Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friends of God

June 29 

St. Augustine (Sermon 295):  "Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith."


Entrance Antiphon (Today’s Liturgy)
These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became friends of God.
Prayer After Communion (Today’s Liturgy)

Grant us, O Lord, who have been renewed by this Sacrament, so to live in the Church, that, persevering in the breaking of the Bread and in the teaching of the Apostles, we may be one heart and one soul, made steadfast in your love. 
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sts Peter and Paul are the principle pillars of the Church founded by Christ.
St Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with powers of the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:13-19) and charged with the role of Shepherd of Christ's flock (Jn 21:15-17). In St. Peter and his successors, we have a visible sign of unity and communion in faith and charity. Divine grace led St. Peter to profess Christ's divinity.  St. Peter suffered martyrdom by crucifixion under Nero, in about the year 64 AD. He was buried at the hill of the Vatican; recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of St. Peter's Basilica.

St Paul was chosen to form part of the apostolic college by Christ himself on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16). Selected to bring Christ's name to all peoples (Acts 9:15), he is the greatest missionary of all time, the advocate of pagans, the Apostle of the Gentiles. St. Paul was beheaded in the Tre Fontane along the Via Ostiense and buried nearby, on the site where the Basilica bearing his name now stands.
Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

 Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

ORDAINED to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ TODAY
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Oh, day of Love Divine, all loves excelling! 
An Old German saying:
It is worth wearing out a pair of shoes to walk
to receive a priest's First Blessing!

Rev Mr David Esquiliano-Diaz ~ Diocese of Sioux City (Iowa)
Cathedral of the Epiphany ~ 10:30 AM Mass

Rev Mr Brian Buettner ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Christopher Gray ~ Diocese of Salt Lake City (Utah)
  Cathedral of the Madeleine ~ 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Joseph Gates ~ Diocese of Venice (Florida)
Rev Mr Zenon Kurzyna ~ Diocese of Venice
Rev Mr Eric Scanlan ~ Diocese of Venice
Epiphany Cathedral ~ 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Dwayne Davis ~ Diocese of Brooklyn (New York)
Rev Mr Ray Flores ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Stephen Giulietti ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Paul Kim ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Jun Hee Peter Lee ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Michael Pierre Louis ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Lucon Rigaud~ Diocese of Brooklyn
St James Cathedral ~ 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Jason Doke ~ Diocese of Jefferson City (Missouri)
Cathedral of St Joseph ~ 11 AM Mass
Rev Mr Benjamin Huynh ~ Diocese of Kalamazoo (Michigan)
Rev Mr Thomas McNally ~ Diocese of Kalamazoo
Rev Mr Evelio Ramirez ~ Diocese of Kalamazoo
St Augustine Cathedral ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Dario Acevedo ~ Diocese of Worcester (Massachusetts)
Rev Mr John Hamm ~ Diocese of Worcester
Rev Mr Mark Rainville ~ Diocese of Worcester
Cathedral of St Paul ~ 10 AM Mass

Let us hold them in prayer and offer thanksgiving for their 'YES'!

"Your thumb and your forefinger have received the unction of the Holy Chrism. 
It is between the thumb and the forefinger very delicately
that you must take the wounded souls."  ~ Pere Lamy

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