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By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 9/16/2014, Catholic Online
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great determination and, pure in heart, sound in faith and full of courage, be prepared to face the combat. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God -and to be crowned by Christ our judge.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On September 16th, Christians following the Latin Rite liturgical calendar commemorate two third century Saints and Martyrs, Pope Cornelius and Bishop Cyprian. Their feasts are ancient. However, their profound witness commends itself to each one of us in this new missionary age.
As daily news stories out of the Middle East regularly remind us, Christians are now regularly being martyred for professing their faith in Jesus Christ.
On August 16, 2014, Pope Francis beatified 124 laymen and women who were martyred for their faith in Korea during the 18th and 19th centuries. This beautiful and powerful service occurred during his celebration of an Outdoor Mass attended by 800,000 people.
These Martyrs were drowned, beheaded, buried alive and tortured to death.
This same fate is being faced today - by these courageous Christians in the Middle East. They are facing the evil being inflicted by the terrorists who established the Caliphate in land formerly identified with Iraq and Syria and call themselves the Islamic State.
Because we are living in a new age of Martyrs, this commemoration of Cornelius and Cyprian takes on a fresh and powerful meaning. We can easily see the courageous witness of the early Christians as distant and removed.
The fact is, they faced situations not unlike what our brethren are facing right now. That is why I write to share their story.
Cornelius was driven into exile by Emperor Gallus where he died a martyr. Cyprian was exiled under the persecution of Valerian - and martyred. Cyprians' martyrdom is recorded in an ancient source which I offer to our readers below.
These two courageous and inspiring Christian leaders were good friends. They supported one another during the great persecution. A letter sent from Cyprian to Cornelius is also offered in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours.
In that letter Cyprian wrote these words of encouragement to his friend:
"Divine providence has now prepared us. God's merciful design has warned us that the day of our own struggle, our own contest, is at hand. By that shared love which binds us close together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common.
"These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure; they are the spiritual defenses, the God-given armaments that protect us. Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart. Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials."
We need to read these accounts of martyrdom to strengthen and inspire us for what lies ahead.
What we are beginning to experience in this age is not new. It is most clearly evident as we witness the bloody, evil actions of the Islamic State. They are unleashing their fury on Christians in the Mideast, precisely because they ARE Christians.
These are our brothers and sisters. We are joined to them in the bond of Baptism and their blood cries out!. We MUST stand with them.
However, the rise of secularist, anti-Christian and intolerant regimes in the West are also threatening the Christian Church. We are just beginning to experience a soft persecution of classical, faithful Christians in the United States. The current regime demands a response to its edicts which borders on a new form of emperor worship.
Our experience may not have yet reached the overt emperor worship which led to the shedding of Cyprians' blood, but it is cut from the same cloth and could follow the same path.
Like Cyprian, when we are asked to compromise truth, may we have the courage to say, I have no need to deliberate: the issues are clear. Below I offer the ancient account, followed by a responsory prayer. Let us remember Cyprian and imitate his courage, by the grace of God.
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This gospel raises the question of who is first and who is last in the kingdom of heaven. Those laborers are last who shift their focus from doing the work of the landowner to grumbling about the amount of wages others are receiving. Those are first who do not labor in the vineyard because of the amount of wages, but simply because they are privileged to share in the work of the landowner. Indeed, simply being called to the privilege of sharing in Jesus’ work of salvation is its own recompense.-Living Liturgy™, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
I am the salvation
of the people, says the Lord.
Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them,
and I will be their
Lord for ever.
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor,
grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
For who is greater: the one seated at table or
the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves. It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.-Luke 22:27-30,usccb.org
When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as
though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am
alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.-Revelation1:1718,usccb.org
May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in
Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over
all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one
who fills all things in every way.-Ephesians 1:18-23,usccb.org
There will be no Filipino Mass Sunday, September 21st
at 3 pm, while Msgr. Valenzuela is away.
"O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge."-Pope John Paul II/usccb.org
"So rich is the mystery of the Eucharist that we have a number of terms to illumine its saving grace: the Breaking of the Bread; the Lord's Supper; the Eucharistic Assembly; the Memorial of Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy and Divine Liturgy; the Eucharistic Liturgy; Holy Communion; and Holy Mass (cf. CCC, nos. 1328-1332).
The use of bread and wine in worship is already found in the early history of God's people. In the Old Testament, bread and wine are seen as gifts from God, to whom praise and thanks are given in return for these blessings and for other manifestations of his care and grace. The story of the priest Melchizedek's offering a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham's victory is an example of this (cf. Gn 14:18). The harvest of new lambs was also a time for the sacrifice of a lamb to show gratitude to God for the new flock and its contribution to the well-being of the family and tribe.
These ancient rituals were given historical meaning at the Exodus of God's people. They were united into the Passover Meal as a sign of God's delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, a pledge of his fidelity to his promises and eventually a sign of the coming of the Messiah and messianic times. Each family shared the lamb that had been sacrificed and the bread over which a blessing had been proclaimed. They also drank from a cup of wine over which a similar blessing had been proclaimed."-usccb.org
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On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
A worldwide day of Prayer for the Synod of Bishops is planned for Sunday, October 5th
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.-usccb.org
Learn more about the 2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family.
Visit our Calendar page for videos on: Exaltation, The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East, How do I go to Confession?, We Adore, & Our Lady and Me
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You
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Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
**THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates.
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.