HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (2). HOMILY THEME: “IT IS I, DO NOT BE AFRAID!”

HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A HOMILY THEME: “IT IS I, DO NOT BE AFRAID!” BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1. 1Kgs. 19:9, 11-13 2. Rom. 9-15 3. Matt. 14:22-33 The greatest tragedy in the world is not that we are often in the pit of one problem or the other but being so blind not to see the hands God is outstretching to lift us up out of the pit; and also missing the message in the trial. Of course all we are familiar with…

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15 men take next step towards ordination as permanent deacons

Families and friends filled St. Patrick Cathedral Aug. 10 to watch as 15 men were instituted as acolytes – one of the final steps toward their formation as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Charlotte. Paul Bruck, Ralph D’Agostino Jr., David Faunce, Steffen Fohn, Frank Moyer, Timothy Mueller, Matthew Newsome, Quang Nguyen, David Ramsey III, Martin Sheehan Jr., Francis Skinner, Paul Sparrow, Peter Tonon, Donald Waugh Jr. and Jack Yarbrough are candidates for the diaconate, expected to be ordained next year. As acolytes, the men are now entrusted with the duties…

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Zimbabwe- Mozambique: Three Jesuits ordained to priesthood

Three Zimbabwe-Mozambique Jesuits: Ernesto Graciano SJ, Inos Chimire SJ and Clemence Mutimutema SJ were ordained to priesthood in the months of July and August in Mozambique and Zimbabwe respectively. Ernesto Graciano SJ was ordained by Nampula’s Archbishop, His Grace Inácio Saúre (former Bishop of Tete) on 29 July at Missão de Lifidzi in Angonia, Mozambique.  A week later, Inos Chimire SJ and Clemence Mutimutema SJ made their vows and were ordained on the 5th of August 2017 at St Paul’s Mission by His Grace Robert Ndlovu, Archbishop of Harare. The…

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Reading for Saturday, Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious; BVM. Liturgical Colour: green/white/white First Reading: (Deuteronomy 6: 4-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 18: 2-3a, 3c-4, 47 and 51) Gospel: (Matthew 17:14-20)

First Reading: (Deuteronomy 6: 4-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 18: 2-3a, 3c-4, 47 and 51) Gospel: (Matthew 17:14-20)   First Reading: (Deuteronomy 6: 4-13) Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: And thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey,…

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Vietnam: Historic Catholic church gutted by fire

One of the oldest churches in Vietnam was devastated by fire on Sunday. The blaze at Mary Mother of God Catholic church in Bui Chu Diocese began in the early hours of 6 August. The wooden interior and roof of the Trung Lao Church, were destroyed, leaving only the walls intact. Nobody was injured. Dominican Sister Doan Thi Chuyen told UCAN news that local Catholics discovered the fire, which started in the sanctuary, at about 11pm on 5 August. The fire quickly swept through the whole building. Sister Chuyen said…

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HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (1). HOMILY THEME: "OH, MY GOD!"

HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A HOMILY THEME: “OH, MY GOD!” BY: Fr. Mike Lagrimas HOMILY: Mt. 14:22-33 Three men, a Catholic, a Protestant and a Muslim, were discussing the best positions for prayer. “Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the Catholic said. “No,” said the Protestant. “I think standing with my hands outstretched to heaven is more effective.” “I disagree,” the Muslim said. “The most effective prayer position is bending the whole body and with the head touching the floor.” An electrician happened…

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