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May 19 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: Prayer in Preparation for Pentecost

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Homily #150519b ( 04min) Play – Fr. Joseph reflects on the need to prepare for Pentecost this Sunday which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles by praying that we can receive Him into our hearts and into our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 7th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 20:17-27
Resp: psa 68:10-11, 20-21
Gsp: joh 17:1-11

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May 18 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St Felix of Cantalice

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Homily #150518n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the life of the Franciscan lay-brother St. Felix of Cantalice, and compares his virtues to the first reading, and tells us that, above all, self-less love will bring about all the other virtues.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Felix of Cantalice – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 19:1-8
Resp: psa 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 16:29-33

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May 18 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Felix of Cantalice

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Homily #150518 ( 05min) Play – Today’s Saint epitomizes the simplicity and joy that is part and parcel of Franciscan spirituality.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Felix of Cantalice – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 19:1-8
Resp: psa 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 16:29-33

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May 18 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Felix, Simple and Holy

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Homily #150518b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias preaches on the life of St Felix who was humble and holy Franciscan friar who lead a simple life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Felix of Cantalice – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:44-47
Resp: psa 131:1-3
2nd: col 3:12-17
Gsp: luk 12:22-31

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Suffering and Union with God

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the themes of the Gospel reading today, focusing on how suffering, particularly in our witness to Christ, is an opportunity to grow in union with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Consecrated As Christians

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517 ( 12min) Play – Being baptized, we are set apart, or consecrated to God. As we are called to grow as Christians, the devil will do all he can to pull us away from living our consecration.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Alan: Ascend with Christ

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Alan exhorts us to grow closer to Christ, rising to new heights of holiness with His grace, in order to be with our Ascended Lord in heaven for all eternity. The process begins with Baptism and then to live a good Christian life of prayer and devotion, exercising the virtues and spreading the faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Ascension Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:1-11
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: eph 1:17-23
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Andre: The Sign of the Times

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Homily #150517a ( 08min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Andre M. Feain on the readings for the Ascension of the Lord, May 17th 2015.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Ascension Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:1-11
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: eph 4:1-13
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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Mary Immaculate, Our Mother and Advocate

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Mary’s look is God’s look on each one of us. She looks at us with the very love of the Father and blesses us. She behaves as our “advocate” — and we invoke her thus in the Salve, Regina: “our advocate.” Even if everyone spoke evil of us, she, the Mother, would say the good, because her immaculate heart is attuned to God’s mercy.

Thus she sees the city:  not as an anonymous agglomeration, but as a constellation where God knows everyone personally by name, one by one, and calls us to shine with his light. And those that in the eyes of the world are the first, for God they are the last; those who are little, are great for God. He recognizes in each one the likeness with his Son Jesus, even if we are so different! But who more than she knows the power of Divine Grace? Who better than she knows that nothing is impossible for God, capable in fact of drawing good from evil?
 
Dear brothers and sisters, the message we receive here, at the feet of Mary Immaculate, is a message of trust for every person of this city and of the whole world. A message of hope not made of words, but of her own history: she is one of us, who gave birth to the Son of God and has shared all her own existence with him! And today she says to us: this is also your destiny, yours, the destiny of all: to be saints as our Father, to be immaculate as our Brother Jesus Christ, to be loved children, all adopted to form a great family, without limits of nationality, color, language, because God is one, Father of every man.
 
Thank you, O Mary Immaculate, for always being with us! Always watch over our city: comfort the sick, encourage young people, sustain families. Infuse the strength to reject evil, in every form, and to choose the good, even when it costs and entails going against the current. Give us the joy of feeling loved by God, blessed by Him, predestined to be his children.
 
Immaculate Virgin, our sweetest Mother, pray for us!

Pope Benedict XVI (December 8, 2010 audience)

May 16 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Margaret of Cortona

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Homily #150516 ( 07min) Play – This Magdalen of the Franciscan Order teaches us to not put off our conversion, that God’s mercy is infinite towards those who repent and that His grace can transform anyone into a Saint.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Margaret of Cortona – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 18:23-28
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
Gsp: joh 16:23-28

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May 16 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sts. Margaret and Simon

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Homily #150516b ( 15min) Play – Fr. Elias on the lives of two very different saints Margaret of Cortona and Simon Stock whose feasts are celebrated today. St. Margaret lived a life of sin until she converted and then lived a life of great penance in the Third Order of St. Francis and St. Simon Stock who lived a life of great holiness from early in his life and who founded the Carmelite Order and introduced the devotion to the scapular.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Margaret of Cortona – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 18:23-28
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
Gsp: joh 16:23-28

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May 15 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: St. Isidore and Novena of Pentecost

Friday, May 15th, 2015
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Homily #150515b ( 03min) Play – Fr. Joseph preaches on the feast of St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers and the start of the novena of prayer before the feast of Pentecost.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 6th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 18:9-18
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 16:20-23

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May 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Matthias one of the Twelve

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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Homily #150514b ( 00min) Play – Fr. Elias on St. Matthias who replaced Judas the betrayer and how the number of apostles, twelve, is significant in pointing to the Church as the new Israel which had twelve patriarchs and that we are all chosen by God to be part of the Church and to fulfill specific roles.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Matthias the Apostle – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: joh 15:9-17

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Video – Introduction of Mary Now Series – MNOW 1

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Mary Now #1 ( 03min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle introduces a new series which will give weekly commentary on current events in a marian perspective since all things relate back to Our Lord and Lady. He gives a little taste of things to come with some commentary on the strife in Nigeria and how a bishop there proposes the rosary as a remedy. Please stay tuned for more.

Ave Maria!

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Mother of the Eucharist

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In addition to May 13th being the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, it is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Mother of the Holy Eucharist: The Blessed Virgin is called Our Lady of the Most Blessed-Sacra­ment because she is associated in a special way with the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. She gave us the sacred humanity of Jesus, which is the essence of this sacrament.  

As St. Augustine says: “Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our Ruler; she carried Him in whom we are; she gave milk to our Bread.” 

for Jesus is the blessed fruit of her womb. It was from her that He assumed the flesh and blood with which He nourishes us. When you see Mary in Bethlehem lovingly pressing to her heart her Child, her God, it is the future Eucharistic Christ. When you see Mary offering Him to the heavenly Father in the temple for our salvation, it is the same Jesus you look upon as a Victim for our altars, whom you receive into your soul as your Guest in Holy Communion, whom you adore as your Friend in the Tabernacle. He is all yours because Mary gave her consent to become His Mother.  

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