April 15, 2012 – Sunday of the Divine Mercy

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April 15, 2012

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday of the Divine Mercy


“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”



The first step of faith is to believe that God exists.  By “God” we mean an Infinite Being who is All Powerful, All Good, All Just and All Merciful.  Sometimes people have trouble believing in God because they see the cruelty of the world around them.  Just imagine how the Jewish people were tested in their faith when God permitted the NAZIS (National Socialist Party of Germany) to detain and begin to exterminate 6 million of their fellow Jews.  How can an All Powerful, All Good God allow that to happen?

     God has given us free-will, that we might freely choose to love Him above all things, and appropriately within all things, in order to attain heaven for all eternity after we die.  We all must die, but of course, we do not want anyone to die tragically like the Jews did in that genocide.  But unfortunately people freely chose to vote for Hitler and his National Socialist Party, and choices have consequences.

     When a person chooses freely to love other things more than God, and thereby chooses to live away from God who is deserving of all our love, they help create a disordered life on earth, and if they do not repent, they have chosen to live away from God’s order for all eternity – they have chosen hell.

     But how do we know how to love God?  God has revealed it in the Bible: “Beloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him.  In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.  For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.”  1 John 5:1-3

     Clearly, God has given us his Ten Commandments of life and love that we might grow in his life and love.  Jesus has perfectly lived God’s Commandments, even to the point of death, and thus he is the Source andSummitof our faith and salvation.  Since Jesus is the Author of Life and Love, and was perfectly innocent, then his death is the most tragic of all.  But through his suffering he offers forgiveness to all sinners who can choose to repent – before they die – and thus be able to be saved.  However, they must go through a certain degree of purifying fire depending on their lack of cooperation in the Church’s mission of salvation, that they be made perfect in order to enter the fullness of heaven.  Why does God give sinners a chance to repent and has created a place of purgation?  Because God is All Merciful and All Just.

     Since all of us are imperfect in our love of God and one another, we need to make reparation for our sins and seek God’s greatest attribute – his Divine Mercy.  We experience God’s Divine Mercy fully in the Sacrament of Confession and penance, of which we read about in today’s Gospel.  Also, we can read the lives of the Saints who lived out this Divine Mercy, like Saint Maria Faustina.  The following is from her diary, which has been reviewed by the Magisterium of the Church, and found to be free of any doctrinal errors.

#367.  The Lord Jesus said to Blessed Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.  If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them, and it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.”

#441.  Blessed Faustina also wrote in her diary, “Once the image (of the Divine Mercy) was being exhibited over the altar during the Corpus Christi procession [June 20, 1935].  When the priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and the choir began to sing, the rays from the image pierced the Sacred Host and spread out all over the world.  Then I heard these words: “These rays of mercy will pass through you, just as they have passed through this Host, and they will go out through all the world.”

       All of us are called to participate in God’s work of Divine Mercy.  The ABC’s of God’s mercy: “Ask” for God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Confession; “Be” merciful; “Constantly” trust in Jesus’ mercy.  What does mercy look like, look to Jesus himself.  The mission of mercy is one: to save body and soul.  Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, etc.  Spiritual Works of Mercy: Instruct the uninformed about Jesus, etc. 

     An anonymous donor has given the parish the Divine Mercy image for our edification. Divine Mercy devotional aids can be found near the image.  Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Father Thomas McCabe


April 8, 2012 – Easter Sunday

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 April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

of the Resurrection of the Lord



                                Jesus Christ has risen! 


                               Sin and death have been conquered! 


                                    The Easter Octave, or eight days of Easter,           

                                ends next Sunday – now called “Divine Mercy  


     Jesus’ mission of mercy continues through his faithful people who orient their lives to glorify God, not themselves.  He has raised up saints in the past to remind us how to fervently live out his mercy.  For example, Faustina Kowalska was born of a Polish peasant family in 1905.  She was very prayerful as a young girl.  She was inspired to go to the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925.  She received the habit on April 30, 1926.  In the convent, she received many extraordinary visions of Jesus, and she began to record them in a diary as the Lord instructed her.  Sister Faustina died October 5, 1938, after living the Christian faith heroically, even amid her rapidly declining health.  Many miracles were attributed to her and verified.  She was beatified on the Sunday following Easter in 1993 (Mercy Sunday).

