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Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – April 2018

March 28th, 2018, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Print out your April 2018 calendar before the Triduum hits. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for April:

Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters

That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to
open new paths.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – March 2018

March 10th, 2018, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s PAST time to print out your March 2018 calendar (my apologies for being so far behind). Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for March:

Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment

That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

St. John Bosco Schools 10th Anniversary – A Decade of Difference

February 14th, 2018, Promulgated by Ben Anderson


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Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – February 2018

February 1st, 2018, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your February2018 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for February:

Universal: Say “No” to Corruption

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

BOOK: Parents, Children, and the Facts of Life

December 27th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

We recently wrapped up a book discussion group with parents and teachers from my kids’ school. This is a really good book that I think worth sharing. For those who aren’t currently raising children, it could make a good wedding or baptism present. I created a thorough outline as well as some notes regarding other resources shared in this google folder.

PARENTS, CHILDREN
AND
THE FACTS OF LIFE

A TEXT ON SEX EDUCATION FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS
AND FOR THOSE
CONCERNED WITH HELPING PARENTS

FrSattlerBy Fr. Henry V Sattler, C.SS.R., Ph.D.

Excerpts from the Publisher’s Preface:

Fr. Henry V. Sattler’s Parents, Children and the Facts of Life will serve as an excellent and much-needed counterpoise to the Godless, public and grossly immodest “sex education” employed in the public schools—and, alas, in all too many Catholic schools. For it will give parents at once both the ammunition to show school authorities that the primary and essential obligation to instruct their own children in sexual matters belongs to THE PARENT and not the school, plus it will more than equip parents for their task.

One might think that the passage of forty years from the printing of the first edition of the book would have rendered it outmoded or grossly dated. But exactly the opposite is the case.

Excerpts from the Forward:

Parents may not entirely consign to others the task of providing for the moral and religious formation of their sons and daughters.

One of the most important phases in this parental duty of promoting the spiritual welfare of the young is sex education.

Most parents would readily admit, the proper fulfillment of this task is by no means easy.

The embarrassment that is likely to accompany the frank discussion of so delicate and personal a matter, the difficulty of choosing the right terms, and the fear that the child will ask questions which they may not be able to answer deter many parents from undertaking their duty, despite the unquestionable fact that in this age of blatant indecency and sexual license the proper sex education of adolescents is vitally necessary if their chastity is to be preserved.

Father Sattler has avoided two extremes which could easily spoil the instruction: on the one hand, vague and unsatisfying statements which are likely to arouse undue curiosity, and on the other hand, vivid and stimulating descriptions that may be a proximate occasion of sin to youthful hearers.

The benefit is greatly increased when a group of parents discuss these points frankly and honestly

It should likewise be noted that this book will also help teachers to discover and fulfill their function in chastity education as delegates and helpers in what is essentially a parental duty.

The book can be purchased on Amazon, Tan Books, ($10 paperback / $6 kindle) and elsewhere.

 

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – December 2017

December 1st, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your December 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for December:

The Elderly.

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – November 2017

November 2nd, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your November 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for November:

Christians in Asia.

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – October 2017

October 1st, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your October 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for October:

Workers and the Unemployed.

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – September 2017

September 2nd, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your September 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for September:

Parishes.

That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

St. Bernard’s On the Road – YOTE

August 5th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

From St. Bernard’s facebook page (p5 of the album)

When describing the Eucharist, the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1328 indicates that the “the inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names we give it.” We’ve taken these names and each of the following presenters has prepared a 45-minute lecture/discussion that explores both the academic and spiritual insights into the Eucharist. Designed for adult faith enrichment, interested parishes should contact…

If you haven’t yet read Bishop Matano’s pastoral letter announcing the YOTE, you can do so here.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – August 2017

July 31st, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your August 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for August:

Artists.

That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

FOCUS (Catholic campus outreach) coming to the University of Rochester

July 28th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

FOCUS Expands to 15 New Campuses

This month, FOCUS is delighted to announce that the apostolate will be serving on 15 new campuses for the next academic year. In 2017 – 2018, more than 660 FOCUS missionaries will serve college students on 137 campuses.

Along with Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, teams of FOCUS missionaries will also go to Iowa State University, Indiana University, the University of Rochester — and even the alma mater of FOCUS Founder Curtis Martin: Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

What FOCUS does:

We’re a campus outreach that pursues college students with intentionality and love. We invite them into a growing relationship with Jesus and the Catholic faith, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.

NOTE: This FOCUS is not the same as the local pregnancy care center – they just happen to share the same name.

