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  1. May 4, 2020
    Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 279

    Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18
    The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea
    heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God.
    So when Peter went up to Jerusalem
    the circumcised believers confronted him, saying,
    ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”
    Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,
    “I was at prayer in the city of Joppa
    when in a trance I had a vision,
    something resembling a large sheet coming down,
    lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me.
    Looking intently into it,
    I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth,
    the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.
    I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’
    But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir,
    because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
    But a second time a voice from heaven answered,
    ‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.’
    This happened three times,
    and then everything was drawn up again into the sky.
    Just then three men appeared at the house where we were,
    who had been sent to me from Caesarea.
    The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating.
    These six brothers also went with me,
    and we entered the man’s house.
    He related to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying,
    ‘Send someone to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter,
    who will speak words to you
    by which you and all your household will be saved.’
    As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them
    as it had upon us at the beginning,
    and I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said,
    ‘John baptized with water
    but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
    If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us
    when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,
    who was I to be able to hinder God?”
    When they heard this,
    they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying,
    “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.”

    Responsorial Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
    R. (see 3a) Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    As the hind longs for the running waters,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
    Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
    When shall I go and behold the face of God?
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Send forth your light and your fidelity;
    they shall lead me on
    And bring me to your holy mountain,
    to your dwelling-place.
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Then will I go in to the altar of God,
    the God of my gladness and joy;
    Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
    O God, my God!
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 10:14
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 10:11-18
    Jesus said:
    “I am the good shepherd.
    A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
    A hired man, who is not a shepherd
    and whose sheep are not his own,
    sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
    and the wolf catches and scatters them.
    This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
    I am the good shepherd,
    and I know mine and mine know me,
    just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
    and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
    I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
    These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
    and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
    This is why the Father loves me,
    because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
    No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
    I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
    This command I have received from my Father.”

    Feast of the forty martyrs of England and Wales
    The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales are a group of Catholic, lay and religious, men and women, executed between 1535 and 1679 for treason and related offenses under various laws enacted by Parliament during the English Reformation.
    The first wave of executions came with the reign of King Henry VIII and involved persons who did not support the 1534 Act of Supremacy and dissolution of the monasteries.[2] Carthusian John Houghton, and Bridgettine Richard Reynolds died at this time.

    In 1570 Pope Pius V, in support of various rebellions in England and Ireland, excommunicated Queen Elizabeth, absolving her Catholic subjects of their allegiance to her. The crown responded with more rigorous enforcement of various penal laws already enacted and passed new ones. 13 Eliz. c.1 made it high treason to affirm that the queen ought not to enjoy the Crown, or to declare her to be a heretic. "An act against Jesuits, seminary priests, and such other like disobedient persons", (27 Eliz.1, c. 2), the statute under which most of the English martyrs suffered, made it high treason for any Jesuit or any seminary priest to be in England at all, and a felony for any one to harbor or aid them.[3] All but six of the forty had been hanged, drawn and quartered, many of them at Tyburn.[4]

    The martyrs
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    Holy martyrs, please pray for us.
     
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  2. May 5, 2020
    Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 280

    Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26
    Those who had been scattered by the persecution
    that arose because of Stephen
    went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,
    preaching the word to no one but Jews.
    There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,
    who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,
    proclaiming the Lord Jesus.
    The hand of the Lord was with them
    and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
    The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
    When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
    he rejoiced and encouraged them all
    to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
    for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
    And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
    Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
    and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
    For a whole year they met with the Church
    and taught a large number of people,
    and it was in Antioch that the disciples
    were first called Christians.

    Responsorial Psalm 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7
    R. (117:1a) All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    His foundation upon the holy mountains
    the LORD loves:
    The gates of Zion,
    more than any dwelling of Jacob.
    Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!
    R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I tell of Egypt and Babylon
    among those who know the LORD;
    Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
    “This man was born there.”
    And of Zion they shall say:
    “One and all were born in her;
    And he who has established her
    is the Most High LORD.”
    R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
    “This man was born there.”
    And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
    “My home is within you.”
    R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 10:27
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 10:22-30
    The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.
    It was winter.
    And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
    So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
    “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?
    If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
    Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
    The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
    But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
    My sheep hear my voice;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
    No one can take them out of my hand.
    My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
    and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
    The Father and I are one.”

    Feast day of Saint Jutta (Judith) patroness of Prussia, died 1260
    Noblewoman of Thuringia, Germany, noted for visions and miracles. She married at fifteen and raised children. When her husband died on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, it left Jutta desolate. At their maturity, Jutta's children entered religious life and so that left Jutta to retire into solitude where she cared for the sick. She settled down in a dilapidated building about half a mile from Kulmsee in the territory of the military order of the Teutonic Knights, the head of which was her relative. Jutta was known to have said that three things bring a person close to God: illness, exile from one's home, and poverty voluntarily accepted to glorify God. She is the patroness of Prussia, in eastern Germany.
    [​IMG] Saint Jutta, please pray for us.
    May 4th is/was the first day of a novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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  3. May 6, 2020
    Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 281

    Reading 1 Acts 12:24—13:5a
    The word of God continued to spread and grow.

    After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
    they returned to Jerusalem,
    taking with them John, who is called Mark.

    Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
    Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
    Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
    “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
    for the work to which I have called them.”
    Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
    they laid hands on them and sent them off.

    So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
    went down to Seleucia
    and from there sailed to Cyprus.
    When they arrived in Salamis,
    they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

    Responsorial Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8
    R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May God have pity on us and bless us;
    may he let his face shine upon us.
    So may your way be known upon earth;
    among all nations, your salvation.
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May the nations be glad and exult
    because you rule the peoples in equity;
    the nations on the earth you guide.
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May the peoples praise you, O God;
    may all the peoples praise you!
    May God bless us,
    and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 8:12
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 12:44-50
    Jesus cried out and said,
    “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
    but also in the one who sent me,
    and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
    I came into the world as light,
    so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
    And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
    I do not condemn him,
    for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
    Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
    has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
    it will condemn him on the last day,
    because I did not speak on my own,
    but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
    And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
    So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

    Feast day of Saint Petronax, Abbot, died 747
    Saint Petronax of Monte Cassino, from Brescia, Italy, Petronax joined the Benedictines and in 717 was asked by Pope St. Gregory to go to Monte Cassino to examine the ruins of the famed abbey which had been badly damaged by the Lombards in 580. After visiting St. Benedict's tomb, Petronax gathered together the hermits who occupied the old abbey and began rebuilding. Petronax has been called "The Second Founder of Monte Cassino." Through his efforts, the monastery of Monte Cassino was repopulated. Many men passed through the walls of the monastery to learn the Benedictine rule and brought that rule to other parts of Europe.
    [​IMG] Saint Petronax, please pray for us.
    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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  4. May 7, 2020
    Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 282

    Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25
    From Paphos, Paul and his companions
    set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia.
    But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
    They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
    On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats.
    After the reading of the law and the prophets,
    the synagogue officials sent word to them,
    “My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
    for the people, please speak.”

    So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
    “Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
    The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
    and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
    With uplifted arm he led them out,
    and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
    When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
    he gave them their land as an inheritance
    at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
    After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet.
    Then they asked for a king.
    God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
    a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
    Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
    of him he testified,
    I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
    he will carry out my every wish.

    From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
    has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
    John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
    to all the people of Israel;
    and as John was completing his course, he would say,
    ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
    Behold, one is coming after me;
    I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’“

    Responsorial Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27
    R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him,
    That my hand may be always with him,
    and that my arm may make him strong.”
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
    and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
    He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
    my God, the Rock, my savior.’”
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Rv 1:5ab
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus Christ, you are the faithful witness,
    the firstborn of the dead,
    you have loved us and freed us from our sins by your Blood.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 13:16-20
    When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
    nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
    If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
    I am not speaking of all of you.
    I know those whom I have chosen.
    But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
    The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
    From now on I am telling you before it happens,
    so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
    receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

    Feast day of Saints Serenicus and Serenus of Spoleto

    Young brothers from Spoleto who abandoned their family and their possessions at the bidding of an angel and traveled to Rome. The tombs of the Apostles were at that time under the care of the Benedictines, with whom the two young men were brought into contact and from whom they received the habit. For some time they lived the community life in Rome with great happiness and dedication, but before long they withdrew, still under angelic guidance, to seek a new home beyond the Alps in France.

    On the site of the present town of Château Gontier, in the diocese of Angers, and then in the forest near the village of Saulges, they led a life of extreme self-abnegation as solitaries. Although they wanted to live in seclusion, the fame of their sanctity began to attract visitors which disrupted their solitude. So strongly did Serenicus feel the call to greater seclusion that he bade farewell to his brother, from whom he had never previously been parted, and struck out into the unknown region of Hyesmes, accompanied by a child whom he had baptized and who would not leave him. On a spot surrounded by boulders over a river, he decided to make his dwelling. He was soon to discover that solitude was not meant to be. Disciples gathered round, and he became the head of a large community of monks, whom he taught to recite the full psalmody, consisting of the complete Roman use in addition to all the Benedictine offices. He continued to rule over the monastery he had founded until his death which occurred when he was very old, about the year 669.
    In the meantime his brother Serenus had remained in his hermitage at Saulges, his fasts and austerities winning for him many graces, including visions, ecstasies and miracles. When the countryside was stricken by pestilence, famine and drought, following by civil war, the bishop of Le Mans sought out the intercession of the recluse. A refreshing, abundant rain brought an end to the drought and famine and the people thanked Serenus for his prayers. Like St Serenicus, he lived to old age, and as he lay dying, sounds of celestial music are said to have been plainly heard by those who were near him at the time. Saints Serenicus and Serenus, please pray for us.

    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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  5. May 8, 2020
    Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 283

    Reading 1 Acts 13:26-33
    When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
    “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
    and those others among you who are God-fearing,
    to us this word of salvation has been sent.
    The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
    and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
    that are read sabbath after sabbath.
    For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
    they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
    and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
    they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
    But God raised him from the dead,
    and for many days he appeared to those
    who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
    These are now his witnesses before the people.
    We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
    that what God promised our fathers
    he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
    as it is written in the second psalm,
    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”

