Bells ring out to celebrate founding of California’s oldest mission

In a once a year event called the Festival of the Bells, all five bells are rung simultaneously at the Mission San Diego de Alcala on Saturday. (Eduardo Contreras/U-T)

With a resonant clanging that cut through the thick noonday heat, all five bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá were rung in unison Saturday to mark the founding of the oldest mission in the state.

Even the oldest bell, the 805-pound Ave Maria Purisima, a massive crown-topped bell that was made in 1802, was rung. Only once a year — on the day celebrating the founding of the mission — is that bell sounded along with the four others.

The bell ringing also marked the start of the mission’s Festival of the Bells, a weekend-long event of food, games, music, an art exhibit and fellowship that is spread across the historic mission’s grounds in Mission Valley.

This is the 248th anniversary of the founding of the mission. And it was the 45th year of the festival, which draws in church members and neighbors from the nearby community.

A large crowd nearly filled the mission’s church at noon when Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego walked down the center aisle in a procession led by a mariachi group.

Father Peter Escalante, pastor of the church, said in brief remarks that the bells played an important role in mission history — and in everyday life.

Bells were rung in the early days to call people to worship, to work, or to meals. “And most importantly, to siesta,” he said to a ripple of laughter in the church.

While the 1802 bell is the oldest of the five bells, it is not the largest. That distinction belongs to the bell that hangs next to it — called “Mater Dolorosa,” or “Mother of Sorrows”, it weighs 1,200 pounds.

After Escalante’s remarks inside the church, everyone filed outside to the front steps of the mission, beneath the campanario that holds the quintet of bells.

After brief prayers Dolan deftly flicked holy water up in the direction of the bells, in a blessing that honored the anniversary of the mission and inaugurated the weekend festival.

Source: Bells ring out to celebrate founding of California’s oldest mission

Man arrested for hurling Fatima statues outside Greenwich Village church

A homeless man was arrested Thursday for trashing a set of religious statues at a historic Greenwich Village church, cops said.

The burly, bearded brute threw three small statues of visionaries who saw the Virgin Mary appear in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 at larger sculptures of the Blessed Mother.

Source: Man cuffed for hurling statues outside Greenwich Village church – NY Daily News

Novena to St. Joachim and St. Anne – Feast Day 26th July

 

Novena to St. Joachim and St. Anne

Feast Day 26th July

Dear Grandparents/members of the Catholic Grandparents Association you are invited to join with us in prayerful preparation for the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus, by praying this Novena.

It is our desire to see a ‘World Day of Prayer for Grandparents’ established on the 26th July within the Universal Church and we would ask you all to keep this intention in mind as we pray this Novena.

Each day we will think about a different aspect of our lives as grandparents and grandchildren, and we will pray one ‘Our Father’, one ‘Hail Mary’, one ‘Glory Be’ and the ‘Popes Benedict the 16th Prayer’. We conclude each day asking for the intercession of St. Joachim and St Anne.

Day 1. 17 July. Today we pray for the Universal Church

–          For Pope Francis, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, religious and laity.

–          For vocations.

–          That the vocation of a grandparent to pass on the faith is recognised and honoured by all.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 2. 18 July. Today we pray for our Families

–          That their homes become places of prayer and centres of spiritual formation.

–          For the healing of divisions and misunderstanding.

–          That our homes reflect our lives of faith and hope and love.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 3. 19 July. Today we pray for our Grandparents alive and dead.

–          In thanksgiving for what they have done for us and continue to do – in handing down to us the precious gift of our Faith.

–          That they may be encouraged by our recognition and valued in themselves and have good health.

–          That they have courage and continue to grow in their spiritual lives.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 4.  20 July. Today we pray for ourselves 

–          As role models and evangelisers that we deepen our personal lives of faith.

–          Help us live with undivided hearts.

–         Do not let us become distracted or discouraged from our mission.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 5. 21 July. Today we pray for our Educators/Leaders

– Our teachers and everyone who has helped us in any way to bring us to this point in our lives

– Pray for people of faith and no faith that they may come to know the loving peace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ

– Our Governments that their decisions are wise and will breed peace and good will in our communities.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 6. 22 July. Today we pray for our Elderly

– Our frail elderly, that they may have peace of mind and always receive tender loving care.

– For those who are depressed/lonely/bereaved that they may find comfort.

– All those who care for the elderly and sick – give them hands to serve and hearts to love.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 7. 23 July. Today we pray for our Grandchildren 

– Particularly those who need special care.

– Those who we are separated from us for whatever reason.

– That all our grandchildren may receive the Sacraments.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 8. 24 July. Today we pray for your own personal intentions

– Your own/family/friends/neighbours… intentions.

