The Bishop's Crozier
The Novena period which precedes the Feast begins on Wednesday
15th of September - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
As this Novena period surrounds the Papal Visit - (September
16th to 19th) it is suggested that people pray the Novena for
the following intentions:
"For God's mighty blessing and protection upon the Papal Visit
and for the Holy Father's intentions".
For overseas readers, perhaps the best way of joining in the Novena is to say the Rosary each day, or at least one decade, for this intention.
"The Church is the mystery of the Incarnation prolonged throughout the centuries, the Church is essentially a mission. That is the meaning of the word "apostolate." It is sent. It is a mission: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." (John 20:21).
This mission character of the Church is of infinite importance because the authority of the Church is derived from this mission. It is because it is sent that the Church can address itself to the entire world, because, precisely, it is totally entrusted with the presence of Jesus it bears throughout history in order to gather all humankind in one flock under the leadership of one sole Shepherd.
We are all sent by the One who sends us, by the Only One who sends us, who is Jesus Christ, ad each degree of authority is essentially the repetition of being sent, of mission: Ite Missa est. This is of absolutely prime importance. It is clear that as a priest I am not myself. I am a priest precisely so as not to be myself, in order to be the sacrament of Jesus Christ.
It is clear that if men entrust their soul, their deepest secrets, to a priest, it is because the priest is not himself, it is because he is the sacrament of Jesus. It is clear that the priest could never enter into the mystery of man if he was not sent. And, even if he is mediocre, he is sent. And even if he is mediocre, he has the grace of the mission.
It happens that the priest gives some souls some counsels that are infinitely beyond him, because he is a sacrament and that , insofar as he conforms to this mission, he can count on the help of God.I have experienced that, I know that I must never undertake anything on my own, because I am sent.
- Father Maurice Zundel
You are invited to attend two inspirational events that will lift up your weary souls. Mark your calendars for these important Divine Mercy Healing events. We have invited great guest speakers who will encourage you to hope in the love and mercy of God amidst trials, tribulations and sufferings. Don't miss these great opportunities to receive God's healing mercy. Spread the word. God bless you always.
Jesus, I Trust in You
Visit the website for more details.
Divine Mercy Healing Mass, Oct 5
at Our Lady of Good Counsel
on October 5, Tuesday 6 pm - 9 pm
in celebration of the Feast of St. Faustina
at Our Lady of Good Counsel
1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Oahu
Admission is free; everyone is invited,
6 pm - Divine Mercy Healing Mass
7 pm - "Deliver Us From Evil" a talk by Fr. Bill Halbing
8 pm - Healing Service
9 pm - Refreshment
Divine Mercy Healing Conference 2010
Theme: "The Healing Power of God's Mercy"
Featuring 5 guests coming from the East Coast.
Registration is required.
Procession, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration, Holy Mass, Holy Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Reflection Talks on God's Healing Mercy and other topics, Healing Services, Dramatic multi-media presentation, Veneration of the St. Faustina's relic, Praise and Worship, Fellowship and more. Register by Sept. 30
October 7-10, 2010
St. Philomena Church
3300 Ala Laulani St.
Honolulu (Salt Lake)
Father Felix Vandebroek was found dead this morning at the Sacred Hearts Center in Kaneohe, after returning to Hawaii from a trip to Belgium where he's originally from.Source
Vandebroek moved to Hawaii in 1956, and has served in parishes on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and the Big Island.
Most recently, he was the pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Kalaupapa on Molokai.
He served that role for the past three years, working with people with hansen’s disease, just as fellow Belgian Saint Damien had done before.
Father Vandebroek was 83-years-old.
I have totally enjoyed this video. So very cool! Please, please don't miss it.
Thank you to my friend, Dann Ebina, for sending me the link.
Source: Deacon's Bench
HE ITALIAN alpine village of Villaretto was drowsing under its blanket of snow when, on January 26th, 1985, the parish priest hanged himself, just before the Saturday evening Mass. He left three farewell letters, one addressed to the altar servers. It read: “Be more friendly and generous with your next priest: do not leave him alone at the altar.”Read the rest here