines forth in what appears, in human terms, to be failure and defeat.  Jesus’ passion is the culmination of his revelation of the Father’s infinite love and his summons to faith in his word.  Christ takes upon himself the power of evil in order to set us free: "by his wounds we have been healed” (cf. 1 Pet 2:24).  

This week, as we follow Jesus along the way of the cross, may we imitate his loving obedience to the will of the Father, especially in times of difficulty and humiliation, and open our hearts to his gifts of reconciliation, redemption and new life.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Australia, Canada and the United States.  My particular greeting goes to the delegation from the NATO Defense College and to the many young people present.  

Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the gifts of the Spirit for a fruitful celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord.  God bless you all!



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - “World Without End: The Last Things”

This will be the last episode of our Lenten program presentation of  the spectacular DVDs of the acclaimed Catholicism series written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron. The episode lasts an hour. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative half-hour discussion after the screening in the rectory. Enter through the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Holy Week 2014

Monday - April 14th
Confessions
3:00-9:00 pm (Church)

Wednesday - April 16th
Next episode of  "Catholicism"
“World Without End: The Last Things”
7:00 pm - Each episode lasts an hour to be 
followed by a half-hour discussion led by
Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski.  Enter through
the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.

Holy Thursday - April 17th
Mass of the Lord's Supper
7:30 pm Mass (Bilingual)

Good Friday - April 18th
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
3:00 pm - Service - English
6:00 pm - Service - Spanish

Holy Saturday - April 19th
Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm (Bilingual)

Easter Sunday - April 20th
9:00 am Mass (English)
10:30 am Mass (Spanish)
12 noon Mass (English)
2:00 pm (Spanish)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Atlantic City Trip - Thursday, April 24th

The next trip to Atlantic City is Thursday, April 24th. 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 put through the slot at the convent door. 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!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

May 10th bus pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in New Jersey


Pilgrimage with Fr. Tomás del Valle-Reyes and his staff

Saturday, May 10, 2014: 8 AM departure, 6-7 PM return
$40 per person. Secure your reservation ASAP 
with a deposit of $20 p/person

The National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a Catholic Shrine in Washington, New Jersey, dedicated to the message of Fatima. It is owned and operated by The Blue Army, USA, a worldwide movement of millions of faithful responding to the requests Our Blessed Mother made to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. 

Click here for more information on the bus trip and to reserve your seat. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

From Pope Francis - April 9, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pope's Audience: Pray for the gift of wisdom



In his weekly general audience, the Pope described the Holy Spirit as a 'gift from God' that's born from prayer and communion. To see things through the eyes of God, he explained, comes precisely from the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. 

The Church has traditionally recognized seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. 


SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Today we begin a series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is himself the "gift of God” (cf. Jn 4:10), the presence of God’s love in the Church and in our hearts.  Based on a messianic prophecy of Isaiah, the Church has traditionally distinguished seven gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. 

The first of these is wisdom.  As a spiritual gift, this wisdom is an interior light, a grace enabling us to contemplate all things with the eyes of God and a heart docile to the promptings of the Spirit.  Born of closeness to God in prayer and loving communion, it helps us to recognize with joyful gratitude his providential plan for all things.  Christian wisdom is thus the fruit of a supernatural "taste” for God, an ability to savour his presence, goodness and love all around us.  How much our world needs the witness of such wisdom today!  Let us pray for this gift, so that, rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, we can be true men and women of God, transparently open to his own wisdom and the power of his saving love.

Speaker: I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Australia and the United States.  Upon you and your families I invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit for a fruitful celebration of this coming Holy Week.  God bless you all!


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - “The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit”

As part of our Lenten program we invite you to view the spectacular DVDs of the acclaimed Catholicism series written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative discussion each week after the screening in the rectory.

We have recently equipped a comfortable viewing space with a huge 16’ x 9’ screen for this purpose.  

They will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.  Each episode lasts an hour to be followed by a half-hour discussion.  Enter through the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.

Upcoming episodes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

From Pope Francis - April 2, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Pope Francis to couples: 
No need to call the United Nations to make peace

The Roman springtime also brings the lengthy strolls Pope Francis makes on board his Popemobile, throughout St. Peter's Square, during his General Audiences. 

For half an hour, Pope Francis kissed and blessed several children. He also exchanged his papal hat, and even stopped to greet a group of children using orange pompoms. 

What's your name?

And you? What's your name?

And you? Your name?

During his catechesis, Pope Francis spoke about marriage. He explained that it's beautiful because it mirrors God's love for humanity.

POPE FRANCIS

"God's image is the married couple, a man and women, together. Not just the man. Not just the woman. No, both of them. That's God's image.”

Pope Francis also explained that it's normal for couples to argue, but that they shouldn't get carried away by sadness.

But he repeated one of his most treasured advice: that couples should never to go bed without making peace.

POPE FRANCIS

"You don’t need to call the United Nations to your home to make peace. A small gesture is enough, a caress: 'goodbye, see you tomorrow.' And tomorrow is a new day. This is life: go forward with it.”

The Pope also repeated the three "magic” phrases that must thrive within families and marriage: 'excuse me, thank you, I'm sorry.'

POPE FRANCIS

"With these three phrases, with prayer: the husband's for his wife, the wife's for her husband, and by making peace before the day ends, the marriage will move forward.”

With the catechesis on marriage, Pope Francis ended his series dedicated to the Sacraments, but he did not mention what topic he would address the following week.

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