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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist at the canonization of Frei Galvão in São Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007    
(photo credit t Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agência Brasil;)


Prayers
 

  • A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
    Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world.  You then entrusted the human community with caring for, and enhancing, your creation. 
    Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously. 
    Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth. 
    We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support.  For this we make our prayerful plea in your name.
    by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
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  • Prayer for Dismantling Racism
    by Sisters of Providence

  • A Prayer to End Gun Violence
    Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
    Before your passion,
      As you people waved palms in your honor,
      You saw the city and wept over it because you
           Loved it.
      You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
       In that beloved city
     still you loved it and wept over it.
    Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
       Love them and protect them.
       Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
    Violence and chaos.
    Weep over us and love us.
    Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us.
         (See Lk 19)\
    by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.
     Profiles in Catholicism 

  • Prayer for Those with Disabilities
    Giving praise and thanks to you, O God
    In whose image we have all been created,
    We gather in faith and love,
    Where through the power of the Spirit,
    All our bodies,
    disabled and non disabled alike,
     all become one Body in Christ Jesus.
    With tender mercy and love you created life and hope 
    out of darkness and emptiness,
    and then in your wisdom,
    because you understood that human vulnerability
    is the source of communion in the Kingdom,
    you sent your only child to enter into the frailty of human life.
    Your graciousness is a never-ending source of justice and mercy
    best known to us through Jesus, the Christ,
    Who in life, death and resurrection,
    preached hope and inclusion.
    Even when we sin by excluding
    those who society pushes to the margins because they are different,
    you continue to shower us with mercy by inviting us 
    back to the table of embodied love,
    giving us yet another chance to taste and drink of a justice 
    that welcomes the estranged and the stranger as friend
    and bids us, here and now,
    to join you in building the Kingdom.
    [This is the preface from the "Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion” 
  • Prayer for Migrants
    For all those who see “home” and all it means
    Disappear behind them;
    For all those who cannot see a home
    In the days ahead of them;
    For all those who dwell in
    Daily insecurity;
    For all those who are weary and
    Without a safe place to rest their heads;
    For all families in migration we pray.
    May the image of the Holy Family
    Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year,
    And stay with us each night as we are blessed
    With returning to a home.
    May we also be blessed
    With compassion for those
    Still weary, still seeking,
    Still with so far to go.

    by Jane Deren, 2007
  • Una Oración para Puerto Rico
    Nada te turbe.
    Nada te espante.
    Todo se pasa.
    Dios no se muda.
    La paciencia
    todo lo alcanza.
    A quién Dios tiene,
    nada le falta.
    Tan sólo Dios basta.

    by Carmen Julia Rodriguez   Profiles in Catholicism
  • A Prayer to St. Teresa of Avila for Puerto Rico
    Do not be afraid.
    Do not be alarmed.
    Everything passes.
    God is immutable.
    Patience
    overcomes anything.
    With God by your side,
    you shall not want.
    His Grace is sufficient.

    by Carmen Julia Rodriguez Profiles in Catholicism
  • Prayer for Senator John McCain
    Almighty God from all evils and the scourges of cancer, deliver your servant John McCain, we pray to the Lord. Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
  • Prayer to St. Peregrine
    We pray to you to comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved treatments for cancer in all counties.  We also pray that you heal John O'Brien, OFM.
     
Advocacy
  • Help Sasha Save Her Soulmate Chad
    by Ethical Solutions, Organizer for American Living Organ Donor Network
  • Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless...
    Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
    With 150 programs at 153 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.
    For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.

    donations@catholiccharities.net

    Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church
  • Support Capuchin Community Services
    At the Capuchin Community Services, we support those who cannot support themselves. We are grateful to you for your support whether it be through prayer, through donated goods, or through financial donation. Please be assured that we are careful stewards of your trust. We welcome contributions of any size. All are acknowledged and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Capuchin Community Services is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. Unless otherwise directed, donations support the local ministry and the Province.
    To donate through the mail: Capuchin Community Services PO Box 05830
    Milwaukee, WI  53205-0830

  • The Jesuit Historical Institute in Attics (JHIA) Request for Assistance
    As a faith-based charitable institute seeking to preserve memory and promote historical knowledge, the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa appeals to the support of friends, benefactors and well-wishers for the financing of its operations. It is with such support that it pursues its four-fold mission and ultimately realizes its vision of creating in Africa an environment that is conducive for primary research in Jesuit studies and in the histories, cultures and religions of the people of Africa and Madagascar. The JHIA solicits funds for four specific purposes: recurrent expenses, research projects, acquisitions, and long-term construction plans.
    http://www.jhia.ac.ke/projects-and-appeals/financial-appeal

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Film Reviews and Commentaries
 
  • Proud Mary
    Reviewed by John Mulderig Catholic News Service
  • Downsizing
    Reviewed by Bishop Robert Barron  National Catholic Register

 

TV Reviews and Commentaries
 
 


Feasting with the Saints
 

 

Remembering Those Who Have Passed

Please Remember Them in Your Prayers

 

Videos


Vocations Brief -  Why we need Priests
by
Fr. Matt O'Donnell
For more information on vocations link to Vocations
 


God Saved Me from Gang Life" - Chris's Testimony
 

Fr. Joshua Waltz vocation story
 
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Moral/Theological Aspects of the Death Penalty
by
The Catholic University of America
For more death penalty information, link to Death Penalty
 


Keeping Hope
by Karen Henning Heuberger, Dismas Ministry
For more prison information, link to Prisons

 


 

February Film of the Month
 
  
St. Francis of Assisi
 

 

 

 

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