Cardinal Rigali Urges House Committee to Support Pro-Life Amendments to Health Care Reform Bill

July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, wrote on July 29 to the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging them to amend “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act” (H.R. 3200) to retain longstanding government policies on abortion and conscience rights.

Cardinal Rigali reiterated criteria for “genuine health care reform” set forth by Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Policy, in his letter to Congress on July 17.  He described health care as “a basic right belonging to all human beings, from conception to natural death” and said that “the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is working to ensure that needed health reform is not undermined by abandoning longstanding and widely supported policies against abortion funding and mandates and in favor of conscience protection.”

The Cardinal enumerated several problems with the bill as introduced: It would be used to mandate abortion coverage in private health plans, expand abortion funding, override state laws that limit or regulate abortion, and endanger existing laws protecting the conscience rights of health care providers.

“Much-needed reform must not become a vehicle for promoting an ‘abortion rights’ agenda or reversing longstanding current policies against federal abortion mandates and funding,” he wrote. “In this sense we urge you to make this legislation ‘abortion neutral’ by preserving longstanding federal policies that prevent government promotion of abortion and respect conscience rights.”

“Several federal laws have long protected the conscience rights of health care providers,” Cardinal Rigali added. “President Obama recently stated that he accepts these current laws and will do nothing to weaken them. Congress should make the same pledge, by ensuring that this legislation will maintain protection for conscience rights.”

The Cardinal closed by urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support amendments by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) to address these problems in H.R. 3200. The full text of his letter is available at: www.usccb.org/prolife/CardRigali-AbortionNeutralReform-7-29-09.pdf.

Keywords: Cardinal Rigali, USCCB, U.S. Bishops, pro-life, health care, health care reform, abortion, abortion funding, abortion neutral, conscience rights, conscience protection

For more information on the USCCB position on Health Care Reform, visit www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/healthcare and www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/health1.shtml.

Archbishop O’Brien Calls for ‘Path to Zero’ Nuclear Weapons in Talk to Deterrence Symposium

July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - “Our world and its leaders must stay focused on the destination of a nuclear-weapons-free world and on the concrete steps that lead there,” said Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore in a July 29 keynote talk at the first Deterrence Symposium, hosted by U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

The symposium brought together academic, government, military and international experts to explore the full range of deterrence thinking. Archbishop O’Brien sits on the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and served as the Archbishop for the Military Services prior to his appointment to Baltimore.

In his talk, Archbishop O’Brien drew on longstanding Catholic teaching that nuclear deterrence is only acceptable to prevent others from using nuclear weapons and as a step along a path to a world without nuclear weapons. He cited the Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. bishops.

He said that deterrence, in the words of the U.S. bishops, is not “a long-term basis for peace” and added that “…the spread of nuclear weapons and technology to other nations, and the threat of nuclear terrorism, which cannot be deterred with nuclear weapons, point to the need to move beyond nuclear deterrence as rapidly as possible.”

Archbishop O’Brien outlined several concrete steps toward total nuclear disarmament supported by the Catholic Church, including the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty, and the revision of military doctrines of nuclear weapon states to

“renounce the first use of nuclear weapons” and “declare they will not be used against non-nuclear threats.”

“Religious leaders, prominent officials, and other people of goodwill who support a nuclear-weapons-free world are not naïve about the task ahead,” Archbishop O’Brien said. “They know the path will be difficult and will require determined political leadership, strong public support, and the dedicated skills of many capable leaders and technical experts.  But difficult is not impossible.”

The full text of Archbishop O’Brien’s talk, “Nuclear Weapons and Moral Questions: The Path to Zero,” can be found online at: www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/nuclearzero.shtml

Bill O’Reilly to Be Honored at Values Voter Summit

July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - Today, FRC Action, the legislative lobbying arm of Family Research Council, announced that Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” will address FRC’s fourth annual Values Voter Summit that will take place September 18-20 in Washington, D.C. O’Reilly is the author of eight best-selling books including Culture Warrior, Those Who Trespass and his most recent A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir.

For being a voice of virtue in a culture of death, FRC Action will honor him with the first ever Media Courage Award. In the face of intense pressure, Bill O’Reilly has stood for truth during a tumultuous time in the pro-life debate. Despite a firestorm of unfair allegations, he has defended his position against late-term abortions and brought new light to a gruesome procedure. He has used a national platform to promote the dignity of life - no matter what the personal or professional risk.