– For any hurt or injury that we have caused that we may forgive and be forgiven.

– Help us to make our family homes domestic churches full of prayer love and joy.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Day 9. 25 July. Today we pray for our Deceased. 

– Parents/children/families and all the dead who have no one left to pray for them.

– Our Grandparents who have helped us in so many ways and continue to do so with love.

– We give thanks for all the Graces, Blessings and Love. We thank God for the gift of our faith that has sustained us in times of joy and sorrows throughout our lives. We pray that we will have the strength and courage to pass our faith to our children and grandchildren.

– We pray that the 26th July will become a ‘World Day of Prayer’ for Grandparents.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…. Popes Prayer for Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne pray for us.

Tomorrow July 26th is the Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus – may they bless you all the days of your lives.

Pray for us.

Amen.

May St Joachim and St Anne, Parents of Mary and Grandparents of Jesus, bless you and all families.

Your sincerely

Founder of The Catholic Grandparents Association

 

Have you ever wondered why the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy, showed a vision of Hell to three innocent shepherd children?

Catholic Action For Faith And Family
Can people really go to Hell?
by Fr. John Trigilio


Dear Deacon John,

Have you ever wondered why the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy, showed a vision of Hell to three innocent shepherd children?

100 years ago today, during the 3rd apparition at Fatima, Portugal, Our Lady told Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco that “you have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart!”

Sister Lucia, the oldest of the Fatima seers, described the following:

“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.

The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

Was this some cruel joke or a bizarre way of frightening little children? Or did Our Lady have a profoundly salvific purpose for showing Hell to the children and through them to the world?

Was Our Lady preempting the modern trend of denying the existence of Hell; the trend to make sinners feel good about living in sin; the trend to ensure that no one has to amend their lives and that everyone can offend God without any consequence whatsoever?

What does the One Holy Catholic Church say about this?

Does Hell really exist? Do unrepentant sinners actually go to Hell? Why would God be so cruel as to send anyone to Hell?

These and other absolutely critical questions are addressed by Fr. John Trigilio in this edition of the Catholic Moral Guidance series.

Please take a moment to share this email with your family and friends to help share the Truth with others.

May God have mercy on our nation and on all souls, especially those who find themselves on the path to perdition!

Please click here to read Fr. Trigilio’s answer to Can people really go to Hell?

May Our Lady of Fatima bless you and your loved ones very much during these difficult and trying times!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Thomas J. McKenna
Founder and President

http://www.catholicaction.org/

Catholic Action For Faith And Family · PO Box 910308, San Diego, CA 92191-0308, United States

“The meltdown of liberal Christianity” – 13 July 2017

California Catholic Daily

Dear Reader,

Our lineup for today includes:

“The meltdown of liberal Christianity”: Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?

The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.

Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out of the American church and align with conservative Anglican groups in Africa and South America.

This is no longer George Washington’s Episcopal Church – in 1776 the largest denomination in the rebellious British colonies. Membership has dropped so dramatically that today there are 20 times more Baptists than Episcopalians.

U.S. Catholics out-number the Episcopal Church 33-to-1. There are more Jews than Episcopalians. Twice as many Mormons as Episcopalians. Even the little African Methodist Episcopal denomination — founded in in 1787 — has passed the Episcopalians.

Among the old mainstream denominations reporting to the National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church suffered the worst loss of membership from 1992-2002 — plunging from 3.4 million members to 2.3 million for a 32 percent loss. In the NCC’s 2012 yearbook, the Episcopal Church admitted another 2.71 percent annual membership loss.

St. Patrick’s Seminary adds faculty, boosts student recruitment: Five new professors hired, expects to admit as many as 15 new seminarians from six dioceses for upcoming academic year

Sex surrogate/author of lesbian erotica to speak at San Francisco parish: Linda Poezl will speak at Most Holy Redeemer’s “writers salon” in the Church hall

Even in the Secular and Progressive Camp There Are Those Who Criticize Francis – Settimo Cielo

 

[Excerpts]

Pope Francis is all too abrupt with the cardinals of the Church. It should be enough to see how he dismissed the prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

One effect of these two modes of behavior is the high level of approval that Francis enjoys in secular public opinion worldwide, which sees whatever it wants in him.

But this general consensus is not without its dissonant voices. Rare, but significant. One of this is that of Professor Gian Enrico Rusconi (in the photo).

Read more here:

Source: Even in the Secular and Progressive Camp There Are Those Who Criticize Francis – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

SHOCKING NEWS: FRANCIS KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES | ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP

Pope Francis: World Government Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’

Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the United States of America has “a distorted vision of the world” and Americans must be ruled by a world government, as soon as possible, “for their own good.”

Read more here:

Source: FRANCIS KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES | ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP