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Sunday, January 14, 2018
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday of the 2nd Week of Ordinary Time

 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday of the 1st week of Ordinary Time

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

St. Anthony, Abbott

 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday of the 2nd week of Ordinary Time

 

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"Be who you are and be that well."

-St. Francis DeSales

 

 

Campus Mass and Devotions

 

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m.  


Saturday Mass 

7:00 a.m.

 

Friday Rosary at dismissal time.
&

First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
First Friday of every month when school is in session.

 

Decade of the Rosary at the

Statue of Mary

Wednesdays at 8 a.m.

 

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News and Information

 

Do You Have A Vocation?

 

Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?

Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to VocationNetwork.org for more information.

 

Are you ready to Wake Up the World?

 

Vocations Prayer Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the annual faculty service day, the staff, administration and faculty of St. Mary' spread out across Stockton serving the poor at St. Mary's Dining Hall,  TLC, Gospel Mission, Shelter for the Homeless, and the Emergency Food Bank to show that they are, as Fr. Matthew Issac stated at the Mass that began the day, the face of Christ.

The Blue Mass, which has a long history in the Catholic Church, reminds us to be thankful to those who serve our community as first responders. During this Thanksgiving season, St. Mary's  invited local law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency personnel to this special Mass on Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Saint Mary's recognizes the dedication and self-sacrifice these officers make for our public health and safety.  

 

Our students were present in celebrating these officers   whose profession is so noble and enduring, and pray for those  who have given their lives in the line of duty.

 

As a reminder of the courage that first responders show, Msgr. Ryan discussed his experience of having to wear a bullet proof vest for a ride along which experience truly made him understand how each day the women and men that protect us face danger. 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN: Monday, April 2, 2017 through Saturday, April 7, 2017 (Easter break)

 

WHERE: Camden, New Jersey

 

WHAT: This year we are going on a Service Retreat with De Sales Service Works in Camden, New Jersey. Their service retreats offer an opportunity to get away, reflect, pray and serve people in need. The retreat theme is rooted in the core teachings of St. Francis de Sales and involves direct service, facilitated reflection, presentations on Catholic social teaching, prayer and opportunity to celebrate Eucharist. Camden is consistently ranked as one of the poorest cities of its size in the nation. We will do much-needed, practical service in an urban area that is poor, tough, and needs hope.

 

WHO: Current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Space is limited, so there will be preference to seniors. We will also need 2 or 3 parent chaperones.

 

COST: Participants will pay full cost up front of $1,000, which includes air and ground transportation, lodging and all meals. Participants agree to help fund raise and secure sponsorship.  Any collected funds raised will be refunded back to participants.

 

For more information contact Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Costello at kcostello@saintmaryshighschool.org or (209) 957-3340, X 222.

 

CROP Donates 120 Sleeping Bags

 

 

Thanks to the generosity of students, faculty and staff in participating in  soup sales and cookie sales by the Christian Relief Outreach Project (CROP) enought money was collected that, with the kind help of the Stockton Big 5 Sporting Goods manager Shawn, 120 sleeping bags were purchased for the homeless and delivered to St. Mary's Dining Hall.

 

CROP Canned Food Drive

 

 

The generosity of St. Mary's students, faculty, staff and administration was shown again as the CROP Canned Food Drive brought in 3,000 lbs of food for the poor. The food is given to Catholic Charities for distribution to the needy of our community. "Be who you are, and be that well."

 

Social Justice: More Than A Class

 

 

St. Mary's Social Justice classes, taught by Mrs. Kozina, have gone to St. Mary's Dining Room three times this fall to serve, stay and listen to and show compassion to the poor and homeless.

 

Sophomore Retreat

 

 

On October 24, the Sophomore class attended a retreat on campus, led by Oblate priest Fr. Ken McKenna, from Toledo, Ohio. Starting with mass, the day focused on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. There were PointPoint presentations, small group discussions and activities, and witness talks by seniors Ellon Madill and Jonathan Herrera.  

 

Assisting Fr. Ken throughout the day was Director of Campus Ministry, Mr. Kevin Costello, and over 40 juniors and seniors from the Campus Ministry Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone that is victimized can go into any San Joaquin County McDonad's. The staff is trained to provide immediate contact with the appropriate authorities and to provide a safe space. San Joaquin County Regional Transit has a policy that anyone who is a victim of Human Trafficking may go to any bus, inform the driver who will immediately alert the police and if there is a delay will go off route in order to bring the victim to safety.

 

Fabian Cebalos, Jr. Refurbishes Statue of Blessed Mother

 

Thank you so much to Fabian Ceballos Jr., Class of 2020 for sharing his time and talent with St. Mary's High School on restoring our beloved Mother Mary Statue that stands in front of our Mary, Queen of the Angels Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salesian Camp

 

Kevin Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of  Campus Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat, spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.

 

 

 

 

First American-Born Priest and Martyr Beatified

 

Biography from Diocese of Oklahoma City

 

An Oklahoma farm boy, Blessed Stanley Francis Rother was born March 27, 1935, in Okarche, Oklahoma. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, he served in the diocese’s mission in Guatemala for fourteen years. Seeking justice in the midst of a protracted civil war, Blessed Stanley fought courageously for the well-being of his people in combating a culture that was excessively hostile to the Catholic Church.

 

The oldest of four children born to Franz and Gertrud Rother, Blessed Stanley grew up in Okarche and attended Holy Trinity Church and School.

 

Being a normal child raised on a farm, he worked hard doing the required chores, attended school, played sports, was an altar server and enjoyed the activities associated with growing up in a small town.

 

While in high school he began to discern the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. He was accepted as a seminarian and was sent to Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas.

 

The journey to ordination was not without its challenges. More practical than academic by nature, young Stanley struggled with Latin which at the time was critical due to the fact that the entire curriculum was being taught in that language. Due to his difficulties, he was asked to leave the seminary as his grades were inadequate.

 

He sought the counsel of Bishop Victor Reed. It was decided that Stanley would be allowed a second chance enrolling at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Through trials and tribulations he graduated from the Mount and was ordained a priest on May 25, 1963.

 

As an associate pastor, Blessed Stanley Rother served five years in Oklahoma. Heeding the call of Pope John XXXIII, he sought and received permission to join the staff at the Diocese’s mission in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

 

Blessed Stanley's connection with the people of Santiago Atitlan was immediate. He served the native tribe of the Tzutuhil who are decedents of the Mayans. In order to serve his people, Fr. Rother had to speak Spanish and the Tzutuhil language. He not only learned both languages but his working knowledge of Tzutuhil enabled him to celebrate Mass in their language.  To that point, Tzutuhil was not a written language until the Oklahoma mission team arrived and so despite his past issues with Latin what he accomplished was nothing short of remarkable.

 

As the years past, Fr.  Rother tried to live a simpler life to be in communion with his people. His was surrounded by extreme poverty, as the Tzutuhil lived in one room huts, living off what they could grow on their small plots of land.

 

Blessed Stanley ministered to his parishioners in their homes; eating with them, visiting the sick and aiding them with medical problems. He even put his farming skills to use by helping them in the fields, bringing in different crops, and building an irrigation system.

 

While he served in Guatemala, a civil war raged between the militarist government forces and the guerillas. The Catholic Church was caught in the middle due to its insistence on catechizing and educating the people. During this conflict hundreds of thousands of Catholics were killed.

 

For a time the violence was contained in the cities but it soon came to the highlands and Santiago Atitlan. Catechists began to disappear, people slept in the church for protection and death lists begin to circulate in the towns.

 

Eventually, Fr.  Rother’s name appeared on the list. For his safety and that of his associate, Fr.  Rother returned home to Oklahoma. Determined to give his life completely to his people, he stated that “the shepherd cannot run.”  Returning to Santiago Atitlan (despite advice to the contrary), he continued the work of the mission.

 

Within days of his return, three men entered the rectory in the dead of night and executed Fr. Rother.  His death shocked the Catholic world and many questions arose that have yet to be answered; such as why Fr. Rother and who was responsible.

 

The people of Santiago Atitlan mourned the loss of their leader and friend.  His memory continues to stir the passion of the people he served with dignity and vigor.  Because of the affection and veneration the people of Santiago Atitlan displayed for the priest, it was requested that Fr. Rother’s heart be kept in Guatemala where it resides today.

 

From the onset of his death, the people of Santiago Atitlan, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa have believed that Blessed Stanley died for the faith. In 2007 this Cause for Canonization was opened.

 

In June 2015, the Theological Commission at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome voted to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Fr. Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.

 

On Dec. 1, 2016, Pope Francis recognized Blessed Stanley Rother a martyr, clearing the way for his beatification.

 

On Sept. 23, 2017, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, celebrated the Rite of Beatification for Blessed Stanley Rother at a Beatification Mass in downtown Oklahoma City. Concelebrants included Most. Rev. Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City.

 

100th Anniversary of First Appearance of Our Lady of Fatima

 

May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three poor shepard children Lucia de Jesus Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto from the village of Aljustrel, Portugal in the parish of Fatima.. Our Lady's message sought for people to pray for the conversion of the world and asked that the world be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. This was part of the "secret" message given to the children.

 

Pope John Paul II, for his part, asked for the envelope containing the third part of the “secret” following the assassination attempt on 13 May 1981.

 

As is well known, after reading the message, Pope John Paul II immediately acted to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and he himself composed a prayer for what he called an “Act of Entrustment”, which was to be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on 7 June 1981, the Solemnity of Pentecost.

 

“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope”.

 

In order to respond more fully to the requests of “Our Lady”, the Holy Father desired to make more explicit during the Holy Year of the Redemption the Act of Entrustment of 7 May 1981, which had been repeated in Fatima on 13 May 1982. On 25 March 1984 in Saint Peter's Square, while recalling the fiat uttered by Mary at the Annunciation, the Holy Father, in spiritual union with the Bishops of the world, who had been “convoked” beforehand, entrusted all men and women and all peoples to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in terms which recalled the heartfelt words spoken in 1981: 

“O Mother of all men and women, and of all peoples, you who know all their sufferings and their hopes, you who have a mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of concern for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples. 

 

In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated. 

 

‘We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God!'  Despise not our petitions in our necessities”. 

The Pope then continued more forcefully and with more specific references, as though commenting on the Message of Fatima in its sorrowful fulfillment: 

 

“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, we desire, together with the whole Church, to unite ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, your Son made of himself to the Father: ‘For their sake', he said, ‘I consecrate myself that they also may be consecrated in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world and for the human race, which, in his divine Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation. 

 

The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.

 

How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of humanity and the world—our modern world—in union with Christ himself! For the redeeming work of Christ must be shared in by the world through the Church. 

 

The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the special Jubilee of the whole Church. 

Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call! 

 

Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son! 

 

Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world. 

 

In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart. 

 

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future! 

  • From famine and war, deliver us. 

  • From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us. 

  • From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 

  • From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us. 

  • From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 

  • From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. 

  • From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us. 

  • Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. 

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations. 

 

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.

 

Mass Intention Requests

 

The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."

 

If you would like to request that Mass be offered for a particular intention, a request form can be found at this <link>

 

 

Missio App

 

A media initiative of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States — MISSIO App is available.

 

“This App is a way for the Church and our Holy Father to reach the growing number of the world’s people who have access to handheld mobile devices — a way to connect as the one Body of Christ,” said Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. 

 

The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.

 

Catholic News Service App

 

Catholic News Service will keep you up to date with all the latest news, commentary and analysis, video and photos related to the Church and the world.

The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.

 

St. Mary's Chapel Hours

 

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

(7:45 a.m. Mass is

celebrated during the

school year.)

Saturday

7:00 a.m.

 

St. Mary's Monthly Junior Retreats

 

St. Mary's Juniors participate in a day long retreat each month to assist them in their spiritual growth, to discern God's will for their lives and to provide a guide for putting their faith into daily action.

 

Prayer Requests

 

For the Church

 

For those in the St. Mary's High School community

 

For all the students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of St. Mary's.

 

For Those Serving in the Military

 

For all SM alumni and family serving in the military. Pray that they be respected and protected, that their patron saint, St. George, watch over them and pray to God for their safety, wisdom in their decision making, fortitude and compassion. 

  

For the Repose of the Souls of  SM Alumni, Faculty, Family and Friends

 

For the repose of the soul of Michael "Mike" James Donaghy, father of Justin Donaghy

For the repose of the soul of Don Leonardini, husband of Rose Leonardini.

For the repose of the sould of Mrs. Cheryl Best.

 

:: Alumni Memorial Page Link ::

 

For the Holy Father, Bishops, Priests and Religious

For the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Moliini, O.P. Class of 1946, June 11, 1928-Oct. 13, 2017. A long time member of the St. Mary's community and member of the SM Hall of Fame.

 

For the repose of the soul of Father Jairo Ramirez, who died suddenly at age 56 on October 7, 2017.

 

For the repose of the soul of Monsignor Erwin Cain Dec. 21, 1919- June 9, 2017. Monsignor Cain is in the St. Mary's Hall of Fame.

 

For our Holy Father, Francis l, all Bishops, Priests and Religious. Pray that their actions and lives truly exhibit the values of the Gospel, no matter the cost. In particular for the members of the order of St. Francis de Sales who have served the St. Mary's Community for over 45 years, in particular Fr. Fallon who has celebrated 55 years as a priest,  Brother James Dorazio, with 47 years as a religious, Fr. Matthew Issac, and Sister Collette Standard with over 50 years professed, the Dominicans and Franciscans, all orders and Diocesan priests that are or have served St. Mary's High School since its beginnings in 1876.

 

For the unborn and born victims of abortion

 

For the innocent victims of abortion, for those who are suffering the personal devastation of abortion's aftermath, and that the hearts of those who promote the killing of the unborn be changed to affirm life. Pray that the minds and hearts of abortion providers change to embrace life and not destroy it. Pray that the United States recognize the right to life of the unborn.

 

All those facing unemployment and financial difficulty at this time

 

The Poor Souls in Purgatory

 

For Christian Martyrs, Victims of Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Crime and Abuse and Poverty

 

For the repose of the soul of Fr.