     Her last miracle was verified, and she was canonized inRome, April 30, 2000.  The following is from her diary, which has been reviewed by the Magisterium and found to be doctrinally without error:

#367.  The Lord Jesus said to Blessed Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.  If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them, and it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.  For them I will dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy.  I desire to bestow my graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them.  You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept.  In this way you will console My Heart.”

#441.  Blessed Faustina wrote in her diary, “Once the image (of the Divine Mercy) was being exhibited over the altar during the Corpus Christi procession [June 20, 1935].  When the priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and the choir began to sing, the rays from the image pierced the Sacred Host and spread out all over the world.  Then I heard these words: “These rays of mercy will pass through you, just as they have passed through this Host, and they will go out through all the world.”

     An anonymous donor has given the parish the Divine Mercy image for our edification.  Thank you.

     All of us are called to participate in God’s work of Divine Mercy.  The ABC’s of God’s mercy: “Ask” for God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Confession; “Be” merciful; “Constantly” trust in Jesus’ mercy.  What does mercy look like, look to Jesus himself.  The mission of mercy is one: to save body and soul.  Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, etc.  Spiritual Works of Mercy: Instruct the uninformed about Jesus, etc. 


Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe


                           There are Divine Mercy Novena brochures in the        

                            main entrance of church, which can be prayed

                            nine (novena) days before Divine Mercy Sunday.

April 1, 2012 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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 April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself.”


 Every grace, every good gift, comes from the cross of Jesus Christ. And so we have this Lenten Season to rejoice in the risen Lord whose death has brought us new  life through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But the cost of receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit was the death of Christ.

  This historical event occurred in the Holy Land and every Good Friday we take up a collection for the Franciscans who have custody of theHoly Land. Here are some interesting facts about how our sacrificial gift helps secure the historic sites of Jesus’ ministry.

  The specialInternationalFranciscanProvincewhich cares for the Holy Places is called the ‘The Custody of theHoly Land.’ The friars of the province come from 22 lands and work in the countries ofIsrael,Jordan,Egypt,Lebanon,Syriaand the island countries ofCyprusandRhodes.

  The friars also conduct the InternationalSeraphicCollegeof the Holy Land and staff the Holy Land Delegation in Romeand direct the Information and Press Bureau in Milanand 69 Information Offices called Commissariats of the Holy Landaround the world.                                                                                      Mission Churches

Shrines – 74, Basilicas – 5, Churches – 64, Parishes – 35.                          

Educational and Cultural Activities

Schools – 22,  Catechetical Centers- 8, Franciscan Biblical Institute/Museum -1, Christian Information Center – Jerusalem -1, Center for Oriental Studies – Cairo -1, Film Center — Cairo – 1.

Professional Activities

Vocational Schools for Boys – 2,DomesticSchoolsfor Girls – 5, Workshops andTrainingCenters– 7, Publishing House,Jerusalem– 1.

Social and Charitable Activities

Homes for the Aged – 3, Summer Camps – 2, Medical Dispensaries – 10, Orphanages – 3.

Special Housing for the Poor

Free Housing – 300 Families, Low Rent – 200 families, St. James – 42 Apartments,  In Bethany – 20 Apartments.

         As they have for centuries, over 300 Franciscan Priests and friars, together with 130 Sisters, serve all God’s people in theHoly Land. Many come from all over the world to study and live where Christ was born, died and rose in glory.                                          

      They care for the Holy Places which felt the feet of Christ and saw His Apostles and followers begin to teach His Way of Life. They care for the new orphans of war, teach the young about Christ’s love and forgiveness, justice and mercy.  

      Ever since St. Francis journeyed to the Holy Land and demonstrated his Catholic Christian faith to the Muslim leaders around 1200 A.D. Franciscans have been respected as the custodians of theHoly Land. We pray for the peace of Christ in every land. Wherever there is great good, evil fights it tooth and nail. The nails of Christ prove this spiritual truth.  Praise God for sharing this incredible ministry of Christ’s sacrificial love.   

