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A Day as a Pastor
On Monday, June 4th, the alterservers from St. Matthew's, St. Joseph's, and Jesuit Martyrs's spent their day "as a pastor". The entire day was full of laughter, enthusiasm, and awe. They traveled to all of the churches in the parish, including Sundre where they had mass with the locals then relished some pizza and sinfully-sweet desserts provided by the parishoners of Sundre.
After lunch they went across the street to the Sundre Museum. All of the children were fascinated by the mounted animals from Africa and around Canada, then enjoyed a tour of the historical building's and artifacts of the museum. A special thanks to Karen Boston who organized the entire retreat, as well as a thanks to Gaetan Perron who drove the bus from place to place.
St. Josephs Seminary & Newman Theological College
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
Are you unhappy? Come to Jesus ... Western Catholic Reporter - November 21, 2011
Weekly churchgoers more optimistic, less depressed
Past studies have shown that those who attend religious services at least weekly tend to live longer and healthier lives. Now, new research indicates frequent churchgoers also face those additional years with more optimism and greater social support than others. A study involving more than 92,000 postmenopausal women showed that those who reported weekly attendance at religious services were 56 per cent more likely to be above the median in terms of their optimism level. They also were significantly less likely to be depressed or to be cynical and hostile. Titled Psychological and Social Characteristics Associated with Religiosity in Women’s Health Initiative Participants, the study was published in Journal of Religion and Health Nov. 11. The research was conducted by a team led by Eliezer Schnall, clinical associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University in New York. In an interview, Schnall said the study was a natural follow-up to earlier research showing that those who attended weekly religious services had a lower mortality rate over an eight-year period than those who attended less frequently or not at all.
40% Catholics don't practice what Church teaches …
When surveys come out trumpeting that such-and-such a percentage of Catholics don’t practice what the Church teaches on, say, contraception, I feel like pointing out to them that 100 percent of Catholics don’t practice what the Church preaches about loving their neighbor as themselves, forgiving as they have been forgiven, not stealing, and not coveting their neighbor’s possessions. (Once you throw “coveting” in there, things get really dicey, don’t they?)
In addition, 100 percent of Catholics don’t consistently care for the poor or live up to the demands of the Beatitudes. So should the Church “bow to reality” and dump those things too, because they’re hard?
Religion in the modern World
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed for souls, and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty yourself out upon us.O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us. I trust in You!________________________________________1. Begin with the• Sign of the Cross,• 1 Our Father,• 1 Hail Mary• The Apostles Creed.2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).4. Conclude with(three times):Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.Closing PrayerEternal God, in whom Mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy Will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen
The Church in America has a little too much America and not quite enough Church.
BETRAYED and forgotten, the unborn remain in our times the greatest ongoing holocaust in human history. As early as 11 weeks gestation, a fetus can feel pain when it is burned by saline or torn apart in its mother’s womb. In a culture that prides itself on unprecedented rights for animals, it is a horrifying contradiction and injustice. And the price to society is not negligible as future generations have now been decimated in the Western world, and continue to be at a startling rate of over a hundred thousand deaths per day worldwide. This is the Passion of the Unborn.