Saturday, June 01, 2013

For First Saturday and Year of Faith from the World Apostolate of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima, Blue Army Shrine, Washington, NJ
Today is First Saturday.  Please remember to fulfill the requirements to the best of your ability.

The World Apostolate of Fatima shrine in Washington, NJ, (otherwise known as the Blue Army Shrine) has been named a place of pilgrimage for the Year of Faith.

By decree of His Excellency Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of the Metuchen diocese, the Blue Army Shrine has been named a site of pilgrimage during the Year of Faith.  Visitors may receive a plenary induglence each time they visit the shrine during this period, which concludes November 24, 2013.  We encourage you to take advantage of this great spiritual benefit.  We are grateful to Bishop Bootkoski for bestowing this honor upon us and promise to welcome all in his name.

ToThe flyer can be viewed here.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Special Corpus Christi Plenary Indulgence This Week

Mahalo Mary Jane!

A special plenary indulgence is available for Corpus Christi:

Grant #7.1.3
Eucharistic Adoration and Procession
Plenary indulgence

The faithful who piously participate in solemn Eucharistic procession, either inside or outside of a Church, especially on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, may receive a plenary indulgence.

A partial indulgence is granted for visiting the Blessed Sacrament for adoration or for offering any approved prayer to Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament.
You can read the details at Taylor Marshall's blog

The Ugandan Martyrs and the Ugandan Seminarians

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On Monday the Catholic church celebrates the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions. They are also known as the Ugandan Martyrs. These where young and very devout Catholic men who died at the hands of their depraved ruler.

The blood of these martyrs and others like them are indeed the seeds of the Catholic Church.  The Church in the continent of Africa is teeming with vocations.  In Uganda, the homeland of St. Charles Lwanga and companions, there are seminarians who long to celebrate the Mass yet because of financial difficulties, are unable to finish their priestly education.  It is very sad to learn that one seminarian has been in the seminary for twelve years!  He wrote:'s lack of school fees may lead him to losing vocation. I have been in the seminary for over 12yrs and I dream serving at God's altar..."

Thank God for the internet!  There is a Facebook page who is bringing their story of their struggles to us.  If you are interested in helping you can visit Facebook's AdoptACatholicSeminarian to learn how you can help sponsor these seminarians.  At present there are four seminarians in need of a sponsor.

If you prefer to help a seminarian in your own diocese, contact the office for vocations to learn how.

Let us try to find ways of making sacrifices such as giving up buying a piece of clothing, or going out for dinner, or a movie and sent that money to the seminarian in need.  Please consider sponsoring one if you can.  

It is also very vital that we pray for them and for more vocations.

St. Charles Lwanga, pray for the Church in Uganda.  Pray for her seminarians.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ACN News - Deceptive calm in Mali

According to a local Catholic, the apparent calm in Mali is deceptive, as Islamists continue to be a threat to the country and local Christians.

In the words of Brother Wilfried Langer, the situation in the north and east of Mali is unclear and deceptive: "The government and army are not permitting any return of pastoral workers and nuns because one of the Islamists' sources of money is hostage-taking. Millions of euros are being demanded as ransom."

At present there are no longer any Christians living in the north and east of Mali, and some 500 Catholics have left the region.

Although French troops control important towns such as Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu, pastoral workers and men and women in religious orders cannot return to their mission stations.

Brother Wilfried Langer of the Order of White Fathers and Germain Arama, priest and economist of the Diocese of Mopti, made their comments during a visit to international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Brother Wilfried went on to explain, "The leaders of the Islamists have pulled back across the borders to Algeria, Libya and Mauretania. They are waiting for the French to withdraw."

Originally from Germany, Brother Wilfried worked as a missionary in Mali from 1963 to 2012. In the past few decades he has supervised numerous parishes and built churches, mission houses and presbyteries.

At the beginning of 2012, fighting broke out in the north of Mali between Tuareg and regular forces, in a region which is close to twice the size of Germany. The Tuareg joined forces with Islamist groups, who soon seized power.

