Monday, May 23, 2016

Join the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests -- 3 June 2016

The Clock is Ticking as the Countdown Begins
Contact: Marion Mulhall, WorldPriest, 646-355-4106,
NEW YORK/DUBLIN, May 23, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- In just two weeks' time you can share in a world at prayer at over 100 locations in some 50 countries. Join the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests -- 3 June 2016
The clock is ticking as the countdown begins for the start of the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, which will take place this year as usual on the feast of the Sacred Heart. On the stroke of midnight on 3 June, the biggest-ever prayer relay will start, continuing all around the world for a full twenty-four hours. It will begin in Siberia and end in Guatemala.
World Priest has been working hard during the year to ensure that this huge event, involving millions of the laity along with their priests, will participate in this rapid growing global prayer relay. Its purpose is clear - to pray for the sanctification of the priests who serve the needs of humanity on a daily basis.
'What makes this year different is the extent of local involvement,' says World Priest founder, Marion Mulhall. 'There is a significant trend now for things to intensify on a local level, as people find ways to increase participation. In a way you could say that the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests goes local.'
This is the second year that Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian is leading his people in prayer in Guatemala, Central America. Last year, commenting on the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests he stated that 'Guatemala could be the opening door for this event to spread within Central America and the rest of Latin America.' Not too far away in the Caribbean a new shrine is participating at La Gruta de Lourdes at Trujillo Alto. Another newcomer -- one of many this year -- is a shrine at Basilica Svaty Hostyn in the Czech Republic.
The Children's Rosary prayer group movement will participate again, with groups from some twelve countries either attending local shrines or joining the event in their homes, where children will pray with their parents and friends.
Once again there will be strong media interest in this massive support for priests through prayer. This will include a number of television broadcasts relayed via EWTN, the global Catholic network. Events will be broadcast on national television by TelevizeNoe in the Czech Republic and Televisión Arquidiocesana in Guatemala.
So remember the date -- 3 June. If you have any questions about this unique prayer event in your area or if you want to see the full list of participating shrines visit  
Follow this prayer relay via Facebook and Twitter.
For full details or any questions Phone 646 355 4106

Monday, May 16, 2016

v Novena, Our Lady Help of Christians, Starts Today, May 16-24

The novena ends on the Feast of: Our Lady Help of Christians - May 24
Prayers for  All Nine Days listed Below:
First Day Second Day Third Day
Fourth Day Fifth Day Sixth Day
Seventh Day Eigth Day
Ninth Day
Hail, Star of the sea, Blessed Mother of God, ever fruitful Virgin, happy gate of heaven.
 PRAYER: O Virgin Most Holy, powerful help of Christians, I confidently appeal to the throne of your mercy. Hear the prayers of this poor sinner that begs your help, so I may always flee from sin and from the occasions of sin. Behold the first grace that I ask from this novena. Amen 
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us. 

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Apoc. 12: 1)
“And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Apoc. 12: 17)
Two distinguishing signs of the authentic faithful: Jesus and Mary, salvation of believers and help of Christians. Unto death I promise that I shall remain faithful to my religion: the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came, peace confirm within us, changing Eve's name.
PRAYER: Mary Most Holy, Mother of goodness and mercy, who with your visible help oftentimes freed the Christian people from the assaults and barbarism of Moslems, I ask you, my Lady, to deliver my soul from the onslaughts of the world, the devil and the flesh; and grant that I may obtain, at all times, complete victory over the enemies of my soul.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us
“And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38)
In short, Mary Most Holy offers us an example of humility, obedience and readiness to do the Will of God and to cooperate in bringing about His Plan of Salvation. "Lord, what do You wish me to do? Make me an instrument of Your peace."

Break the sinners' fetters, make our blindness day; chase from us all evils, for all blessings pray.
PRAYER: O Mary, most powerful Queen, who alone triumphed over the false doctrines that sought to take away so many children from the bosom of Holy Mother Church, help me, I beg you, to keep and preserve my faith firmly and my heart pure amidst the snares and venom of such harmful errors.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth… And Mary abode with her about three months. And she returned to her own house.” (Luke 1: 39-40, 56)
Certainly, Mary remained until the birth of St. John the Baptist, for she knew that expectant mothers need special care and help. Here, we have a beautiful example of charity. I too promise to always practice charity and acts of mercy.

Show thyself our Mother by taking our voice to the One Who deigned to be born for us, from you.  
PRAYER: O Mary, my most sweet Mother, you who are Queen of Martyrs, through so many heroic acts of courage and fortitude, which you performed on earth, deign to instill in my heart the necessary strength to always serve you. Help me to despise human respect, and fulfill all my religious duties openly and without shame; may I remain your devout child at all times, even unto death.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us
“And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why have you done so to us? Behold your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” (Luke: 2, 48)

With what admirable kindness Mary admonishes her lost Son found in the temple. It is a beautiful example to parents. Children grow in wisdom, stature and grace before God and men when they receive the good example of their parents. In raising my children, I promise to always practice patience, prudence and seriousness.

O Virgin unexcelled and most gentle, make us meek and pure and preserve us from evil.
PRAYER: Mary, beloved Mother, who showed your precious Patronage in the triumph of Pope Pius VII, extend your holy mantle over Holy Mother Church, especially over her august head, against the assaults of so many enemies; deliver him from temporal sufferings and assist him always that he may securely steer the barque of Peter in Truth, and overcome the proud waves attempting to sink it.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.” (John 2:1)
And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage. Realizing that the wedding feast lacked wine, Jesus performed a miracle upon the trusting entreaty of his mother. She invites us to also obey Jesus in a special way, saying:
"Whatsoever he shall say to you, do it." (John 2:5)
"Happy are those that hear the Word of God and keep it" (Luke 11:28).

Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore.
PRAYER: O Mary, Queen of the Apostles, take under thy precious protection the Sacred Ministers and all the faithful of the Catholic Church, obtain for them the spirit of unity, and fervent zeal for the salvation of souls; particularly extend your loving help to missionaries, so they may lead all peoples of the earth to the true faith. Thus may the world become one fold under the guidance of only one Shepherd, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

The Lord “is your praise, and your God, that has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen.” (Deut. 10:21)
In fact, God, gazing at the humility of his faithful servant, Mary Most Holy, gave us through her the Savior of all men, Our Lord Jesus Christ. "O Mary, grant us the grace to imitate thy love of God and neighbor."

Praise be to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.

PRAYER: O Mary, Mother of mercy, who so often saved Christians from the plague and other bodily scourges by your powerful intercession, help them and deliver them now from the plague of impiety and irreligion, which insinuates itself in a thousand ways into their souls keeping them from the Church and pious practices, especially through sects, the press and perverse schools. I humbly ask you to help the good, that they may persevere; strengthen the weak; call the wayward and sinners to repentance, so that the Truth and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ may triumph here on earth, thus increasing your glory and that of your Son, and saving souls. 
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day's journey. And when they had come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus, Simon Zelotes, and Jude, the brother of James. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1: 12-14)
O Mary, teach us to pray, trust and persevere.

Glorious Lady, more brilliant than the sun, at your breast you nourished the God who created thee.

PRAYER: O Mary, the Church's spiritual pillar and Help of Christians, I beseech you to keep me firm in the Divine Faith, and safeguard in me the freedom and dignity of God's children.
For my part I promise you never to stain my soul with sin, nor be a part of any society condemned by the Holy See. I promise you to obey the perennial teachings of the Church, since I want to live and die within the bosom of the Catholic Religion, the only one in which I can expect with certainty my eternal salvation.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he says to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he says to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19: 25-27)
We can never forget the words of the dying Jesus, “Mother, behold thy son. Son, behold thy Mother." Before dying, he entrusted his mother Mary to his disciple so that the faithful might have such a Mother present in their last agony. 

What Eve had destroyed, was created, through you, Holy Mary, once again in the Son, opening Heaven’s gate and giving refuge to the downcast.

PRAYER: O Mary, my most gracious Mother, at all times so ready to be the help of Christians, assist me with your powerful patronage throughout my life and especially at the hour of death. Grant that, having loved and revered you on earth, I may sing your mercies in Heaven. Amen.
O God You who established the Mother of Your beloved Son as Mother and Help of Christians, grant, we beseech, that we may live under Your protection, and that the Church may rejoice in Your everlasting peace.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he says to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he says to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19: 26-27)
Mary Most Holy, lovingly consenting to the immolation of the Victim she bore, was given as a mother to the disciple and to all of us. The Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity. Mary, Help of Christians, cooperates in the work of the Redeemer to restore the supernatural life in souls.
“Behold, your Mother." (John 19: 27)

 Prayers to be said with the Novena:
Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
 Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen
 Glory Be
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
 Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God... that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Our Lady of Fatima Novena, Starts Today

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima Header
Say this prayer every day for 9 consecutive days May 5-13

Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with sincere love of this devotion.  
      By meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in your Rosary, may we gather the fruits contained therein and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, the Peace of Christ for the world, and this favor that I so earnestly seek of you in this novena....
(here mention your request)
      I ask this of you, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor and for the good of all people. Amen
 Say the 
Our Father, 
Hail Mary 
Glory Be (three times each)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

These Stone Walls: A Letter from Dante's Purgatorio.

A Mother’s Day Letter from Dante’s Purgatorio
Mother’s Day in America often includes flowers, candy, and perhaps dinner out, but in prison it is marked only by memories. For Carlos Perez, it is a day of honor.
“When I had journeyed half of life’s way, I found myself within a dark wood, for I had lost the path that does not stray. Ah, it is hard to speak of what it was, that savage forest, dense and difficult, which even in recall renews my fear: so bitter – death is hardly more severe. But to retell the good discovered there, I’ll also tell the other things I saw.” (Dante Alighieri,The Divine Comedy, Canto 1)
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a small verse with deep pools of meaning by the great American poet, Robert Frost (1874-1963). Virtually everyone in America has heard the poem with its four simple stanzas. I first pondered its mysterious depths when I heard it in grade school, recited as part of a pageant on parents’ night. But on closer look, there is much to be found in that poem’s depths. I found there wisdom about life and death, about purpose, hope, and faith, all told in my 2013 post, “Mother’s Day Promises to Keep, and Miles to Go Before I Sleep.”

