"Jesus, I trust in You"
April 27, 2014 marks Divine Mercy Sunday, traditionally the Sunday after Easter as requested by Jesus to Sister Faustina between 1931 and 1938. The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by Sr. Faustina, but by others: "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you."
On August 18, 2002, Blessed John Paul II consecrated the whole world to the Divine Mercy from The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow-Lagiewniki, the site of St. Faustina's tomb.
This Divine Mercy Sunday is also a very special day as both Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be cannonized and become saints in a rare double ceremony. The is an extraordinary event in the church and EWTN is planning special coverage on both radio and TV before, during and after this event.
The last week of March marks the half-way point of our Lenten Journey. How are you doing with your preparation for Holy Week and Christ's victory over Sin and Death on Easter Morning. What have you been doing? Planning to attend Daily Mass? Maybe attended The Stations of The Cross on Friday evening? Reading the Bible? Teresa Tomeo tells her radio audience that she believes 'Bible' stands for 'Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth'. EWTN has several Bible Study Challenges that let you read The New Testament or The Gospels in 40 days. It might take a double effort to catch up, but there's still time to start reading the Bible. Finally, Remember, every Catholic is obligated to recieve the Sacrement of Reconciliation during the Lenten Season. Make plans now to attend one of the Communal Confession sessions. You can also attend regularly scheduled Reconciliation on Thursday evening and Saturday morning. See your bulletin for times and places.
One year ago today, February 28, 2013, now Pope-emeritus Benedict XXIII boarded a helicopter and literally flew into the sunset on his way to Castel Gandalfo to begin his new life after resigning the Chair of Saint Peter, the first Pope to do so in almost 600 years.
In a recent letter to a friend he wrote: He is “grateful to be bound by a great identity of views and a heartfelt friendship with Pope Francis”, and sees his “last and final job to support his pontificate with prayer.” (See full story)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, continue to pray for Benedict as he serves the Church in prayer and for the continued blessing of Pope Francis XVI's leadership of all Catholics around the World. May God continue to Bless both men and their mission.
Septuagesima (70th) Sunday
February 16, 2014, in the traditional Roman calendar, is Septuagesima (70th) Sunday. It is now 7 weeks before Easter, or 2 weeks before Lent. Are you making your plans?
Click here to a read a short blog item by Fr Z on the subject.
Have you heard of burying the Alleluia. At 1st Vespers on Septuagesima Sunday afternoon/evening the Alleluia is heard for the last time until the Easter resurrection. A quote from Fr Z's blog: "To inspire a good start of Pre-Lent, here are The Monks at Le Barroux singing their last Alleluia at the end of 1st Vespers."
Lent is coming. What will you do?
January marks the start of the second decade on the air for KCDM Radio. Our Revitalization Campaign has taken a tremendous amount of time and energy and our efforts are paying off. Thanks to your financial support and prayers, we are close to our goal, but we still need everyone's help.
If you were on vacation or out of town the weekend of August 10, when we made our presentations during that weekend's masses, please read through the Presentation and have a look at our plan. Anyone who didn't make a pledge is urged to look over your budget, spend some time in quiet prayer and give what you can. Any amount, no matter how small will go a long way as we near our goal.