Photos: Jessica Ngo’s Baptism and First Holy Communion at St. Margaret Mary

SAMSUNG CSC Click photo for the picture gallery of  Jessica Ngo’s Baptism and First Holy Communion at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA). Please keep Jessica in your prayers!

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Chaplain’s Corner: Most Precious Blood of Jesus

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We call to mind once again our happy commemoration of July as the Month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. As we conclude this time focused on our adoration His Holy Blood, it is especially good for us to meditate on the importance of the consecration of the Precious Blood at Holy Mass. For it is precisely at that moment of the Holy Mass when we have present on our altars the fullness of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
The Church solemnly defined at the Council of Trent that the Mass is a sacramental sacrifice. The Death of Jesus Christ is made sacramentally present on the altar, so that the same Sacrifice is offered at Mass as was offered on Mount Calvary once for all. Only the manner of the Offering is different: at Mass, the offering is not “bloody,” i.e. historical; but rather it is sacramental. The Sacrifice has the same Priest and the same Victim. The sacramental sacrifice applies the historical sacrifice to those who participate in it through Holy Communion.
During this Month of the Precious Blood, we do well to recall that the truth about the Mass as a sacrifice centers especially on the consecration of the Precious Blood. This is indicated in the words of consecration themselves. It is important, first of all, to note that the consecration of the Body of Christ is effected without reference to the sacrifice: “Hoc est enim Corpus Meum.” Jesus says simply through His minister, “For this is My Body,” when He changes the bread into His Body. The Sacrifice of the Mass is not yet present because it is not yet signified.

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 Pass it on or offer a sacrifice of prayer for our brothers in Christ.

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On Saturday, August 2, there will be a worldwide demonstration of solidarity with the Christians of Iraq who are being terribly persecuted. They have been given an ultimatum by the ISIS terrorists: convert to Islam, pay the jizya (a tax levied on non-Muslims), or leave Iraq. Many are fleeing the place that has been there home for 2000 years. Men are being killed, women raped, churches far older than the United States are being destroyed. According to the BBC “Only 20 Christian families remain in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an ancient center of Christianity, following the city’s conquest by ISIS forces.”
The worldwide protest includes London, New York, Los Angeles, Australia, may places. In San Francisco, the demonstration of solidarity will take place at 10AM, thisSaturday, August 2, at Justin Herman Plaza. The U.S. Bishop have urged our government to take action to help our brothers and sisters in Christ—here is our chance to show our support.
A flyer for the event is attached. Please share it with your friends.
Your brother/son in Christ,
Gibbons J. Cooney
” A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.” – Saint John Vianney
” Chastity, or cleanness of heart. holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.” – Saint Augustine
” ( M )ercy does not mean approving of something that is sinful, but does absolve the wrongdoer after a change of heart takes place in the sinner through the gift of God’s grace.” –Saint Vincent de Paul

” The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance.” – Saint John Vianney

Feast Day | St Anne

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FOR SATURDAY:
S. Annae Matris B.M.V. ~ II. classis
Today is The Feast Day of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Mother of Jesus…

From today’s Divinum Officium:
From the Sermons of St John of Damascus.
2nd on the Birth of the Blessed Virgin.
The home of Anne is set before us, wherein to see an ensample both of married and of maiden life, the one in the person of the mother, the other in that of the daughter, whereof the one hath but now ceased to be barren, and the other is in a little while destined, beyond the course of nature, to become the Mother of the Messiah by a singular birth, specially designed by God to build up anew our nature. It is with reason then that Anne, filled with the Holy Ghost, with joyful and jubilant spirit singeth aloud: Rejoice with me, for out of my barren womb I have borne the bud of promise, and, as I have longed, I nourish at my breasts the fruit of benediction. I have laid aside the mournful garments of barrenness, and put on the joyful raiment of fruitfulness. Let Hannah the adversary of Peninnah make merry with me, and join with me for fellow-feeling, in singing of this new and unhoped-for wonder that is wrought in me.
Let Sarah be glad that was joyfully pregnant in her old age, and was a shadow cast before of my conception that hitherto have been barren. Let all the barren and fruitless break forth into singing, when they behold in what wondrous wise I have been visited from heaven. Let all mothers likewise, that like Anne are gifted with fruitfulness, say: Blessed be He That gave their desire unto them that besought Him, That gave fruitfulness unto her that was barren, and That granted unto her that from her should bud forth the joy-bringing Virgin, who, according to the flesh, was Mother of God, and whose womb was a heaven wherein He dwelt Whom no place can contain. Let us also with them offer our praises to her that was called barren, but now is become the mother of a maidchild; let us say unto her in the words of the Scripture: O how blessed is the house of David from whence thou art sprung, and that womb wherein God hath fashioned the ark of His holiness, that is, her, by whom He was Himself conceived without man’s seed.
Blessed art thou, and thrice blessed, whom God hath so blessed as to make thee to bring forth, as His own gift, the babe Mary, whose very name is highly honourable, out of whom Christ, the Flower of life, blossomed a maiden whose rising is glorious, and whose delivery is worth more than the world. We also, O woman most blessed, do wish thee joy. In sooth thou hast brought forth what we have all hoped for, and God hath given us, namely, the babe of promise. Blessed indeed art thou, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. The tongues of all the godly do magnify thine offspring, and every glad word is spoken concerning her of whom thou art delivered. Meet in truth is it, and most meet to praise her who received a revelation from the goodness of God, and bore for us such and so great a fruit, from whom sweet Jesus sprang.

 

Monsignor Wach

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Whenever you ask for mercy you shall receive it, provided you ask with repentance for your sin. Every sinner who is contrite and confesses his sin receives mercy. – St. Thomas Aquinas
Photo – Monsignor Wach, Founder and Superior General of the Institute, will visit the Shrine and celebrate Solemn High Mass on August 3, 2014

1962 Spanish Roman Catholic Daily Missal $45.95

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Estamos encantados de ofrecer a los fieles de habla española la primera edición, desde el Concilio Vaticano II, del misal diario de 1962, con una tipografía nueva. Este es el misal más completo jamás producido en español; completo, asequible y de gran durabilidad. Este Misal diario se convertirá en el compañero litúrgico de toda su vida – en la Iglesia, en el hogar, y cuando esté de viaje.

  • Tipografía nueva – no es una reproducción fotográfica
  • Composición tipográfica clara y nítida
  • Fiel a la edición típica del Missale Romanum  de 1962
  • Todos los textos litúrgicos en latín y español (tanto los propios como el ordinario)
  • Todas las lecturas en español y en latín.
  • Toda la música en notación gregoriana
  • El ordinario tiene las rúbricas de color rojo
  • Cantos dorados
  • Cinco marcadores de colores litúrgicos
  • Cosido al estilo Smythe, encuadernado con lomo redondeado con una cubierta flexible y resistente con relieves dorados
  • Páginas y cubierta con esquinas redondeadas
  • Guardas reforzadas impregnadas de resina para máxima durabilidad (no se rompen como el papel impreso)
  • Índice completo
  • Impreso y encuadernado en los EE.UU. con papel biblia de gran calidad

¿Por qué es éste el misal más completo que se ha publicado hasta ahora?

  • Tiene todas las misas del año litúrgico, según el calendario romano de 1962
  • Ciclos del tiempo litúrgico y santoral y los ritos que los acompañan (bendición de la ceniza, bendición de los ramos, la Misa del crisma, y la bendición de los santos óleos, etc.)
  • La liturgia completa de la Semana Santa según el misal de 1962
  • Apéndices que contienen las Misas adicionales para los Estados Unidos y Canadá
  • Las fiestas de particulares de las congregaciones religiosas
  • Calendario Litúrgico
  • Calendario de las fiestas movibles hasta el año 2050
  • Misas de difuntos (incluso para recién nacidos)
  • Misa de difuntos  y las oraciones para los fieles difuntos
  • Celebración del matrimonio
  • Conmemoraciones especiales
  • 39 oraciones o colectas
  • 17 Misas votivas
  • Común de los santos y la Santísima Virgen
  • Colectas con sus conclusiones
  • Ceremonial del Bautismo
  • Bendición del la madre después del parto
  • Ceremonial de la Confirmación
  • Rito de la extremaunción
  • Bendiciones varias
  • Vísperas dominicales y de los días festivos
  • Completas dominicales
  • Oficio de Tinieblas (Triduo sagrado)
  • Oraciones para antes de emprender un viaje
  • Varias devociones y oraciones, entre ellas las letanías más populares, el Vía Crucis, oraciones del rosario y otras
  • Oraciones matutinas y vespertinas
  • Devociones para la confesión
  • Letanía de los santos
  • Devociones para la comunión
  • Himnos a la Santísima Virgen
  • Himnos en honor de Nuestro Señor y Nuestra Señora
  • Una explicación sobre “La liturgia o culto público de la Iglesia católica y romana”
  • Un resumen de la doctrina cristiana
  • Los Kyriales para las misas más comunes  (I Lux et Origo, II Kyrie Fons Bonitatis, IV Cunctipotens Genitor Deus, VIII De Angelis, Cum Jubilo IX, XI Factor Orbis, XVII domingos de Adviento y Cuaresma, XVIII Deus Genitor Alme)
  • Tonos para Asperges y Vidi Aquam
  • Tonos para tres de los Credos más populares -I, III, IV
  • Te Deum y mucho, mucho más.

