CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

for our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary & St. Peter


March 31


CHANGES COMING!!!


In a continued effort to streamline communications at Stella Maris,

while leveraging our new Evangelus platform,

we will be sunsetting the Faith Formation newsletter after this edition.


Moving forward, we will incorporate faith formation elements

into the weekly Stella Maris newsletter.


The first edition of the Stella Maris newsletter

will be emailed out on April 5.


This newsletter will contain news and events from around

the Family of Parishes, along with a faith formation highlight.


There's no need to take any action on your part.


We will simply add your email to the new distribution

to make this as seamless and convenient as possible for you. 

OUR LORD'S PASSION


Enter into the agony of Our Lord’s Passion

with this powerful meditation

entitled “His Bleeding Arms.”


Produced by the Dominican House of Prayer,

this video features the writings of 14th-century

German mystic John Tauler, O.P


Click the link below to watch this 4 minute touching video:


OUR LORD'S PASSION

THE LAST DAYS



The Last Days:

The Passion and Death of Jesus the Christ

is a Passion Play

adapted from the Gospels.



This filmed presentation of the theatrical production

recreates the final moments of

Jesus' earthly ministry as a teacher

through His crucifixion and death.


Starring Jonathan Roumie (The Chosen)

and Maria Vargo (Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy),

along with a devoted cast of 19 others.


Click the link below to watch this moving presentation:


THE LAST DAYS


POWERFUL

MEDITATIONS




Saint Alphonsus de Liguori reminds us:

“There is no practice more profitable
for the entire sanctification of the soul
than the frequent meditation of the
sufferings of Jesus Christ.”

Click below to discover five ways to meditate on Christ's Passion:

MEDITATIONS ON THE PASSION


EASTER SPECIAL

WITH FR. MIKE



Fr. Mike wants us to know

how important we are to Jesus.



When Jesus rose from the dead, the first people he encountered

were Mary Magdalene and his disciples—the ones who believed in him.


This Easter, because we believe in him,

he comes to us first as well, and

he tells us to go spread the Good News

to the rest of the world.


Click the link below to watch Fr. Mike's message:


EASTER SPECIAL


THE SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY

VIDEO REFLECTIONS


This Lent the Cincinnati Archdiocese

has prepared gift for you:

video reflections on the

Seven Sorrows of Mary, 

one video for each week of Lent. 


These videos are short and spiritually fruitful.


Each of our newly ordained priests collaborated

with us on this project, so it’s an opportunity

for you to meet them as well.


This week’s reflection on the Sixth Sorrow:

Mary Receives the Body of Christ

features Fr. Isaiah Callan

 from Our Lady of Fatima Family of Parishes. 


Click the link below to watch Fr. Isaiah's reflection:


FR. ISAIAH'S REFLECTION


And this Holy Week we also have the Seventh Sorrow.


Fr. Stephen Hughes reflects on when many abandoned

the body of Christ, Mary not only stayed,

but she consoled the others

with her great hope in Christ.


Her diligence inspired Joseph of Arimathea

and Nicodemus to come out of hiding a

nd to risk being called followers of Christ.


Click the link below to watch Fr. Stephen's reflection:


FR. STEPHEN'S REFLECTION



NOVENA PRAYERS


THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA


STARTS: GOOD FRIDAY

ENDS: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY


Click below to follow the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday:


THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA PRAYERS


Click below to read about the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion:


THE DIVINE MERCY MESSAGE AND DEVOTION

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Click below to discover how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet:


THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET


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Pope St. John Paul II once said,

there is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy.”


Click the link below to watch a video featuring

the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

This video has been viewed over 5 million times!!


FRANCISCAN FRIARS PRAYING

THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET


SPECIAL PRAYERS

2024 YEAR OF PRAYER


The Vatican presented initiatives to

"rediscover the value of prayer"

during the 2024 Year of Prayer

in preparation of the Jubilee 2025.



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The Prayer for This Week During This Year of Prayer


The prayer for this week during this Year of Prayer

is by Blessed Raymond Jordano,

a medieval French abbot who

wrote around the year 1381.


This poignant prayer celebrates the

pricelessness of Jesus’ love and

voices our desire to be blessed with it:

Most gracious Lord Jesus Christ, you who are the fullness of love, neither honor, money, nor any earthly wealth, nor even goodness, nor any skill or knowledge can fill the heart and satisfy the craving of our conscience, but only a true and pure love for you.
O most merciful Lord Jesus Christ, richest in love, whoever wants to be enriched and satisfied must have true love which restores and perfects the heart and satisfies it. For whoever is without true love, even if they had all the world’s riches and in addition wisdom, courage, simplicity, and loveliness, nevertheless would be poor and wretched because, not content with them, they would always be seeking other things.
O kindest Lord Jesus Christ, consuming love, what a wonderful lesson you have shown us sinners for our salvation by warning us to buy tried gold, by which is understood wholehearted love. Nothing can be bought that is better than this love and nothing is more precious than this when it is gained.
O most gentle Lord Jesus Christ, rich in love, I am wretched and pitiable, destitute, naked and blind; give me this tried gold that is love of you, so that my heart may be set on fire with it, that it may be restored and calmed in you, and that I myself, enriched by your grace and love, may reach love’s eternal kingdom. Amen

From: Aleteia

For Peace in the Middle East



Click the link below for several prayers for Israel

and also a list of the names of the hostages!!


PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL AND HOSTAGES NAMES




NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO


Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Eucharist

Bearing Wrongs Patiently

and the Sacrament of Charity


The fourth spiritual work of mercy is one

that is simple in theory, but difficult in practice:

“to bear wrongs patiently.”


We all know how to be charitable and patient

to those who are pleasant, kind and humble.

However, our initial reaction is not “patience”

when someone cuts in line in front of us

after waiting for an hour at the DMV.


Jesus had much to say in regard to this spiritual work of mercy…


Click the link below to read the rest of Philip Kosloski's

essay to discover what Jesus had to say:


BEARING WRONGS PATIENTLY



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DAILY SCHEDULE


At the 10th National Eucharistic Congress,

our Catholic family will gather to experience profound,

personal renewal through the power of Christ’s love.

Like a new Pentecost, this transformation will flow out

from Indianapolis to bring revival in our communities

as the Church returns to her first love—

the source and summit of our faith.


Every day at the Congress is designed to facilitate

this life-changing encounter with Jesus,

regardless of where you are on your faith journey.


Attendees will select their preferred series of impact sessions

 for the morning and breakout sessions for the afternoon.


Then, gathered together as one, the whole assembly

will experience the powerful revival sessions 

in Lucas Oil Stadium each evening.


Click below to see the daily schedule:


DAILY SCHEDULE



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An Historic Journey


Throughout the National Eucharistic Revival,

local communities are gathering in response

to God's invitation for renewal

calling on the Holy Spirit to bring the flame.



The pilgrimage will accompany Jesus

from city to city, lighting hearts on fire along the way.


Click below to explore the interactive map

following the four routes across

the United Sates and register

for one of the many free events.


INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING 4 ROUTES

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REGISTRATION INFO FOR THE CONGRESS


WILL YOU BE THERE, TOO?


You can join us!

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 are the seven corporal works of mercy?

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR


HIGHLIGHT





KEEPING THE FAITH


A Jewish lawyer was troubled by the way his son

had turned out, and went to see his rabbi about it.


"I brought him up in the faith, gave him a very expensive

bar mitzvah, cost me a fortune to educate him.


Then he tells me last week he has decided

to be a Christian. Rabbi, where did I go wrong?"


"Funny you should come to me," said the rabbi.

"Like you, I too brought my boy up in the faith,

put him through university, cost me a fortune,

then one day he too comes and tells me

he has decided to become a Christian."


"What did you do?" asked the lawyer.


"I turned to God for the answer", replied the rabbi.


"And what did he say?" pressed the lawyer.


"God said, 'Funny you should come to me ...' "


GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For MARCH 31, 2024


EASTER SUNDAY


JOHN 20: 1-9


CHRIST'S RESURRECTION



  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is an historical event, verified by the empty tomb, the eyewitness accounts, and the transformation of the Apostles. 
  • Yet the moment  of the Resurrection was hidden from all human eyes. In addition, we do not know “how it came about physically” and we do not know “its innermost essence.” (CCC 647)


  • The Resurrection “remains at the very heart of the mystery of faith as something that transcends and surpasses history. This is why the risen Christ does not reveal himself to the world, but to his disciples, ‘to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people’” (CCC 647).
  • The Catechism says that the risen Christ showed himself to his disciples but not the whole world because his resurrection “transcends and surpasses history.” 


  • Christ evidently wants this most important truth in the history of the human race to be passed on from person to person: from Himself, to his disciples, to their disciples, down the ages. God likes mediators, which are what witnesses are. 


  • Christ’s people gather every Sunday “to listen to the word of God and take part in the Eucharist” because Sunday is the day Christ rose from the dead, thus giving us “a living hope” of our own eternal salvation. (CCC 1167)


  • We are living in “a year”—really an epoch—“of the Lord’s favor” (Lk 4:19). “The economy of salvation,” that is, God’s plan and method of humanity’s redemption, is now “at work within the framework of time” (CCC 1168). In other words, we have reached the last period of human history, the time of God’s favor to all human beings, which began with the founding of the Church.


  • Easter Sunday is the commemoration of Christ’s Resurrection, this day is the greatest solemnity of the liturgical year (CCC 1169).


  • Just as “the white garment symbolizes that the person baptized has ‘put on Christ,’” the Easter candle signifies that in Christ we are “the light of the world.” Now as children of God, we can call God, “Our Father.” (CCC 1243)


  • Not only are we brothers of Christ the Son of God and children of God the Father, we have also received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. Ezek 36:25-27; Joel 3:1-2). (CCC 1287)


SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

EASTER SUNDAY :


"NEW MORNING"


REFLECTIONS ON EASTER SUNDAY BY DR. HAHN




ANSWER TO QUIZ


What are the seven corporal works of mercy?



The Catholic Church has always preserved the

teaching of Christ that both faith and works

are important in living out our faith.


We prove our faith by imitating Jesus’ good works

and His command to serve one another

—and by living out our values in real, practical ways.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines

these works of mercy as

charitable actions

by which we come to the aid of our neighbor

in his spiritual and bodily necessities.”


Here they are:


To feed the hungry;

To give drink to the thirsty;

To clothe the naked;

To harbor the harborless;

To visit the sick;

To ransom the captive;

To bury the dead.



We can do corporal works of mercy

in both small and large ways.

Sometimes our daily lives get so busy

that we can’t spend the day volunteering

at a homeless shelter, or we can’t afford

large donations to alleviate many people in poverty.


 

That’s when we find small ways to administer

the corporal works of mercy.

We can stop by a hospital or nursing home

to say hello to a lonely patient

or buy a meal for a homeless person on the street.


Even giving just five dollars to a local charity counts!


"Be who God meant you to be and

you will set the world on fire!"


St. Catherine of Siena



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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.

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This week's recommendation is:

 

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS


BY



Fulton Sheen



Our Lord spoke seven times from the Cross;

these are called "His Seven Last Words."


In His goodness, Our Blessed Lord left His thoughts on dying.


He was representative of all humanity.


In this sublime hour He called all His children to the

pulpit of the Cross, and every word He said to them

was set down for the purpose of an eternal

publication and an undying consolation.


There was never a preacher like the dying Christ;

there was never a congregation like that which

gathered about the pulpit of the Cross;

there was never a sermon like the Seven Last Words.


In the work Bishop Sheen expounds upon the

Seven Last Words of Christ, elaborating on their meaning

for Christians since the time of Christ to the present day.

We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

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

Christ centered life.