Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 19, 2014 - Raffle winners

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes, thanks you all for your participation in our raffle that helped us raise funds to bring bibles & books to our friends in jails and to continue with our weekly radio program.

October 19, 2014 - Raffle winners:
1st Prize 300.00 - Elena Martinez Number 2977
2nd Prize 150.00 - Salvadora Benavides Number 1394
3er Prize 50.00 - Matthew Colon Number 1891
4th prize a Bible - Rina Yolanda Perez Number 464

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From Pope Francis - October 29, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 29 October 2014 -

Pope Francis: We can be a cause of scandal but also give witness


Pope Francis posed a question to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square: How is it possible that God acts in the world through the Church and Christians if all are sinners?

POPE FRANCIS

"Many times, as a Church, we experience our frailty and our limitations. We all have them. We are all sinners. All of us. None of us can say: 'I am not a sinner.' If one of us feels that they are not a sinner, raise your hand. Let's see how many...you can't. We all are.” 

Pope Francis said that although the way God acts in the world can't always be understood, Christians can see how Jesus acted.

POPE FRANCIS

"As Jesus used his humanity – because he was also a man - to accomplish his mission, so should the Church. Through its visible reality, of all that can be seen: the Sacraments, the witness of all Christians, the Church is called everyday to be close to every person.”

He went on to say that the Church is made up not only of bishops and priests, but of all baptized people. In that way, God can use the witness of each Christian to bring others closer to the faith. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Let us ask [the Lord] to not be a cause of scandal. Let us ask for the gift of faith so that we can understand that, despite our limitations and our poverty, the Lord makes of us an instrument of grace and a visible sign of His love for all humanity. We may become a cause of scandal. Yes. But we can also become a witness.” 

Before concluding his addess, Pope Francis prayed for 43 students who were kidnapped in Mexico. He also repeated his call to the international community to overcome the Ebola epidemic that continues to spread globally. 


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From Pope Francis - October 22, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 22 October 2014 -

Pope: When you start feeling superior to others, remember your sins

After greeting pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Pope talked about division among Christians. It's something St. Paul experienced centuries ago, and the Pope said, it's still a reality, even today. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Jealousy...Some will say, 'but he bought a car and I'm jealous. This person won the lottery and I'm jealous. Everything goes right for this person and I'm jealous. FLASH. What does this do? It separates us. It starts wars. Wars don't start in the battlefield. Wars start in people's hearts with  misunderstandings and envy. The Corinthian community was like that.” 

To help bridge these problems, Pope Francis gave a few tips. Among them is learning to recognize the gifts of others. 

POPE FRANCIS

"How many people feel superior to others? Sometimes we too act like the pharisees in the parable. 'Thank God, I'm not like that person...' Acting like that is ugly. Don't do it! When you start feeling that way, remember your sins, those sins no one knows about. Humble yourself before God and tell Him, 'Lord, only you know who is superior.' Then shut your mouth. This is good for us.” 

Wednesday marks the first time the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. John Paul II. The Pope talked about his spiritual legacy. 

POPE FRANCIS
ORIG ITALIAN 

"Today we celebrate the liturgical legacy of St. John Paul II. He invited everyone to open their doors to Christ. He reminded everyone about Divine Mercy. Let's not forget his spiritual legacy. May it push us to reflect and work towards the good of the Church and of society.” 

The Pope also said a few words of support for workers of an airline company who are under the risk of being under laid off. 


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From Pope Francis - October 22, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 22 October 2014 -

Pope Francis remembers Pope John Paul II 
during his General Audience

In his greeting to the Polish pilgrims at the General Audience, Pope Francis remembered that today, for the first time, the Church celebrates the feast of St. John Paul II, who was canonized this year on April 27th.

Pope Francis asked that "his spiritual heritage not be forgotten”. The Pope said that he invited all "to open the doors to Christ” and reminded the world of "the mystery of the Divine Mercy”. 

POPE FRANCIS


"Today we celebrate the liturgical legacy of St. John Paul II. He invited everyone to open their doors to Christ. He reminded everyone about Divine Mercy. Let's not forget his spiritual legacy. May it push us to reflect and work towards the good of the Church and of society.”



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

From Pope Francis - October 15, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 15 October 2014 -

Pope Francis at General Audience: What is our hope as Christians?

A medieval army with flags, drums and trumpets welcomed Pope Francis as he began the General Audience. 

"Thank you!"

During his catechesis, the Pope explained what Christian hope is. He said that the Church waits for Christ's return as a wife waits for her husband, from whom she will never seperate. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Do you believe this? I don't think so...do you believe? Shall we repeat it together three times. And we shall be always with the Lord. And we shall be always with the Lord. And we shall be always with the Lord.”

The Pope added that Christ united his future to that of humanity. For this reason, he said, when Christ returns, the Church will be transformed into a "new Jerusalem” where peace will reign.

POPE FRANCIS

"It will be the tent of God! And in this glorious framework there will be no more isolations, abuses and distinctions of any kind, neither social, ethnic or religious. Instead we will all be one thing in Christ. 

Lastly, the Pope asked Christians to be "credible and joy-filled witnesses” of this hope so that the Church continues to illuminate the world. 


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Do you want to go for a ride?

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 

Pope invites two kids to join him in the popemobile.

These two children will go back home with an unforgettable story. Pope Francis invited them to board the Popemobile at the start of the General Audience this week. The two accompanied the Pope around the square. 

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From Pope Francis - October 8, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 8 October 2014 -

Pope Francis at General Audience: We must heal divisions among Christians.



Pope Francis called upon Christians to promote unity with those who follow other religious traditions at today's General Audience. 

He assured that, although throughout history the Church has rejected those with different beliefs and has caused many divisions, we can heal those wounds through dialogue and prayer. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

In our catechesis on the Church, we now consider our fellow Christians who belong to other confessions or traditions.  

Divisions between Christ’s followers are clearly contrary to his will, as expressed in his prayer to the Father that all might be one, so that the world might believe (cf. Jn 17:21). Christ desires us to be united in his love and in communion with one another; yet throughout history the Church has experienced temptations against this unity, leading to tragic divisions.  

We must not be resigned to these divisions, but must join our prayer to that of Jesus in imploring among all his followers constant openness to dialogue and appreciation of the gifts of others.  In loving the Lord and sharing the riches of his love, we will better see what unites us rather than what separates us.  

By dwelling in the truth, and practicing forgiveness and charity, we will be ever more conformed to Christ’s will, reconciled with one another, and led closer to the goal of full unity which he wills for all his disciples.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including the various groups from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and the United States of America.  In a particular way, my greeting goes to the ecumenical and interreligious delegation from Taiwan and the group from the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae.  Upon you and your families, I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus.  God bless you all!”


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From Pope Francis - October 1, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 1 October 2014 -

 
Pope Francis speaks on the gifts of the Spirit at general audience.



Pope Francis explained what charisms are at today's general audience. He said they are graces that God grants to Christians so they can pass along to others. The Pope added that the diversity of charisms within the Church shouldn't "become a source of division."


SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  


In our catechesis on the Church, we now turn to the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit which enliven and enrich the Body of Christ.  Among these gifts are charisms, the graces which the Spirit freely bestows upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community.  These gifts, while granted to individuals, are discovered and acknowledged within the wider ecclesial community.  

As a sign of God’s superabundant love for his children, they are rich and varied, yet each is meant to serve the building up of the Church as a communion of faith and love.  The very diversity of the Spirit’s gifts invites us to share them generously for the good of all, and "never to let them become a source of division”.  Today let us ask the Lord to help us recognize with gratitude this great outpouring of spiritual gifts which enables the Church to persevere in faith, to grow in grace and to be an ever more credible sign and witness of God’s infinite love.  

In a particular way, may each of us consider the special gifts he or she has received, and how we choose to use those gifts to advance the Church’s unity, life and mission in the world.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including the various groups from Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Japan, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, England, Scotland and the United States.  In a particular way I greet the deacon ordinands of the Pontifical North American College, together with their families and friends.  

Upon all of you I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus. God bless you!


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Bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA
October 16, 2014

The next trip is Thursday, October 16th. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. Please make check payable to St. Columba in the amount of $35. If you decide to go on that day, the cost is $40. Please bring check to the rectory during office hours or drop in the convent mail slot. Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!