For the victims of the Munich, Germany terror attack

 

For the 98 victims of the Nice, France terror attack

 

For the Victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack

 

Pray for the 147 Christian martyrs who were killed by Islamic terrorist organization al-Shabab at Garissa University College in Kenya on April 2, 2015

 

For the four sisters, Missionaries of Charity, who worked with the poorest of the poor in Yemen, died when four gunmen stormed the nursing home where they worked.

 

Sister Anselm, 57, was the youngest of seven siblings in an Indian family of farmers. Fellow missionaries said she lived and died for the people. While not much is known about the three other sisters, including 44-year-old Sister Margherite and 32-year-old Sister Reginette, both of Rwanda, and 41-year-old Kenyan Sister Judith, they are not forgotten. They were daughters, sisters and spiritual mothers to many. Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, which includes Yemen, said they  “sacrificed their lives by following their own charism.”

 

In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed that Blessed Mother Teresa “accompany to paradise these daughters of hers, martyrs of charity, and that she would intercede for peace and a sacred respect for human life.”

 

The Pope had earlier said of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed:

 

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a witness that cries out to be heard,” the pope said. “It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants,” the pope said, according to a Vatican transcript. “They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.” The Pope urged Christians toward ecumenism, or unity in Christian faith. “As we recall these brothers and sisters who were killed only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage one another to go forward with this ecumenism that is emboldening us, the ecumenism of blood,” he said. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” -Pope Francis

 

The following are the names of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians that were beheaded by ISIS:

 

 1.  Milad Makeen Zaky

 11. Mina Fayez Aziz

 2.  Abanub Ayad Atiya

 12. Hany Abdelmesih Salib

 3.  Maged Solaiman Shehata

 13. Bishoy Adel Khalaf

 4.  Yusuf Shukry Yunan

 14. Samuel Alham Wilson

 5.  Kirollos Shokry Fawzy

 15. Worker from Awr village

 6.  Bishoy Astafanus Kamel

 16. Ezat Bishri Naseef

 7.  Somaily Astafanus Kamel

 17. Loqa Nagaty

 8.  Malak  Ibrahim Sinweet

 18. Gaber Munir Adly

 9.  Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros

 19. Esam Badir Samir

 10. Girgis Milad Sinweet

 20. Malak Farag Abram

21. Sameh Salam Farug

 

 …and for the countless other Christian martyrs throughout the world today!

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis

 

 

Christian Forgiveness and Mercy

 

"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values. At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships. God’s mercy will renew our relationships." -Pope Francis, January 26, 2016.

 

 

Misuse of Religion

 

"Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext,"

 

-Pope Francis  January 12, 2015

 

Proclaiming the Gospel

 

“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

 

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.

 

“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?

 

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

 

The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.  Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.

 

“I say this also thinking about the preaching and content of our preaching. A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing. The homily is the touchstone to measure the pastor’s proximity and ability to meet his people, because those who preach must recognize the heart of their community and must be able to see where the desire for God is lively and ardent. The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”

 

Volunteer Opportunjities

 

 

Catholic Charities

Provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.

 

 

 

Saint Mary’s Dining Room

An interfaith organization serving the needs of Stockton's poor and homeless by providing food, medical care and clothing.

 

 

 

 

Red Rhino Orphanage Project

 

The Red Rhino Orphanage Project’s mission is to house and educate some of the most desperate and unfortunate children in Kenya, enabling them to become contributing members of society and leaders of the next generation

 

 

 

 

 

Your Local Catholic Parish

 

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Selected Quotes from Church Documents: On Legalized Abortion (Source: USCCB)

 

Papal Teaching

Openness to life is at the centre of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man's true good. If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help. By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.

“Caritas In Veritate” Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI 6-29-2009

 

But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. … In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders.

Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 59.

When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a ‘tyrannical’ decision with regard to the weakest and most defenseless of human beings?....While public authority can sometimes choose not to put a stop to something which – were it prohibited – would cause more serious harm, it can never presume to legitimize as a right of individuals – even if they are the majority of the members of society – an offense against other persons caused by the disregard of so fundamental a right as the right to life.

Id., nos. 70, 71.

Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.

Id., no. 72.

Utilitarianism is a civilization of production and of use, a civilization of "things" and not of "persons", a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used. In the context of a civilization of use, woman can become an object for man, children a hindrance to parents, the family an institution obstructing the freedom of its members. To be convinced that this is the case, one need only look at certain sexual education programmes introduced into the schools, often notwithstanding the disagreement and even the protests of many parents; or pro-abortion tendencies which vainly try to hide behind the so-called "right to choose" ("pro-choice") on the part of both spouses, and in particular on the part of the woman.

Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families, February 2, 1994, no. 13

On “social sin”:

Also social is every sin against the rights of the human person, beginning with the right to life and including the life of the unborn or against a person's physical integrity…The term social can be applied to sins of commission or omission-on the part of political, economic or trade union leaders, who though in a position to do so, do not work diligently and wisely for the improvement and transformation of society according to the requirements and potential of the given historic moment…Whenever the church speaks of situations of sin or when the condemns as social sins certain situations or the collective behavior of certain social groups, big or small, or even of whole nations and blocs of nations, she knows and she proclaims that such cases of social sin are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins. It is a case of the very personal sins of those who cause or support evil or who exploit it; of those who are in a position to avoid, eliminate or at least limit certain social evils but who fail to do so out of laziness, fear or the conspiracy of silence, through secret complicity or indifference; of those who take refuge in the supposed impossibility of changing the world and also of those who sidestep the effort and sacrifice required, producing specious reasons of a higher order. The real responsibility, then, lies with individuals.

Pope John Paul II, Reconciliation and Penance (1984), no. 16
 

Vatican Documents

 

It is true that it is not the task of the law to choose between points of view or to impose one rather than another. But the life of the child takes precedence over all opinions. One cannot invoke freedom of thought to destroy this life…

The role of law is not to record what is done, but to help in promoting improvement. It is at all times the task of the State to preserve each person's rights and to protect the weakest. In order to do so the State will have to right many wrongs. The law is not obliged to sanction everything, but it cannot act contrary to a law which is deeper and more majestic than any human law: the natural law engraved in men's hearts by the Creator as a norm which reason clarifies and strives to formulate properly, and which one must always struggle to understand better, but which it is always wrong to contradict. Human law can abstain from punishment, but it cannot declare to be right what would be opposed to the natural law, for this opposition suffices to give the assurance that a law is not a law at all…

It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application.

 

Physician Assisted Suicide

 

Statement of the California Catholic Conference on Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide

 

October 5, 2015

 

The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:“The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Governor Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life.  This law stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.

 

“All 48 Catholic hospitals in California provide excellent palliative care services as all medical facilities for terminally ill patients should but often do not.  As Catholic Bishops in California we join hands with the disability rights groups, physicians, other health care professionals, and advocates for the elderly in opposing physician-assisted suicide as the wrong way to advance the human dignity for those facing a terminal illness.

 

“Pope Francis has warned us about our "throw away culture."  Have we become so callous in protecting the sacredness of life that we easily approve of a physician handing over a lethal dose of drugs to someone to end their life at their most vulnerable moment when they most need to be cared for with love and attention?

 

“We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and sisters in vulnerable communities of the disabled and elderly have been consistently ignored by our state’s elected officials.  In a health care system grappling with constantly escalating costs, the elderly and disabled are in great peril now that assisted suicide has become legal.  Application of such a law elsewhere shows that the option to offer the low-cost alternative of lethal drugs instead of proper medical care is a temptation not long resisted.

 

“For vulnerable people, this isn’t compassion.  There’s nothing in this law that supports or promotes the common good.  This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable.  If anything, this bill says just the opposite and only serves to increase their emotional burden.  And it facilitates subtle but potent pressures on the elderly and the disabled to end their lives rather than become a financial or emotional burden on their children.

 

“Nothing illustrates what is wrong with this bill more than how it got to Governor Brown’s desk having failed to even get out of committee in the normal legislative process.  In a special legislative session called to help fix a $1 billion gap in Medi-Cal funding and other health-financing issues, the Legislature and Governor did not address the problems nor offer ways to bring down the cost of healthcare.  Millions of people on Medi-Cal are still not eligible for palliative or other ‘end-of-life care.’  Instead, lawmakers’ solution to bringing down health care costs is to allow physicians to end a person’s life.  This will adversely affect the poor, as those with resources will always have access to palliative care.  This is not compassion.

                

“The California Catholic Conference has been very proud to work with Californians Against Assisted Suicide and its partners from the disability-rights community, advocates for the elderly, physicians’ groups and other health care professionals during the debate on physician-assisted suicide.  We thank all these members and the thousands of Catholics throughout the state who expressed their opposition for their outstanding work and we will continue to stand with them in efforts to protect the most vulnerable Californians.”

 

Catholic Rites and Churches

 

Christ, having been lifted up from the earth has drawn all men to Himself. Rising from the dead He sent His life–giving Spirit upon His disciples and through Him has established His Body which is the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation. Sitting at the right hand of the Father, He is continually active in the world that He might lead men to the Church and through it join them to Himself and that He might make them partakers of His glorious life by nourishing them with His own Body and Blood. [Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium 48]

 

RITES

 

A Rite represents an ecclesiastical, or church, tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. Each of the sacraments has at its core an essential nature which must be satisfied for the sacrament to be confected or realized. This essence – of matter, form and intention – derives from the divinely revealed nature of the particular sacrament. It cannot be changed by the Church. Scripture and Sacred Tradition, as interpreted by the Magisterium, tells us what is essential in each of the sacraments (2 Thes. 2:15). 

 

When the apostles brought the Gospel to the major cultural centers of their day the essential elements of religious practice were inculturated into those cultures. This means that the essential elements were clothed in the symbols and trappings of the particular people, so that the rituals conveyed the desired spiritual meaning to that culture. In this way the Church becomes all things to all men that some might be saved (1 Cor. 9:22).

 

There are three major groupings of Rites based on this initial transmission of the faith, the Roman, the Antiochian (Syria) and the Alexandrian (Egypt). Later on the Byzantine derived as a major Rite from the Antiochian, under the influence of St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom. From these four derive the over 20 liturgical Rites present in the Church today.

 

CHURCHES

 

A Church is an assembly of the faithful, hierarchically ordered, both in the entire world –  the Catholic Church, or in a certain  territory – a particular Church. To be a sacrament (a sign) of the Mystical Body of Christ in the world, a Church must have both a head and members (Col. 1:18).  The sacramental sign of Christ the Head is the sacred hierarchy – the bishops, priests and deacons (Eph. 2:19–22). More specifically, it is the local bishop, with his priests and deacons gathered around and assisting him in his office of teaching, sanctifying and governing (Mt. 28:19–20; Titus 1:4–9). The sacramental sign of the Mystical Body is the Christian faithful. Thus the Church of Christ is fully present sacramentally (by way of a sign) wherever there is a sign of Christ the Head, a bishop and those who assist him, and a sign of Christ's Body, Christian faithful. Each diocese is therefore a particular Church.

 

The Church of Christ is also present sacramentally in ritual Churches that represent an ecclesiastical tradition of celebrating the sacraments. They are generally organized under a Patriarch, who together with the bishops and other clergy of that ritual Church represent Christ the Head to the people of that tradition. In some cases a Rite is completely coincident with a Church. For example, the Maronite Church with its Patriarch has a Rite not found in any other Church. In other cases, such as the Byzantine Rite, several Churches use the same or a very similar liturgical Rite. For example, the Ukrainian Catholic Church uses the Byzantine Rite, but this Rite is also found in other Catholic Churches, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Churches not in union with Rome

 

Finally, the Church of Christ is sacramentally present in the Universal or Catholic Church spread over the entire world. It is identified by the sign of Christ our Rock, the Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter (Mt. 16:18). To be Catholic particular Churches and ritual Churches must be in communion with this Head, just as the other apostles, and the Churches they founded, were in communion with Peter (Gal. 1:18). Through this communion with Peter and his successors the Church becomes a universal sacrament of salvation in all times and places, even to the end of the age (Mt. 28:20).

 

Western Rites and Churches

 

Immediately subject to the Bishop of Rome, the Supreme Pontiff, who exercises his authority over the liturgy through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments


ROMAN/LATIN FAMILY OF LITURGICAL RITES


The Church of Rome is the Primatial See of the world and one of the five Patriarchal Sees of the early Church (Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem). Founded by St. Peter in 42 AD it was consecrated by the blood of Sts. Peter and Paul during the persecution of Nero (63–67 AD). It has maintained a continual existence since then and is the source of a family of Rites in the West. Considerable scholarship (such as that of Fr. Louis Boyer in Eucharist) suggests the close affinity of the Roman Rite proper with the Jewish prayers of the synagogue, which also accompanied the Temple sacrifices. While the origin of the current Rite, even in the reform of Vatican II, can be traced directly only to the 4th century, these connections point to an ancient apostolic tradition brought to that city that was decidedly Jewish in origin.

After the Council of Trent it was necessary to consolidate liturgical doctrine and practice in the face of the Reformation. Thus, Pope St. Pius V imposed the Rite of Rome on the Latin Church (that subject to him in his capacity as Patriarch of the West), allowing only smaller Western Rites with hundreds of years of history to remain. Younger Rites of particular dioceses or regions ceased to exist.

As a consequence of the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Pope Paul VI undertook a reform of the Mass of the Roman Rite, promulgating a revised rite with the Missal of 1970. This Missal has since been modified twice (1975 and 2002). Mass celebrated in accordance with this missal is the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

 

At the time of the revised Missal's promulgation in 1970 almost all Catholics assumed that the previous rite, that of the Missal of 1962, had been abolished. By decision of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI this general assumption has been declared false and the right of Latin Rite priests to celebrate Mass according to the former missal has been affirmed (Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, 7 July 2007). Mass celebrated in accordance with the Missal of 1962 constitutes the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

 

• Roman – The overwhelming majority of Latin Catholics and of Catholics in general.


– Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Mass celebrated in accordance with the Missale Romanum of 1970, promulgated by Pope Paul VI, currently in its third edition (2002). The vernacular editions of this Missal, as well as the rites of the other sacraments, are translated from the Latin typical editions revised after the Second Vatican Council.


– Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Mass celebrated in accordance with the Missale Romanum of 1962, promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII. The other sacraments are celebrated according to the Roman Ritual in force at the time of the Second Vatican Council. The Extraordinary Form is most notable for being almost entirely in Latin. In addition to institutes which have the faculty to celebrate the Extraordinary Form routinely, such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, any Latin Rite priest may now offer the Mass and other sacraments in accordance with norms of Summorum Pontificum.


– Anglican Use. Since the 1980s the Holy See has granted some former Anglican and Episcopal clergy converting with their parishes the faculty of celebrating the sacramental rites according to Anglican forms, doctrinally corrected.


• Mozarabic – The Rite of the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) known from at least the 6th century, but probably with roots to the original evangelization. Beginning in the 11th century it was generally replaced by the Roman Rite, although it has remained the Rite of the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain, and six parishes which sought permission to adhere to it. Its celebration today is generally semi–private.


• Ambrosian – The Rite of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy, thought to be of early origin and probably consolidated, but not originated, by St. Ambrose. Pope Paul VI was from this Roman Rite. It continues to be celebrated in Milan, though not by all parishes.


• Bragan – Rite of the Archdiocese of Braga, the Primatial See of Portugal, it derives from the 12th century or earlier. It continues to be of occasional use.


• Dominican – Rite of the Order of Friars Preacher (OP), founded by St. Dominic in 1215.


• Carmelite – Rite of the Order of Carmel, whose modern foundation was by St. Berthold c.1154.


• Carthusian – Rite of the Carthusian Order founded by St. Bruno in 1084. 

 

Eastern Rites and Churches

The Eastern Catholic Churches have their own hierarchy, system of governance (synods) and general law, the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches. The Supreme Pontiff exercises his primacy over them through the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

 

ANTIOCHIAN FAMILY OF LITURGICAL RITES

 

The Church of Antioch in Syria (the ancient Roman Province of Syria) is considered an apostolic See by virtue of having been founded by St. Peter. It was one of the ancient centers of the Church, as the New Testament attests, and is the source of a family of similar Rites using the ancient Syriac language (the Semitic dialect used in Jesus' time and better known as Aramaic). Its Liturgy is attributed to St. James and the Church of Jerusalem.

 

1. WEST SYRIAC


Maronite – Never separated from Rome. Maronite Patriarch of Antioch. The liturgical language  is Aramaic. The 3 million Maronites are found in Lebanon (origin), Cyprus, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.


Syriac – Syriac Catholics who returned to Rome in 1781 from the monophysite heresy. Syriac Patriarch of Antioch. The 110,000 Syriac Catholics are found in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Canada and the US.


Malankarese – Catholics from the South of India evangelized by St. Thomas, uses the West Syriac liturgy. Reunited with Rome in 1930. Liturgical languages today are West Syriac and Malayalam. The 350,000 Malankarese Catholics are found in India and North America.

 

2. EAST SYRIAC


Chaldean – Babylonian Catholics returned to Rome in 1692 from the Nestorian heresy. Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans. Liturgical languages are Syriac and Arabic. The 310,000 Chaldean Catholics are found in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and the US.


Syro–Malabarese – Catholics from Southern India using the East Syriac liturgy. Returned to Rome in the 16th century. Liturgical languages are Syriac and Malayalam. Over 3 million Syro–Malabarese Catholics can be found in the state of Kerela, in SW India.

 

BYZANTINE FAMILY OF LITURGICAL RITES


The Church of Constantinople became the political and religious center of the eastern Roman Empire after the Emperor Constantine built a new capital there (324–330) on the site of the ancient town of Byzantium. Constantinople developed its own liturgical rite from the Liturgy of St. James, in one form as modified by St. Basil, and in a more commonly used form, as modified by St. John Chrysostom. After 1054, except for brief periods of reunion, most Byzantine Christians have not been in communion with Rome. They make up the Orthodox Churches of the East, whose titular head is the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Orthodox Churches are mostly auto–cephalous, meaning self–headed, united to each other by communion with Constantinople, which exercises no real authority over them. They are typically divided into Churches along nation lines. Those that have returned to communion with the Holy See are represented among the Eastern Churches and Rites of the Catholic Church.

 

1. ARMENIAN


Considered either its own Rite or an older version of the Byzantine. Its exact form is not used by any other Byzantine Rite. It is composed of Catholics from the first people to convert as a nation, the Armenians (N.E. of  Turkey), and who returned to Rome at the time of the Crusades. Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians. The liturgical language is classical Armenian. The 350,000 Armenian Catholics are found in Armenia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Ukraine, France, Romania, United States and Argentina. Most Armenians are Orthodox, not in union with Rome.

