Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Romans 3:21-30; Luke 11:47-54
“…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift…”
How do we get-right-with-God? We look as squarely as we can at life’s circumstances and come in contact with our blessed weakness, our real inability to do anything to save ourselves from the incredible depths of fear that are part of seeing the vulnerability of life. Then we can begin to gain true self-knowledge. We begin to know ourselves as powerless and we begin to see our attitudes about that powerlessness.
Romans 2:1-11; Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9; Luke 11:42-46
The reading from Romans is pretty straight forward - reminding us that “you judge another-you condemn yourself”. We forget that we all have our unique lives to live with joys, struggles and our own perspectives. As Christians, we are called to help each other through prayer and through support not through putting another person down or rejecting others. When other people become bothersome or annoying the readings remind us to “take our attitudes” to God, praying for understanding, insight and acceptance of other people.
Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Today we hear very often about the need for frequent hand washing as a deterrent to the spread of swine flu. I could not help but think of this as I read the gospel message for today. The washing of hands provided the occasion for controversy between Jesus and the Pharisee.
Just as the washing of hands is today viewed as a way to cleanliness and as a deterrent swine flu, so in the days of Jesus the washing of hands was intended to promote cleanliness. The Jewish people knew that the washing of their hands was both important and necessary. Since many of the people spent most of the day outdoors they got their hands dirty. But for the Pharisees the washing of hands also signified ritual purity before God. And it is on the matter of ritual purity that Jesus confronts this Pharisee.
Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4; Luke 11:29-32
“The Lord has made known his salvation…” (Ps 98:1)
“Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles” (Rom 1:5)
The Psalm for today declares that the Lord has made known his salvation. How has the Lord made his salvation known to you? What people or experiences have helped you understand or appreciate salvation more deeply? Thank God for those who were graced in ways that enabled them to bring you to a new level of understanding, a new level of obedience, or a new level of reconciliation.
2 Kings 5:14-17; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19
The Gospel from this Sunday presents Jesus curing 10 lepers, of whom only one, a Samaritan, and thus a foreigner, returns to give thanks (cf. Luke 17:11-19). The Lord says, "Rise and go on your way; your faith has saved you" (Luke 17:19). This Gospel passage invites us to a double reflection. Above all, it makes us think of two levels of healing: one that is more superficial, affecting the body; another, more profound, reaching the depths of a person, that which the Bible calls the "heart," and from there, irradiating to all of existence.
St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children - Cape Town
Thanksgiving Holy Mass
19 September 2019
It is with great pleasure that we would like to share with you all again, the celebration of giving thanks to God the Almighty for the generosity of so many benefactors, supporters and the tireless helpers of St Joseph’s Home.
Hearty Congratulations to the New Provincial Team in India
On 07 October 2019, a new Provincial Council of Mary, Mother of Divine Love Province in India assumed their responsibility. The following are the members of the Provincial Council:
Sr. Helen Lourdusamy - Provincial Superior
Sr. Lowrencia Krusantony - Provincial Vicar
Sr. Alda Isa Paes - Councilor
Sr. Isabella Tirkey - Councilor
Sr. Angela Devi Reddy - Councilor
Through intercession of Our Lady of Rosary and St. Vincent Pallotti let us pray in all intentions of Sr. Helen Lourdusamy and her Council as well as for the needs of the Indian Province.
Dear Members of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate, Friends and Collaborators
With warm greetings from Rome, we are sending you materials for the Extraordinary Mission month of October 2019, prepared in the form of a brochure. Our hope is that this material will help you to conduct mission animation and reflect on our mission mandate. Let us experience this particular month with St. Vincent Pallotti and in communion with the entire Church.
You will find this material on the below mentioned website. Please share it in your communities, families and among your friends.
Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC
Our Religious Institution has a special obligation
toward people in missionary situation,
especially where faith is no longer rooted
or has never been established.
In light of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVth Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced the month of October 2019, as an Extraordinary Mission month with the theme: Baptized and sent: The Church of Christ on mission in the world. We, Pallottine missionaries, also want to celebrate this special time in a dignified and fruitful way. Therefore, I would like to encourage you all to intensify your reflection on mission, to revive your bonds with Christ and the Gospel, and to help all who seek to meet the living God.
▪ In his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on Saint Stephen, who became the Church’s first martyr. He said, even today the Church is rich in martyrs than at the time of the beginning of the Church, and martyrs are everywhere; the Church is irrigated by their blood which is the seed of new Christians and ensures growth and fruitfulness to the People of God. The Pope pointed out that martyrs are not "holy men", but men and women in flesh and blood. He urged us to pray that the martyrs may inspire us to live a full life, welcoming the martyrdom of daily fidelity to the Gospel and of conforming ourselves to Christ.