    Responsorial Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab
    R. (7bc) You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “I myself have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”
    I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
    The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.”
    R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
    You shall rule them with an iron rod;
    you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
    R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    And now, O kings, give heed;
    take warning, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
    with trembling rejoice.
    R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 14:6
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:1-6
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
    You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
    In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
    If there were not,
    would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back again and take you to myself,
    so that where I am you also may be.
    Where I am going you know the way.”
    Thomas said to him,
    “Master, we do not know where you are going;
    how can we know the way?”
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
    No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Feast day of Mary, Our Lady of Luján
    read about Our Lady of Lujan at this link https://sacredsites.com/americas/argentina/lujan.html
    In about 1630 Antonio Farías Saa, a Portuguese landowner based in Argentina, wanted to erect a chapel in honor of the Virgin Mary, in order to invigorate the practice of Christianity in his region. He asked a friend in Brazil to send an image of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. For a better choice, his friend sent him two statues. When the statues of the Virgin arrived at the port of Buenos Aires they were placed in two boxes, and along with other cargo put on an oxen-pulled cart. After three days of travel, the cart halted overnight by the town of Zelaya, near the present city of Luján. But the next day the oxen were unable to move the cart. The oxen were changed and most of the wagon’s contents were unloaded yet the replacement oxen still were unable to pull the wagon. Then someone noticed that two small boxes had been left in the back of the wagon. Upon inspection, it was found that each of these boxes contained a different statue of the Virgin: one represented the Immaculate Conception and the other was of the Virgin holding the baby Jesus. First the box with the statue of Mary and Jesus was removed, but the oxen were still unable to move. However, when the box containing the statue of the Immaculate was removed, the oxen proceeded easily. The assembled witnesses were astonished and so decided that the statue of Our Lady desired to stay there and travel no further. The statue was transferred to the nearby home of Don Rosendo Oramas, who built a rustic chapel for it.
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    May 8 is also the celebration of when Saint Michael the Archangel appeared on Mount Gargano, Italy in 492. https://sanctoral.com/en/saints/apparition_of_saint_michael_the_archangel.html
    In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where at first it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with so mysterious an occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.

    Accompanied by his clergy and people, the bishop went to that cavern, which he found it already in resemblance of a church. The divine mysteries were celebrated there, and there arose in this same place a magnificent church where the divine Power has wrought great miracles. To thank God's goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel Michael, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honor.

    It is said that during the final persecution of Antichrist, Saint Michael will powerfully defend and guard the Church. Saint Michael, please pray for us.
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    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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  6. More reasons to celebrate today
    8th Of May: Feast Of The Patronage Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Over The Order Of Friars Preachers, The Dominicans. Ora Pro Nobis.
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    and it is a celebratory day of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii
    The lawyer Bartolo Longo, who returned to faith after a long period of crisis. To offer a civil and moral redemption to populations abandoned for centuries in their misery, he decided to propagate the Rosary prayer. For this purpose, he received as a gift a painting depicting the Madonna Enthroned with the Child Jesus on her knees, in the act of giving the crown of the Rosary to Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Dominic of Guzman. The painting, initially kept in the small parish church, was then transferred to the new church, which later became a Sanctuary and Pontifical Basilica. Numerous charitable works are annexed to the Sanctuary, all designed by Bartolo Longo,that the Church has honored as Blessed since 1980. The days that see the greatest influx of pilgrims to Pompeii are May 8 and the first Sunday of October, when the Supplication to the Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii is solemnly recited, composed by the same Blessed Bartolo Longo.
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  7. This is a more complete account of the Saint Michael the Archangel encounter on Mount Gargano, but it is translated from Italian so there may me minor errors in the translation to English.
    “May 8, for us, is not a day like any other, today is the feast of the Queen of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii. It is the anniversary of the first appearance of St. Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano, "his home", the only church in the world not consecrated by human hand, as it was consecrated by the Prince of Paradise himself on this day. Monte Sant'Angelo, Pompeii: two pieces from our Italy. Because this, together with an infinity of sanctuaries, churches, cathedrals, parish churches, castles, palaces, cities, works of art, is our Italy. And this is our Faith, the only true one. Which is under internal and external enemy attack, like Italy. For this we pray to the Queen and the Prince of Paradise, celebrated in one day, for the Church, for their Italy, for all of us ".

    In Italy there are many places where chapels, oratories, caves, churches, hills and mountains once stood, all named after the archangel Michael.
    The most famous Italian sanctuary dedicated to S. Michele is the one in Puglia on Monte Gargano; it has a history that begins in 490, when it was Pope Gelasius I.
    Elvio Emanuele, lord of Monte Gargano (Foggia) had lost the most beautiful bull of his herd, finding it inside an inaccessible cave. Given the impossibility of recovering it, he decided to kill him with an arrow from his bow; but the arrow inexplicably instead of hitting the bull, turned on itself, hitting the shooter in the eye. Marveled and wounded, the gentleman went to his bishop s. Lorenzo Maiorano, bishop of Siponto (today Manfredonia) and told the prodigious fact.
    The prelate called three days of prayers and penance; after which yes. Michael appeared at the entrance of the cave and revealed to the bishop: “I am the archangel Michael and I am always in the presence of God. The cave is sacred to me, it is my choice, I myself am a guardian of it. Where the rock opens, the sins of men can be forgiven ... What will be asked in prayer will be answered. So dedicate the cave to Christian worship. "
    But the holy bishop did not follow up on the archangel's request, because pagan worship persisted on the mountain; two years later, in 492 Siponto was besieged by the hordes of the barbarian king Odoacre (434-493); now at the end, the bishop and the people gathered in prayer, during a truce, and here the archangel reappeared to the bishop s. Lorenzo, promising them victory, in fact during the battle a storm of sand and hail arose which fell on the invading barbarians, who frightened fled.
    The whole city with the bishop went up the mountain in a thanksgiving procession; but once again the bishop refused to enter the cave. For this hesitation that was not explained, yes. Lorenzo Maiorano went to Rome with Pope Gelasius I (490-496), who ordered him to enter the cave together with the bishops of Puglia, after a fast of penance.
    When the three bishops went to the cave for the dedication, the archangel reappeared for the third time, announcing that the ceremony was no longer necessary, because the consecration had already taken place with his presence. The legend says that when the bishops entered the cave, they found an altar covered by a red cloth with a crystal cross on it and imprinted on a boulder the imprint of an infant foot, which popular tradition attributes to s. Michele.
    The bishop San Lorenzo built a church dedicated to s at the entrance of the cave. Michele and inaugurated on 29 September 493; the Sacra Grotta has instead always remained as a place of worship never consecrated by bishops and over the centuries it became famous with the title of "Celeste Basilica".
    The town of Monte Sant'Angelo in the Gargano has grown over time around the church and the cave.
    The Lombards who had founded the Duchy of Benevento in the 6th century, defeated the fierce enemies of the Italian coasts, the Saracens, right near Siponto, on 8 May 663, having attributed the victory to the heavenly protection of s. Michele, they began to spread as mentioned above, the cult for the archangel throughout Italy, erecting churches, carrying out banners and coins and setting up the feast of May 8 everywhere.
    Meanwhile, the Sacra Grotta became for all subsequent centuries one of the most popular destinations for Christian pilgrims, becoming together in Jerusalem, Rome, Loreto and S. Giacomo di Compostella, the sacred poles from the High Middle Ages onwards.
    Popes, sovereigns and future saints came on pilgrimage to the Gargano. The sanctuary and the Sacred Grotto are full of works of art, devotion and vow, which testify to the millennial passage of the pilgrims and above all stands in the darkness the white marble statue of S. Michele, work by Sansovino, dated 1507 .
    The archangel has appeared over the centuries other times, albeit not as on the Gargano, which remains the center of his cult, and the Christian people celebrate it everywhere with festivals, fairs, processions, pilgrimages and there is no European country that does not have an abbey, church, cathedral, etc. that reminds him of the veneration of the faithful.

     
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  8. May 9, 2020
    Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 284

    Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52
    On the following sabbath
    almost the whole city
    gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
    When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
    and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
    Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
    “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
    but since you reject it
    and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
    we now turn to the Gentiles.
    For so the Lord has commanded us,
    I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
    that you may be an instrument of salvation
    to the ends of the earth.”


    The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
    and glorified the word of the Lord.
    All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
    and the word of the Lord continued to spread
    through the whole region.
    The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
    and the leading men of the city,
    stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
    and expelled them from their territory.
    So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them
    and went to Iconium.
    The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

    Responsorial Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
    R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 8:31b-32
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
    and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:7-14
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
    From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
    Philip said to Jesus,
    “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
    and you still do not know me, Philip?
    Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
    How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
    Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
    The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
    The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
    Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
    or else, believe because of the works themselves.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
    and will do greater ones than these,
    because I am going to the Father.
    And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
    so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

    Feast day of Saint Pachomius, died 348, Abbot, Founder of Christian Monasticism
    Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upper Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor’s Army as a twenty year old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became embedded in his mind and led to his conversion after his discharge. After being baptized, Pachomius became a disciple of an anchorite named Palemon and took the habit. The two of them led a life of extreme austerity and total dedication to God; they combined manual labor with the prayer of the psalms and other prayers day and night.
    Later, Pachomius felt called to build a monastery on the banks of the Nile River so about 318 Palemon helped Pachomius build a cell there and remained there for a time. In a short time, one hundred men joined the monastery. Pachomius organized them on principles of community living with a rule. It became increasingly popular, so ten more monasteries for men were built and two for women. Before his death in 346, there were seven thousand monks living in the area. Pachomius was the first monk to organize hermits into groups and write down a Rule for them.
    [​IMG] Saint Pachomius, please pray for us.
    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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  9. May 10, 2020
    Fifth Sunday of Easter
    Lectionary: 52

    Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7
    As the number of disciples continued to grow,
    the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
    because their widows
    were being neglected in the daily distribution.
    So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
    “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
    Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
    filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
    whom we shall appoint to this task,
    whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
    and to the ministry of the word.”
    The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
    so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
    also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
    and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
    They presented these men to the apostles
    who prayed and laid hands on them.
    The word of God continued to spread,
    and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
    even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
    R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Exult, you just, in the LORD;
    praise from the upright is fitting.
    Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
    with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
    He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 2:4-9
    Beloved:
    Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings
    but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
    and, like living stones,
    let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
    to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
    acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
    For it says in Scripture:
    Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion,
    a cornerstone, chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.

    Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith:
    The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,

    and
    A stone that will make people stumble,
    and a rock that will make them fall.

    They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.

    You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
    a holy nation, a people of his own,
    so that you may announce the praises” of him
    who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    Alleluia Jn 14:6
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father, except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:1-12
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
    You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
    In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
    If there were not,
    would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back again and take you to myself,
    so that where I am you also may be.
    Where I am going you know the way.”
    Thomas said to him,
    “Master, we do not know where you are going;
    how can we know the way?”
    Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
    No one comes to the Father except through me.
    If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
    From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
    Philip said to him,
    “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
    and you still do not know me, Philip?
    Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
    How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
    Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
    The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
    The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
    Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
    or else, believe because of the works themselves.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
    and will do greater ones than these,
    because I am going to the Father.”

    Feast day of Saint Damien Veuster, Priest
    Born:January 3, 1840, Tremelo, Brabant, Belgium
    Died:April 15, 1889, Kalaupapa, Moloka ʻ i, Hawaiʻi
    Saint Damien of Molokai, SS.CC. or Saint Damien De Veuster, born Jozef De Veuster, was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He was recognized for his ministry, which he led from 1873 until his death in 1889, in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi for people with leprosy, who were required to live under government-required medical quarantine in a settlement on the Kalaupapa Peninsula of Molokaʻi. During this time, he taught the Catholic faith to the people of Hawaii. Father Damien also cared for the patients himself and established leadership within the community to build houses, schools, roads, hospitals, and churches. He dressed residents' ulcers, built a reservoir, made coffins, dug graves, shared pipes, and ate poi by hand with them, providing both medical and emotional support.
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    Father Damien, please pray for us.

