Saturday, April 11, 2009

Catholic Identity Card Launches at Easter to Proclaim Personal Faith & Promote the Priesthood

Pope Benedict XVI

Worldpriest, a group of committed Catholic communications lay people, will launch their latest initiative to promote the Priesthood -- a Catholic Identity Card -- on Easter Sunday, 12th April 2009.

Based in both the United States and Ireland Worldpriest is made up of a group of communications professionals who love and cherish the Priesthood of Jesus Christ and employ their skills to promote the Priesthood.
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St. Luke Productions - St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney
When Pope Benedict XVI recently proclaimed June 2009 through June 2010 The Year of the Priesthood, dedicated to Saint John Vianney, Leonardo Defilippis was overjoyed. That’s because Defilippis, the director and star of the feature film THÉRÈSE, has been working for two and a half years on a new live production on John Vianney, which will open on August 4, 2009, the 150th anniversary of the saint’s death. The U.S. tour of VIANNEY will travel to parishes, theaters, seminaries, universities and throughout the Catholic school system, as a significant contribution to the year-long celebration and renewal of the priesthood and family life.

“The Pope’s focus on John Vianney is right on target,” says Defilippis. “The Curé of Ars is the saint who will inspire all of us, especially young people, with a deeper understanding of the heroic life of the priest. I believe we’ll see a tremendous upsurge in vocations from this Year of the Priesthood - because our youth are seeking a radical choice, a way to make a difference in our world, and John Vianney points the way through his dramatic life of self-sacrifice and his struggle with evil.”

Father John Cihak, pastor, seminary professor and Vianney scholar, who has recently been appointed to a Vatican Congregation, agrees. “St. John Vianney is pivotal in bringing about a renewal of holiness among priest and laity alike…We need a drama to help create this spiritual renewal. Writing books and articles about the Curé of Ars is good, but nothing gets a saint into the minds and hearts of people today better than drama and film.”

Leonardo Defilippis’s new production tells the story of the Curé of Ars (1786 – 1859), from his childhood during the French Revolution through his death after forty years as the parish priest in the tiny village of Ars, France, where pilgrims from all over the world flocked to his confessional and to hear his preaching. During that time, Ars went from a decaying community with a lax spiritual life to a vibrant Christian center, a model of holy living for the world, a place of such radiant peace the many of the thousands of people who came to visit described it as “heaven on earth...
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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Divine Mercy Novena Starts Tomorrow, Good Friday

Divine Mercy

Tomorrow is Good Friday. It is also the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena which ends the day before Divine Mercy Sunday on the 19th of April.

The Divine Mercy Novena can be found here or Notebook III paragraph 1209 of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.

Jesus, I trust in You.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Thank you All for the Prayers

Daddy 2

My mother, family and I would like to thank everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts, for all the kindness, compassion and caring we have received through messages, prayers, comments, etc.

My father's funeral was yesterday morning. It was a very beautiful funeral Mass which followed my father's happy death. St. Francis' reference of Sister Death finally made sense to me. He was surrounded by those who loved him the most. I believe he realized we didn't leave his side for a moment during that entire week. All of us were together.

We will miss my dear father very much and the void can never be filled. However, we know he is or will soon be in Heaven.

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