Saturday, April 10, 2010

Examination of Conscience for Teens

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Mahalo to NickSenger for sharing via Twitter.

A social networking site made exclusively for priests calls on more to join

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Novena for Pope Benedict XVI Starts Tomorrow: Divine Mercy Sunday

All Knights of Columbus are encouraged to join in a special novena for Pope Benedict XVI, beginning Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, and concluding Monday, April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father’s election in 2005.

We pray for the pope and for his pastoral mission, asking God to protect, strengthen and uplift our beloved Holy Father at this time of considerable challenge.

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The Holy Sepulchre Virtual Tour

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Thanks to Bob O. for sharing.

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Passion of Pope Benedict: Six Accusations, One Question

Pedophilia is only the latest weapon aimed against Joseph Ratzinger. And each time, he is attacked where he most exercises his leadership role. One by one, the critical points of this pontificate

by Sandro Magister

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Peruvian Reporter Denounces Witch Hunt Against Catholic Church

Peruvian reporter Martha Meier recently published an article in the newspaper El Comercio denouncing the “witch hunt against the Catholic Church” being carried out by the media, which is attempting to smear Pope Benedict XVI over cases of sexual abuse by some members of the clergy.

Meier said those who are seeking to tarnish the Pope's image “want to bring back their outdated ideology.”

After noting that the full force of the law must fall upon abusive priests, Meier asked, “Are those who rend their garments over the abominable acts of pedophilia really concerned about children? Do those who spill gobs of ink really seek the truth? The answer is no.”
Read the CNA article here

The Politeness Project

Read this article over at Ladies Home Journal

Divine Mercy Message

"Even if a sinner were most hardened, if only once he will recite this chaplet (Divine Mercy) he will obtain grace from My infinite mercy" (Diary, 687)

Source: prayer card from the Association of Marian Helpers.

The NY Times

Thanks goes to Fr. Z for this one.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Support Our Holy Father Benedict XVI: Sign the Pledge

Support the Pope

H/T to Jane

Boston Catholic Men’s Conference With Former NFL Player and ‘Crossing the Goal’ TV Personalities Will Air on CatholicTV

Note:  This blog will now be posting press releases from CatholicTV.  We will continue to post press releases from EWTN and Aid to the Church in Need, as well.



Boston Catholic Men's Conference With Former NFL Player and ‘Crossing the Goal' TV Personalities Will Air on CatholicTV

On April 17th, CatholicTV will air The 2010 Boston Catholic Men's Conference. The conference will feature the team from the television show ‘Crossing the Goal'. The team includes Danny Abramowicz (former NFL player) , Curtis Martin (Founder of FOCUS), Peter Herbeck (Renewal Ministries) and Brian Patrick (a professional  broadcaster). The theme of the conference is "Crossing the Goal…Together in Christ"

The conference will include talks by the men from Crossing the Goal and also Mass with Boston's Cardinal Séan O'Malley as chief celebrant. 

The conference will stream at starting at 4PM (all times EST) and will air simultaneously on CatholicTV. The schedule will be as follows:

4:00 PM Talk #1: Conversion – Peter Herbeck
4:35 PM  Talk #2: Transformation – Danny Abramowicz
5:10 PM Talk #3- Mission/Evangelization – Curtis Martin
5:45 PM Talk #4 – The Gift of Priests in the Year of the Priest – Curtis Martin
6:30 PM  (CatholicTV) Rosary
7:00 PM  Mass with Cardinal Seán O'Malley
To register, or learn more about the Boston Catholic Men's Conference visit:  

CatholicTV also recently aired the 2010 Boston Women's Conference, which featured talks by author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle (a friend of Mother Teresa's), Leah Darrow (featured on the reality show "America's Next Top Model" before her conversion), Patti Mansfield (Charismatic Renewal pioneer) and Sister Olga Yaqob who has been called "The Mother Teresa of Baghdad". Video of the Women's Conference is accessible now at:  

About the Boston Catholic Men's Conference: Established the fall of 2004, during a small Catholic Men's Group meeting at Saint Paul Parish in Cambridge MA, one of the participants asked "How can this group help Archbishop Sean rebuild the Church in Boston?" Now, in it's sixth year the conference has heeded the call from the Archbishop at his Installation Mass for all Catholics in the Archdiocese to join him in helping to move the Church of Boston forward.  

About Crossing the Goal: Crossing the Goal" is a television show broadcasting on EWTN, it uses a sports show format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape. Coach Abramowicz says, "He and his team consisting of Peter Herbeck, Vice President, Renewal Ministries; Curtis Martin, Founder of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS); and professional broadcaster, Brian Patrick—provide real solutions to the spiritual challenges men face." Segments include "The Kickoff" where the problem of the day is quickly presented; "The Game Plan," where two team members lay out the facts men need to know; "The Red Zone," where the team talks about how they've dealt with the problem in their own lives, and the "End Zone," where each team member gives the audience a take-away for the week. Learn more at
About CatholicTV:

CatholicTV broadcasts across the US on Sky Angel channel 142, and selected cable outlets in New England and in Chattanooga (TN) where CatholicTV is available on FiTV channel 153. To find out where to watch CatholicTV visit:  

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at  Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget.  Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Priest and Magician - Father Matthew

St. Elizabeth's in Aiea recently invited Father Matthew Vellankal of Holy Spirit Church, Fremont, for a Lenten Mission. Father gave a Mission last year at another church in Hawaii.

Father was a magician (that sounds quite odd when writing about a Catholic priest :-) before being ordained. He entertains with his terrific magic tricks as he evangelizes. That is what he did at this particular mission.

My family and I were not able to attend the Mission. We were privileged instead to spend some quality time with Father thanks to my good friend. We visited Bellows Beach where we had a great time talking story with Father on the Catholic faith and just getting to know each other. I especially found his stories about meetings with Blessed Mother Teresa to be inspiring!

It was at Bellows that Father entertained us with some magic tricks.  The best trick is at the end of the video.

I think any parish who invites Father to hold a mission in their church is in for a treat because Father is priest who lives his faith with joy. He is a great model as a priest for boys and young men. I am so glad my son decided to join us that day.

If you are interest in inviting Father for a Mission talk, you can email him at

Tantum Ergo - Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932

The Monks of Glenstal Abbey

Monday, April 05, 2010

Seven Weeks of Easter - 50 Ways to Keep the Joy Alive

Sacred Heart Church, Honolulu
Photo by Esther G.

Easter is the most important feast of the Christian year—so important that the church sets aside a full fifty days to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Not many of us are used to sustaining an "Easter spirit" of celebration all the way to Pentecost, though, so here are fifty easy suggestions. Don’t try to do them all! Each week, just pick a few ideas that work for you and your family. You’ll be rejoicing long after the last jelly bean is gone.

1. Light a special candle during meals to recall the light of Christ.

2. Every day, read together from the Easter story: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21.

3. Plan fun family activities—one for every week of Easter.

4. Put up a sign or banner that proclaims, “He is risen!”

5. Was anyone received into the church during your parish Easter Vigil? Invite them over...
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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Ōlelo Hawai‘i - Regina Coeli

Photo by Esther G.

A big mahalo to Malianika for sharing the Regina Coeli hymn in Hawaiian.
E ke Ali‘iwahine o ka lani, e ‘oli‘oli ‘oe, Aleluia.
O ka mea ho‘i au i hāpai, Aleluia.
Ua ola hou mai, e like me kana ‘ōlelo, Aleluia.
E pule aku ‘oe i ke Akua no mākou, Aleluia.
E Malia, e hau‘oli ‘oe, a e ‘oli‘oli ‘oe, Aleluia.
No ka mea ua ola hou mai ka Haku, Aleluia.

O Queen of Heaven, be joyful, Alleluia.
For he whom you have fully borne for us, Alleluia.
Has arisen, as he promised, Alleluia.
Offer now our prayer to God, Alleluia.

Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Christ

Christ Risen from the Tomb, by Bergognone c. 1490

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


Remember, during Easter we pray the Regina Coeli instead of the Angelus.

A very joyous and blessed Easter to each and every one of you.