This message is from a personal friend of mine from our studies together in graduate school. Fr. Louis Merosne is a wonderful man and is now a priest in Haiti. I asked him if I could share the story of his confrere, 38-year-old Fr. Dumas, who was nearly killed in a car accident last year, to try to help get some added spiritual and financial support for the care of this priest who has been in a coma for months.
Early morning, he was driving from Cayes back to his parish on Saturday, August 25th to celebrate some weddings. He got into a major car accident in Aquin. His nephew who was with him died instantly. The nurse in the back seat broke her leg but survived. Fr. Dumas has been in a coma since the accident. He was rushed to Port-au-Prince where he was kept alive on a ventilator and was given only a 5% chance to live. We were all worried and realized that his best chance at life would be to med evac him to Miami. But that would cost a lot of money, $15,400! We had some friends lend us their credit cards to charge for the air ambulance. Providentially, the Archbishop of Miami covered the deposit for Jackson Memorial Hospital ($50,000) since Fr. Dumas has no insurance. The air ambulance came to get him from Haiti on Monday, August 27th.
He was stabilized at Jackson Memorial, and when he was stabilized was transferred to St. Catherine Rehab that belongs to the Archdiocese of Miami. When he developed a pneumonia he was readmitted at Jackson Memorial where he has been since. He has been ready now to be transferred into another facility that can care for him but unfortunately, the Archdiocese does not have any such facilities. And yet, the hospital is putting pressure to discharge him.
I am told that Fr. Dumas will need an oxygen delivery system capable of administering 30% oxygen continuously through a trach tent, a feeding pump for PEG alimentation and an air mattress to minimize skin breakdown. His tracheostomy needs to be suctioned every 3-4 hours (although lately he is only suctioned about once a day if even that) and he needs actual trach care daily. He will also need total assistance with toileting, bathing and grooming. He will benefit from nursing care for wound care and ostomy care as well.
Fr. Dumas is a 38 year-old priest, recently ordained, in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne whose bishop is Bishop Pierre-André Dumas, who delegated me to undertake this process of finding the best solution for Fr. Dumas. The only option of which our own poor diocese is capable is to repatriate him and have him spend his last days near family in Haiti, but we are certain that we do not the means to properly care for him in Haiti. The doctors are not optimistic of a full recovery, but cannot scientifically pronounce how he will turn out in a year for example.
To find out how you can help, please click HERE to go to Professor Clarke’s blogpost for all the information.
Prayer for Favor for Father Dumas to Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.
If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession for the healing of Father Dumas.
I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com is a very generous and strong ProLife warrior. He spends every day working and praying for the defense of life. I say generous because he makes our job here at ACBlog very easy. He forwards links of his stories to us so that we may publish them here. We can never thank him enough for this help.
Here are two stories from Steven’s blog which will revile you but the second one offers some hope. Don’t just be disgusted and settle for the ray of hope from the second story. Please continue to pray, volunteer and inform our representatives it’s time to defend LIFE. The reason the stories are becoming so horrific is because we are making inroads to their evil plans. The father of all lies is getting angry with the fact that more people are waking up to the genocide perpetrated on the most defenseless of us, little unborn babies.
MSNBC Host Toure’ Neblett: Thank God for Abortion
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/28/13
A clip of an MSNBC host thanking God for abortion is making the round today and provoking negative remarks from pro-life advocates who have seen it.
Touré Neblett, a co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC, is garnering criticism from pro-life advocates today after thanking the Lord for abortion and saying, “I cannot imagine arguing against a woman’s right to control her own body, and thus her life.”
He also talked about how he and his girlfriend had an abortion, saying, “I thank God and country” that abortion was there when he wanted it.
Before the election, he came under fire for the tweet: “Girls, get your abortions NOW in case the Republicans win.”
Next story does offer some hope. The so-called “catholic” Governor of NY won’t stop his obsession with promoting abortion and finally the state Republicans are trying to stop it.
New York Senate GOP Slams Cuomo’s Third-Term Abortion Measure
by Steven Ertelt | Albany, NY | LifeNews.com | 1/30/13 2:47 PM
New York state Senate Republicans are slamming a proposal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing in the New York state legislature that pro-life advocates say would promote late-term abortions.
The bill, pro-life advocates say, would elevate abortion to a fundamental right and have New York on record saying the state can’t discriminate on abortion in benefits or services or anything else it provides.
“Cuomo’s legislation, she said, would make illegal abortion restrictions, such as parental-notification laws, informed-consent laws, restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion bans of any kind,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the New York’s Catholic Conference director of pro-life activities.
According to a new report, New York’s Senate Republicans, who may have the votes to stop the measure from progressing, are slamming the governor. Even lawmakers who support abortion think it goes too far.
“I think this is not a well-thought-out piece of legislation,” said Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos of Nassau County. “The bottom line is, in New York state, abortion is legal, it’s safe.”
“I don’t understand what the issue is,” Skelos said two weeks after Cuomo made the proposal a rousing part of his State of the State speech. “In New York state, you have Medicaid spending on abortion, there is no parental consent, there is no parental notification, you can pretty much have an abortion any time you want … I think it’s really a non-issue.”
Cuomo packaged the abortion rights measure in a women’s rights package that included proposals to assure equal pay, workplace rights, and bills combating abuse against women. At this point, Cuomo has tied all the measures together, requiring the Legislature to approve all or none of the proposals.
He repeated his support for greater abortion protections three times in his State of the State speech, shouting and jabbing his finger to the cheering audience: “Because it’s her body, it’s her choice!”
After Skelos’ comments, Cuomo appeared to downplay the magnitude of his proposal, which he had likened during his earlier speech to his landmark measure in 2011 that legalized same-sex marriage.
“State law needs to be updated so that it is consistent with federal standards and once and for all makes a woman’s right to choose unassailable in New York state,” said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi. “This is not an expansion of abortion rights. It’s a codification of existing federal law. Any suggestion to the contrary is not only baseless, but a distortion of the facts.”
The New York Right to Life Committee provided LifeNews with more details on what Cuomo is pushing in the legislature.
The radical abortion bill, the “Reproductive Health Act” would make changes to current NYS law that represent the opinion of only a tiny subset of New Yorkers who hold extremist pro-abortion views. By writing “fundamental reproductive rights” into NYS state law, the bill would provide full legal cover to the tragic and well-entrenched practice of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
This bill is the product of the extremist pro-abortion lobby that takes exception to reasonable, common sense laws, such as parental consent and limits on government payment for abortions. The advocates of this bill are the same who oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional in 2007.
S.438 is meant to ensure that the radical abortion industry in New York can continue to thrive without reservation, or common-sense protections for anyone other than abortionists, to address its out of control practice in New York State.
The Reproductive Health Act would, among other things:
Allow non-physicians to perform abortions;
Remove criminal penalties even from unlawful abortions;
Prevent an unborn child who is the intended victim of a crime from being recognized as a victim;
Prevent any limitation on use of taxpayer funds to curtail New York’s Medicaid policy of paying for abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy;
Deceitfully redefine pregnancy as beginning at implantation – not fertilization;
Falsely redefine fetal (child) viability and
Unleash new assaults on the consciences of those who oppose participating in abortion – health care professionals, hospitals, hospital residents, and health insurance providers.
The event is being produced in association with City Of Bath College. The College students will be filming, editing, stage managing and streaming the whole day. Many thanks go out to the staff and students involved in the TEMPA project who have made this possible. The producer for the day will be David Lassman. I very much hope you will be able to join us online.
The book chosen as the official edition for the readathon has been kindly donated by the Oxford University Press. Many thanks go to them.
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath is to host an event that will be broadcast around the world -a 12 Hour International Readathon.
January 28th 2013 sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and to mark this bicentenary the book will be read in its entirety during a twelve hour period.
The half- day long ‘Readathon’ will take place at the Centre in Gay Street and will be streamed to eager fans all around the world.
The book, which regularly tops polls as the nation’s favourite novel, will be read in short 10 minute segments by up to 140 celebrities, authors, politicians, musicians, Olympians, school children, competition winners and personalities.
The Centre will also be welcoming internet streams from the various overseas Jane Austen societies and celebrities.
David Baldock, Director of the Jane Austen Centre said, “This is such an important literary milestone that it cannot be allowed to pass without recognition. I have witnessed how Jane Austen’s talent unites people from all corners of the world and this ‘Readathon’ is one way we can celebrate this together.”
The Centre is still deciding who should get the honour of reading the opening line, which is probably the most famous in English Literature. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’.
All of the readers at the Centre will be offered the opportunity to dress in Regency costume to help get them in the mood and each reader will also receive a special copy of the book and a certificate to mark their participation.
In keeping with such a notable gathering, the ‘Readathon’ will be punctuated by Regency drama, dancing and music. The ‘Readathon’ will be the first of a series of special events that the Jane Austen Centre will be holding in Bath to celebrate the Pride and Prejudice bicentennial.
Article in Western Daily Press
More details about how to get involved click on ‘readathon‘.
24 January 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra
Hello loyal readers,
As most of you may know the staff and myself at Always Catholic took a break for a much needed Retreat for the New Year. Well, retreat’s over but we still need a little more of a break from the world. We have extended our break to continue our retreat at home with days dedicated to prayer and simple chores.
Leading a daily routine similar to a cloistered experience is proving at the very least to be the answer to our sadness over the state of the world and the deterioration of our own country. We will be back soon and in the meantime, please visit the blogs of truly Catholic writers. We ask also that you visit the Prayer Request page here at Always Catholic and either choose someone there to pray for or add your own request for prayer.
Here’s a list of some blogs we truly admire: (not in any order of preference, all are worthy…)
In Epiphania Domini ~ I. classis
Missa ‘Ecce Advenit’
[Gloria & Creed; Preface of the Epiphany; 2nd Vespers of Epiphany]
[STATION AT ST. PETER’S (VATICAN)]
The word “Epiphany” means “manifestation.” The Church in the Mass commemorates a triple manifestation of Christ: to the Magi, that is, to the Gentiles; in His Baptism, when the Voice from heaven declared: “This is My beloved Son”; and in the miracle of changing water into wine at Cana.
Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary of Chicago, celebrates a Pontifical High Mass at the Institute of Christ the King’s headquarters in Chicago, the Shrine of Christ the King (infantking.com).
LIVE Link to the Epiphany Mass at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, Sarasota, Florida: Please click HERE
“The LIVE Mass that streams to LIveMass.net is actively taking place in Sarasota, Florida. At all times the screen will remain blank until ten minutes before the scheduled Mass. Mass times are Sunday (Low Mass) at 8:30 a.m. EST. The High Mass is at 10:30 a.m. EST. All other times the screen will remain blank. The Daily Mass schedule is Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. EST and Tuesday and Friday evening an additional daily Mass at 6:30 p.m. EST. The Recollection of the Confraternity of Saint Peter takes place also on the 2nd Friday of the month at 6:30 P.M. EST.” from the website of livemass.net
INTROIT ¤ Malachias 3. 1
Ecce advenit dominator Dominus: et regnum in manu eius, et potestas, et imperium. — Deus, iudicium tuum regi da: et iustitiam tuam Filio regis. V.: Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. — Ecce advenit dominator Dominus: et regnum in manu eius, et potestas, et imperium. Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion. — (Ps. 71. 2) Give to the king Thy judgment, O God: and to the king’s Son Thy justice. V.: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. — Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion.
Deus, qui hodierna die Unigenitum tuum gentibus stella duce revelasti: concede propitius; ut qui iam te ex fide cognovimus, usque ad contemplandum speciem tuae caelestis perducamur. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. O God, who on this day, didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles by the guidance of a star: graciously grant, that we, who know Thee now by faith, may be led on even to contemplate the beauty of Thy Majesty. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
EPISTLE ¤ Isa. 60. 1-6.
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
Lectio Isaiae Prophetae.
[Isaias in a vision perceives the Church under the figure of Jerusalem where “the kings and the nations abound, the multitude who inhabit the borders of the sea and the strength of the Gentiles.”]
Surge, illuminare, Ierusalem, quia venit lumen tuum, et gloria Domini super te orta est. Quia ecce tenebrae operient terram, et caligo populos; super te autem orietur Dominus, et gloria eius in te videbitur. Et ambulabunt gentes in lumine tuo, et reges in splendore ortus tui. Leva in circuitu oculos tuos, et vide: omnes isti congregati sunt, venerunt tibi; filii tui de longe venient et filiae tuae de latere surgent. Tunc videbis, et afflues; mirabitur et dilatabitur cor tuum: quando conversa fuerit ad te multitudo maris; fortitudo gentium venerit tibi. Inundatio camelorum operiet te, dromedarii Madian et Epha; omnes de Saba venient, aurum et thus deferentes, et laudem Domino annuntiantes. Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for they light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of they rising. Lift up thy eyes round about and see: all these are gathered together: they are come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side. Then shalt Thou see and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strenth of the Gentiles shall come to thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth their praise to the Lord.
GRADUAL ¤ Isa. 60. 6, 1
Omnes de Saba venient aurum et thus deferentes, et laudem Domino annuntiantes. V.: Surge, et illuminare, Ierusalem: quia gloria Domini super te orta est.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Vidimus stellam eius in Oriente et venimus cum muneribus adorare Dominum. Alleluia. All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord. V.: Arise and be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: We have seen His star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord. Alleluia
GOSPEL ¤ Matt. 2. 1-12.
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
† Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
[Our Lord makes himself known to the Magi Kings by a star.]
Cum natus esset Iesus in Bethlehem Iuda in diebus Herodis regis, ecce magi ab oriente venerunt Ierosolymam, dicentes: Ubi est qui natus est rex Iudaeorum? Vidimus enim stellam eius in oriente, et venimus adorare eum. Audiens autem Herodes rex, turbatus est, et omnis Ierosolyma cum illo. Et congregans omnes principes sacerdotum, et scribas populi, sciscitabatur ab eis ubi Christus nasceretur. At illi dixerunt: In Bethlehem Iuda: sic enim scriptum est per prophetam: Et tu Bethlehem terra Iuda, nequaquam minima es in principibus Iuda: ex te enim exiet dux, qui regat populum meum Israel. Tunc Herodes clam vocatis magis diligenter didicit ab eis tempus stellae quae apparuit eis: et mittens illos in Bethlehem, dixit: Ite, et interrogate diligenter de puero: et cum inveneritis, renuntiate mihi, ut et ego veniens adorem eum. Qui cum audissent regem, abierunt, et ecce stella, quam viderant in oriente, antecedebat eos, usque dum veniens staret supra, ubi erat puer. Videntes autem stellam gavisi sunt gaudio magno valde. Et intrantes domum, invenerunt puerum cum Maria matre eius, (Hic genuflectitur) et procidentes adoraverunt eum: et apertis thesauris suis obtulerunt ei munera, aurum, thus, et myrrham. Et responso accepto in somnis ne redirent ad Herodem, per aliam viam reversi sunt in regionem suam. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Juda in the days of king Herod, behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying: Where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and are come to adore Him. And king Herod hearing this was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them were Christ should be born. But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the Prophet. And thou Bethlehem, the land of Juda, are not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the Captain that shall rule My people Israel. Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them: and sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again, that I also may come and adore Him. Who having heard the king went their way. And behold the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary His Mother, (Here genuflect) and falling down they adored Him. And opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.
OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 71. 10, 11
Reges Tharsis et insulae munera offerent: reges Arabum et Saba dona adducent: et adorabunt eum omnes reges terrae: omnes gentes servient ei. The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts: and all kings of the earth shall adore Him: all nations shall serve Him.
Ecclesiae tuae, quaesumus Domine, dona propitius intuere: quibus non iam aurum, thus, et myrrha profertur; sed quod eisdem muneribus declaratur, immolatur et sumiter, Iesus Christus Filius tuus Dominus noster: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Look graciously, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the offering of Thy Church, in which gold, frankincense, and myrrh are no longer offered: but He, who who by these same gifts was signified, is sacrificed and received, even Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who, with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
Preface of the Epiphany
Vere dignum et iustum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Quia cum Unigenitus tuus in substantia nostrae mortalitatis apparuit, nova nos immortalitatis suae luce reparavit. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia coelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus, sine fine dicentes: It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; for when Thine only-begotten Son was manifested in the substance of our mortal flesh, with the new light of His own Immortality He restored us. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Throne and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:
SPECIAL FORM OF COMMUNICANTES
Communicantes for Epiphany
Communicantes, et diem sacratissimum celebrantes, quo Unigenitus tuus in tua tecum gloria coaeternus, in veritate carnis nostrae visibiliter corporalis apparuit; sed et memoriam venerantes, in primis eiusdem gloriosae semper Virginis Mariae, Genetricis eiusdem Dei et Domini nostri Iesu Christi: sed et . . . Communicating, and keeping this most holy day on which Thine only-begotten Son, who is coeternal with Thee in Thy glory, showed Himself in true flesh and with a visible body like unto us; and also reverencing the memory first of the same glorious Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also . . .
COMMUNION ¤ Matt. 2. 2.
Vidimus stellam eius in Oriente et venimus cum muneribus adorare Dominum. We have seen His star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord.
Praesta, quaesumus omnipotens Deus: ut quae solemni celebramus officio, purificatae mentis intelligentia consequamur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we may attain by the understanding of a purified mind unto that which we celebrate with solemn office. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
Thank you to Deo Volente at his blog, Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland, the definitive source for the Latin Mass. Without him, I would be lost. His sources for Traditional sources are second to none and he is so obliging to help at a moment’s notice. God love you Deo! Please visit his blog often if you love the Latin Mass or are just starting out with the Latin Mass. Everything one needs is there for us traddies!
The Adoration of the Magi (1726-30) Sebastiano Ricci
Sofia and Company at AlwaysCatholic Blog are taking an Epiphany retreat and will be back January 7th. No worry, there is a scheduled post for Epiphany with a link to a live-stream Latin Mass scheduled to post late on the 5th.
We are taking a few days in prayer to prepare for the New Year. We will be keeping all of your special intentions in our daily retreat.