Monday, July 27, 2015

The Pope signs up online as the first pilgrim for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow


By this gesture, the Pope became the first pilgrim to sign up for World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016. 

POPE FRANCIS 

"Done. I've signed up for World Youth Day as a pilgrim using this electronic device.”

The Sunday heat didn't stop the thousands of pilgrims who filled Saint Peter's Square. The Pope spoke about the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish. He explained to them that Jesus' food didn't just feed people materially. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The crowd was stunned by the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, but the gift that Jesus gives is fullness of life for the hungry man. Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but that deeper hunger, the hunger for the meaning of life, the hunger for God.”

He also said that Christians can help other people in moments of difficulty and explained that it's not as hard as it seems. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Faced with the suffering, the loneliness, the poverty and the difficulties many people have, what can we do? Complaining doesn't solve anything. But we need to offer what little we have like the little boy in the Gospel. Surely we have an hour of time, some talent, some competence...Who among us doesn't have their 'five loaves and two fish'?.” 

Pope Francis recalled that soon it will be the second anniversary of the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, who disappeared in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. The Pope asked everyone to pray for that priest and every prisoner in war zones. For this reason, he urged international authorities to redouble their efforts to free such prisoners. Together with the pilgrims, he prayed a Hail Mary for the captives. 

He also addressed grandparents, since it was the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, and he asked for a round of applause for the unique role that grandparents play in families. 


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greetings from Father Fennessy


How wonderful it is to know of all the prayers and good wishes of the people of St. Columba’s Church. For the past 4 years you have been my inspiration and my heroes. I am happy to report that I am doing very well and my only wish for you at this juncture is for to you welcome your new pastor with the same respect and affection that I had been greeted. I keep St. Columba and Guardian Angel in my prayers each day and I am confident for the parish and myself that the best is yet to come. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"It's described as the Pope's most moving speech in Latin America."

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, Bolivia


During his trip to Latin America, Pope Francis delivered one of his most moving speeches in Bolivia, as he was addressing popular movements of the Catholic Church. Among them were some of the most vulnerable members of society, who are often marginalized, not just in their communities, but in their countries. 


POPE FRANCIS


"One may ask: What can I do, as collector of paper, old clothes or used metal, a recycler. What can I do before all these problems, if I barely make enough money to eat?”

It was one of the longest speeches the Pope gave during his eight day trip. The main message he highlighted over and over was that of hope. 

POPE FRANCIS

"We suffer from over analyzing situations, and this sometimes leads to pessimism or negativity. It happens when we see the daily news. We think there is nothing we can do but that care of ourselves, family and the small circle that surrounds us.” 

To see change, one must first embrace change, said the Pope. Those in need, he added, should not be excluded. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Change on the national, regional and global level. Don't lose heart! You are the humble, the exploited, the poor and underprivileged. You can- and are doing a lot.”  

He then denounced political and economic models that put economic profits before everything else. 

POPE FRANCIS

"An unfettered pursuit where money rules.  This is the "dung of the devil”. The service of the common good is left behind. The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished.”

He then added that exploitation, colonialism and special interests have not been left in the past. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of money: corporations, loan agencies, certain 'free trade' treaties, and the imposition of measures of "austerity” which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor.”

The Pope didn't just denounce corporate greed. He also apologized for the sins the Church carried out during the conquest of Latin America. 

POPE FRANCIS

"I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the Church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the conquest of America.”

During that speech, people who are often ignored had the attention of the world. The Pope concluded by saying that the Church has an obligation to listen and give a voice to the voiceless. 



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Monday, July 6, 2015

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City - July 16, 2015

The next trip Resort Casino is Thursday, July 16th, 2015 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 $30. 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!