    Happy Mothers' Day

    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
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    Indy Praying

    Another great homily from Fr Mark today.

     
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    Indy Praying

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  12. May 11, 2010
    Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 285

    Reading 1 Acts 14:5-18
    There was an attempt in Iconium
    by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
    together with their leaders,
    to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
    They realized it,
    and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
    and to the surrounding countryside,
    where they continued to proclaim the Good News.

    At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,
    who had never walked.
    He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,
    saw that he had the faith to be healed,
    and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.”
    He jumped up and began to walk about.
    When the crowds saw what Paul had done,
    they cried out in Lycaonian,
    “The gods have come down to us in human form.”
    They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,”
    because he was the chief speaker.
    And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
    brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
    for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

    The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments
    when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
    “Men, why are you doing this?
    We are of the same nature as you, human beings.
    We proclaim to you good news
    that you should turn from these idols to the living God,
    who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.
    In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways;
    yet, in bestowing his goodness,
    he did not leave himself without witness,
    for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
    and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”
    Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
    from offering sacrifice to them.

    Responsorial Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16
    R. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Not to us, O LORD, not to us
    but to your name give glory
    because of your mercy, because of your truth.
    Why should the pagans say,
    “Where is their God?”
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Our God is in heaven;
    whatever he wills, he does.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
    the handiwork of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May you be blessed by the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    Heaven is the heaven of the LORD,
    but the earth he has given to the children of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 14:26
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
    and remind you of all I told you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:21-26
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Whoever has my commandments and observes them
    is the one who loves me.
    Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
    and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
    Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
    “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
    and not to the world?”
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “Whoever loves me will keep my word,
    and my Father will love him,
    and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
    Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
    yet the word you hear is not mine
    but that of the Father who sent me.

    “I have told you this while I am with you.
    The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
    whom the Father will send in my nameB
    he will teach you everything
    and remind you of all that I told you.”

    Feast day of Francis de Geronimo
    Francesco de Geronimo, also Francis Jerome was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Jesuits. He was an energetic pastor who dedicated himself to missions across Naples either in large locations or in rural areas where he was known for succinct and concise preaching that resonated with all people regardless of their social status.
    Born:December 17, 1642, Grottaglie, Apulia, Kingdom of Naples
    Died:May 11, 1716, Naples, Kingdom of Naples
    [​IMG] Saint Francis Jerome, please pray for us.
    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
  13. May 11th is the anniversary of an apparition in Italy 52 years ago where Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of the Rock

    http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/santadomenica/index.html
    In 1968 a young farmer, Cosimo, returning home with his eyes down, bent, carrying a bundle of grass on his shoulders, was attracted, as if by an invisible force, to the rock, where he saw a great light. Then he heard a voice and caught a glimpse of a beautiful girl. «Don't be afraid, I come from Heaven - said the young woman - I am the Immaculate Virgin, the mother of the Son of God; I came to ask you to build a chapel here in my honor. I chose this place, here I want to establish my home and I want people to come here from every country to pray ». The apparition was repeated for four days: «You will not lack tribulations and sufferings; do not be discouraged, I will be with you and support you with my hand; the Lord wants to make you an instrument of his love, for the salvation of souls. On May 13 the Mother of God added: «I ask you the favor of transforming this valley; here I desire a great center of spirituality, where souls will find peace and refreshment. In this place, God wants to open a window to heaven; here for my mediation, He wants to show His mercy ». The fourth apparition, of May 14, seems an echo of the messages to the shepherds of Fatima: «If men are converted, they will repent of their sins, they will confess to God and love Him with all their hearts, God will approach them and He will welcome them into His home. " And the cycle of encounters ends with the commitment of a lifetime: «Here is my rosary, may it be your daily prayer, offer it to my Immaculate Heart for the conversion of the world, the triumph of the Kingdom of God, the peace of nations and the salvation of humanity.

    For that reason on the rock of the apparition, Cosimo built a little chapel, and called the shrine “Madonna dello Scoglio” (Our Lady of The Rock) because the Virgin Mary appeared to him on the top of the rock. He also placed a marble statue of Our Lady on the rock of the apparitions. Pilgrims come from all over the world to pray and touch the sacred rock, through the metal fencing that circumscribes it, testifying great miracles and conversions.



    Shortly after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Cosimo began to lead prayer and healing sessions for pilgrims and many people were cured from diseases. Although he had received little formal education, he was admitted to the lay order of the Franciscan brothers with the name of "Fratel Cosimo”. He leads a mystical life, living in solitude in a house near the apparition rock, fasting and praying like an hermit, and avoiding any sense of celebrity. Fratel Cosimo is a man of God, appreciated by his Bishop for his obedience and humility to the Catholic Church. He emphasizes prayer as the primary vehicle for opening oneself to God and for receiving spiritual and physical healing.



    Dec 8th, 2007

    The local Bishop Mons. Morosini, declared the “Scoglio” an official Catholic shrine.
     
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  14. May 12, 2020
    Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 286

    Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28
    In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
    arrived and won over the crowds.
    They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
    supposing that he was dead.
    But when the disciples gathered around him,
    he got up and entered the city.
    On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

    After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
    and made a considerable number of disciples,
    they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
    They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
    and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
    “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
    to enter the Kingdom of God.”
    They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
    with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
    in whom they had put their faith.
    Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
    After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
    From there they sailed to Antioch,
    where they had been commended to the grace of God
    for the work they had now accomplished.
    And when they arrived, they called the Church together
    and reported what God had done with them
    and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
    Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

    Responsorial Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21
    R. (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Making known to men your might
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
    and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Lk 24:46, 26
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
    and so enter into his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:27-31a
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
    Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
    Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
    You heard me tell you,
    ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
    If you loved me,
    you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
    for the Father is greater than I.
    And now I have told you this before it happens,
    so that when it happens you may believe.
    I will no longer speak much with you,
    for the ruler of the world is coming.
    He has no power over me,
    but the world must know that I love the Father
    and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

    Feast day of Saint Nereus and Saint Achilleus, Roman martyrs, early second century
    Devotion to these two saints goes back to the fourth century, though almost nothing is known of their lives. They were praetorian soldiers of the Roman army, became Christians, and were removed to the island of Terracina, where they were martyred.
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    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 12
    Feast Day, Wednesday, May 13


    Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
    O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
    you deigned to come to Fatima
    to reveal to the three shepherd children
    the treasures of graces hidden
    in the recitation of the Rosary.
    Inspire our hearts with a sincere love
    of this devotion, so that by meditating
    on the mysteries of our redemption
    that are recalled in it,
    we may gather its fruits,
    obtain peace for the world,
    the conversion of sinners,
    the conversion of Russia,
    and the favor which I ask of you
    in this Novena (state your request here).
    I ask it for the greater glory of God,
    for your own honor, and for the good
    of all souls, especially those most
    in need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Our Father (3) Hail Mary (3) Glory Be (3)

    Litany to Our Lady of Fatima:
    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
    Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
    Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
    Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
    Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask thee.
    Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
    Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.
    Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
    Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Let us Pray:
    O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
  15. May 12 Feast day of Saint Leopoldo Mandic
    Saint Leopold Bogdan Mandic was born on May 12, 1866 and died on June 30, 1942. He was an ethnic Croat born in Herceg Novi, in Boka Kotorska (modern-day Montenegro), and died in Padua, Italy. Physically malformed and delicate, having a height of only 1.35m, with clumsy walk and stuttering, he developed tremendous spiritual strength. His feast is celebrated May 12.

    Although he wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe, he spent almost all of his adult life in Italy, and lived in Padua from 1906 until the end of his life. He spent also one year in Italian prison during WWI, since he did not want to renounce his Croatian nationality. He also dreamed unceasingly about reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox churches and going to the Orient. He became known as Apostle of Confession and Apostle of Unity. He made a famous prayer that is the forerunner of today's Ecumenism.

    Bogdan Mandic was the twelfth child of Dragica Carevi? and Petar Antun Mandic, owner of an Adriatic fishing fleet; they came from village of Zaku?ac (hinterland of city of Omiš, 28 km from Split). The origins of his family are noble; they came from Vrhbosna province in Bosnia.

    He suffered from disabilities that would plague his speech and stature. The family eventually lost most of its wealth, and became more sympathetic to those who suffered in similar situations. In November of 1882 while he was 16, Bogdan went to Udine to enter the seminary of the Venetian Capuchins, and accepted the name "Leopold". Two years later he was put in the Bassano del Grappa friary, where he took the name Leopold. His first profession of vows were made a year later in May and a profession of perpetual vows 4 years latter in 1888.

    In the mid-1880s, Croatian Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer began a movement which focused on unity and consecration of the cathedral of ?akovo and Srijem, a movement in which Leopold took interest in. On September 20, 1890, Leopold was ordained to the presbyterate at Venice at the age of 24.

    Refusing to renounce his Croatian nationality during World War I, Leopold was forced to go to southern Italy. All this time Leopold held a hope that he would be able to return to his homeland and preach among his people, a feat that would be inhibited by his disabilities. On top of his physical deformities, he also suffered from stomach ailments, poor eyesight, and arthritis. Unsurprisingly, the Capuchin ministers declined these attempts due to his health.

    While in Italy, Leopold's main vocation was confessions, which he did for 34 years. The Capuchin brothers often criticized Leopold for his approach to confession, calling him too lenient and compassionate. Leopold's compassion showed that he was more understanding and sympathetic to the people that came to him, and would treat them with great sensitivity. He was an outspoken on issues with children, and being pro-life and especially fond of expectant mothers and young children. He did great work in setting up orphanages for children without parents.

    Leopold also had a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary who he referred to as "my holy boss". He was known to pray the rosary quite often, and celebrated the eucharist daily at the side altar in the Little Office of the Virgin Mary. He would then visit the sick in nursing homes, hospitals and homes all over Padua. He visited the Capuchin infirmary to comfort the sick friars, giving them words of advice and reminding them to have faith.

    Leopold suffererd from esophagus cancer, which would ultimately lead to his death at age 76. On July 30, 1942, while preparing for the liturgy, he collapsed on the floor. He was then brought to his cell, where he was given the last rites. Friars that had gathered at his bed sang "Salve Regina," and when they got to the words, "O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary," Leopold died.

    During the bombing of World War II the church and part of the friary where Leopold lived were demolished, but Leopold's cell and confessional were left unharmed. Leopold had predicted this before his death, saying, "The church and the friary will be hit by the bombs, but not this little cell. Here God exercised so much mercy for people, it must remain as a monument to God's goodness." Paul VI beatified Leopold on May 2, 1976. He was canonized by John Paul II during the Synod of Bishops on October 16, 1983. Leopold is hailed as the "Apostle of Unity."

    This translated article from Italian also gives edifying details about the life and miracles of Saint Leopoldo Mandic https://www.medjugorjetuttiigiorni.com/2020/05/oggi-12-maggio-s-leopoldo-mandic.html
    [​IMG] Saint Leopoldo, please pray for us.
     