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe  

Please give generously to the Holy Land Fund on Good Friday at the Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m. (beginning in the Church and processing outside for 1 hour), and at the

MARCH 25, 2012 5th Sunday of Lent

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MARCH 25, 2012

5th Sunday of Lent

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself.”


                                A Lenten reflection on the Divine Person, Jesus Christ.  Below is a probable, external historic account describing the person of Jesus Christ as it  was found in an ancient letter written to Caesar by Publius Lentulus, the predecessor of Pontius Pilate as Governor of Judea.  The original Latin manuscript is said to be in the possession of the Caesarini family ofRome.

      I have learned, O Caesar, that it is your wish to know what I narrate to you.  There lives in this time in Judea a man of singular character and of great virtue whose name is Jesus Christ.  The people and the barbarians esteem him a prophet, but his followers hold him as divine and adore him as the immediate offspring of the immortal God, the creator of all things that are and have been made.

     In truth, O Caesar, wonderful things are performed every day by this Christ.  He is endowed with such unparalleled virtue as to call back the dead from their grave s and to heal every kind of disease with a single word or touch.

     He is a man of noble stature and of very beautiful countenance, tall and elegantly shaped.  His appearance, in which majesty resides, is amiable and reverent such that those who look at him are compelled to admire him.

     His forehead is smooth and very serene.  His eyes are bright, clear and serene.  He is of very modest countenance.  In appearance he is the most beautiful man that could be seen or imagined, just like his mother who is the most beautiful young person who has ever been seen in these parts.

     He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness and invites with the most tender and persuasive language.  His entire presentation, whether in word or in deed, being elegant, grave and strictly characteristic of so exalted a being.  No man has ever seen him laugh, but the whole world beholds him weep frequently.  So persuasive are his tears that no one can refrain from joining in sympathy with him.  He is very moderate and wise.  In short, whatever this phenomenon may turn out to be in the end, he seems at present to be a man of exquisite beauty and divine perfection, in every way surpassing the children of men.

     But if your majesty, O Caesar, desires to see him as you wrote and made known to me in former letters, I will send him to you at once.

     In learning he is an object of wonder to the entire city of Jerusalem.  He has never studied at all, yet he knows all the sciences well.  He wears sandals and goes bare headed.  Many laugh at him from a distance, but in his presence they tremble.  It is said that such a man has never been heard of in these parts.  In truth, as the Hebrews tell me, there has never been heard such advice and such sublime doctrine as this Christ teaches.  Many of the Jews hold him to be divine and they believe in him while others accuse him to me as being contrary to your majesty, Caesar.  I am very much annoyed by these malicious “Hebrews”. It is acknowledged that he has never done harm and those who have had dealings with him say they have received from him benefits and health.

     But to your majesty, O Caesar, and to your obedience I am most devoted; whatever you shall command me will be executed.

     Farewell.  From Jerusalem…the most faithful and most obedient,  Publius Lentulus.

It is not possible for me to authenticate this external evidence of Jesus Christ.  As with any historical fact (facts that can’t be repeated like physical science) one has to place one’s trust in another.  The Bible of course is internal evidence that Jesus was like this: majestic, simple, emotional, loving, fair in his treatment to Pharisees and disciples alike.  But again,  we trust that God has revealed this and we meditate on it with the help ofHoly MotherChurch.

 Peace in Christ, 

Father Thomas McCabe

4th Sunday of Lent

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 MARCH 18, 2012

4th Sunday of Lent

“…So must the Son of man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”


  We look upon the crucifixion of Christ and we see the horrible consequences of our  sins as well as the Mercy of God. God’s forgiveness is held out to us in Jesus Christ instituting for all people the Sacrament of Confession. There will be ample opportunity to go to the Sacrament of Confession during Holy Week. Please check your Holy Week schedule, mailed out to you this week. Let us trust the word’s of Jesus:                                                                                                   

“If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  Mt. 5:23-24                                                                          We offend Jesus our brother when we commit sins against God and others, especially mortal sins of which Jesus lovingly relates to us that we may know of God’s mercy in confession. (Specific mortal sins in parenthesis)

