Mass Calendar For November 2018
Thurs. Nov. 1--All Saint's Day--(Must attend Mass)
Fri. Nov. 2--All Soul's Day--Encouraged to attend)
Sat. Nov. 3--First Saturday (Blessed Virgin Mary)--(Encourage to attend Mass)
Sun. Nov. 4--31st Sunday in Ordinary Time--(Must attend Mass
Sun. Nov. 11--32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time--(Must attend Mass)
Mon. Nov. 12--Veteran's Day (U.S. Observed Holiday)
Sun. Nov. 18--33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time--(Must attend Mass)
Thurs. Nov. 22--Thanksgiving Day (U.S. Observed Holiday)
Sun. Nov. 25--Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Must attend
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Vatican City, Nov 14, 2018 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are called to not only refrain from telling falsehoods, but to conduct their entire lives – both words and actions – as a witness to the Truth that is Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “Let us ask ourselves: what truth do the works of us Christians attest to, our words, our choices?” the pope said Nov. 14. “Everyone can ask themselves: am I a witness to the truth, or am I more or less a liar disguised as a true person?” In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the eighth commandment: “you shall not give false witness against thy neighbor.”
Vatican City, Nov 7, 2018 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, told journalists Wednesday that the order of knighthood is committed to providing good educational opportunities in the Holy Land to help Christians remain in their homeland. Read More...
Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Human dignity and the common good are the essential aims of work, attendees heard at the 2018 Principled Entrepreneurship conference in Washington, D.C. The three-day conference is being cosponsored by the Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business and the Napa Institute. Read more...
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Fr. Mike explains why it is so important to attend Catholic Mass every week. There are some Catholics who think that Mass is optional but it is an every-week obligation. If one does not attend Mass, it is a serious mortal sin that causes one to become separated from God. Serious mortal sin can only be forgiven through absolution by a priest in confession. A person cannot receive the Holy Eucharist with mortal sins on their souls.
Every person experiences loneliness at one time or another. It isn't a disease to be alone. In fact, most single people experience loneliness and there's nothing wrong with that. God has given you this time for you to have a closer relationship with Him and to learn how to love others. This doesn't mean that single people should go out with the wrong type of people but it means that you should learn how to love your neighbors and spend this "lonely time" in service to God, for Jesus and for others.
Every person wants clarity to know what they should do in their lives but Fr. Mike states that God has already revealed to you things that He wants you to do today.
Is there such as thing as finding "The One"? Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses the reasons why many single people get "analysis paralysis" because they are so concerned about finding that one person they think they should marry.
This video is for those who do not seem to have a clear vocation in their life. In this video, Fr. Mike gives the advice that when one is trying to discern their vocation, it might not be easy to figure out what vocation would suit us best. But one thing is for sure and that is that God wants us to do His Will and to strive to become the best Catholic we can be right now.
Daily Scripture Readings
You lifted me up from the netherworld; You saved me from sinking into the pit. Psalm 30:4
God Will Always Answer Your Pleas
Reflection: You don't have to hit rock bottom to come to your senses. The shock of losing control may serve as a wake-up call, but you will always have God at your side. It's never too late to ask God, Our Lord Jesus and the Blessed Mother for help.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for showing me how to pick up the pieces and carry on.
--Excerpts taken from "Uplifting Thoughts for Every Day"
By Fr. Catoir
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The Sunday Catholic Mass
November 11, 2018 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Heart of the Nation
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For This Month of November
Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.
Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic
Duration in Purgatory is not forever
Its duration varies according to the sentence pronounced at each particular judgment. It may be prolonged for centuries in the case of the more guilty souls, or of those who, being excluded from the Catholic communion, are deprived of the suffrages of the Church, although by the divine mercy they have escaped hell. But the end of the world, which will be also the end of time, will close for ever the place of temporary expiation. God will know how to reconcile His justice and His goodness in the purification of the last members of the human race, and to supply by the intensity of the expiatory suffering what may be wanting in duration. But, whereas a favourable sentence at the particular judgment admits of eternal beatitude being suspended and postponed, and leaves the bodies of the elect to the same fate as those of the reprobate; at the universal judgment, every sentence, whether for heaven or for hell, will be absolute, and will be executed immediately and completely.
Offering Prayers and Sacrifices
The Church Suffering and the Church Militant constitute in their relations a second circle of most vital activities. Having entered into the night "wherein no man can work," the Suffering Church cannot ripen to its final blessedness by any efforts of its own, but only through the help of others—through the intercessory prayers and sacrifices (suffragia) of those living members of the Body of Christ who being still in this world are able in the grace of Christ to perform expiatory works. The Church has from the earliest times faithfully guarded the words of Scripture that it is a holy and a wholesome thing to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins. [2 Macab. 12, 43]
The suppliant cry of her liturgy: "Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them," can be heard already in the Acts of the martyrdom of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas (A.D. 203) and is represented in numerous sepulchral inscriptions of the most ancient period, while theologians and Fathers of the Church, beginning with Tertullian, have supplied its substantial proof. . . . So fundamental indeed and so natural to man's hope and desire and love is this belief, that historians of religion have discovered it among almost all non-Christian civilized peoples: a striking illustration of Tertullian's saying that the human soul is naturally Christian.
The Catholic, therefore, is zealous to expiate and suffer for the "poor souls," especially by offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice, wherein Christ's infinite expiation on the Cross is sacramentally represented, and stimulating and joining itself with the expiatory works of the faithful, passes to the Church Suffering according to the measure determined by God's wisdom and mercy.
— Karl Adam
By the practice of Indulgences, the Church places at the charitable disposal of the faithful the inexhaustible treasure accumulated, from age to age, by the superabundant satisfactions of the saints, added to those of the martyrs, and united to those of our Blessed Lady and the infinite residue of our Lord's sufferings. These remissions of punishment she grants to the living by her own direct power; but she nearly always approves of and permits their application to the dead by way of suffrage, that is to say, in the manner in which, as we have seen, each of the faithful may offer to God who accepts it, for another, the suffrage or succour of his own satisfactions.
-- The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.
A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
A plenary indulgence, again applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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In this segment, The First Nine Missions of California, features information about each of the California missions. Listen now. Video by Franciscan Friars.
Take the time to help a poor and/or homeless person in some way. Remember that you will be helping Jesus Himself!
St. Margaret of Scotland
November 16, 2018
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The Angel's Prayer of Fatima
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen"
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Pope Francis in Santa Marta: refusing Jesus is closing the door
from within and He cannot enter
by Rome Reports
Pope explains his devotion to Our Lady in a book interview
"She is my Mother"
by Rome Reports
Pope Francis in Santa Marta: rivalry is destructive and
driven by self-interest
by Rome Reports
Pope Francis during Angelus: to love God and neighbor
are "two faces of the same coin"
by Rome Reports
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Many Catholics dream of visiting the holy Marian shrines but may find it too expensive to do so. With modern technology, the Catholic Church has found ways to make the Marian shrines available to all people by allowing Catholics and all Christians to ask petitions and to view the Marian shrines live on location. Please take the time to spend some time with Our Blessed Mother at Her shrines and email your petitions to Her. You can also listen to the information about the various Marian apparitions. Click on the names of the Shrines to be transported to those locations and click on the stories of Our Lady.
This video by Vivacristo describes about the visions of the afterlife as described by St. Faustina Kowalska. We need to all make sure that we change our lives so that we all will attain heavenly salvation and not eternal destruction. If you have sinned, please go to confession as soon as possible so that you will again be united with God and Our Lord Jesus. Then, make sure that you do not continue to offend God or Our Lord anymore.
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