Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy All Saints Day!

Today the Church honors all the Saints who live now in heaven with Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit.

The earliest observance of this day was a commemoration of “all the Martyrs” in the fourth century. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their conscience, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity besides dying for the Faith. In the early centuries the only criterion for sainthood was popular acclaim, even when the bishop's approval became the final step in placing a commemoration on the calendar. The first papal canonization occurred in 993 AD; the lengthy process now required to prove extraordinary sanctity took shape over the past 500 years. Today's feast honors the obscure as well as the famous—the saints each of us have known.

“After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands....
One of the elders said to me, ‘These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’”

-Revelation 7:9, 14

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

An adorable new toy for Catholic kids!

An Ark with five animals that make noises: 

The giraffe crinkles, lion rattles, monkey squeaks, parrot squawks, and elephant trumpets.

Kids love it!

Noah's Ark Plush Playset 

Includes a coloring sheet 
Surface Washable 
Plush 11" L

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi
Feast Day: October 4

Patron of Animals and All Who Care for the Earth

Saint Francis was born as the son of a wealthy merchant in Assisi
in 1182. He loved to sing songs and party with his friends. 
One day, Jesus spoke to Francis from the crucifix in the tiny
chapel of San Damiano. He said, “Go, rebuild My Church.”
Francis fell in love with Jesus. He gave away his rich clothing and
wore a simple robe. He cared for the sick and needy. He taught
that everything God made, like the sun, the moon, the animals
and plants, is good. God wants us to take good care of our earth.
Captivated by his sincerity and fervent heart, men and women,
 began to follow Francis.Together they cared for others, 
especially the poor, and began to spiritually rebuild the Church.

The pope blessed Saint Francis and his followers.Saint Francis 
prayed and preached much. He was the first person in history 
to receive stigmata—the wounds of Jesus,
and died with the words, “Welcome, Sister Death!”

Prayer to Saint Francis for the Care of our Earth

Dear Saint Francis, you loved Jesus with all your heart. You
allowed Him to live His life through you. Please bless all who
care for others as you did. Bless those who care for the earth and
all God’s creatures. Help us to love one another. Amen.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us

-Bart Tesoriero

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Day by Day with Pope Francis

Start each day with an inspiring 

quote from Pope Francis!

Day by Day with Pope Francis features selections from the homilies, public addresses, letters and other writings of the Holy Father addressed to the world since the beginning of his papacy. These quotations offer words of hope, comfort, inspiration, courage,and incentive.

Day by Day with Pope Francis will help remind you of Gods great love and mercy,
 and of his desire to be in friendship with you....

This calendar on your desk or night table will give you the chance to meditate 
on his words and internalize his message each day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Dear friends,

Today, May 13th, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Here is the story:

On May 13th, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three little shepherds in the village of Fatima, Portugal. Seven-year old Jacinta, her nine-year-old brother Francisco, and their ten-year-old cousin Lucia were tending their sheep in a field called the Cova da Iria. Suddenly they saw a bright flash of light. A beautiful Lady, dressed in white and gold, appeared on a cloud over a small oak tree. A golden cord hung around her neck. Her hands were joined in prayer and she held a pearl rosary.

Mary told the children that she had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by the untold violence of World War I, Mary promised that Heaven would grant peace to the entire world if her requests for prayer, reparation, and consecration were heard and obeyed.

Mary explained that war is a punishment for sin. She warned that if people continued to disobey God’s Will, they would suffer consequences of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church. She also prophesied that Russia would “spread her errors” of atheism and materialism across the earth. Our Lady of Fatima repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying daily, especially the Rosary, of wearing the Brown Scapular, and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. She also promised a sign on October 13th as proof of her messages.

A heavy rain fell all night and into the morning as a great crowd of more than 70,000 people gathered at the Cova on October 13th, 1917.  The Lady appeared to the children for the last time, more radiant than ever. “Her face was brighter than the sun,” said Francisco. “I am the Lady of the Rosary,” the Virgin Mary said. “I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord, who has been so deeply offended. They must pray, especially the rosary.” She said that if people amended their lives, the war would end soon. She then left the children, raising her hands toward the sky.

Someone cried, “Look at the sun!” The children looked up and saw Mother Mary with Saint Joseph and the Infant Jesus. They saw Jesus blessing the people. Meanwhile, the people were able to look at the sun without hurting their eyes. It appeared as a silver disc, and began spinning in the sky. As it danced, it cast off great shafts of colored light which flashed and fell upon the sky and the earth. Men and women fell to their knees and prayed as brilliant colors fell on the trees and stones. Suddenly, the sun began to zigzag! It started to fall like a wheel of fire upon the people. They cried out in fear and asked Jesus and Mary to save them. After a few moments, the sun returned to its place. The people rejoiced and praised God for the “Miracle of the Sun.”

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in the chest and in the abdomen at point blank range in St. Peter’s Square. He credited his miraculous escape from death to the intervention of Our Lady of Fatima. One year later he traveled to Fatima, and placed the bullet in the crown resting upon the statue of Mary there. He said, “One finger fired the bullet, but another guided its path.”

Less than 7 years later, the Berlin Wall fell without a bullet being fired, and Communism collapsed across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker!

As you may recall, we celebrated the feast of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, on March 19th.

But he is so important, the Church wanted to honor him more, and they found a way.

For decades, May Day was the occasion for Communist countries to parade their military power. On this day in 1955, Pope Pius XII inaugurated the celebration of Saint Joseph the Worker.  It seemed comical, even absurd, to raise up Joseph to challenge the Communist military machine on its May Day march, but look at what happened!  The disintegration of Communism is often attributed to the Lord working through the prayers of His people, and especially in response to the apparitions of Mother Mary at Fatima in 1917, urging all to pray and do penance for the conversion of Russia. 

That being said, it is also true that the Lord has transformed the world through Joseph and through simple, common, obscure workers like him--like us! As Saint Paul exhorts us, "Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men. ... Be slaves of Christ the Lord". (Colossians 3:23-24).

Our simple lives and routine work can change the world if we have faith as did Saint Joseph. The Lord is speaking to us today: "Take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord, and work!  For I am with you, says the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2:4).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dear friends,
Today—Holy Thursday, tomorrow —Good Friday, and Holy Saturday evening—the Easter Vigil, make up the Triduum, the three most sacred days for Christians all over the world. Jesus became one of us to save us, to deliver us from death, to give us real and lasting life. He waits for us to choose Him, as He has chosen us. This Easter, may you come to know Him and His love for you, for you are precious to Him.

Heavenly Father, You delivered your Son
to the death of the Cross to save us from
evil. Grant us the grace of the Resurrection.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


A very blessed Easter to all!
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