  Jesus says, “Wicked designs come from the deep recesses of the heart: acts of fornication (sex outside of a Christian Marriage), theft, murder (abortion, euthanasia), adulterous conduct, greed, maliciousness (prejudice), deceit (harmful lies), sensuality (homosexual behavior, masturbation, contraception), envy, blasphemy (contradicting God and his Church), arrogance (assuming authority that one does not have), an obtuse spirit (not cooperating with others for the sake of the common good of life). All these evils come from within and render a man impure.” Mk. 7:21-23

  Impurity on our soul at our death would prevent us from entering heaven. But praise be Jesus Christ who calls us especially in this season of Lent, to repent of our sins with sorrow, confess the kind and number of sins to a priest and make satisfaction by repairing the damage done by those sins. This can be done by prayers and giving to the poor both spiritual and material riches.

The Apostle James, inspired by the Holy Spirit writes this:           Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27 … (and again:) Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. …if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:16, 19-20

  Let us trust in the Lord’s mercy by receiving this Sacrament of Confession with thankful hearts. No sin is so great that God’s love can’t take it away through his Sacrament of Confession. It is the certain path of humility and grace.                                


                                                  Father Thomas McCabe

MARCH 11, 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

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MARCH 11, 2012

3rd Sunday of Lent

“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”


LENT!  A time of new beginnings!  Lent is associated with spring time because it comes from the Old English word “lengten” as in the “lengthening of days”.

        Lent is now a word that designates the liturgical season of renewal.  It is a time to turn to God with greater knowledge and sorrow of our sins in order to receive ever new the gifts of his purifying forgiveness and love from his generous hands.  This allows us to rejoice more deeply in God’s mercy and compassion, as well as show that same mercy and compassion to others.

         Of course, all these gifts come with a price – namely the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.  His total self-denial made him poor that we might be rich in grace – God’s divine life!  We are called to give ourselves completely to God and give alms to the poor in order to follow Christ’s example.

         Jesus’ total self-gift to God the Father was done out of complete love for us that we might share God’s life.  We therefore pray with greater fervor and self-abandonment, fasting that our prayers and souls would be less attached to this world and more fixed on the things of heaven.

         During this holy season we enter more deeply into the life, suffering and death of Jesus Christ for this is how he redeemed the world – purchasing it away from Satan’s influence with his sacrificial love.  This time of penance and preparation will bring us to Holy Week when we live and celebrate the holiest days of the liturgical year – TRIDUUM – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Sunday.

         May we persevere in our Lenten resolve to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel!” by following Jesus Christ more closely who perfectly followed the Ten Commandments of life and love.  When we turn away from sin out of love for God and others, we are repenting with firm resolve not to offend God’s love again.  When we follow Jesus and receive his divine gifts – the seven sacraments – we believe in the Gospel, the Good News that we are walking with Jesus who is assuredly there for us.

        I know that you and I may stumble and fall in our resolutions, but we need to remember how Jesus fell under the weight of the cross, not just once, but three times!  And he always got back up to finish his part of the plan of redemption – with the help of Simon of Cyrene.  We too then must get back up and place our weaknesses and sins into his hands that he might forgive and strengthen us, especially through the Sacrament of Penance offered by Christ’s priests. 

         And because we see others acting like Simon of Cyrene by helping others bear their crosses, we too hear Jesus’ call to share in the crosses of others and thus share in the joy and glory of his RESURRECTION!

 Peace in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

Marriage Amendment Invitation to Collaborate

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Marriage Amendment Invitation to Collaborate

Jesus said: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”   Mk 10,6-9

      Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus, may God continue to bless us on our journey to heaven.  I write to you in regard to the Marriage Amendment that will be on the ballot this coming November, 2012.  Since we belong to the wider community of the human family, we are called to be actively involved with helping people stay informed about their civic rights and responsibilities of protecting the dignity of every human being and the institutions that God has created through natural law such as marriage between one man and one woman.

      To that end, I have appointed parishioner Loren Pecore to be a captain of organizing this service.  We invite you, and the surrounding communities, to join us for prayers, speakers and short informational meetings in order to collaborate in this, our civic and spiritual duty of preserving God given institutions.

