Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
It's been a joy spending time and getting to know better our friend Fr. Daren Zehnle, a young priest and blogger from Springfield, Illinois. The titles he holds in his diocese are Episcopal Master of Ceremonies and Associate Director of the Office for Vocations for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
He comes to Hawai'i every year for retreats and vacations, sometimes twice a year, which will be the case for this year. When he's in town we make it a point to dine with him.
We took him to Bravo Restaurant in Aiea, a perfect place to take priest friends to with its good Italian and American food and family-friendly atmosphere. Esther and I had taken him there three years ago, so we knew that we would have a good time just as we did then.
Esther and I were delighted that Sarah Oldham and her two children, Rachel and Christian, could join us. I came with my daughter Cy, and Esther with her son Joey.
Taking your spiritual son to dinner at a restaurant and inviting him over for lunch or supper at your home are two of the many good things we can do for our spiritual sons. Make sure to go with your family or friends, or have them visit you when your spouse or children are around. Not only is it a family effort, but it is also a way of teaching our children the value of caring for priests.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
HAPPY 6th ANNIVERSARY as bishop of our diocese, dear Bishop Larry Silva!
May God forever bless you and keep you.
May you always be protected from all that can harm you,
and may you be blessed always with good health.
We thank you for all you do for us.
You are in our prayers.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
|Blessed Sacrament Church, Paterson, NJ|
The following was posted by one of Association for Catholic Women Bloggers contributors Father Patrick. Please pray for our priests!
A Priest’s Prayer
I praise you, I love you, I adore you.
Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind
to the truth of your Son, Jesus,
Priest and Victim.
Through the same Spirit guide my heart to his Sacred Heart,
to renew in me a priestly passion
that I, too, might lay down my life upon the altar.
May your Spirit wash away my impurities
and free me from all my transgressions
in the Cup of Salvation,
Let only your will be done in me.
May the Blessed Mother of your dearly beloved Son,
wrap her mantle around me and protect me from all evil.
May she guide me to do whatever He tells me.
May she teach me to have the heart of St. Joseph, her spouse,
to protect and care for my bride.
And may her pierced heart inspire me
to embrace as my own your children
who suffer at the foot of the cross.
I humbly cry to her:
please be my consoling mother,
and help me to be a better son.
Lord, make me a holy priest,
inflamed with the fire of your love, seeking nothing
but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.
I humbly bless and thank you, my Father,
through the Spirit, in Christ Jesus,
your Son and my brother.
O Mary, Queen of priests, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.
They say write about what you know! I like to reflect upon the gift of the priesthood. The gift of the priesthood is like any gift that is given, it is appreciated best when it is received with joy! As A priest I find that I am sustained and helped by prayer, not only my own prayer life but the prayers of others. Please say a prayer each day for your own priests in the parishes where you are and also spare one for all priests. I like to see prayers for us priests as a protecting veil that is thrown over the cares and worries of the priest, one that soothes the furrowed brow and lightens the lonesome burdens. Prayer keeps me going in my walk with the Lord and your prayers are always most welcome!
|Corpus Christi Procession Lead, Bl. Sacrament, Paterson, NJ|
Here is a site where the monks pray for priests.
Holy Souls Hermitage
"Priests helping priests in the purgatory of this life or the next to get to heaven."
H/T to Father Z.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The following is an invitation to the faithful from the Serra Club in Honolulu:
PLEASE COME JOIN US IN PRAYER. A HEALTHY CHURCH DEPENDS ON SPIRITUAL PROTECTION FOR OUR CHURCH LEADERS..CONSECRATED & LAITY
..EVEN IF ABLE TO COME ONLY PART OF THE DAY.....
PLEASE FORWARD AND INVITE AS MANY AS YOU CAN TO FILL OUR CHURCH THIS SATURDAY.
OUR BLESSED MOTHER INVITES YOU TO PRAY FOR YOUR CLERGY AND THOSE IN TRAINING AS WELL AS YOUR OWN NEEDS....
GOD BLESS ALL OF US.... REMEMBER SCAPULAR BLESSINGS & ENROLLMENT
SAT. JULY 16, 2011 ….10 AM TO 3 PM
Feast Day : OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
PLEASE JOIN US FOR PRAYER & FELLOWSHIP
EVENT : PRAY FOR SANCTIFICATION & PROTECTION
OF PRESENT & FUTURE VOCATIONS
FOR THE DIOCESE OF HONOLULU
Place: Star of the Sea Church (Kahala)
4470 Aliikoa Street
* * WELCOME A SPECIAL VISITOR * *
Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima from TFP
Oct. 13, 1917 Apparition at Fatima : Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Event Details :
Holy Mass (Fr. Peter Dumag w. Concelebrants)
"Challenges and Joys of Priesthood Ministry today"
Urgency of Our Lady's warnings re today's Church
Adoration, Prayers & Benediction
Join our Table of Plenty at Lunch
Purchase & Blessing of Brown Scapulars, Statues etc.
Organized by Serra Club of Honolulu. Details Please Call
699-9761Lleander-East/Central 348-7395 Merci - Leeward
672-8100(Estrella - West, 721-1810 Mark-Windward
Serra Chaplain : Very Rev. Fr. Gary Secor
Materials on Vocations & Serra Membership Available
PROGRAM DETAILS :
10 : 00 to 10 : 30 am Check-in. Browse Scapulars, Religious supplies
10 : 30 to 10 : 50 am Prayers & Litanies for Priesthood & Vocations
10 : 50 to 11 : 00 am Preparation for Holy Mass
11 : 00 to 12 : 00 noon Concelebrated Mass led by Fr. Peter Dumag
12 : 00 to 12: 40 pm Lunch - Social Hall
12 : 40 to 1 : 00 pm Video : Fishers of Men
1 : 00 to 1 : 50 pm "Challenges and Joys of Priesthood Ministry Today"
( Some Testimonies from Present Seminarians)
1 : 50 to 2 : 00 am Preparation for Visit with Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
2 : 00 to 3 : 00 pm Holy Rosary, Prayers to Our Blessed Mother
~Short Talk on America Needs Fatima -Our Lady's messages
Custodian of Statue : Mr. Michael Whitcraft
SILENT ADORATION and Benediction
Serra Club of Honolulu
Cell : 808-699-9761
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Today marks the 171st anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
On July 9, 1840, after many years of persecution of the Roman Catholic Church in the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiian Government issued Edict of Toleration, paving the way of freedom to religious expression. King Kamehameha III, as an act of reconciliation, granted to the Roman Catholic missionaries a piece of royal estate for the building of its first church on the grounds of Hawai’i. Under the leadership of Apostolic Vicar Etienne Jerome Rouchouze, the Holy Mass was celebrated on that day to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of Peace, the patroness of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary of which the missionaries were members. Among those who were in attendance were 280 Native Hawaiians who received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first Holy Eucharist. It was not until August 14, 1840 when the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace would stand and, though she would need more improvements, was consecrated and dedicated.
Today, the Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva, Bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu. It was concelebrated by the Cathedral's pastor, Rev. John Berger, and assisted by Dcn. Clarence DeCaires and Dcn. Keith Galang. The music was provided by Calvin Liu while sacristan service by Jonathan Farinas.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
There should be no doubt left in our minds that the devil has declared war on the Church and is putting all his efforts into destroying her by the ruination of her priests.
Will he succeed? Of course not! But that does not mean we should just let things happen and hope for the best. We must fight back!
The laity can do one of two things:
1. Give up on the Church because we feel we have been betrayed by the fallen priests;
2. Fight back with all our might, fortified by the strength God will give us and in turn declare war against evil.
We must constantly pray for these fine, yet frail men of God and offer many, many sacrifices on their behalf.
Our priests MUST:
In all humility realize that they will be at the mercy of these continued satanic assaults unless:
1. Get on their knees in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as often as they can during the day, beginning as soon as the awake. This must be their first priority.
2. Become true sons of Mary by permitting her to guide and protect them by asking for her constant guidance and protection, especially through her most Holy Rosary.
They should totally consecrate themselves to Our Lady and clothe themselves with her Brown Scapular.
3. Be obedient to our holy Father, the Pope, the holy magisterium and their immediate authority, their bishop.
The devil's grip on our priests will be loosened if we fight back together, both priests and laity.
Lastly, until our bishops and pastors lead the congregation in praying the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, we can do it privately at the end of the Holy Mass.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..
St. Michael prayer courtesy of EWTN