Bulletins

October 22, 2017

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This Sunday, the 22nd of October, is the Feast Day of Pope Saint John Paul II. Is that the day he died and went to heaven? Not exactly.

We usually observe a saints' feast days on the day they entered into their eternal reward. Some good parishioners pointed out to me last week that St. Teresa of Avila died either just before midnight on October 4, 1582 or just after midnight on October 15, 1582. I should have known that already. The days October 5 through October 14 never took place in the year 1582. Pope Gregory XIII instituted a correction of the Julian Calendar.

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October 15, 2017

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Pope Pius XII on October 28, 1965 wrote Gravissimum Educationis on Christian Education:

To fulfill the mandate she has received from her divine founder of proclaiming the mystery of salvation to all men and of restoring all things in Christ, Holy Mother the Church must be concerned with the whole of man's life, even the secular part of it insofar as it has a bearing on his heavenly calling. Therefore she has a role in the progress and development of education...

Children and young people must be helped, with the aid of the latest advances in psychology and the arts and science of teaching, to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual endowments so that they may gradually acquire a mature sense of responsibility in striving endlessly to form their own lives properly and in pursuing true freedom as they surmount the vicissitudes of life with courage and constancy...

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October 8, 2017

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Pope Leo XIII on July 16, 1892 wrote "On the Columbus Quadricentennial"

Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God's guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity...

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October 1, 2017

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Be not afraid!

The theme of Respect Life Sunday this year is "Be not afraid!"

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September 24, 2017

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"Padre, they've come for you."

Those were some of the last words heard by Father Stanley Francis, spoken by someone staying at the mission in Guatemala who had been led, at gunpoint, to where he was sleeping. It was 1:30 in the morning on July 28, 1981, and Guatemala was in the throes of a decades-long civil war. Fifteen minutes and two gunshots later, Father Stanley was dead and the men fled the mission grounds.

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