Fri. March 2, 2012

9:00 a.m. – Adoration of the Eucharist (until Mass), 3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy, 4:00 p.m. Rosary

5:45 p.m. – Stations of the Cross

6:30 p.m. – Mass – intention: for the protection of the family

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Speaker, Fr. Jim Livingston, Chaplain for Courage, Crusader Civic Center

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Information Meeting


Mon. March 19, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy Prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. – Mass – Feast of St. Joseph: for the deepening conversion of all Catholic men as servant/leaders of God’s families.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Speaker, Jen Messing: Theology of the Body, Crusader Civic Center

 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Information meeting


Mon. April 23, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. – Mass – Memorial of St. George: for the advancement of the civilization of true love

7:30 – Speaker pending, information meeting, Crusader Civic Center


Thurs. May 31, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. Mass – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: for the support of family life

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting Crusader Civic Center


Fri. June 22, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 Mass – Memorial of St. Thomas More: for the deepening conversion of government officials to God

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting Crusader Civic Center


Wed. July 25, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass.

6:30 Mass – Feast of St. James, Apostle: for the deepening conversion of religious leaders of every faith to God

7:30 – 9:00p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting, CCC


Wed. Aug. 22, 2012 – Same schedule as above.

Mon. Sept. 24, 2012 – Same schedule as above.

      We have not scheduled anything at this time for October nor November because we believe that there will be some very intense training and canvassing sessions at this time.  We ask that you keep these months available as much as possible since the vote on this Marriage Amendment will be Tues. Nov. 6, 2012.  Not voting “Yes” for this amendment will be a vote of “NO” for the preservation of traditional marriage.

      Thus, we ask that you invite other parishioners and friends to participate in these opportunities to serve God and society.  This is an historic event in our state’s history and we want to be able to say to the Lord that we have indeed been his good and faithful servants of love, truth and prayer.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe                                                                                Mr. Loren Pecore


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The Liturgical Season of Lent is a time of penance throughout the Catholic Church.  It is a season in which prayer, fasting and almsgiving are emphasized to atone for our sins.  Only with Jesus’ grace are we able to follow after him and assuredly grow as disciples within his Catholic Church.

Jesus said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”  -Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8, Verse 34-35  

Fast and abstinence are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. These are days of fast and abstinence from meat. Fasting is having only one full meal and two smaller meals that do not equal a full meal, for all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, inclusive.

All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for all who have reached their 14th birthday.


Masses will be at 8:15 AM and 7:00 PM.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: 7:15-7:45 AM and 6:00-6:30 PM

FRIDAYS OF LENT will be observed as follows:

     8:00 AM                 Mass                                         

     7:00 PM                 Stations of the Cross

 EXCEPTIONS: Friday, March 2: Stations at 5:45 PM; Mass at 6:30 PM; Speaker in Civic Center 7:30 PM

                           Friday, March 30: Mass at 6:30 PM; Stations at 7:30 PM [No Mass Saturday morning, March 31]


Saturdays         8:30-9:00 AM and 4:00-4:40 PM.

 EXCEPTION: Saturday, March 31 – No 8:30-9:00 AM Reconciliation [Archdiocesan Men’s Conference – 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon – Cost:$15.00]


Monday, April 2                     Most Holy Trinity, Veseli                               7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 3                    Immaculate Conception, Lonsdale 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 4              St. Nicholas, New Market                             7:00 PM


Palm Sunday

Saturday, March 31 – 5:00 PM + Sunday, April 1 – 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

 EASTER TRIDUUM (Sacred Three Days)

 HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 5:  7:00 PM   Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Eucharistic Adoration until 10:00 PM in the Civic Center

 GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6: 3:00 PM   Stations of the Cross

 7:00 PM  Sacred Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion                            

(Collection for the Church in theHoly Landwill be received at the Liturgy)

 EASTER VIGIL, APRIL 7:                 8:00 PM    Mass

(Holy Saturday)

 EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8:           8:00 AM and 10:00 AM   Masses

  We will once again participate in the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) program “Operation Rice Bowl”. During Lent, we are asked occasionally (perhaps weekly) to eat the sort of meal people in poor countries have, and place the money saved in the rice bowl available in the back of church. At the end of Lent, this money will be sent to CRS for its work in helping the poor in mission lands.


