Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wednesday of Holy Week

O God,
who willed your Son to submit
for our sake to the yoke of the Cross,
so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy,
grant us, your servants,
to attain the grace of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE

THE CATHEDRAL LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 7:00 P.M. THIS EVENING. THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR CONFESSION BEFORE EASTER!

The Concho Padre

Pope’s Holy Thursday Mass with juvenile inmates to be simple and intimate

Vatican City, 26 March 2013 (VIS) – The Mass of the Lord’s Supper that Pope Francis will celebrate on Holy Thursday in the chapel of the Casal del Marmo Penitential Institute for Minors (IPM) will be, by his express desire, very simple, as reported by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. Concelebrating with the Holy Father will be Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, and Fr. Gaetano Greco, chaplain of the Institute.

Around 10 girls and 40 boys will take part in the Mass. The Pope will wash the feet of 12 of them, who will be chosen from different nationalities and diverse religious confessions. The youth will also say the readings and the prayers of the faithful.

After the Mass, the Pope will meet with the youth and the IPM’s personnel in the Institute’s gym. Around 150 persons are expected to attend, including the Minister for Justice, Paola Severino, accompanied by the Head of the Department of Justice for Minors, Caterina Chinnici, the Commander of the Institute’s Penitentiary Police, Saulo Patrizi, and the Institute’s director, Liana Giambartolomei.

The youth will give the Pope a wooden crucifix and kneeler, which they made themselves in the Institute’s workshop. The Holy Father will bring Easter eggs and “colomba” (the traditional Italian Easter cake in the shape of a dove) for all.

Given the intimate nature of the pastoral visit, journalists will be restricted to the area outside the building and no live coverage will be transmitted.

Vatican Information Service

Pope declines papal apartments!

Word out of Rome this morning is that Pope Francis has declined to take up residence in the Papal Apartments in the Apostolic Palace. Instead he will live in a suite of rooms in the Domus Martha (House of Martha), the Vatican hotel-like facility which also housed the Cardinal electors during the Conclave. It is also reported that the Holy Father will continue to maintain an office in the Apostolic Palace.

Amazing! More to come when official releases are posted!

The Concho Padre

Gospel -Tuesday of Holy Week

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered,
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.”

Tuesday of Holy Week

Almighty ever-living God,
grant us so to celebrate
the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion
that we may merit to receive your pardon.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

Pope Francis sends Passover greetings to Rome’s Jewish community

Pope Francis has sent a message to Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the head of the Jewish community of Rome, which is beginning its observance of Passover:

“A few days on from our meeting, and with renewed gratitude for your having desired to honor the celebration of the beginning of my ministry with your presence and that of other distinguished members of the Jewish community, I take great pleasure in extending my warmest best wishes to you and Rome’s entire Jewish community on the occasion of the Great Feast of Pesach. May the Almighty, who freed His people from slavery in Egypt to guide them to the Promised Land continue to deliver you from all evil and to accompany you with His blessing. I ask you to pray for me, as I assure you of my prayers for you, confident that we can deepen [our] ties of mutual esteem and friendship.”

Pope Francis officially confirms trip to Brazil in July

Vatican City, March 25, 2013 (Zenit.org)
by Junno Arocho Esteves

During his homily yesterday, Pope Francis confirmed to the faithful, especially the youth that were present, that he will travel to Brazil in July for World Youth Day 2013. The international Catholic youth event will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

The Holy Father addressed the youth, who were present to celebrate the local World Youth Day which began 28 years ago by Pope John Paul II on Palm Sunday in 1985.

Pope Francis noted the presence of the youth in his homily, saying that he thought of them celebrating “around Jesus” while they waved their olive branches.

“I think of you crying out his name and expressing your joy at being with him! You have an important part in the celebration of faith! You bring us the joy of faith and you tell us that we must live the faith with a young heart, always: a young heart, even at the age of seventy or eighty.”

“With Christ, the heart never grows old!,” he exclaimed.

Pope Francis encouraged the youth to follow the example of Christ who loved mankind even to the Cross.

“You carry the pilgrim Cross through all the Continents, along the highways of the world! You carry it in response to Jesus call: “Go, make disciples of all nations”, which is the theme of World Youth Day this year. You carry it so as to tell everyone that on the Cross Jesus knocked down the wall of enmity that divides people and nations, and he brought reconciliation and peace,” he said.

Concluding his homily, the Roman Pontiff confirmed that he was also “setting out on a journey” with them “in the footsteps of Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI.”

“I look forward joyfully to next July in Rio de Janeiro! I will see you in that great city in Brazil!

The Holy Father concluded by inviting the faithful, especially those attending World Youth Day to prepare themselves well so that the upcoming gathering would serve as a “sign of faith for the whole world.”

“Young people must say to the world: to follow Christ is good; to go with Christ is good; the message of Christ is good; emerging from ourselves, to the ends of the earth and of existence, to take Jesus there, is good!,” the Pope said.

from Zenit.org

US Bishops: contraception mandate an “unprecedented violation of liberty”

Washington, D.C., March 22, 2013 (Zenit.org)

The general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states that the current proposed revisions of the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate are “an unprecedented … violation of religious liberty by the federal government” and must be changed.

The statement is in comments filed Wednesday regarding the mandate, which requires most health plans in the United States to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and related education and counseling.

The comments, made on the USCCB’s behalf by Anthony R. Picarello, USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel, and Michael F. Moses, associate general counsel, note a number of continuing problems with the regulations, which had been the subject of earlier rulemaking and comment by the USCCB. The comments state:

First, like earlier iterations of the regulation, the latest proposal requires coverage of items and procedures that, unlike other mandated “preventive services,” do not prevent disease. Instead, they are associated with an increased risk of adverse health outcomes, including conditions that other “preventive services” are designed to prevent.

Second, no exemption or accommodation is available at all for the vast majority of individual or institutional stakeholders with religious or moral objections to contraceptive coverage. Virtually all Americans who enroll in a health plan will ultimately be required to have contraceptive coverage for themselves and their dependents, whether they want it or not.

Third, although the definition of an exempt “religious employer” has been revised to eliminate some of the intrusive and constitutionally improper government inquiries into religious teaching and beliefs that were inherent in an earlier definition, the current proposal continues to define “religious employer” in a way that, by the government’s own admission, excludes (and therefore subjects to the mandate) a wide array of employers that are undeniably religious. Generally the nonprofit religious organizations that fall on the “non-exempt” side of this religious gerrymander include those organizations that contribute most visibly to the common good through the provision of health, educational, and social services.

Fourth, the Administration has offered what it calls an “accommodation” for nonprofit religious organizations that fall outside its narrow definition of “religious employer.” The “accommodation” is based on a number of questionable factual assumptions. Even if all of those assumptions were sound, the “accommodation” still requires the objecting religious organization to fund or otherwise facilitate the morally objectionable coverage.

Fifth, the mandate continues to represent an unprecedented (and now sustained) violation of religious liberty by the federal government. As applied to individuals and organizations with a religious objection to contraceptive coverage, the mandate violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

“We are willing, now as always, to work with the Administration to reach a just and lawful resolution of these issues. In the meantime, along with others, we will continue to look for resolution of these issues in Congress and in the courts,” Picarello and Moses write.

From Zenit.org

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE

THERE WILL BE A LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
TONIGHT, MONDAY, MARCH 25, AT 7:00 PM
AT ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH.

The Concho Padre