St. John's Adoration Chapel

St. John's Adoration Chapel
"Do Not Fear: I am with you. From here I will cast light Be sorry for sin."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 1, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Thursday, December 1
FIRST THURSDAY IN THE MONTH--
The Angel Guardians
ADVENT WEEKDAY
Is 26: 1-6
Ps 118: 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Mt 7: 21, 24-27

MONTHLY INTENTION: That all of us may become aware of our ignorance and misery and the need always to stay humbly before the Tabernacle invoking light, mercy and and grace (LdP, p. 44).

From Father Tom: Unfortunately our first inclination may be to try every solution to our problem except the Lord. How human but also how sad.

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Sr. Christine Rimmele FSP (1991)--Sr. M. Raffaella Bernardini FSP (1992)--Fr. Emilio Mammana SSP (1996)--Fr. Ivo Marchi IJP (2001)--Sr. M. Palmina Gugnali PD (2011)--Sr. Luciana Floriani SGBP (2011)--Sr. Cecilia Takeda FSP (2013).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 30, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Wednesday, November 30
ST ANDREW, APOSTLE
Rom 10: 9-18
Ps 19: 8-11
Mt 4: 18-22

The humble person distrusts himself; he makes himself a disciple of the Church and avoids every dangerous reading, conversation and meeting (BM p. 201).

From Father Tom: Quite an accomplishment in our time--requires a hermit's life!

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Fr. Carlo Staurenghehi IJP (1988)--Bro Miguel Alfaro SSP (1996)--Sr. M. Elvira Benedetti FSP (2003)--Sr. Michael Sisko FSP (2007)--Pasqualina Barone HFI (2010)--Sr. Annalisa Casati AP

Monday, November 28, 2016

November 29, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and with Father Tom

Tuesday, November 29
ADVENT WEEKDAY
Is 4: 11: 1-10
Ps 122: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Lk 10: 21-24

In the cornice of the Queen of Apostles Shrine is described the great event of Pentecost: "The Holy Spirit descended and they began to speak" [Acts 2, 4); that is, they began their activity in the apostolate (APD 1961, 185).

From Father Tom: A video of the interior of this pearl of Pauline churches is available upon request.

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Sr Basilia Bianco FSP (1988)--Bro Bernardo Gugole SSP (1995)--Maria Dotti IAM (1996)--M. Marcella Catani FSP (2000)--Sr. M. Caterina Marcazzan FSP (2001)--Bro Luciano Melchioro SSP (2004)--Bro Fernando Tomaselli SSP (2008)--Sr. M. Timotea Higashiseto FSP (2008)--Sr. M. Bronislawa Suchora PD (2008)--Sr. M. Angiolina Caramori FSP (2009)--Sr. M. Ester Marin (no date).

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 28, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Monday, November 28
ADVENT WEEKDAY
Is 4: 2-6
Ps 122: 1-9
Mt 8: 5-11
The law of swiftness is health, sanctity and wisdom (FSP 56, p. 80).

From Father Tom: Swiftness--a favorite Alberionian word. In the morning he tells somebody to transfer to another House. At midday they meet and the Founder remarks "Are you still here?" ignoring the basic need for packing!

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Sr M Cormariae Brugiolo PD (1995)--Sr. M. Valeria Bonnucchi FSP (1998)--Fr. Dario Ansaloni IJP (1999)--Attilio Pauluzzi HFI (2005)--Sr. M. Clelia Arlati PD (2011)--Sr. Giovanna Caprilli FSP (2012)--Fr. Giovanni Zucca IJP (2012)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 27, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Sunday, November 27
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Is 2: 1-5
Ps 122: 1-9
Rom 13: 11-14
Mt 24: 37-44

In the course of the liturgical year there is a complete and organic succession of Feasts in which the figure of Christ emerges and shines in light and saving charity (BM p. 523).

From Father Tom: We think especially of Lent, Easter and Christmas, but most days in the Church calendar highlight the Reason there is a Feast in the first place.

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Bro Bartolomeo Borgna SSP (1973)--Sr. M. Raffaella Montanari PD (1974)--Fr. Maggiorino Pvero SSP (1981)--Sr. M. Cristina Panarello PD (1988)--Salvatore Orru HFI (1988)--Sr. M. Jose Garcia SGBP (1997)--Sr Annunziatina Del Bianco FSP (2000)--Liborio Bartolotta HFI (2000)--Renato Lattanzio HFI (2000)--Fr. Giovanni Battista Manfredi SP (2004)--Bro Augustine Kalpakacherry SSP (2005)--Bro Paolo Zantedeschi SSP (2006)

Friday, November 25, 2016

November 26, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Saturday, November 26
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Rv 22: 1-7
Ps 95: 1-7
Lk 21: 34-36

Always onward in joy! I bless you and pray for you (Autograph text, 30 Jun 1971).

From Father Tom: Or at least always onward, whether it be in joy or determination, or hope or a deep conviction that our vocation is worth every effort.

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Bro Alfonso Bau SSP (1973)--Maria Arena IAM (1977)--Antonio Marchi HFi (1995)--Rosa Angelico IAM (2002)--Betty Rice IAM (2004)-Giuseppina Ferrara IAM (2008)--Gertrude Graff (1996)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 25, 2106 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Friday, November 25
ST CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA,
VIRGIN, MARTYR
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Rv 20: 1-4, 11-21:2
Ps 84: 3-8
Lk 21: 29-33

The church of St. Paul in Alba is the church of prayer for the mission of the press--very vast as to scope and intense as to operations. It is the temple of Catholic journalists who need light, constancy, assistance and help (La primavera Paolina).

From Father Tom: Have you been to Alba? No? Not to worry. You can make your local chapel a place for "light, constancy, assistance and help.".

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Sr. M. Crescentina Miatello PD (1974)--Sr. M. Benigna Bonfiglio PD (1994)--Rita Costanmagna HFI (1999)--Sr. M. Celina Bucello PD (2004)--Sr. Santina M. Aguiar Ferreira FSP (2005)--Sr. Elisabetta Tiberii FSP (2005)--Sr. M. Rosaria Pace FSP (2011)--Sr. M. Beata Michalczyk PD (2012)--Fr. Antonio Righetti (2013)--Fr. Cristoforo Lucarella IJP (2014)

Happy Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 24, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Thursday, November 24
ST ANDREW DUN-LAQ, PRIEST, 
AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
THANKSGIVING DAY
Rv 18: 1-2, 21-23; 19: 1-3
Ps 100: 1-7
Lk 21: 34-36

St. Paul went ahead in his works with energy equal to his prudence and to the ardent love that burned in his heart for the Divine Master (La Primavera Paoline, p. 557).

From Father Tom: Ah, the "ardent love!" Wouldn't we all like to have it?Of course. Fortunately, it is not indispensable. A strong will can be even better.

Please Pray for Our Deceased: FSr. M. Tarcisia Genovesi PD (1936)--Sr. Carla Torchi FSP (1995)--Sr. M. Maurizia Masseria PD (2003)--Sr. Giovanna Biselli FSP (2006)--Sr. M. Rosalba Nota FSP (2010)--Sr. M. Yolanda Herrera PD (2012)--M. Silvana Trono HFI (2012)--Eleanor McParland (1990)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Wednesday, November 23
ST CLEMENT I, POPE, MARTYR
ST COLUMBAN, ABBOT
BL MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO, PRIEST, MARTYR
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Rv 15: 1-4
Ps 98: 1-3, 7-9
Lk 21: 12-19

Patience is needed in everything: study, piety, the apostolate, to live as a good human the Christian and Religious life, and at every moment, to be a Saint (RSP).

From Father Tom: And it is no coincidence that both "patience" and suffering" have the same center in Latin: "patire."

Please Pray for Our Deceased: Fr. Giuseppe RongoniIJP (1985)--Emilia Monaldi HFI (2005)--Fr. Rosario Esposito SSP (2007)--Sr. Marina De Matos Silveira FSP (2010)--Sr. Lucia Dal Corso FSP (2011)--C. Y. Palitz (2000)

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 22, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Tuesday, November 22
ST CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Rv 14: 14-19
Ps 96: 10-13
Lk 21: 5-11

A holy life guarantees us a glorious place in heaven (FSP 43, p. 535).

From Father Tom: True, but ANY place in heaven is glorious. The challenge is to remember to prepare for it.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr Teresa RAballo FSP (1980)--Getulio Rosarverde HFI (1984)--Sr. Emanuela Ferrari SGBP (1993)--Sr. M. Cecily Nirappel PD (2003)--Sr. Santina Bettega SGBP (2008)--Concetta Milazzo HFI (2008)--Sr. Paola Maria Giaconi FSP (2011)--Fr. Mariano Betti IJP (2011)--Bro Matsuo Paolo Nakamaura SSP (2012)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 21, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Monday, November 21
PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Rv 14: 1-5
Ps 24: 1-6
Lk 21: 1-14

A soul truly called to the cloister enters it to find God, to exercise the most effective apostolate, to destroy the "old man" and put on the new one (Maria Regina degli Apostoli, p. 39).

From Father Tom: But this does not happen overnight or in every case and so too often we have a double loss: a life neither well-spent humanly (the challenges of family living) not spiritually.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr Carmela Castella FSP (1975)--Bro Gioacchino Imbruglia SSP (1988)--Sr. M. Eulalia Zinnamosca PD (1991)--Sr. M. Cecilia Sorrento FSP (1992)--Bruno Squaratti GABRIELITE (1995)--Bro Paolo Richard SSP (1999)--Fr. Bruno Minelli IJP (2000)--Sr. Gemma M. Orsina FSP (2005)--Sr. M. Graziana Lo Scialpo FSP (2008)--Fr. Sergio Cinelli (2012)--Mons. Giovanni Lo Iacono IP (2012)--M. Andreina (Ada) D/Ambrosio IAM (2012)--Adam Burnieika (1937)--Angelo Mangiere (1964)--Joseph Ricciutti (2005)--Sharon J. McPeck (2009)

Be Kind...



"Be kind to someone who is difficult to deal with out of love for the saintly suffers." 

Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
                                    
                           ~ Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory p. 142

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 20, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Sunday, November 20
CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE,
LAST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME 
2 Sm 5: 1-3
Ps 122: 1-5
Col 1: 12-20
Lk 23: 35-43

It depends on us to make the Divine Judge kind toward us, so that He may receive us as friends and invite us to heaven (BM, p. 52).

From Father Tom: And we have no greater friend on earth, either, especially we in the consecrated live. "you have given me all...I thank you."

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr Bartolomea Vivian (1984)--Fr. Felice Bonicco (1985)--Fr. Alberto Desiati (1991)--Sr. M. Aparecida Ziglio (2005)--Fr. Sergio Bruno (2006)--Sr. Bernardetta Aprea (2009)--Sr. Giuseppina Maugeri (2010)--Fr. Peter Higgins (2012)

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 19, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Saturday, November 19
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
Rv 11: 4-12
Ps 144: 1-2, 9-10
Lk 20: 27-40

Let us love Mary, our Mother, and let us call her to mind often. Let us imagine her amid the splendors of heaven where she awaits us (FSP, p. 536).

From Father Tom: And perhaps the easiest way to do this is by reciting the Marian prayers: the Rosary and the Angelus.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr Vincenza Vassena FSP (1967)--Sr. M. Giuseppina Coren FSP (1997)--Sr. Cecilia Leonardi FSP (2000)--Serafin Castillo Beltran HFI (2000)--Sr. M. Amabile Girlanda PD (2002)--Antonio Mazzon SGBP (2011)--Marilyn Fortuna (1972)--Paulino Albano (1984)--Andrew L. Boado (no year)

Getting Ready For Advent & Christmas 2016 Week 3




PUT JESUS FIRST: WEEK THREE

One week to Advent! November 18-25: This is your week to get your shopping done.

Now is the time to purchase everything that you can in advance of the holiday season. You’ve already planned out any major meals you’re anticipating, so purchase your canned goods, paper goods, frozen foods—even a frozen turkey— now.

What to do this week:

1. Decorations: If you need greenery for your Advent wreath, you’ll want to pick that up now. Also, any decorations that you want for your home to spruce it up for Advent. 2. Get the house ready: This is also time to do a good thorough housecleaning.  3. Christmas gifts: And of course this is the time for shopping for gifts. Whether you’re doing it online or in the shops, this is the week to get it done. You already have your list and your budget; waiting any longer is not going to make it easier (you know that’s true!). Doing your gift shopping this early means that there’s still plenty of time to wrap and mail gifts that you’re sending to people… and will give you more time and leisure during Advent while everyone else is in the stores.

Let’s think about Christmas gifts for a few minutes.  Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don’t, because it wasn’t something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. America spends around 600 billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that is joyless and goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts, we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.” (Advent Conspiracy)

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And while we understand the joy that “presents” bring, consider making this the year you begin giving gifts that aren’t going to wear out or get broken. There are a number of different gift options that are less stressful to shop for, that last longer, and help many more people, gifts that put Jesus first by taking him at his word: “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, this you do unto me.”

Prayerfully consider giving a gift to Jesus through an organization that helps the “least of my brothers” and that might replace some of the “stuff” that no one really needs. Some of those options are…

 Kiva gift cards (www.kiva.org): For $25.00, your gift recipient makes a micro-loan to an individual or group in the developing world. Your recipient chooses where in the world they want to help, and which specific person or business they want the money to go to. This is a loan that will be repaid and can then be re-loaned out again, so it’s a gift that can continue for years.  Your family may not realize that many children go to sleep at night without food or—worse—without enough water to drink. These are pressing needs and any of the following organizations allows you to make a donation in your gift recipient’s name and will provide a card you can give to the recipient: Action Against Hunger (www.actionagainsthunger.org), One Acre Fund (www.oneacrefund.org), the Water Project (thewaterproject.org/), and Generosity (http://generosity.org).  You might also give a check, made out in the amount of the gift, with directions to the recipient to go to Catholic Charities of America (www.catholiccharitiesamerica.org/find) and look for a group or organization that they might want to support. This is a particularly good exercise for older children and teenagers, as the process encourages them to think critically about their values and priorities.

Prayer for the week Holy Father, help my family to always reach out to others in whatever ways we can. Help us to give freely of what you have entrusted to our care, and always be thankful for what we have. Amen. Our Father…



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Reading for the week A voice cries out in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low. The rugged land will be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. (Isaiah 40: 3,4)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 18, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Friday, November 18
DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF 
PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES
ST ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE VIRGIN
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
Rv 10: 8-11
Ps 119: 4, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Lk 19: 45-48

A morbid curiosity to know and a morbid taste to talk are the cause of countelss evils, temptation and fantasies (BM, p. 245).

From Father Tom: Undoubtedly. At the end of the day, have we said even one good thing, one consoling word, one edifying viewpoint? At least one?

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr M. Paolina De Luca PD (1965)--Sr. M. Claudia Gioda PD (1985)--Fr. Sergio Gallera SSP (1998)--Francesco Ugenti HFI (1998)--Sr. M. Anselmina Perazzini PD (2013)--Gail Janice Blackshear IAM (2013)--Natalia Loera (2008).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 17, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Thursday, November 17
ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, RELIGIOUS
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
Rv 5: 1-10
Ps 149: 1-6, 9
Lk 19: 14-44

In the apostolate of the press, there is needed a heart that prays, a hand that operates, and a head that guides. You find all this in your spiritual family (FSP 289).

From Father Tom: No comment needed except a heart-felt "thank you" to God who has called us.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Fr Felice Stevezzoli SSP (1990)--Sr. M. Antonia Tommasiello PD (1995)--Sr. M. Fidelis Suaybaguio FSP (1999)--Sr. Angiolina Giacca (Giacaz) FSP (2005)--Sr. M. Concetta Messina PD (2008)--Fr. Guseppe Soro SSP (2009)--Fr. Peter Lenehan (1991)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 16, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Wednesday, November 16
SS MARGARET OF SCOTLAND;
GERTRUDE THE GREAT, VIRGIN
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
Rv 4: 1-11
Ps 150: 1-6
Lk 19: 11-28

I ask this grace of St. Joseph: that all Paulines may be saved and that, if needed, their time in Purgatory may be shortened (SP Feb/Mar 1954).

From Father Tom: One way of shortening our Purgatory is by total acceptance of life's sufferings disappointments through our total Consecration to Mary.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. Metilde Betocchi PD (1956)--Sr. Bice Riva FSP (1988)--Fr. Giuseppe Fossato SSP (1991)--Sr. M. Timotea Garcia FSP (1995)--Fr. Jose Carlos Feliciano SSP (1996)--Sr. M. Emilia Molaschi FSP (1996)--Fr Vincenzo Afeltra IJP (1997)--Francesco Badellino HFI (2005)--Fr Wilfried Paschen IJP (2006)--Fr. Valentino Grosso SSP (2013) Sr. Corinna Leone FSP (2013)--Chuch Foughty (2005)--Henry Palmer(2011).

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 15, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Tuesday, November 15
ST ALBERT THE GREAT, BISHOP
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
Rv 3: 1-6, 14-22
Ps 15: 2-5
Lk 19: 1-10

A bad past life can be a means to exercise humility, patience, prudence and charity (BM, p 629)

From Father Tom: True, but ideally, we precede teh exercise of these virtues with a good life!

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M Tecla Mitake FSP (2005)--Sr. Romilde Barbati FSP (2008)--Victor Tomas Larrauri Uzquiano SSP (2014)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 14, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Monday, November 14
ORDINARY TIME 
Rv 1: 1-4, 2: 1-5
Ps 1: 1-6
Lk 18: 35-43

If St. Paul were alive today, he would certainly take up the most effective and speedy means of reaching the maximum audience as he did when he wrote fourteen immortal letters (RSP, p 42).

From Father Tom: Indeed...but (as often underlined) he would reinforce the media by prayer as he did his letters. Institute members should pray constantly that their confreres will not just reach people, but influence them for good.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M Nazarena Ricciardi PD (1945)--Fr. Generoso Crisci (1997)-Sr. Antonia Cerri FSP (2000)-Jose Nieto Rodriguez HFI (2005)--Sr. M. Franca Fanelli PD (2007)--Juan Mendez Albornoz HFI (2007)--Sr. Jacyra M. Izabel de Silva SGBP (2009)--Sr. M. Immacolata Isnardi FSP (2010)--Sr. M> Ildefonsa Bianchi PD (2012)--Sr. Savina Di Cintio FSP (2014)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

November 13, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Sunday, November 13
THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN
ORDINARY TIME 
Mal 3: 19-20
Ps 98: 5-9
2 Thes 3: 7-12
Lk 21: 5-19

A painful spectacle; generous confreres overloaded with work while others stand by to observe, judge and highlight defects (UPS l, 289).

From Father Tom: This is less likely in our time when candidates join with the explicit intention of working and not just, as sometimes in the past, to avoid responsibilities.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. Virginia Cantarutti FSP (1934)--Mons. Giovanni Rizo IJP (1980)--S.r Gennarina Dalla Nora FSP (1983)--Ubaldo Pasqualini HFI (2010)--Sr. Paola Pradel SGBP (2012).

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 12, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Saturday, November 12
ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP, MARTYR
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
2 Jn 5-8
Ps 112: 1-6
Lk 18: 1-8

Since the most necessary work is prayer, you leave everything else but not prayer (AAP 1962, 327)

From Father Tom: If we have a lively belief in God, prayer comes spontaneously--even many times during the day and night. God is always listening.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M. Innocenza Morando PD (1941)--Sr. M. Zita Lombardo PD (2001)--Fr. Aldo Galliano SSP (2003)--Sr. M. Carmela Biolchini FSP (2004)--Sr. M. Gemma Viberti PD (2010)--Sr. M. Josephine Sumobay PD (2011)--Fr. Joseph F. Schax SJ (2002).

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 11, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Friday, November 11
ST MARTIN OF TOURS, BISHOP
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
2 Jn 4-9
Ps 119: 1-2, 10-11, 17-18
Lk 17: 26-37

Right intention brings about joy because the soul knows that in acting thus it gains merit for heaven (FSP 47, p. 503).

From Father Tom: Or better still, right intention is pleasing to God who has done so much for us.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Fr Luca Rocca SSP (1963)--Fr. Arcadio Huerta SSP (1970)--Sr. M. Grazia Ozenda FSP (1980)--Fr. Quinto Cesanelli SSP (1986)--Martha Miller HFI (2002)--Bro Gian Pietro Scaglioni SSP (2006)--Leonardo Messina HFI (2010)--Edward Tilley (2002)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Getting Ready for Advent & Christmas 2016 Week 2



PUT JESUS FIRST: WEEK TWO

Two weeks to Advent! November 11-13: This is the weekend to get organized.

What do you want Advent to look like in your home? How can you and your family best live out this time of expectation?

Remembering that activities are what children (and adults!) remember most, choose a project that will make this Advent meaningful for you and your family. Here are some possible Advent projects for you to prayerfully take on:

 Visit a local farm and step inside the stables, then discuss with your children what it may have felt like for Mary and Joseph to take refuge in a place like that.  Shop together for four toys (one for each week of Advent) that you can wrap and donate to organizations offering toys to families in need.  Once a week, take 15 minutes to write Christmas cards to troops stationed overseas.  Pay anonymously for the Santa pictures of the person in back of you in line.  Fast from one meal each week, and donate the cost of that meal to your parish or an organization providing food to needy families and individuals. Talk with your children about how hunger feels.  Institute daily family prayer time. Read an Advent-oriented Scripture passage together and talk about its meaning, then pray the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Light the week’s candle on your Advent wreath together.  Set up a nativity set with the manger empty and the wise men at the other end of the room or house. Throughout the Advent season the wise men move closer to the manager, and of course on Christmas morning the Baby Jesus appears in the manger. (If you order a set from worldnativity.com, your children will be reminded that Jesus came for everyone in the world, since their sets come from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and 100% of the proceeds go to charitable causes in developing countries. Another option is YonderStar.com, where 10% goes to Food for the Poor and the Nature Conservancy.)


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What to do this week:

1. Decide what Advent project(s) would make sense for your family to take on, and talk about the one(s) you choose. Who is going to make them happen? This should take up most of your time and thought, because this is the Advent you focus on a meaningful family project.

2. Order or purchase a nativity set if you don’t already have one.

3. Stock up on Christmas movies, if your family likes them, or note the times that they’ll be broadcast on television on your calendar. And don’t forget the Grinch! Make sure that you can watch at least a few of them together.

Prayer for the week Holy Father, help us to keep calm and connected throughout this Advent as we wait in hope and love for the coming of our Savior. The greatest Christmas gift of all is ours; help us to be aware of that at every moment of this busy season of preparation. Amen. Our Father…

Reading for the week Who has gone up to heaven and come down again? Who has cupped the wind in his hands? Who has bound up the waters in a clock? Who has marked out all the ends of the earth? What is his name, what is his son’s name, if you know it?  (Proverbs 30:4)

November 10, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberoine and With Father Tom

Thursday, November 10
ST LEO THE GREAT, POPE
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
ORDINARY WEEKDAY 
1 Phlm 7-20
Ps 146: 7-10
Lk 17: 20-25

The intention gives value to the work; the more the intention is holy, the more is the merit of the work. (FSP 58, p. 437).

From Father Tom: This applies generally. It is not WHAT you do, but WHY you do it.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M. Nunziatina Miceli PD (1979)--Pierfrancesco Bussetti HFI (1985)--Sr. M. Ludovica Pilotti PD (1988)--Olivia Herrera HFI (1995)--Sr. Costanza Gandolfo FSP (1998)--Sr. M. Cordis Drudi PD (2008)--Sr. M. Antonietta Audisio FSP (2010)--Oscar Prieto Pisoni HFI (2010)--Sr. Gaetana Seffino FSP (2011)--Fr. Giacomo Meo IJP (2011)--Sr. M. Rosetta Pedicini FSP (2014)--Faustino O. Villanueva (1983)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November 9, 2016 with Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Wednesday, November 9
DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA 
Ez 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12
Ps 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Cor 3: 9-11, 16-17
Jn 2: 13-22

Let us be loyal to the Pope always! To his Magisterium, to his directives, to his desires. "Where Peter is, there is the church" (Autograph text, 15 May 1970).

From Father Tom: We had this quote already in October. It really doesn't need commentary.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. Egidia Marengo FSP (1968)--Renata Tosoni IAM (1996)--Sr. Rosaria Giannecchini FSP (1998)--Fr. Eleazar Jimenez SSP (1999)--Fr. Joseph Parella SSP (2009)--Elizabeth Martinez Bujol

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 8, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Tuesday, November 8
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Ti 2: 1-8, 12
Ps 37: 3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29
Lk 17: 7-10

The humble person enjoys great peace, and frequent, intimate communications with the Lord; he stays willingly in the place assigned to him by Providence (BM, p. 231).

From Father Tom: True. But there is also need for the restless, the thinkers, and the people with new plans for the Congregation.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Bro. Mathew Kottoor SSP (2001)--Sr. M. Agnesina Stoto PD (2002)--Sr. Luigia M. Cozza FSP (2008)--Maria Pia Saraceno HFI (2010)--Bro. Pietro Carrelli SSP (2012)--Kimberly Lynn Carroll HFI (2014).

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November 7, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Monday, November 7
FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH--
ST PAUL
ORDINARY WEEKDAY
Ti 1: 1-9
Ps 24: 1-6
Lk 17: 1-6

It is by faith that the mind trains itself to live in God (SP Sept 1954).

From Father Tom: Faith! It is a gift of God helping us to make sense of many difficult life situations.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. Vincenza Ferreri SGBP (lgida Sandrini FSP (1993)--Sr. Rita Dos Santos SGBP (1995)--Ramon Miguel Maturana HFI (1995)--Sr. Miriam Guidi FSP (2002)--Sr. M. Consolata Di Ruvo PD (2003)--Fr. Aldo Poggi FSP (2004)--Sr. M. Rosalia Rotolo PD (2005)--Sr. M. Sofia Yokoyama FSP (2011)

If One is Called to Be Catholic...


Getting Ready for Advent & Christmas 2016 Week 1




PUT JESUS FIRST: WEEK ONE


This first weekend, November 4-6, is for planning.

Set aside some time to pull all the things you need to get organized into one place. Make it a family event: bake some cookies, fill your mugs with hot chocolate or tea, and gather round the table or living room.

Make sure that you take care of yourself this season: Promise yourself that you will go to Mass every Sunday during Advent. At your parish church you won’t see glittery decorations, you won’t hear jolly jingles about snowmen and sleigh bells. Instead, you will see a wreath with candles. You will hear words like waiting, watching, and yearning, and you will listen to plaintive music that expresses a deep longing for the coming of the Lord.

What to do this week:

1. Travel: Decide this weekend whether you’re going to travel for Christmas. If you are, make the necessary arrangements and reservations now. 2. Visitors: Maybe rather than traveling you have friends and family coming to stay with you. Make sure that you have everything that you’ll need on hand and that you know their schedules. Will you need to purchase anything before they come? Do special cleaning? This is the weekend to make sure that you’re on top of everything their visit will entail. 3. Holiday budget: There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to spend, and a lot of stress around money. Relieve that stress by working out your budget now. How much can you reasonably spend on gifts? On entertaining? Be realistic, and put real figures into your planning. And don’t forget that part of the stress attached to holidays is around money: don’t wear out your credit cards, or you’ll just be creating more stress for January when you need to start paying them off. 4. Christmas gifts: If you haven’t already started one, create your gift list this weekend. You know that putting off decisions around “what to get for whom” won’t get any easier as time goes by, so discipline yourself to make the list now.
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5. Christmas cards: Whether you’re mailing or emailing, select your cards now so that you can get just the right design. If you’re going to send them via regular mail, then buy enough stamps now to send them all out, so you won’t have to wait in line later. 6. Advent wreaths and calendars: This is the time to make sure you have candles ready for your family Advent wreath, and to pick out an Advent calendar.


Prayer for the week Blessed Lord, you are the center of my life and my world. Help me to keep that perspective as the demands of the season press in on me.  Grant me patience and perseverance to cut through the hype and stay calm, recollected, and thoughtful. Amen.

Reading for the week The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot: he shall do what is right and just in the land. (Jeremiah 33:14,15)

~ The Daughters of St. Paul

Getting Ready for Advent & Christmas 2016


Now is the time to begin thinking about how we can better keep the reason for the season, in the season.

(Courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul)

God bless...


Here’s the problem: we all know that Advent is the beginning of the Church year, a time of hushed anticipation and spiritual reflection. But more often than not, it gets lost in the shuffle of Christmas planning and Christmas shopping and Christmas anxiety… in fact, sometimes it feels like this holy penitential season gets lost altogether!

It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little thoughtfulness and preplanning, you can create the space and mood that you need to fully anticipate the coming of Our Lord.

Perhaps, this Advent, you can take a look at how you invest time. That's right, time. Do we just spend it, mark it, kill it, endure it, run through it without thinking? Or is time a precious commodity, something we treasure and use to the fullest? Honestly, since our time is about human life, love, and choices, it can be considered an investment that we make. When we stop and think about it, we want to be fully conscious about how we use this gift from God.

For example, you might think about the way you invest your time and change the way you take on so much. So many parties. So much food. So many gifts. If you can be more thoughtful in your planning, then you’ll discover the ultimate secret of the season: that when it comes to material things, less is more.

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Then there are the simple liturgical celebrations where time (chronos) stops and we enter God's time (kairos). It's mystical and yet very down-to-earth as we join with brothers and sisters all over the world to bring our hopes, fears, and joys to God along with the infinite self-giving of Christ in the holy sacrifice of the Mass.

So an easy yet powerful way you can stay connected to the season’s meaning is by celebrating the feasts of Advent:

 Dec. 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas, a third-century bishop, known as a miracle worker and a giver of secret gifts. Celebrate with surprise candies for people you love, a surprise gift for someone who is lonely, or a surprise donation to a favorite charity.  On Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, we honor Our Lady who was conceived without sin. It’s a holy day of obligation, so plan to attend Mass!   On Dec. 12, we commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s a great day to join any Mexican neighbors who may be hosting a procession for this event. When Mary appeared at Tepeyac, she had the same features as those native to that area. We can take a cue from Mary and show compassion concretely for the poor in our midst.   On Dec. 13, we celebrate the feast of St. Lucy, a fourth-century martyr, whose name and feast day are associated with light. It’s a great day to light candles and ask St. Lucy to pray for your special intentions.

Note that most of the activities in this guide are designed for families, but can easily be adapted for a couple or a single individual. We just know how chaotic it can feel to try and get families organized for the holidays, so we’ve included a lot of ideas for ways to simplify your life.

Here’s another idea: use the hashtag #PutJesusFirst on social media throughout the Advent season. We’ll be posting, too. With a little effort, we can all recover the joy and meaning of the season!

With our prayers and best wishes for a beautiful Advent and Christmas,

— The Daughters of St. Paul

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 6, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Sunday, November 6
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH--
THE DIVINE MASTER, WAY, TRUTH,
AND LIFE 
THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN
ORDINARY TIME
2 Mc 7: 1-2, 9-14
Ps 17: 1, 5-8, 15
2 Thes 2: 16-3: 5
Lk 20: 27-38

Charity is an immolation, not an exploitation of the Congregation for one's advantage (FSP 58, p. 251).

From Father Tom: Seems to refer to a special situation but in general it points out that if we want to exploit the Religious Life (not doing an honest day's work), we can. At the end of our lives, however, we will have tremendous remorse--but too late. 

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Rosaria Russo HFI (2994)--Bro Aurelio Garcia SSP (1999)--Sr. M. Januacoeli Presti PD (2004)--Feresita Santiago HFI (2006)--Sr Giuseppina Franchi SGBP (2008)--Sr. M. Annunziata Spada FSP (2009)--Salvatore Tosciri HFI (2012)--Anna A. Burnieka (1996)

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 5, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Saturday, November 5
FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH--MARY QUEEN
OF APOSTLES
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ORDINARY TIME
Phil 4: 10-19
Ps 112: 1-9
Lk 16: 9-15

During the wedding of Cana, Mary said to the servants: "Do what Jesus tells you." (BM p . 392)

From Father Tom: This sums up also how you and I should relate to the Master. It is the final statement attributed to Our Lady in the Gospel.

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Fr. Giovenale Pistone SSP (1979)--Sr. Lucia Capra FSP (1985)--Sr. Luisa Toninello FSP (200)--Bro Ampelio Biancon SSP (2012)--Sr. M. Veritas Mattuzzi FSP (2012)--Sr. M. Palma Ianuale PD (2013)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November 4, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Friday, November 4
FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH--THE SACRED HEART
ST CHARLES BORROMEO, BISHOP
ORDINARY TIME
Phil 3: 17-4: 1
Ps 122: 1-5
Lk 16: 1-8

We ought not to learn evil from bad people. There is, however, something we can learn: prudence, cautiousness and foresight (BM, p. 629)

From Father Tom: Hopefully, we can learn these from good people!

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M. Leandra Pianezzola PD (1969)--Sr. M. Ilaria Formento PD (1973)--Fr. Angelo Omarini SSP (1995)--Sr. Giovanna Vaschetto FSP (1996)--Fr. Giacomo Yu SSP (2004)--Luigia Meo HFI (2006)--Sr. M. Assunta Carducci FSP (2007)--Sr. M. Leonina Dogliani PD(2007)--Sr. Docilia Pizarro FSP (2014)--Louis A Pizzi (1997)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 3, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Thursday, November 3
FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH--THE GUARDIAN
ANGELS
ST MARTIN de PORRES, RELIGIOUS
ORDINARY TIME
Phil 3: 3-8
Ps 105: 2-7
Lk 15: 1-10

To toil is short-lived: to enjoy will be eternal. The things of this world are means to win Paradise (BM p. 394).

From Father Tom: Or they can be the opposite. Let's make the right choice!

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Sr. M. Chiara Saltarin PD (1993)--Sr. M. Alessandra Kim PD (2003)--Adrenaline Mendiola (2005).

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2, 2016 With Blessed Father Alberione and With Father Tom

Wednesday, November 2
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH--ST JOSEPH
ALL SOULS DAY
Wis 3: 1-9
Ps 23: 1-6
Rom 5: 5-11
Jn 6: 37-40
The members of a Religious family must pray willingly for one another, invoke those who had died, and offer suffrages for those who could still be in Purgatory.  We should also pray for those to whom our work is directed (UPS IV 220).

From Father Tom: Interesting point: How often do we pray to our ask the assistance of our dead brothers and sisters--quite a striking number in view of our total membership?

Please Pray for Our Deceased:  Fr. Gabriele Di Giovannantonio SSP (1985)--Sr. Lorenzina Franco SGBP (1985)--Sr. Lorenzina Franco SGBP (1995)--Sr. M. Teresa Tosi FSP (2012)

It's November: Please Pray for the Holy Souls



Happy Feast of All Saints! November is the month dedicated to the faithful departed. November 1st is All Saints Day and November 2nd is All Souls day If you would like to say a special prayer for these souls today, or throughout the month, you might consider the chaplet below:

For the Souls in Purgatory

The first Tuesday is dedicated to the souls in purgatory to send them suffrages and to avoid purgatory ourselves.

1. Lord, my Creator and Redeemer, I believe that in your justice you established purgatory for those souls who pass into eternity before having totally paid their debts of sin or punishment. I also believe that in your mercy you accept suffrages, particularly the holy sacrifice of the Mass for their relief and liberation. Stir up my faith and infuse in my heart sentiments of pity toward these dear suffering brothers and sisters.

~Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them...

2. Lord, Jesus Christ, King of glory, through the intercession of Mary and all the saints, free the souls of the faithful departed from the punishments of purgatory. And through the intercession of St. Michael, standard-bearer of the heavenly army, guide them to the holy light promised to Abraham and to his descendants. I offer you, Lord, sacrifices and prayers of praise. Accept them for these souls and admit them to eternal joy.

~Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them...
3. Jesus, good Master, I plead with you on behalf of the souls toward whom I have a greater debt of gratitude, justice, charity and family bonds: parents, benefactors, brothers and sisters of the Pauline Family and relatives. I recommend to you those who had greater responsibilities on earth: priests, religious, civil authorities, superiors. I plead with you also for forgotten souls, and for those who were more devoted to the Divine Master, to Mary, Queen of Apostles, and to St. Paul the Apostle. Lord, deign to admit them soon into eternal happiness.

~Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them...

4. Jesus, divine Master, I thank you for having come down from heaven to free us from so many evils by your teaching, holiness, and death. I plead with you on behalf of the souls who are in purgatory because of the press, motion pictures, radio and television. I have confidence that these souls, once freed from their sufferings and admitted into eternal joy, will supplicate you on behalf of the modern world, so that the many means you have granted us for elevating this earthly life may also be used as a means of apostolate and life everlasting.

~Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them...

5. Merciful Jesus, by your sorrowful passion and by that love which you have for me, I beg you to cancel the punishments which I deserve in this life or in the next because of my many sins. Grant me, Lord, a spirit of penance, purity of conscience, hatred for every deliberate venial sin, and the dispositions necessary to gain indulgences. I resolve to help the holy souls in purgatory with suffrages as much as I can. And you, infinite Goodness, infuse into my soul ever greater fervor, so that when my soul is separated from the bonds of my body, it may be admitted into heaven to contemplate you forever.

~Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them...

If you are a little pressed time, here is a shorter prayer you might like to say:


An Heroic Act of Love

My God, for your greater glory,in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary, I offer and surrender the satisfactory value of all the good I will do, and all the suffrages I will receive after my death for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Dispose of everything according to Your divine will.