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MARCH 4, 2012

2nd Sunday of Lent

“This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”


The rosary is an instrument of prayer given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic in the year 1208.  St. Dominic was trying to convert the Albigensians of  Southern France who taught the heresy that physical matter was inherently evil since God was pure spirit.

      God is pure spirit, but God the Son united his spirit to human nature to affirm the goodness of God’s creation, to redeem it and offer all people salvation from sin through Christ and his sacraments.  Mary taught St. Dominic how to pray the rosary and so reflect and respond to God’s saving work.

      Throughout the centuries and throughout the world the rosary has been recited prayerfully for the conversion of sinners, for the protection of countries and the Catholic faith.  We are encouraged to pray the rosary daily, but even once a week with family or before Mass is a great blessing.

      Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady of the Rosary, which is the title Mary chose to give herself at her apparitions inFatima,Portugal1917.  Pope John prayed 15 decades daily (1959-1963).  The following are the 15 promises of Mary to Christians who recite the rosary with devotion.

 *Whoever faithfully serves me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces (signs of blessings).

*I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who

  shall recite the rosary.

*The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice,

  decrease sin and defeat heresies.

*It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the

  abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of

  the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. 

  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

*The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall

  not perish.

*Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the

  consideration of the sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by

  misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by

  an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and

  become worthy of eternal life.

*Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the

 sacraments of the Church.

*They shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the

  plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the

  merits of the saints in paradise.

*I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

*The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in


*You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

*All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their


*I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary

  shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at

  the hour of death.

*All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus


*Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

(Given to St. Dominic)

Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D., Archbishop ofNew York

      To praise God is to recall the great action of his saving love in our history.  The holy rosary prayed sincerely is sweet praise.

 All for the glory of God,

Fr. Thomas McCabe


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“This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Today our society is in a spiritual struggle between the culture of life centered on God, and the culture of death, which is centered on selfish pleasure and ignores God’s Ten Commandments of life and love.

We see struggles like this in the Bible, for example, in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  There the people gave themselves up to sexual perversion, including homosexuality, and tried to seduce Abraham’s nephew Lot.

“In those days, the Lord said: ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see…[if it] corresponds to the cry against them.’”  There are four sins that cry out to God for justice so that innocent people (those who strive for holiness) might be relieved: 1) killing of innocent people, like abortion, 2) homosexual activity, 3) not paying people a livable wage for honest work, and 4) oppression of the poor.

Abraham asks the Lord if he will “sweep away the innocent with the guilty?…”  God responds that he will spare the town “if” there are ten innocent people within it.

God saved Lot and his family by having them leave the city by the help of his angels.  Unfortunately his wife turned around with evil desire and turned into a pillar of salt.  God then destroyed the cities because of the lack of repentant hearts.

God sent his Son, Jesus, into to the world to establish his Church in order that there are more than 10 innocent people living in every city so as to transform the culture of death into the culture of life.  Every member of the Church must proclaim and fight against mortal sin and help those who want to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”.

Our Archdiocese has Faith in Action which is part of a larger organization called “COURAGE” that helps men and women with Same Sex Attraction live within God’s Commandments of life and love.

The following goals have been establish for Courage members.

*To live a chaste life in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on Sexuality.

*To dedicate one’s life to Christ through service, prayer, spiritual reading, meditation, individual spiritual direction, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

*To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in celibate Christian life and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining them.

Our Archdiocese has formed another group called Encourage: “The mission of Encourage is to help families and friends of homosexual persons deal with their concerns in this regard.  It is open to all people, regardless of their loved one’s lifestyle.  It conforms to the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and reflects the Church’s approach of helping the homosexual person to lead a chaste lifestyle…”

More information can be found at Archdiocese Office of Marriage, Family and Life (651)291-4488, or website: www.archspm.org/family.

Fr. James Livingston will be speaking on the importance of being respectful of everyone, which includes speaking God’s truth with love.  FRIDAY, MARCH 2, at 7:30 PM, Crusader Civic Center.  He is the Chaplain at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, and Spiritual Director of Courage and a Carmelite Lay Group.  A short informational meeting will follow with respect to the passing of the Marriage Amendment that will protect traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

 Peace through Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe