CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

for our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary & St. Peter


SEPTEMBER 24


ARE ANGELS REAL???


Yes, angels are for real.

 And they are mighty, glorious, beautiful and magnificent in every way.



The Catechism states, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings

that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith,”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 328).


 On September 29 we honor three of the multitude of angels in Heaven:

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.


These angels are “archangels.” 

An archangel is the second order of angels

just above the guardian angels. 


How many orders of angels are there?


In all, there are nine orders of celestial beings

that we commonly refer to as angels

and all nine of these orders are traditionally

organized into three spheres. 


How is the hierarchy organized?


Highest Sphere: Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.

Middle Sphere: Dominions, Virtues and Powers.

Lower Sphere: Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Guardian Angels).


The hierarchy of these celestial beings is

ordered in relationship to their function and purpose. 


The highest of the beings, the Seraphim,

were created solely for the purpose of surrounding

the Throne of God in perpetual worship and adoration. 


The lowest of the beings, the Guardian Angels,

were created for the purpose of caring for humans

and communicating God’s messages. 


The Archangels were created for the purpose

of bringing messages of great importance

to us and to accomplish tasks of the

highest importance in our lives.


Click below to watch a video with more info about the angels:


WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SAY ABOUT ANGELS?


WHAT IS

SPARK BY WORD ON FIRE ?


WORD ON FIRE announces the

launch of the their newest

publishing project:

Spark.

 

In a culture full of noise and distraction,

it is more important than ever that young readers

have access to art and stories that draw them

to Christ through beauty and truth.



This is the goal of Word on Fire Spark:

to offer beautiful, inspiring books for

young readers that form the

imagination and teach the faith. 


Saintly Creatures: 14 Tales of Animals and Their Holy Companions,

the first original book from Word on Fire Spark, does exactly that. 


Click the link below to take a peek at this NEW book for children:


SAINTLY CREATURES


MARRIAGE IS A

GIFT

FROM GOD



If you’ve ever found yourself grappling with questions

about the Church's teachings on

marriage and family life,

you’re not alone. 


Marriage is a gift from God,

and one that’s intended to be beautiful and fulfilling.


Maybe you struggle to understand how these

teachings are designed to help you flourish.

Or perhaps it’s just time for a refresher.


In a world that often separates love from responsibility,

it's essential to have a clear understanding of our faith's teachings.


Join pastor and podcaster Fr. James Searby along

with author and lawyer Helen Alvaré

for a roundtable discussion based on

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae.


This event will help you separate fact from fiction

and equip you with the knowledge to confidently

explain the Church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality.



MONDAY, SEP 25, 2023

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST


Miss the live session?

No worries!

With the event recording,

you can revisit the valuable content at your convenience.


Click the link below to see how to register for this event:


THE BEAUTY AND TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE


Clinical psychologist and EWTN radio host Dr. Ray Guarendi

recently appeared on “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo”

to talk about his new book “Simple Steps to a Stronger Marriage.”


 Dr. Ray offers five ways that Catholics can form strong

and holy marriages to fight the culture of death

– a culture that promotes selfishness, pleasure, and

the kind of transactional relationships

Pope St. John Paul II warned us about.


Click below to see the five ways Dr. Guarendi shares:


SIMPLE STEPS TO A STRONGER MARRIAGE


Click below to see 25 Catholic Marriage Tips from the Fathers of Mercy:


25 CATHOLIC MARRIAGE TIPS




BEACONS OF LIGHT:

A LETTER FROM

ARCHBISHOP DENNIS M. SCHNURR


Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

has urged Catholics to reject a Nov. 7 ballot initiative on abortion he called an “extraordinary and dangerous attempt to radically reshape Ohio through a constitutional amendment

that does nothing to aid women or promote life.”


Click below to read the Archbishop's letter:


ARCHBISHOP SCHNURR'S AUGUST LETTER


Click below to read a commentary on the letter from Franciscan Media:


COMMENTARY ON ARCHBISHOP'S LETTER



Click below to view resources available to defeat Ohio's Issue 1 in November:


RESOURCES TO DEFEAT ISSUE 1



KNOW ANYONE WHO


WANTS TO


BECOME CATHOLIC?




 Becoming Catholic –

The OCIA (formerly RCIA) Process


The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) and children (OCIC) is

a process through which participants learn

about the teachings of Jesus

handed down to us

through the Catholic Church

and put these teachings

into practice by living as part

of the Catholic community,

serving others, and praying.

 

OCIA addresses spiritual needs for:


  • Those who have never been baptized in any Christian faith tradition; referred to as catechumen in the process.


  • Those who were baptized in another Christian faith tradition and their baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church; referred to as candidates in the process.


  • Those baptized Catholics seeking reception of the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist; referred to as candidates in the process.

   

Sessions for Adults and Youth, for anyone

wondering about becoming Catholic,

begins in September with an “Inquiry” period,

when questions lead to exploration. 

No obligation to become Catholic -Come get your questions answered!


If you or a friend are interested,

please contact Fr. Tim at 513-753-5566 ext. 102.


You can also CLICK ON the link below:


INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?


Formation began September 12th!! 

Still time to join!


“To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think.”

--G.K. Chesterton


“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it.

Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

― Augustine of Hippo


Still time to register your children for our Parish Schools of Religion for Public and Home School Children!!


“You aspire to great things?

Begin with little ones.” 

– St. Augustine



There is no question that the spiritual benefits far outweigh

any practical benefits that children may receive

when they attend Mass and that the reason we attend Mass

is to be with and worship Our Lord.


However, there are practical lessons that kids learn when they attend Mass.


Mass is a wonderful environment to learn some of these important

skills and put them into practice.


9 Skills Kids Will Learn At Mass


1. How to sit still for longer than a few minutes


2. The importance of being quiet when another is speaking


3. How to actively listen to instruction as we sit, stand, and kneel


4. The beauty of music as they are exposed to various instruments and sounds


5. How to memorize words, prayers, and songs, a skill that help in reading


6. How to greet someone and shake another’s hand during the sign of peace


7. How to respect authority as you model respect for your priest


8. The importance of a community that shares your values and supports you


9. The value of setting aside cell phones, video games, and all technology

to focus on real-world activities


In addition to attending Mass, our Stella Maris Parishes offer

faith formation opportunities to our public school students.


For more information and to register for this year's upcoming sessions

check each individual parish's website.


Click the links below:


ST. THOMAS MORE

ST. BERNADETTE

ST. PETER AND ST. MARY



Click below to watch a video with tips on bringing your children to mass:


TIPS ON BRINGING KIDS TO MASS

NEW MOTHER TERESA MOVIE!!!


"MOTHER TERESA AND ME"


Mother Teresa and Me is an award-winning feature film

depicting the amazing story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


Discover Mother Teresa though the eyes of Kavita,

a young English woman abandoned by her boyfriend

after being found pregnant.


Kavita journeys to Calcutta to escape her pain

and discovers even holy people like Mother Teresa

have to face life's challenges.


Click the link below to watch the trailer:


MOTHER TERESA AND ME


Click the link below to discover Mother Teresa's

15 tips for everyday holiness:



MOTHER TERESA'S TIPS FOR HOLINESS




NOVENA PRAYER

to

YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

begins September 23



God gives every person a Guardian Angel,

who watches over them from their conception until death.


Pray this novena to invoke the aid of your Guardian Angel.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Intro Prayer

O holy angel, whom God, by the effect of His goodness

and His tender regard for my welfare,

has charged with the care of my conduct,

and who assists me in all my wants and comforts me

in all my afflictions, who supports me when I am discouraged

and continually obtains for me new favors.


I return thee profound thanks, and I earnestly beseech thee,

O most amiable protector, to continue thy charitable care

and defense of me against the malignant attacks of all my enemies.


I pray especially that you keep me away from all occasions of sin.


Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively

to thy holy inspirations and of faithfully putting them into practice.


In particular, I implore thee to obtain for me

the favor which I ask for by this novena

(mention your request here…)


Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life,

but more especially at the hour of my death,

and do not leave me until thou hast conducted me

into the presence of God in the mansions of everlasting happiness.


Amen.


Daily Prayer

O most powerful angel, thou who art my guardian,

I beseech thee, by the sovereign hatred thou hast for sin,

because it offends God, Whom you love with a pure and perfect love,

obtain for me a sincere and lasting sorrow for my sins,

and an implacable hatred against all sin,

of what kind soever, so that I may never more offend my God,

till the last moment of my life.


Concluding Prayer


Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be


Angel of God, my guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day be at my side,

To light and guard, rule and guide.


Amen.



SPECIAL PRAYERS


Litany of St. Michael

the Archangel



Lord, have mercy on us.


Christ, have mercy on us.


Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.


Christ, graciously hear us.


God the Father of Heaven,

Have mercy on us.


God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy on us.


God the Holy Spirit,

Have mercy on us.


Holy Trinity, One God,

Have mercy on us.


Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray for us.


St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Most glorious attendant of the Triune Divinity, pray for us.

Standing at the right of the Altar of Incense, pray for us.

Ambassador of Paradise, pray for us.