THEOLOGY ON TAP Summer Series 2017

July 26th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

From St. Jerome’s bulletin:

THEOLOGY ON TAP Summer Series 2017

Summer Nights Four Pack for Catholics and friends in their twenties and thirties!

Monday Nights at 7:00 p.m. at The Otter Lodge, 1776 Monroe Avenue , Rochester, NY 14618.

August 7, 2017 – Beyond Left and Right: The Appalling Strangeness of Catholic Moral Teaching With Dr. Matthew Kuhner.

August 14, 2017: Love and Lies: Theology of the Body. With Michelle Kuhner, M.T.S. August 21, 2017 The Real Presence: I Believe…Do You? With Fr. Peter VanLieshout.

August 28, 2017: Discernment for Your Life: How to Recognize When God is Speaking to You With Sister Laurie Orman.

Theology on Tap is an opportunity for young adults to gather to discuss and reflect on issues of faith. Sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester Department of Evangelization & Catechesis.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – May 2017

May 1st, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your May 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for May:

Christians in Africa.

That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – April 2017

April 2nd, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your April 2017 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for April:

Young People.

That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

God Has No Country

March 24th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

The School of Arts and Sciences at the UofR is sponsoring this event.

God has No Country

March 31, 2017
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Todd Theatre (UofR)

Dublin-based actor Donal Courtney’s one-man show “God Has No Country” tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty’s exploits in German-occupied Rome during the Second World War. Though little remembered today, this unassuming Irish priest used his connections in the Vatican to harbor prisoners of war and Jews and was ultimately responsible for saving over 6,500 lives…

The return of the mighty Barckhoff to Auburn’s St. Mary’s Church

March 19th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

The Rev. Frank Lioi writes in Auburn’s The Citizen: The return of the mighty Barckhoff to Auburn’s St. Mary’s Church

Since this past summer, the historic 1890 Carl Barckhoff pipe organ in the gallery of the 1874 St. Mary’s Church building in Auburn has been undergoing a complete restoration. This pipe organ is thought to be the builder’s largest extant organ, and unlike most of the organs of its period, survives in a relatively unaltered condition.

After 77 years, St. Mary Church’s (Downtown) cross comes down

March 18th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Two articles from our friend at the D&C, David Andreatta:

Iconic cross atop St. Mary’s Church succumbs to wind

After 77 years, St. Mary Church’s cross comes down

Friday Link Roundup

March 10th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

As someone who promoted the “What is Marriage?” paper w/out knowing the distinction between the old natural lawyers and the classical natural lawyers, I must now redirect you to Ed Feser’s “In Defense of the Perverted Faculty Argument”, a chapter he’s made freely available from his book “Neo-Scholastic Essays” (linked from this post).

Along these lines, but from a completely different angle, Austin Ruse points out the danger of not fully exposing the homosexual agenda and instead simply falling back on, “hey man, I just want my religious freedom” in Homo Homophobia.

My conclusion from reading Feser and Ruse is that sexually deviant behavior needs to be argued against and decried instead of merely talking about the beauty of marriage and religious freedom. Obviously this takes a good amount of courage to do.

Parents would do well to boycott Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast. Please do your best to stop fueling the beast that is the Disney empire.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ will introduce world to first gay Disney character

“Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

There are many great resources to be found at unavocewyoming.org (linked from NLM).

“CANTATE DOMINO CANTICUM NOVUM” A Statement on the Current Situation of Sacred Music you’ll want to read this and bookmark it for future reference.

“Mass recalls heroic efforts of late priest, nun”, By Mike Latona/Catholic Courier

KofC, St. Mark’s, and Focus Pregnancy Center on the TV News

March 9th, 2017, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Kudos to WHEC News 10 for this story:
Friday fish fry tradition feeds faithful… and area charities

Also, the Sisters of Life (pictured) recently visited the Focus Pregnancy Center among other stops in our area. Thank you, sisters, for stopping by.

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Finally, here is some info regarding an upcoming event. (JPG Flier) (PDF Flier)

Focus Pregnancy Center
Presents

An evening with
Dr. Karen Dalton

Thursday, April 27
6:30pm

Dr. Dalton will be speaking about her experiences helping women choose life.

St. Anne Parish Center
1600 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY

Complimentary catered meal of deli sandwiches and salads will be served

We hope you will take this opportunity to support Focus and its ministries with a kind donation.

RSVP themays73@yahoo.com
Or call Rick Paoletti (585) 489-9555