  16. May 13, 2020
    Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 287

    Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6
    Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
    “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
    you cannot be saved.”
    Because there arose no little dissension and debate
    by Paul and Barnabas with them,
    it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
    should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters
    about this question.
    They were sent on their journey by the Church,
    and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria
    telling of the conversion of the Gentiles,
    and brought great joy to all the brethren.
    When they arrived in Jerusalem,
    they were welcomed by the Church,
    as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters,
    and they reported what God had done with them.
    But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers
    stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them
    and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”

    The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.

    Responsorial Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
    R. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I rejoiced because they said to me,
    “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
    And now we have set foot
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Jerusalem, built as a city
    with compact unity.
    To it the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    According to the decree for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
    In it are set up judgment seats,
    seats for the house of David.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 15:4a, 5b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
    whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 15:1-8
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
    He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
    and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
    You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you.
    Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
    unless it remains on the vine,
    so neither can you unless you remain in me.
    I am the vine, you are the branches.
    Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
    because without me you can do nothing.
    Anyone who does not remain in me
    will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
    people will gather them and throw them into a fire
    and they will be burned.
    If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
    ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
    By this is my Father glorified,
    that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

    Anniversary of the the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1917
    Feast day of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament from this website https://www.olbs.org/our-patroness.html
    The title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament was first given to Mary by St. Peter Julian Eymard in May 1868, while speaking to his novices. A few years later he described what her statue should look like: "The Blessed Virgin holds the Infant in her arms; and He holds a chalice in one hand and a Host in the other." He exhorted them to invoke Mary: "Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us who have recourse to thee!"
    In 1921 the Sacred Congregation of Rite authorized the Blessed Sacrament Congregations to celebrate each year, on the 13th of May, a "solemn commemoration of the Blessed Virgin," with the intention of honoring Mary under the title of "Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament." And of course this Feast is still celebrated today with great joy by all the spiritual sons and daughters of St. Peter Julian Eymard.
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    Prayer

    Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we ask you to obtain for us the graces we need to become true adorers of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of you, to know Him better, to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Eucharist, that is, to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.

    V. Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

    R. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us!

    (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
     
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  17. May 14, 2020
    Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
    Lectionary: 564

    Reading 1 Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
    Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
    (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
    in the one place).
    He said, “My brothers and sisters,
    the Scripture had to be fulfilled
    which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
    through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
    who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
    Judas was numbered among us
    and was allotted a share in this ministry.
    For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

    Let his encampment become desolate,
    and may no one dwell in it.

    and:
    May another take his office.

    Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
    who accompanied us the whole time
    the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
    beginning from the baptism of John
    until the day on which he was taken up from us,
    become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
    So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
    who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
    Then they prayed,
    “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
    show which one of these two you have chosen
    to take the place in this apostolic ministry
    from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
    Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
    and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

    Responsorial Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
    R. (8) The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise, you servants of the LORD,
    praise the name of the LORD.
    Blessed be the name of the LORD
    both now and forever.
    R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    From the rising to the setting of the sun
    is the name of the LORD to be praised.
    High above all nations is the LORD;
    above the heavens is his glory.
    R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
    and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
    R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He raises up the lowly from the dust;
    from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
    To seat them with princes,
    with the princes of his own people.
    R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 15:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I chose you from the world,
    to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 15:9-17
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
    Remain in my love.
    If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
    just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
    and remain in his love.

    “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
    and your joy might be complete.
    This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
    No one has greater love than this,
    to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
    You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    I no longer call you slaves,
    because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
    I have called you friends,
    because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
    It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
    and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
    so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
    This I command you: love one another.”

    Feast day of Saint Matthias, Apostle
    This bio is from Lives of the Saints
    From the Acts of the Apostles we learn that Saint Matthias had been one of the companions of our Savior from the day of His Baptism by Saint John; for when there was question of electing an Apostle to take the place of the apostate Judas, Saint Peter spoke, "Of these men who have been in our company all the time that the Lord Jesus moved among us, from John's baptism until the day that He was taken up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of His Resurrection" (Acts 1: 21). Two men were proposed: Barsabbas and Matthias, and the latter was chosen by lot. About one hundred and twenty persons were present at this election. According to an ancient tradition handed down by Saint Clement of Alexandria and confirmed by Eusebius and Saint Jerome, Saint Matthias was one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord. It was after this occurrence that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, among whom Saint Matthias was then numbered.
    Saint Clement of Alexandria writes that Saint Matthias was remarkable for inculcating the necessity of mortifying the flesh with its irregular passions and desires. According to the Greeks, Saint Matthias suffered martyrdom in Colchis,, which is called Egrisi. Colchis was a district of Asia Minor, situated on the shores of the Black Sea, south of the Caucasus Mountains.
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    Saint Matthias, please pray for us.
     
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  18. May 15, 2020
    Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 289

    Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31
    The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
    decided to choose representatives
    and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
    The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
    and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
    This is the letter delivered by them:
    “The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
    to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
    of Gentile origin: greetings.
    Since we have heard that some of our number
    who went out without any mandate from us
    have upset you with their teachings
    and disturbed your peace of mind,
    we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
    and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
    who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    So we are sending Judas and Silas
    who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
    ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
    not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
    namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
    from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
    and from unlawful marriage.
    If you keep free of these,
    you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“

    And so they were sent on their journey.
    Upon their arrival in Antioch
    they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
    When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.

    Responsorial Psalm 57:8-9, 10 and 12
    R. (10a) I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and chant praise.
    Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
    I will wake the dawn.
    R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
    I will chant your praise among the nations.
    For your mercy towers to the heavens,
    and your faithfulness to the skies.
    Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
    above all the earth be your glory!
    R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 15:15b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I call you my friends, says the Lord,
    for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 15:12-17
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
    No one has greater love than this,
    to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
    You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    I no longer call you slaves,
    because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
    I have called you friends,
    because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
    It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
    and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
    so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
    This I command you: love one another.”

    Feast day of Saint Isidore the farmer born 1070 died May 15, 1130 lived in Madrid, Spain patron saint of farmers and Madrid
    In the morning before going to work, Isidore would usually attend Mass at one of the churches in Madrid. One day, his fellow farm workers complained to their overseer that Isidore was always late for work in the morning. Upon investigation the overseer found Isidore at prayer while an angel was doing the plowing for him.

    On another occasion, his master saw an angel plowing on either side of him, so that Isidore's work was equal to that of three of his fellow field workers. Isidore is also said to have brought back to life his overseer's deceased daughter, and to have caused a fountain of fresh water to burst from the dry earth to quench his overseer's thirst.

    One snowy day, when going to the mill with wheat to be ground, he passed a flock of wood-pigeons scratching vainly for food on the hard surface of the frosty ground. Taking pity on the poor animals, he poured half of his sack of precious wheat upon the ground for the birds, despite the mocking of witnesses. When he reached the mill, however, the bag was full, and the wheat, when it was ground, produced double the expected amount of flour.

    Isidore's wife, Maria, always kept a pot of stew on the fireplace in their humble home as Isidore would often bring home anyone who was hungry. One day he brought home more hungry people than usual. After she served many of them, Maria told him that there simply was no more stew in the pot. He insisted that she check the pot again, and she was able to spoon out enough stew to feed them all.

    After Isidore's death on April 2, 1212, after torrential rains had exhumed cadavers from cemeteries in Madrid, his body was discovered in an apparent state of incorruptibility.
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    Please pray that our gardens produce a great harvest for ourselves and to share with others, Saint Isidore.

    Feast day of Saint Dymphna, patroness of the mentally ill died 7th century
    from Franciscan media
    Saint Dymphna, according to tradition, was born the daughter of Damon, a pagan king of Ireland. Early in her life, she became a Christian and was secretly baptized. When she was only 15 years of age, her mother died, and her father was wrought by terrible grief. He sent messengers throughout his own town and other lands to find another to be his wife, only none could be found. He proposed to his daughter that they marry, only she refused.

    Dymphna fled from her father’s castle with Saint Gerebran, her confessor, and two other friends. Their boat landed in Gheel, Belgium. Damon found them in Belgium, due to tracing her spending of foreign currency, and proposed his offer once again. At this, Gerebran rebuked the king for his proposition and urged Dymphna to remain in opposition. Damon then ordered his servants to behead the priest. When she persisted in her refusal, he drew his sword and struck off her head. Saint Dymphna received the crown of martyrdom in defense of her purity about the year 620.

    Shortly after her death, five “lunatics” wandered to the countryside where she was killed, and slept the night there, only to awaken cured. She has since been invoked as the patron of those suffering from nervous, mental, and spiritual afflictions. A church was built on this site, only to be destroyed by fire in 1489, and rebuilt in 1532. The church remains to the present day, and has been joined by a house for the mentally ill that often houses as many as 1,500 patients.
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    Saint Dymphna, please pray for us.
     
  19. May 16, 2020
    Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 290

    Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10
    Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
    where there was a disciple named Timothy,
    the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
    but his father was a Greek.
    The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
    and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
    On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
    for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
    As they traveled from city to city,
    they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
    reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
    Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
    and increased in number.

    They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
    because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
    from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
    When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
    but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
    so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
    During the night Paul had a vision.
    A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
    “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
    When he had seen the vision,
    we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
    concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

    Responsorial Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 5
    R. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is good:
    his kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Col 3:1
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If then you were raised with Christ,
    seek what is above,
    where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 15:18-21
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
    If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
    but because you do not belong to the world,
    and I have chosen you out of the world,
    the world hates you.
    Remember the word I spoke to you,
    ‘No slave is greater than his master.’
    If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
    If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
    And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
    because they do not know the one who sent me.”

    Feast day of Saint Simon Stock, Monk, first promoter of the Brown Scapular, died 1265
    Simon was born in Kent, England to a distinguished family. He is called ‘Simon Stock’ because at the age of twelve he began to live a contemplative life in the hollow (the stock) of a tree, in which he lived for twenty years. Simon became a Carmelite monk after traveling to Jerusalem and was eventually made Superior General of the Carmelite Order in England. He greatly expanded the order, establishing new foundations in England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy and he revised the Rule. In 1251, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and gave him the Brown Scapular, an abbreviated part of the habit worn by Carmelites. The Blessed Mother said, “This shall be to you a privilege, that anyone who dies clothed in this shall not suffer eternal fire; and if wearing it they die, they shall be saved.” Saint Simon Stock lived to be one hundred years old. He died in Bordeaux, France in 1265.

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    Saint Simon Stock, please pray for us and for the people that are dying, that they may enter into Eternal Life especially for Marilyn. Amen
     
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  20. May 16th is also the feast day of Saint John Nepomucene
    John of Nepomuk is the saint of Bohemia who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods and drowning.
    Born:c.1345, Nepomuk
    Died:March 20, 1393, Prague
    Beatified:31 May 1721
    Canonized:19 March 1729 by Benedict XIII
    Feast:16 May
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