1980 páginas.  Cosido, cubierta flexible y resistente con relieves dorados.  Mide  17 x 19 cms

Descuentos para cajas de 24

Animamos a las librerías a que nos pregunten acerca de nuestros descuentos

 

We are Nazarenes

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“Absence, isolation: trials for your perseverance. Holy Mass, prayer, sacraments, sacrifices, Communion of Saints: weapons to conquer in the trial.”– The Way, 997.

Christians in the Middle East are facing “absence and isolation”, as well as death, for the faith. Let us remember consistency in attending the Mass, in praying for them, in receiving the sacraments, in making sacrifices for them, and by beseeching the saints for them in order to help them overcome their trials.

We are Nazarenes.

 

WHAT THE END OF CHRISTIANITY IN MOSUL MEANS FOR CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE

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WHAT THE END OF CHRISTIANITY IN MOSUL MEANS FOR CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE  

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Say goodbye to one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world. Last week, members of ISIS—the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” a Sunni Islamist group that recently has captured parts of Iraq and declared a new caliphate—began going through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and marking the homes of Christians with the Arabic letter “Nun.” “Nun” stands for “Nasara,” from “Nazarenes,” a word that refers to Christians. The implications were clear. Mosul’s Christians faced the same fate the Christians of Raqqa, Syria, had when ISIS captured their city last spring. “We offer them three choices,” ISIS announced: “Islam; the dhimma contract—involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.”The dhimma is the notional contract that governs relations between the Muslim community, or umma, and Christians (as well as Jews) in classical Islamic law. The dhimma allows Christians to reside in Muslim society in exchange for payment of a poll tax called the jizya—in Mosul, ISIS required a jizya of about $500—and submission to various social and legal restrictions. The dhimmaforbids Christians from attracting attention during worship, for example, from building new churches, and generally from asserting equality with Muslims.

The dhimma is said to date back to an “agreement” a seventh-century caliph made with the Christians of Syria, though nowadays most scholars dismiss that claim. Most likely, the rules developed over time; by the eighth or ninth centuries, they were standardized in the Islamic law books. From the classical Muslim perspective, the dhimma reflects the fact that Christians, as the recipients of an earlier, incomplete revelation, merit some protection and communal autonomy. But there is a price. The jizya and the many dhimma restrictions are meant to keep Christians in their place and provide a salutary incentive for them to convert to Islam.

By last week, most Christians in Mosul had already taken a fourth option—evacuation. Their departure marks the end of a continuous Christian tradition in Mosul. For thousands of years, Mosul has been a center for Christians, particularly for Assyrians, an ethnic group that predates the Arab conquest of Mesopotamia. Indeed, the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh, where the Prophet Jonah preached, lies across the Tigris River. Christianized in apostolic times, Assyrians have divided over the centuries into a number of communions that reflect the history of the religion: the Assyrian Church of the East, a small body, historically associated with Nestorianism, which once spread as far as China; the Syriac Orthodox Church, a member of the Oriental Orthodox family; and the Chaldean-rite Catholic Church, in communion with Rome. A small number of Assyrian Protestant churches exist as well, the legacy of nineteenth-century American missionaries.

As recently as a decade ago, tens of thousands of Christians lived in Mosul, some of them descendents of victims of the genocide the Ottoman Empire perpetrated against Assyrians, as well as Armenians and Greeks, during World War I. After this weekend, virtually none remain. On Saturday, ISIS expelled the fifty-two Christian families still in the city, after first requiring them to leave behind all their valuables. For good measure, ISIS also burned an 1800-year-old church and the Catholic bishop’s residence, along with its library and manuscript collection.

What ISIS has done in Mosul is a worrying hint of Islamism’s possible future. For the moment, ISIS is unique among Islamist groups in advocating formal reinstatement of the dhimma. Although Islamists everywhere reject the idea of equality for Christians, they typically avoid calling for the dhimma, as they understand that most contemporary Muslims would reject the idea. Nothing succeeds like success, however. ISIS has now shown that it is possible to reestablish the dhimma at the center of the Muslim world. Other Islamist groups will take notice.

The expulsion of Mosul’s Christians also serves as a reminder of what can happen to religious minorities when secular dictatorships in the Arab world collapse. Principal responsibility for this outrage lies with ISIS, and with Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose Shia sectarianism has alienated Sunnis and created a situation in which ISIS can flourish. (ISIS brutalizes Shia Muslims as well as Christians.)

But the United States bears some responsibility as well. Its invasion of, and subsequent withdrawal from, Iraq set in motion a chain of events that has allowed radical groups like ISIS to succeed. Having intervened in the country, the United States had an obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent disaster from occurring. For Iraq’s Christians, American intervention has been an unmitigated disaster.

In the Middle East, secular dictatorships can be very brutal. But, bad as they are, they are often the only thing that stands in the way of the absolute destruction of minority religious communities. Toppling such dictatorships and hoping for their replacement by “moderates” is not a good bet. Incredibly, this seems to be a lesson the United States still has to learn. Consider Syria.