 

2. BYZANTINE


Albanian – Albanian Christians, numbering only 1400 today, who resumed communion with Rome in 1628. Liturgical language is Albanian. Most Albanian Christians are Albanian Orthodox.
Belarussian/Byelorussian – Unknown number of Belarussians who returned to Rome in the 17th century. The liturgical language is Old Slavonic. The faithful can be found in Belarus, as well as Europe, the Americas and Australia.


Bulgarian – Bulgarians who returned to Rome in 1861. Liturgical language is Old Slavonic. The 20,000 faithful can be found in Bulgaria. Most Bulgarian Christians are Bulgarian Orthodox.


Czech – Czech Catholics of Byzantine Rite organized into a jurisdiction in 1996.


Krizevci – Croatian Catholics of Byzantine Rite who resumed communion with Rome in 1611. The liturgical language is Old Slavonic.  The 50,000 faithful can be found in Croatia and the Americas. Most Croatians are Roman (Rite) Catholics.


Greek – Greek Christians who returned to Rome in 1829. The liturgical language is Greek. Only 2500 faithful in Greece, Asia Minor (Turkey) and Europe. Greek Christians are almost all Orthodox, whose Patriarch is the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.


Hungarian – Descendants of Ruthenians who returned to Rome in 1646. The liturgical languages are Greek, Hungarian and English. The 300,000 faithful are found in Hungary, Europe and the Americas.


• Italo–Albanian – Never separated from Rome, these 60,000 Byzantine Rite Catholics are found in Italy, Sicily and the Americas. The liturgical languages are Greek and Italo–Albanian.


Melkite – Catholics from among those separated from Rome in Syria and Egypt who resumed Communion with Rome at the time of the Crusades. However, definitive union only came in the 18th century. Melkite Greek Patriarch of Damascus. Liturgical languages are Greek, Arabic, English, Portuguese and Spanish. The over 1 million Melkite Catholics can be found in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Australia.


Romanian – Romanians who returned to Rome in 1697. The liturgical language is Romanian. There are over 1 million Romanian Catholics in Romania, Europe and the Americas. Most Romanian Christians are Romanian Orthodox.


Russian – Russians who returned to communion with Rome in 1905. The liturgical language is Old Slavonic. An unknown number of the faithful in Russia, China, the Americas and Australia. Most Russian Christians are Russian Orthodox, whose Patriarch is the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow.
Ruthenian – Catholics from among those separated from Rome in Russia, Hungary and Croatia who reunited with Rome in 1596 (Brest–Litovsk) and 1646 (Uzhorod).


Slovak – Byzantine Rite Catholics of Slovakian origin numbering 225,000 and found in Slovakia and Canada.


Ukrainian – Catholics from among those separated from Rome by the Greek Schism and reunited about 1595. Patriarch or Metropolitan of Lviv. Liturgical languages are Old Slavonic and the vernacular. The 5.5 million Ukrainian Catholics can be found in Ukraine, Poland, England, Germany, France, Canada, US, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. During the Soviet era Ukrainian Catholics were violently forced to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Their hierarchy, which continued to exist outside the homeland, has since been re–established in Ukraine.

 

ALEXANDRIAN FAMILY OF LITURGICAL RITES


The Church of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the original centers of Christianity, since like Rome and Antioch it had a large Jewish population which was the initial object of apostolic evangelization. Its Liturgy is attributed to St. Mark the Evangelist, and shows the later influence of the Byzantine Liturgy, in addition to its unique elements.

 

Coptic – Egyptian Catholics who returned to communion with Rome in 1741. The Patriarch of Alexandria leads the 200,000 faithful of this ritual Church spread throughout Egypt and the Near East.  The liturgical languages are Coptic (Egyptian) and Arabic. Most Copts are not Catholics.

 

Ethiopian/Abyssinian – Ethiopian Coptic Christians who returned to Rome in 1846. The liturgical language is Geez. The 200,000 faithful are found in Ethiopia, Eritrea,  Somalia, and Jerusalem.

 

The Color and Meaning of Vestments

 

During the year, the priest will wear different colored vestments due to either the season or the particular reason for celebration. The guide below provides the reason for use and what the colors symbolize.

 

 

Green:

Used in Ordinary Time.

 

Symbolizes Hope

 

 

Red:

Pentecost, Holy Spirit, Feast of Martyrs and Apostles

 

Symbolizes the fire of charity and blood shed for Christ.

 

 

Gold:

Feasts of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary and Saints not martyred.

 

Symbolizes glory, joy, innocence and purity of soul

 

 

Pink:

Used on the Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

Symbolizes joy and love.

 

 

White:

Christmas, Easter Season, Feasts of Mary, St. Joseph and special Saints, Mass of Christian Burial.

 

Symbolizes Resurrection, joy, innocence, purity of soul

 

 

Purple:

Advent and Lent

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Symbolizes humility and patience

 

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