  Please, read and share: "A Mother’s Day Letter from Dante’s Purgatorio."

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These Stone Walls

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Louis de Montfort, a saint whose life was the stuff of Hollywood

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April 28, 2016
(2Co 12:9-10) And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER21 Things St. Louis de Montfort Said About the Rosary and Marian Devotion

CNAShort Bio Saint Louis-Marie de Monfort
CATHOLIC HERALDLouis de Montfort, a saint whose life was the stuff of Hollywood

A MOMENT WITH MARYHow to recite the Rosary properly

English: A rosary found on board the carrack M...
English: A rosary found on board the carrack Mary Rose. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since faith is the only key which opens up these mysteries for us, we must begin the Rosary by saying the Creed very devoutly, and the stronger our faith the more merit our Rosary will have.

This faith must be lively and informed by charity; in other words, to recite the Rosary properly it is necessary to be in God's grace, or at least seeking it.

This faith must be strong and constant, that is, one must not be looking for sensible devotion and spiritual consolation in the recitation of the Rosary; nor should one give it up because the mind is flooded with countless involuntary distractions, or because one experiences a strange distaste in the soul or an almost continual and oppressive fatigue of the body.

Neither feelings, nor consolation, nor sighs, nor transports, nor the continual attention of the imagination are needed; faith and good intentions are quite enough.

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
In The Secret of the Rosary, §35

Français : Louis de Monfort, le fondateur des ...
Français : Louis de Monfort, le fondateur des frères St-Gabriel, accompagné d'un des premiers frères qu'il a formé. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Montfort’s Writings: (Hymn 11: 36-37, 33)

You desire then, Jesus my master,
That I be with you on the cross.
I am content, deign to place me there,
It is for me too much honour by far.
In putting me there, give me your grace
And keep me there by your might,
That I may walk in your footsteps
In suffering most gladly.
I am a poorly polished stone,
Crude and without adornment,
Shape it, Lord, I beg you,
To set it in your building.
I want to suffer in patience,
Cut, shape, strike, slice,
But help my helplessness
And forgive me my sins.
This amazing grace,
This joy in affliction,
We obtain through prayer
We make with humility.
To obtain it, let us pray to Mary;
Through her sorrow-pierced heart
She bestows life
And even the cross of the Lord.

MORECollected Writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 5- "On painstaking and true repentance"
2. Gather together and come near, all you who have angered God; come and listen to what I expound to you; assemble and see what He has revealed to my soul for your edification. Let us give first place and first honour to the story of the dishonoured yet honoured workers. Let all of us who have suffered an unexpected and inglorious fall listen, watch and act. Rise and be seated, you who through your falls are lying prostrate. Attend, my brothers, attend to my word. Incline your ears, you who wish to be reconciled afresh with God by a true conversion.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Knights of Columbus CEO to Speak on Christian Genocide at Holy-See Sponsored UN Event

English: Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of t...
English: Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The emblem of the Knights of Columbus
The emblem of the Knights of Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Knights of Columbus CEO to Speak on Christian Genocide at Holy-See Sponsored UN Event
Carl Anderson to outline steps to end persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Contact: Andrew Walther, 203-824-5412,; Joseph Cullen, 203-800-4923,; both with Knights of Columbus

NEW YORK, April 27, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson will be among leading experts gathering at the United Nations this week to examine and help bring an end to the persecution of Christians worldwide.

Anderson will take part in a panel on Thursday, April 28, and will discuss the ongoing genocide in the Middle East and the steps that can be taken to end it. That session is sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Focusing on "protecting victims of persecution and fostering religious freedom worldwide," the panel will be held in the UN's Economic and Social Council Chamber.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN, will open the session with remarks at 10 a.m. Anderson will speak on the first panel. That panel will also include Swedish Member of the European Parliament Lars Adaktusson, who initiated the European Parliament resolution condemning the mass murder of religious minorities by ISIS as genocide, and Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University and an IDC board member.

Since 2014, the Knights of Columbus has raised more than $10.5 million to aid victims of religious persecution in the Middle East since 2014. It has also worked to raise awareness of the ongoing genocide, including via a petition drive urging the US State Department to declare a genocide. The petition drew nearly 150,000 signatures in the days prior to Secretary of State John Kerry's March 17 declaration in favor of a genocide designation.

The Knights also produced a nearly 300-page report that included an exhaustive chronicle of the evidence of genocide against Christians in the region. The report was requested by the U.S. State Department and proved helpful in their determination that genocide was occurring in the region. These efforts were conducted with the help of IDC.

The UN Event is launching the International Congress #WeAreN2016 that is being held in New York from April 28 to 30 and focusing "on defending religious freedom and other human rights: stopping mass atrocities against Christians and other believers." The events will include input from the victims of atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries. The three day congress is being organized by CitizenGo and MasLibres and is co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC).

More information on the conference is available at

More information on the Knights of Columbus is available at