O’Reilly will join an already impressive line-up of speakers at the Summit, including: Governors Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), former Governors Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Mike Huckabee (R-Ark), Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio) Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), actor Stephen Baldwin, author Joel Rosenberg, Phyllis Schlafly, Ken Blackwell, Star Parker, and Lila Rose. Invited speakers include: Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) and Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Kirk Cameron, and many more.

FRC Action’s Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by the American Family Association, Focus on the Family Action, American Values, Family Research Council, and the Heritage Foundation. The summit will be held September 18-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. in Washington, D.C. A presidential straw poll, exhibit hall, book signings, new media row sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. On Saturday evening, Phyllis Schlafly will be honored at a gala dinner and receive the third annual James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award.

FRC: The Truth Hurts Planned Parenthood and NARAL

July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve amendments to protect the conscience rights of health care providers and ensure that Americans’ tax dollars are not used to pay for abortions within the health care overhaul. Perkins also responded to attacks by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League against FRC Action’s new TV ad on abortion funding in President Obama’s health care plan. The ad can be viewed at www.frcaction.org/takeover.

“In a letter sent today to Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards, I challenged her to join me in a public forum to debate the question - Does the President’s health care reform plan include a mandate for taxpayer funded abortions? Planned Parenthood says the plan doesn’t. I say, come to a debate prepared to prove it.

“Pro-abortion groups have all along expected to see mandated taxpayer funded abortions within President Obama’s health care plan, as the President promised them during the campaign to little public notice. Now, strident statements yesterday by Planned Parenthood and NARAL show they may be getting a little nervous about not achieving their long-cherished goal - especially in a nation where the substantial majority of citizens do not want Uncle Sam paying for abortion.

“As the House Energy and Commerce Committee meets to vote on several pro-life amendments that would ensure taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for abortions within any publicly subsidized program, pro-abortion advocates are jittery that their dream of federally-funded abortion on demand won’t come true.

“The truth, apparently, hurts. Planned Parenthood and NARAL understand that the future of massive taxpayer subsidies for abortion on demand is at stake in the health care debate. There is a relatively easy answer to the problem. Take current law — the Hyde Amendment, which has been renewed every year for 33 years — make it permanent and ensure that it continues to apply to any publicly subsidized program.

“The various Democratic plans under consideration would invariably crowd out private sector insurance plans and impose new mandates upon them, including abortion if it is not specifically excluded. House and Senate Democrats, with Planned Parenthood and NARAL support, have rejected all amendments to protect the Hyde Amendment and give families ownership of their health care plans. FRC is making their intentions plain, and this exposed truth is making the abortion lobby squirm,” Perkins concluded.

Go to http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF09G12.pdf for more on the abortion mandate.

Source: FRC Action

127th Annual Convention of the Knights of Columbus

July 31, 2009

Phoenix, AZ (MetroCatholic) - The world’s largest lay Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, will be holding its annual convention in Phoenix (at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa) next week (Aug. 4-6), and there will be many opportunities for feature coverage of the event. The convention will be followed immediately by a special Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be held at the same hotel (Aug. 6-8). Activities conclude with a gala Guadalupe Festival at the Jobing.com Arena on Saturday, for which we expect attendance to approach the Arena’s capacity of 17,000.

Delegates begin to arrive this weekend, Aug. 1-2, and by Monday afternoon the hallways will be filled with Knights and their families. Monday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. there’s a colorful souvenir exchange. Every state jurisdiction produces a special pin each year on their theme for the year. At the exchange, they bring a big supply of their own pins to trade with those from other states and provinces. There will be some pretty amusing photos to be had!

August 4 - Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., the opening Mass of the convention will take place. It is an elaborate, colorful event, with at least 81 bishops from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Philippines concelebrating, 8 of whom are Cardinals. Another hundred or so priests and deacons will also participate. The principal celebrant will be Bishop Thomas Olmsted, of Phoenix (he will also be the principal celebrant on Friday). Fourth Degree Knights in full regalia will much in evidence.

Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., at the first business session, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivers his annual report, and will be flanked on the stage by members of the Church hierarchy and members of the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors.

Tuesday evening, the annual “States Dinner” takes place at 7:30 p.m.. This is another photographer’s delight (both still and video), with every jurisdiction rising in turn to sing its state song, and a celebratory atmosphere that must be experienced to be appreciated. There will also be a keynote address by the President of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

August 5 - Wednesday morning’s Mass takes place at 8:00 a.m., with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as principal celebrant, and Cardinal William Levada, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Pope Benedict’s job before he became Pope) as the homilist.

Wednesday afternoon, at an awards session beginning at 3:00 p.m., we will honor the International Family of the Year, as well as the winners of awards in several major categories: family activities, community activities, youth activities, church activities and pro-life activities.

August 6 - Thursday morning’s Mass at 8:00 a.m. commemorates deceased members of the Knights of Columbus, and the principal celebrant will be the Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport.

At the convention’s final business session beginning at 10:00 a.m., resolutions will be adopted pertaining to a number of hot button issues in contemporary society: abortion, marriage, rights of conscience, pornography and violence, and a number of other subjects. Attendance at this session is limited to delegates and members, but the text of the resolutions will be released immediately after they are adopted.

The two-and-a-half-day Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe will begin at 3:00 p.m., and will feature a wide variety of speakers and experts on the apparition of Mary in Mexico City in 1531, and the impact it has had throughout the Americas and the world. More information at http://www.mariancongress.org/en/index.html.

Thursday evening, there will be a Guadalupe art exhibit and panel discussion at 8:00 p.m., featuring a variety of major paintings, some of which are hundreds of years old, and some that are more contemporary.

August 7 - Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a Votive Mass to Saint Juan Diego, followed by a continuation of the Marian Congress throughout the day. Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., there will be a screening of the movie “Guadalupe” by producer Pablo Barroso.

August 8 - A Votive Mass to Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted at 8:00 a.m., and the Marian Congress will conclude at 12:00 noon.

Saturday afternoon, the Guadalupe Festival will begin at the Jobing.com Arena at 3:00 p.m., and will feature a wide variety of speakers and entertainers, including “Marianitas” Mariachis and Matachines Dancers. We expect to fill the 17,000 seat arena. More details can be found at http://www.guadalupefestival.org/en/index.html.

The Festival will conclude at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Dominican University names Michael Sanderl as Director of University Ministry

July 31, 2009

River Forest, IL (MetroCatholic) - Michael E. Sanderl, a resident of Elk Grove Village, has been named director of University Ministry at Dominican University. Previously, Sanderl served as dean for mission and ministry at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he had also served as a faculty member, resident hall director, assistant dean for mission, and assistant dean of student life for mission and leadership.

In addition, Sanderl worked at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR, as the director of Lasallian youth ministry, a teacher, the vice principal for student life/director of school operations, and assistant director of the corporate internship program. He was also a teacher and campus minister at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco.

Sanderl received his doctorate in education with an emphasis in Catholic educational leadership from the University of San Francisco, his master’s degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Sanderl has worked collaboratively in secondary and higher education on the development of programs addressing Catholic identity and mission. He has also published articles and given presentations about Catholic higher education, including “Ministry In-Residence,” published in Crossroads in fall 2008, and “Service: A Point of Entry and Departure with the Lasallian Mission for Young People,” published as part of the Lasallian Catechetical Symposium. Sanderl was also a contributor to Catholic Schools in the United States: An Encyclopedia.

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dominican offers 50 undergraduate academic programs in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and 34 graduate programs through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the School of Leadership and Continuing Studies. In the 2009 issue of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report again ranked Dominican University in the top tier of Midwest master’s level universities.

PAPAL, HOLY SEE HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2009: JANUARY - MARCH

July 31, 2009

VATICAN CITY, 30 JUL 2009 (VIS) - Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of January to March 2009. Another summary, covering the period from April to July, will be published tomorrow.

JANUARY

1: In the Vatican Basilica, the Holy Father presides at Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, which also marks the 42nd World Day of Peace the theme of which is “Fighting Poverty to Build Peace”.

3: Publication of a Letter from the Pope, written in Latin and dated 28 December 2008, in which he appoints Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. as papal legate to the Sixth World Meeting of Families, to be celebrated in Mexico City from 13 to 18 January.

11: Cardinal Pio Laghi, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Catholic Education and patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, dies at the age of 86.

14-18: Sixth World Meeting of Families celebrated in Mexico City on the theme: “The family, teacher of human and Christian values”. To all the faithful who participate devotedly in the event, the Holy Father grants Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

16: Benedict XVI receives prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Iran at the end of their “ad limina” visit. The conference is made up of ordinaries of the Armenian, Chaldean and Latin Churches.

18-25: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the theme of which, taken from the Prophet Ezechiel, is: “That they may become one in your hand”.

18: Benedict XVI announces that the Italian city of Milan will be the site of the next World Meeting of Families, due to take place in spring 2012 on the theme “The Family, Work and Feast”.

20: Cardinal Stephanos II Ghattas, C.M., patriarch emeritus of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt, dies at the age of 89.

23: Benedict XVI receives in audience Branko Crvenkovski, president of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

23: Benedict XVI receives bishops of the Syriac Catholic Church, led by His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, elected as patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians by the Synod of Bishops of the Syriac Catholic Church, meeting in Rome from 18 to 20 January.

23: Publication of the Holy Father’s Message for the 43rd World Day of Social Communications, to be celebrated on 24 May on the theme: “New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship”.

24: Holy Father receives prelates from the Chaldean Church at the end of their “ad limina” visit. During the audience the bishops give the Pope a cape used by Archbishop Faraj Rahho of Mosul and a stole belonging to Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni, both killed in Iraq over recent months.

26: Benedict XVI receives the Letters of Credence of Stanislas Lefebvre de Laboulaye, the new French ambassador to the Holy See.

29: Holy Father receives prelates from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Russian Federation at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

FEBRUARY

2: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Janos Balassa, the new ambassador of Hungary to the Holy See.

2: Pope receives bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Turkey at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

3: Presentation of the Holy Father’s 2009 Lenten Message, on the theme: “He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry”.

7: Publication of the Holy Father’s Message for the seventeenth World Day of the Sick, which is celebrated every year on 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

9: Pope receives the Letters of Credence of Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa, the new ambassador of Brazil to the Holy See.

12: Benedict XVI receives the Letters of Credence of Timothy Anthony Fischer, the new ambassador of Australia to the Holy See.

12: Benedict XVI attends a concert commemorating the eightieth anniversary of the foundation of Vatican City State. Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra, both from Dublin, Ireland, play the “Messiah” by Georg Friedrich Handel.

14: Benedict XVI receives prelates from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

16: Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, archbishop emeritus of Seoul, Korea, dies at the age of 86.

19: Benedict XVI receives in audience Gordon Brown, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

22: Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, archbishop emeritus of Hanoi, Vietnam, dies at the age of 89.

27: Holy Father receives in audience Masud Barazani, president of the Autonomous Kurdish Region in Iraq.

MARCH

1: Russian Orthodox church of St. Nicholas in the Italian city of Bari is returned to the custody of the Patriarchate of Moscow in the course of solemn ceremony held there today. During the celebration, Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, archbishop emeritus of Palermo, Italy, reads out a Message from the Holy Father.

3-7: International conference on the theme: “Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories. A critical appraisal 150 years after ‘The origin of species’”, is held at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

9: Benedict XVI visits Rome Town Hall, located on the city’s Capitoline Hill, where he meets Mayor Gianni Alemanno and other civic leaders.

12: Publication of a Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre.

14: Benedict XVI receives a first group of prelates from the Argentinean Episcopal Conference at the conclusion of their “ad limina” visit.

14: Benedict XVI receives in audience Edward Fenech Adami, president of the Republic of Malta.

16: Announcement of the Year for Priests, to be held from 19 June 2009 to 11 June 2010 on the theme: “Faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests”. The year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of John Mary Vianney, the holy “Cure of Ars”.

17-23: Benedict XVI’s apostolic trip to Cameroon and Angola.

19: For the occasion of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church, the official website of the Holy See is enhanced by the addition of a new section in Chinese.

27: Benedict XVI receives in audience Demetris Christofias, president of the Republic of Cyprus.

29: On this fifth Sunday of Lent, the Pope visits the parish of the Holy Face of Jesus, located in the Magliana neighbourhood in the western sector of the diocese of Rome.

31: Publication of Benedict XVI’s Message for the 46th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on 3 May on the theme: “Faith in the divine initiative - the human response”.

POPE LEAVES THE ALPS AND RETURNS TO CASTELGANDOLFO

July 31, 2009

VATICAN CITY, 30 JUL 2009 (VIS) - Benedict XVI’s two-week holiday at Les Combes came to an end yesterday with a ceremony held at midday in which he bid farewell to the police, fire service and Italian civil protection for their help and vigilance during his stay.

“You have been like angels”, the Pope told them. “Angels are invisible but also efficient. So you too have been. You were invisible to me, but always efficient”.

“Unfortunately”, he joked, “my own guardian angel did not prevent my accident. … Perhaps the Lord wished to teach me greater patience and humility, to give me more time for prayer and meditation”.

In the afternoon, having bid farewell to Bishop Giuseppe Anfossi of Aosta and the local and regional authorities, the Holy Father travelled by helicopter to the northern Italian city of Turin where he boarded his flight for Rome. Having landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport, he continued his journey by car to his summer residence of Castelgandolfo.

July 31, 2009 - Daily Mass Readings

July 31, 2009

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Reading 1
Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
These also are the holy days of the Lord, which you must celebrate in their seasons. The first month, the fourteenth day of the month at evening, is the phase of the Lord.
And the fifteenth day of the same month is the solemnity of the unleavened bread of the Lord. Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread. The first day shall be most solemn unto you, and holy: you shall do no servile work therein. But you shall offer sacrifice in fire to the Lord seven days. And the seventh day shall be more solemn, and more holy: and you shall do no servile work therein.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, and shall reap your corn, you shall bring sheaves of ears, the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. Who shall lift up the sheaf before the Lord, the next day after the sabbath, that it may be acceptable for you, and shall sanctify it.

You shall count therefore from the morrow after the sabbath, wherein you offered the sheaf of firstfruits, seven full weeks. Even unto the morrow after the seventh week be expired, that is to say, fifty days: and so you shall offer a new sacrifice to the Lord.

Upon the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the day of atonement. It shall be most solemn, and shall be called holy: and you shall await your souls on that day, and shall offer a holocaust to the Lord.

From the fifteenth day of this same seventh month, shall be kept the feast of tabernacles, seven days to the Lord. The first day shall be called most solemn and most holy: you shall do no servile work therein. And seven days you shall offer holocausts to the Lord. The eighth day also shall be most solemn and most holy: and you shall offer holocausts to the Lord. For it is the day of assembly and congregation. You shall do no servile work therein.

These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall call most solemn and most holy, and shall offer on them oblations to the Lord: holocausts and libations according to the rite of every day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab

R. Sing with joy to God our help.
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel:
the pleasant psaltery with the harp.
Blow up the trumpet on the new moon,
on the noted day of your solemnity.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
For it is a commandment in Israel,
and a judgment to the God of Jacob.
He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph,
when he came out of the land of Egypt:
he heard a tongue which he knew not.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
there shall be no new god in thee:
neither shalt thou adore a strange god.
For I am the Lord thy God,
who brought thee out of the land of Egypt
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

Gospel
Mt 13:54-58

And coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: How came this man by this wisdom and miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude: And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence therefore hath he all these things? And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.

Auxiliary Bishop For Ukrainian Archeparchy Of Philadelphia Named Apostolic Administrator For Parma, Ohio, Eparchy

July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians, U.S.A., as apostolic administer of the vacant see of the Eparchy of St. Josephat in Parma of the Ukrainians, U.S.A.
               
The appointment was announced in Washington, July 29, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
               
The same day the pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Mikhail Moskal, 71, from the pastoral care of the Parma Eparchy.
               
Bishop Bura, 65, was born June 12, 1944, in Wegeleben, Germany. His family emigrated to the United States in 1950, and settled in Jersey City, New Jersey.
               
In 1959, he entered St. Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford Connecticut. From 1965-1970 he pursued theological studies at St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Seminary and The Catholic University of America, in Washington.
               
John Bura was ordained a priest in 1971, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for Ukrainians. After several parish assignments he was named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians, January 3, 2006. 
               
Bishop Moskal was named first bishop of the Parma Eparchy in 1983. He was ordained a priest in 1963 and was founding pastor of St. Anne’s Church, Warrington, Pennsylvania, from 1963-1972. He served in other parish assignments in the archdiocese and in 1981, while chancellor of the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was named auxiliary bishop there.
               
The Diocese of Parma has 10,685 Catholics. The jurisdiction covers the states of Ohio, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and western Pennsylvania.

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