Monthly Archives: March 2013

Good Friday – Extraordinary Form – Videos & Online Missal

29 March 2013


Ordo Missae for Good Friday
from Sancta Missa.org.
Feria VI In Parasceve begins on page 265.


Editor’s Note: Thank you to cathcom (Sacramental Films) on You Tube


<3 Congrats to the Tarangos! <3 A MUST read & watch from @CatholicLisa

26 March 2013

Tonight I went on Twitter to thank so many kind people for their support and prayers during the recent loss of my Dad. to my surprise, I found tweets from my favorite engaged #Catholic couple… Tino Tarango and Elsa Barrientos. The tweets were to Lisa Graas, my buddy and to me announcing their marriage and the video of the ceremony. What a joyful surprise! thank you two for sharing with Lisa and myself as we are truly honored! Love you both!

God love you,

Sofia

Following is a crosspost from CatholicBandita of the video of the ceremony, enjoy!
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27 March 2013 Anno Domino

Congratulations to Tino and Elsa!

posted by Lisa Grass at her blog,
CatholicBandita

Hooray!!!! My friends Tino and Elsa got married and I have video!! Yay! Tino blogs at CP Catholic and has been active in apologetics for some time. He is very studious and certainly has a great love for the Church, two things that are very important in apologetics. I met him on Twitter and he introduced me to his lovely (now) bride Elsa through Twitter. Tino, I know that you know she loves you, without my saying so, but it helps to know that other people KNOW that your spouse loves you — and I can tell you that Elsa truly does. I know this with all my little Passionist heart. Be good to her!!!

It is so wonderful to see them tie the knot! They have been engaged for quite some time, and were married in a civil ceremony. They plan to have a wedding in the Church later. I believe they said that will be in December, but I can’t remember. Anyway, I am overjoyed for my friends, and cried when I watched the video which he tweeted to me and to our friend Sofia. Tino has graciously agreed to let me blog the video.

Congratulations to both of you!

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For the rest of this joyful post and the actual video of their marriage, please click HERE to go to Lisa’s blog….


Redemptive Suffering: a lesson for Holy Week from our sister in Christ, @LisaGraas

26 March 2013

26 March 2013 Anno Domini
posted by Sarah Campbell

Lisa Graas, our sister in Christ and contributor EXTRAORDINAIRE here at Always Catholic has written a post at her blog which is an explanation of Redemptive Suffering. In the spirit of Holy Week, when all Catholics relive the Passion, suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus, this insight on suffering is key. With the recent loss of her father, Sofia felt this post is the one thing we should all read and meditate upon during this holiest time of our liturgical year.
Sofia was originally coming back this week after taking last week off because of the death of her father but her confessor has told her to not return until Easter Monday. The consoling and healing spirit of the Triduum is just what the Divine Physician ordered. Sofia will be getting on Twitter & FB to thank personally all those who have prayed for her and then will return on April 1st.

Thank you and God bless you,
Sarah Campbell
@CatholicTeen
Intern at Always Catholic
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Study Up On Redemptive Suffering – It Will Change Your Life

posted by Lisa Graas at her blog,
Catholic Bandita
22 March 2013 Anno Domini

Regular readers know that I am a Passionist. What is that exactly? The article on the Passionists at Wikipedia is brief but generally accurate. You can find out more at the website and blog of the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery, to which I am attached as an oblate associate. Essentially, my relationship with them is that I love them and they love me. There really isn’t any more to it than that. I am not under any obedience to them. I just love them…but…it is true love, not because it is my love, but because it is my love with the love of Jesus poured out to us. This is the love which is found when we offer ourselves for others. My relationship with the Passionist Nuns is one of redemptive suffering. I offer all of my sufferings for their intentions, whatever they may be. In return, they pray for me and for my family.

There is no greater gift than love, and there is no greater love than the love of Christ in His Cross. Jesus said:

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13

My first duty is to my family, especially to my children, but my truest friends are the Passionist Nuns even though they are cloistered and I never speak to them unless it is absolutely necessary. (Unfortunately, due to Bipolar Disorder, my brain sometimes tells me it’s absolutely necessary when it really is not.) We are friends to each other only much as we are Christ to each other, and in my relationship with the Passionist Nuns, which is quite different from that of other friends, Christ is there in fullness.

Since I converted to Catholicism, one of the greatest agonies for me, apart from my physical and mental disorders, has been finding out that so many people do not really know the depth of what happened on the Cross. Even among those who are Catholic, there is very little understanding of redemptive suffering, that our sufferings have value when they are offered in union with the sufferings of our Lord on the Cross. All Christians know that redemption is through the Cross and that the Cross is the source of all graces. All Christians know, even protestants who believe in Sola Fide, that if you truly love Jesus, you will do God’s will. All Christians know, too, that we all fail at this every day, but that Jesus is still there for us in His Cross of redemption. How this becomes manifest to us is where we disagree, but that is because of human error, not God’s error.

How sad it is that even though we all believe these things, we are divided, Catholic and protestant. What separates us, I think, has to do mostly with a lack of understanding about the Incarnation….that we are all PHYSICALLY connected to each other, because the world (including our flesh) was created through Jesus. Our flesh exists because of His Flesh. We are created in His image. We all belong to Him completely. This is why it was possible for Him to save us when He Himself suffered death on the Cross. Because God is not bound by time (only we are), we all were hanging with Him on the Cross. His Sacrifice was the Gift of Himself, and the only way we will not be saved is if we deny this gift of salvation by rejecting the will of God in our lives. We do this when we refuse to take up the cross in our own lives and follow Him.

Jesus said:

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. — Luke 14:27

Bearing your cross is doing the will of the Father, as Jesus did in His Agony in the Garden, but it is also understanding that we are not God. We are His creation, made to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him. We do not have His power. As Mother Teresa said, we are to be as pencils in His hand. Grace comes from His Sacrifice. We Catholics seek to be like our Blessed Mother, sitting patiently at the Foot of the Cross.

For the rest of this important lesson for Holy Week, Please click HERE to go to Lisa’s blog, CatholicBandita.


Pope Francis sermon for Palm Sunday from our @FatherZ

24 March 2013

Palm Sunday

Posted on 24 March 2013 Anno Domini by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
at his blog, Fr.Z’s Blog

Pope Francis sermon for Palm Sunday:

1. Jesus enters Jerusalem. The crowd of disciples accompanies him in festive mood, their garments are stretched out before him, there is talk of the miracles he has accomplished, and loud praises are heard: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Lk19:38).

Crowds, celebrating, praise, blessing, peace: joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings, he has shown the face of God’s mercy, he has bent down to heal body and soul. Now he enters the Holy City!

It is a beautiful scene, full of light, joy, celebration.

At the beginning of Mass, we repeated all this. We waved our palms, our olive branches, we sang “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” (Antiphon); we too welcomed Jesus; we too expressed our joy at accompanying him, at knowing him to be close, present in us and among us as a friend, a brother, and also as a King [not mention Savior and God and, at death, Judge.]: that is, a shining beacon for our lives. And here the first word that comes to mind is “joy!” Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy that comes from having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world of ours. Let us bring the joy of the faith to everyone!

2. But we have to ask: why does Jesus enter Jerusalem? Or better: how does Jesus enter Jerusalem?

For the rest of the post, please click HERE


Pueri Hebraeorum – Tomás Luis de Victoria for Palm Sunday

23 March 2013


The meeting between brothers: Popes Francis & Benedict, photos tell it all…

23 March 2013

23 March 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

We are living Catholic history! Enjoy…


† Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. †

21 March 2013

21 March 2013 Anno Domini

Posted by Sarah Campbell

Sofia will be back tomorrow as her father was laid to rest yesterday. We ask that you keep her father, Vincent in your prayers for the repose of his soul and for Sofia and family who need the love of all in the Body of Christ through your prayers of intercession.

Thank you to all who have sent condolences through the blog, Twitter and Facebook as sofia will be back tomorrow to answer each and every one of you.

God love you as Sofia would say,

Sarah
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The Scriptures bid us, as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, to pray for the souls in Purgatory who are unable to pray for themselves:

“It is a holy, and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins.”

— II Machabees xii


Video: Pope Francis – Homily at Mass of Inauguration, In English thanks to @CatholicLisa

19 March 2013

Feast of Saint Joseph
19 March 2013 Anno Domini

Posted by Lisa Graas at her blog,
Catholic Bandita.com

Salt and Light TV brings us the homily of Pope Francis at his inaugural Mass with English translation, embedded below. Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Today’s Readings at USCCB.) Pope Francis spoke on the “protector” status of St. Joseph and the duty of each of us to be protectors of all creation, but particularly those who are most vulnerable. Prior to Mass, he gave us a personal example in stopping the popemobile to bless a disabled man.


Here are some tweets about Pope Francis’ homily today.
Click HERE to go to Lisa’s Blog, thank you.


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for our New Pope, Francis: Novena – Day Nine

19 March 2013

Feast of Saint Joseph
span style=”color: #000000;”>19 March 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Update: We welcome our new Holy Father, Francis by continuing this Novena to St Joseph in preparation for His Holiness,Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Thank you to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan with requesting this Novena as it seems the patron Saint of the Universal Church is indeed, listening!

Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Nine

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for our New Pope, Francis: Novena – Day Eight

18 March 2013

span style=”color: #000000;”>18 March 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Update: We welcome our new Holy Father, Francis by continuing this Novena to St Joseph in preparation for His Holiness,Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Thank you to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan with requesting this Novena as it seems the patron Saint of the Universal Church is indeed, listening!

Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Eight

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


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