The origins and ministry of a deacon 

You may have seen him in your parish, assisting the priest at the altar. You may have seen his name listed on the parish bulletin with the title “Deacon.” You may have wondered what a deacon does in the life of the church and where the diaconate (or the Order of Deacons) came from. In this first of a series of articles, we will explore very briefly the origins and ministry of a deacon.

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Source: The origins and ministry of a deacon – The Arlington Catholic Herald

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Chinese couple immigrates to US just in time to welcome their triplets, escape two-child policy – TheBlaze

 

A Miami pregnancy resource center said a Chinese couple welcomed triplets last month, a happy occasion that might not have occurred in China.

What happened?

According to Pregnancy Help News, the couple — identified as Mensheng and Zhang — were in the process of immigrating from China to the United States when Mensheng became pregnant. However, the couple didn’t realize they were expecting until soon after they arrived in Miami. They welcomed triplets in December in Miami.

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Source: Chinese couple immigrates to US just in time to welcome their triplets, escape two-child policy – TheBlaze

Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

Matthew 25:36-40 Douay-Rheims 

36 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?

39 Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?

40 And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.

Uncharacteristically cold weather in Central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area’s homeless. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon Central Florida, bringing temperatures that hovered around freezing. Such conditions can be especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements. NBARC members Ricky DeLuco, K4JTT; Robert Ortiz, KJ4VEH; William Klosowski, K4SVT, and Michael Ellixon, KE4MWZ, set out in their own vehicles, searching the city of Titusville for homeless residents. For the next two evenings, and using Amateur Radio as communications, the group worked in the cold, wet weather for more than 12 hours, logging some 120 miles on the roads around Titusville.

The Disabled American Veteran Center in Titusville had opened its doors as a cold weather shelter and offered a warm place to sleep and eat. The ham radio group alerted local law enforcement, so they were aware of the effort and in the hope that on-duty officers also might reach out. The group was able to locate five homeless individuals on its first evening tour of the town and provide them with transportation out of the cold. Local police also contacted the team to help and to provide transportation for other homeless individuals located by on-duty officers.

One additional homeless person located late on the first night had a need for immediate medical attention and was transported to a local hospital.

The NBARC is an ARRL-affiliated community service organization and is involved in several area events. It also provides back-up communication for Parrish Hospital, as needed. — Thanks to Ricky DeLuco, K4JTT

Source: Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

From Spirit Daily: How I invoked Divine Mercy During Hawaii Scare

Hawaii Ballistic Missile Threat Alert – A Lesson in Trust On January 13, 2018 Saturday at 8:07 am, I was awakened by a loud siren or alarm on my cell phone. The text message spelled all in capital letters “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It was a promise that Jesus made.

“I will save those cities and houses in which this Image will be found.” He also said: “I will likewise protect the persons who will honor and trust in My Mercy.”

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Source: Mailbag: How I invoked Divine Mercy During Hawaii Scare

Curia Stories. The Comeback of the Cardinal Secretary of State – Settimo Cielo 

The address that the pope delivers at the beginning of each year to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See bore an unmistakable imprint on Monday, January 8: that of the secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

It was the address of a great professional of diplomacy, entirely devoid of those third-worldist reprimands which are dear to Jorge Mario Bergoglio. A sign that the “comeback” of Parolin, who has now regained full control of the Vatican curia, has even made inroads with Francis.

Parolin as well was personally involved in the removal of the Grand Master. But it is rare for him to show himself. The dirty work is left to others. He flies high. So high as to be now the only candidate for succeeding Francis with a serious chance of being elected pope.

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Source: Curia Stories. The Comeback of the Cardinal Secretary of State – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

Fostering hope: L.A. churches part of growing foster care movement 

Fostering hope: L.A. churches part of growing foster care movement.

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Bishop Martin has a reputation as a powerful preacher and spiritual leader. He will be in Los Angeles later this month to keynote OneLifeLA, the Catholic archdiocese’s annual family festival and pro-life celebration.

“We’re looking at this adoption thing wrong,” he told Angelus. Too many concerns about the financial aspects of welcoming a child, or the stereotyping of children in the foster system, have led to apathy to their plight, he explained.

“These are flesh-and-blood children that God allowed to come into this world,” he said. “With all the churches in the world, there should not be any fostering and adoption system.”

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Source: Fostering hope: L.A. churches part of growing foster care movement – The Angelus