The internal conflicts came to a head when the military toppled the Malian government in the capital of Bamako.

Since this strategically important West African country was in danger of falling completely into the hands of Islamist forces, France finally intervened militarily in the conflict in January 2013 on the side of the Malian army.

In January of 2013, ACN guaranteed the Malian Diocese of Mopti in the south of the country $51,800 in emergency relief for 326 refugee families.

According to Abbé Germain Arama, the money was used to give initial medical care to the refugees and to buy medical supplies, food and blankets.

About 40,000 Catholics live on the territory of the diocese, which is substantially larger than France. In six large parishes, 22 priests are at present performing pastoral work.

The mostly Catholic Christians of Mali make up only 1% of the population. The majority (80-90%) of the 16 million inhabitants are Muslim, while the rest belong to traditional African religions.

With image of women waiting for emergency help in the Diocese of Mopti, Mali, and Brother Wilfried Langer of the Order of White Fathers (© ACN).

Editor’s Notes:

Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at or call 718-609-0939 or fax718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Happy the Man..."

Saintly Quote on Grieving

EWTN Exclusive: ‘Joan of Arc: Maid for God’

Irondale, AL – Recent movies have depicted St. Joan of Arc as her enemies once branded her – as a heretic and a witch. But in a new EWTN Original Docudrama, “Joan of Arc: Maid for God,” EWTN Producer Daniel Rabourdin says St. Joan is a woman for our times. (In the U.S., ‘Joan of Arc’ airs 6 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 30, her feast day in the Catholic Church.)

“The life of Joan is such a lesson in the social teachings of the Church,” says Rabourdin, who also wrote and directed the piece, which was filmed on location in France. “As the patron saint of militants and people ridiculed for their faith, she is a saint for these times of Catholics being active politically. It’s not unchristian to be firm and to stand up – until martyrdom.” (See the trailer here,

Many people know that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, but they probably don’t know why. “We love her, but we know almost nothing about her,” said Rabourdin, who spent four years bringing this piece to life.

Joan of Arc fought for a free France against the English, who were invading her country. It was the English King at the time who called Joan a witch and a heretic. Why?
“To be a King at that time was a Christian happening,” Rabourdin explains. “Since Joan was the major actor in the making of the French King, if he could brand her as a heretic and a witch, then he could say that the French King could not be legitimate.”

But wasn’t Joan burned at the stake by a bishop of the Catholic Church? “Yes,” says Rabourdin. “He had been nominated a year earlier as bishop by the occupying force – the English, who were taking over France at the time, and was promised a promotion. He would not even allow Joan to appeal her case to the Pope. Joan was only 17-years-old at the time, but she refused to deny the Divine origin of her mission even though the Bishop repeatedly told her, ‘Do you know you could be burned at the stake?’”

Many young people in America and the world are taking Joan of Arc as their model. Rabourdin’s job was made easier when professional actors in that country, out of love for this saint, volunteered to be in the film. He also mentions that he was inspired by the fact that more than 1 million of the French people recently took to the streets to protest the legalization of gay marriage. “They are the same as pro-lifers here,” Rabourdin said, “and Joan is a perfect role model for them.”

“Joan of Arc: Maid for God” will be aired worldwide as well as online,  (, at the following times: U.K./Ireland will air at 17:00 WednesdayMay 29 and 11:00, Thursday, May 30; Continental Europe will air at 18:00, Wednesday, May 29, and 12:00, Thursday, May 30; Asia Pacific will air 12:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30 (Sydney Time), and 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, and12:00 a.m., Thursday, May 30 (Manila Time); Africa/South Asia will air 2:30, Wednesday, May 29 and 14:00, Thursday, May 30 (IST Time) and 21:00, Wednesday, May 29 and 8:30, Thursday, May 30 (GMT Time).

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is available in over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Saintly Prayer - St. Bernadette

Memorial Day - In Flanders Field

by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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