Glorious Prince of the heavenly armies, pray for us.

Leader of the angelic hosts, pray for us.

Warrior who thrust Satan into Hell, pray for us.

Defender against the wickedness and snares of the devil, pray for us.

Standard-bearer of God’s armies, pray for us.

Defender of divine glory, pray for us.

First defender of the Kingship of Christ, pray for us.

Strength of God, pray for us.

Invincible prince and warrior, pray for us.

Angel of peace, pray for us.

Guardian of the Christian Faith, pray for us.

Guardian of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.

Champion of God’s people, pray for us.

Champion of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.

Guardian angel of the Eucharist, pray for us.

Defender of the Church, pray for us.

Defender of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.

Protector of the Sovereign Pontiff, pray for us.

Protector of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.

Angel of Catholic Action, pray for us.

Powerful intercessor of Christians, pray for us.

Bravest defender of those who hope in God, pray for us.

Guardian of our souls and bodies, pray for us.

Healer of the sick, pray for us.

Help of those in their agony, pray for us.

Consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us.

God’s messenger for the souls of the just, pray for us.

Terror of the evil spirits, pray for us.

Victorious in battle against evil, pray for us.

Guardian and Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.

Guardian and Patron of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,

Spare us, O Lord.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,

Graciously hear us, O Lord.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us.


Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael,


That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let Us Pray

Sanctify us, we beseech You, O Lord,

with Your holy blessing, and grant us,

by the intercession of St. Michael,

that wisdom which teaches us to lay up treasures in Heaven

by exchanging the goods of this world for those of eternity,

You Who lives and reigns, world without end.

Amen.


Relying, O Lord, upon the intercession of Your blessed Archangel Michael,

we humbly beg of You, that the Holy Eucharist in whose presence we kneel,

may make our soul holy and pleasing to You.

Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO


SPEAKERS FOR THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS


Congress attendees will be equipped and inspired

through powerful plenary sessions and edifying breakouts

across five unique tracks.

These powerful, unitive experiences

will be led by some of

the Church’s most trusted voices and on-fire experts.


Click the link below to see who they are:


MEET THE SPEAKERS FOR THE

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS


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JESUS AND THE EUCHARIST

Session 1: Download Available



Have you heard?

The first session in the Jesus and the Eucharist study series

is now available for download!


Throughout this series YOU will explore the

kergymatic proclamation

at the root of our Eucharistic faith

and what this means for our lives today.


Join together as we explore the riches of Eucharistic theology!



This first session lays the foundation for faith

with the biblical story of God’s love for us.

He created us out of love, redeemed us by his love,

and transforms us in his love.


Click below to view the materials for the series.

There are directions if you would like to lead a small group in this series too:


JESUS AND THE EUCHARIST SERIES



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VIDEO: The Eucharist and the Cross


The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

is the North American diocese created in 2012

by Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics nurtured in the Anglican tradition.


Members of the diocese, under the leadership of Bishop Steven Lopes,

have been producing a beautiful video series

as part of their celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival.


In honor of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

allow this short video below to inspire

and inform your love for Christ Crucified.

Click below to view the video:


THE EUCHARIST AND THE CROSS


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SIGN UP FOR THE SPARK SERIES

 

God wants to do something NEW in the Church.

By the power of Jesus in the Eucharist,

we believe we stand on the precipice of revival.


But revival is not something that WE do.

It is a sovereign act of God in response

to the prevailing prayers of his people.


Join us in praying for revival with the Spark Series

—nine short daily reflections inviting you

to open your heart to the renewal God desires.


Click below to sign up for the Spark Series:


SIGN UP FOR SPARK SERIES



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In the Streets


Another major moment in the Revival:

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

one of the largest Eucharistic pilgrimages in history!


We will process with our Eucharistic Lord on 4 routes,

departing from our nation's north, south, east, and west edges.


These branches will meet in Indianapolis in July 2024

for the National Eucharistic Congress.


To see the four routes, and intercessor for each, click below:


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE ROUTES


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The Eucharist and the Sacred Heart:

A Prayer after Communion

By St. John Henry Newman


Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,

You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,

And you beat for us still.

Now, as then, you say: “With desire I have desired.”

I worship you with all my best love and awe,

With fervent affection,

With my most subdued, most resolved will.

For a while you take up your abode within me.

O make my heart beat with your Heart!

Purify it of all that is earthly,

All that is proud and sensual,

All that is hard and cruel,

Of all perversity,

Of all disorder,

Of all deadness.

So fill it with you,

That neither the events of the day,

Nor the circumstances of the time,

May have the power to ruffle it;

But that in your love and your fear,

It may have peace.


Registration for the Congress


With all the grace Our Lord wants to pour over the U. S.

through this Congress,

the devil wants to disrupt it in big and little ways.


Please pray - even just a quick prayer -

for everyone involved, especially:


• The technology that will process registrations

Congress volunteers

• Event organizers and administrative staff

• All those considering attending

• All who God is calling to the Congress, especially sacrifice to be there

• The pilgrims as they prepare for the National Eucharistic Procession


Thank you for being a Prayer Partner of the Revival.

Your intercession makes a real difference!!!

WILL YOU BE THERE, TOO?


You can join us!

in July, 2024

for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.


Directly experience the fruits of your intercession and

see its impact around the country.

Click the link below to REGISTER:

REGISTRATION FOR 10TH

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK


What is the only church in the world consecrated

by an angel?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT


THE MIRACULOUS CANE



Bent over and obviously in pain,

the old man with a cane hobbled laboriously

through the sanctuary and into the pastor’s office

while the choir was practicing.


Ten minutes later he came out,

walking upright and moving with grace and speed.


“Good gracious,” the choir director exclaimed.

“Did the pastor heal you by faith?”


“No,” the old man said with a smile.

 “He just gave me a cane that wasn’t six inches too short!”


GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For September 24, 2023


THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel:   Mt 20:1-16 


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RIGHT CONDUCT



  • This parable of the workers in the vineyard is like the parable of the prodigal son. The owner of the vineyard is like the father, the first-hired laborers are like the older, faithful brother, and the last-hired laborers are like the prodigal son. The first-hired laborers are upset by the behavior of the landowner and the elder brother is upset by the behavior of his father. Both think they are being treated unjustly.


  • The parable of the prodigal son focuses on God’s unconditional love, while this parable focuses on God’s generosity. God’s goodness is for every one of his children: all we have to do, with his help, is to turn to him.


  • God offers eternal life and happiness to everyone who turns to him. That is generosity.


  • We who follow him should not compare ourselves with others. One reason is that we don’t have enough knowledge even of ourselves to know how much merit we have in God’s eyes. Have we really borne the day’s burden and the heat? We certainly don’t know how others stand. This is why Our Lord says, “the last will be first, and the first will be last.” It should be enough for us to turn away from our evil ways and do the “fruitful labor,” the good work, set before us.



  • A second reason we should not compare ourselves with others is that we can become falsely proud and, consequently, upset at the best thing in the universe: God’s generous love. We have to remember that God’s ways are not our ways.


SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

" FIRST AND LAST"


TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY REFLECTION BY DR. HAHN




ANSWER TO QUIZ



There is a little town called Monte Sant’Angelo,

just a 30-minute drive from

San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.


In this beautiful, whitewashed town is a shrine located in a small cave.

The cave constitutes the only church in the world

not consecrated by human hands.


Why wouldn’t we consecrate this place like every other church?


The reason is that St. Michael did it himself.


The traditions surrounding the founding of this shrine

include four apparitions of St. Michael,

including the earliest appearance of him in the Western world.



To this day, pilgrims flock to the town to visit the grotto,

which is one of the holiest spots in Christendom

—even though it isn’t as well known as other pilgrimage sites.


Many popes and saints have visited it,

including St. Francis of Assisi,

who wouldn’t enter it because he felt unworthy.


The stones of the cave have been used effectively in exorcisms!


Click the link below to read more about this amazing story:


ST. MICHAEL'S CAVE



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BOOK

RECOMMENDATION

 

We need to be armed for battle!



At all times, and especially during these crazy times in this vale of tears,

we need to lay our foundation in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual reading helps us build and strengthen that foundation.

Order though your favorite book dealer.

This week's recommendation is:

 

Encounters with Angels:

The Invisible Companions of Our Spiritual Life 



By Odile Haumonté



The angels play a vital role in God’s plan for our lives.

Created as spiritual beings who mediate between us and God,

angels serve as our constant companions, advisers, and protectors,

watching over us while standing before God’s throne in Heaven.


In this powerful new book, Odile Haumonté carefully combines

the writings of Scripture, Tradition, and the testimony of saints

who met angels face-to-face to unveil for you

the breathtaking facts behind these heroic heavenly beings.


You’ll learn:

  • The nine classes of angels — what they are and why they matter
  • The role angels play at the time of our death
  • How angels, who know the Word of God perfectly, help us to discover and understand it
  • Why angels are unable to access your thoughts
  • Why the fallen angels have no chance of redemption
  • How angels can assist you in times of temptation
  • How they are present in intimate family occasions and gatherings of groups that pray




We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled,

Christ centered life.