CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

For Our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary's, St. Peter's


August 27


WHAT IS REVITALIZE?

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Designed for adult Catholics who:

Want more

Are hungry and humble

Are serious about

...going deeper and

...truly becoming more adult in the faith.



In Revitalize, you:

  • Deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Understand what you believe 
  • Pray more fruitfully 
  • Cultivate friendships
  • Encounter the Holy Spirit
  • Discover your gifts
  • Live your vocation
  • Become the light our world needs (Mt. 5:14)


The Revitalize initiative provides you

with comprehensive and organic teaching of the faith,

pilgrim fellowship, and deep formation in the interior life


Click the link below to watch BRAD BURSA describe Revitalize in this short video:


Video: WHAT IS REVITALIZE?


Accepting 30 participants for the 2023-2024 year

— first come, first served. 


Not sure if you're ready for the commitment?

Join the first session on Sept. 14 as a "free trial," if you will

— before enrolling.

The final enrollment deadline is Sept. 20.


Click below for more information and/or to register:


DETAILS ABOUT REVITALIZE FOR

STELLA MARIS PARISHIONERS



KNOW ANYONE WHO

WANTS TO

BECOME CATHOLIC?




The Journey of Faith begins with questions!

 What is faith? How does it grow?

What is a Catholic?

What do Catholics believe? How Do Catholics Pray?


 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults/Children)

is the name of the process to become Catholic.

   

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.


Formation begins September 12th!! 


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

--G.K. Chesterton

WHAT IS THE RESCUE PROJECT?


An experience of

community, conversation, prayer and

the story of the Gospel

with Fr. John Riccardo!



The most urgent task is the compelling proclamation of the gospel,

one that not only shares it

in an attractive – and concentrated – way,

but that also offers people

a way of seeing reality and of

making sense of the world, history, and life

that is vastly different

from the story our modern culture tells.


Until this happens, the Christian faith is often experienced

as a mere set of rules and disciplines,

and simply going to Church isn’t likely to lead a person

to embark on the great adventure that is following Jesus

and continuing His mission of the rescuing of this world. 


Click below to read more about the Rescue Project:

DETAILS ABOUT THE RESCUE PROJECT


Click below to watch an introductory trailer:

TRAILER FOR THE RESCUE PROJECT


Click below to watch the series:

RESCUE PROJECT SERIES


FASCINATING ARCHEOLOGICAL STUDY!!


Dr. Bergsma tells of meeting men

who discovered the historical city of Sodom!

Genesis tells that God revealed to Abraham 

that Sodom and Gomorrah

are to be destroyed for their grave sins (18:20).


Abraham pleads for the lives of any righteous people living there,

especially of his nephew, Lot, and Lot's family.

He seems to negotiate with God on the two cities' behalf.


Genesis tells us Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed

by “sulfur and fire”

because of their wickedness (Genesis 19:24),

which gave archeologists' a clue when

they examined an ancient city's remains.



Click the link below to watch a video of Dr. Bergsma

explaining a famous archeologist's discovery:



ARCHEOLOGIST'S DISCOVERY



“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.




NAVIGATING STORMY SEAS

WITH

FR. BARTUNEK




In spite of a continual flow of crises,

the Church continually produces saints,

men and women burning so brightly with the light of the Gospel

that they keep on making Christ’s Kingdom more vibrantly

present always and everywhere.


The good seed continues to produce good wheat,

even though the enemy has planted weeds right beside it

– as Jesus explained in one of his parables.


Today, it certainly feels like our world

and our Church are in the midst of yet another crisis.


 How can you and I respond to today’s challenges

in such a way as to become the saints God wants us to be? 


Join Fr. Bartunek in

Navigating Stormy Seas:

A Retreat Guide on Jesus Calming the Storm.


Click the link below to access the free retreat guide:



NAVIGATIING STORMY SEAS RETREAT GUIDE

NOVENA PRAYER TO

ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

Begins Friday, September 1


 Born in 1246 in Sant' Angelo, Italy,

Nicholas became an Augustinian friar at 18

after hearing an Augustinian hermit preach.

Ordained seven years later, he quickly gained a reputation as a great preacher and confessor.


He practiced severe mortifications and fasted strictly.

He was known for obtaining healings for many of the sick in Tolentino,

where he lived his last 30 years.


St. Nicholas' bread, a roll of dough with a cross in the center,

originated in the bread he gave the sick to eat after he prayed

for the Virgin Mary's healing intercession.


He died September 10, 1306

and was canonized by Pope Eugene IV in 1446.


He is known as the Patron Saint of animals, babies, boatmen, dying people,

mariners, holy souls, sailors, sick animals and souls in purgatory.


PRAYER TO ST. NICHOLAS


Remember, O gentle and compassionate Lord,

the pity that stirred your heart when the cry of misery

and sorrow came to your ears in Israel.


How your eyes searched the rocks for the poor lepers

who called to you;

how you reached out your hand to the child of Jairus

and to the widow’s son at Naim,

How the tears came to your eyes at the tomb of Lazarus.


Look upon Purgatory, the land of suffering,

where souls that love you await the touch of your healing mercy.

Through the merits of your great sufferings reach out

your hand once more to relieve the poor souls in their sufferings.


O Lord, hear our prayers unworthy though be.

We unite them to the prayers of your holy servant, Saint Nicholas,

which he offered to you through the silent hours of the night.


Hear our prayers for those who cannot plead for themselves;

and grant to the holy souls in Purgatory happiness and rest.


Click the link below to watch a video with a novena prayer:


ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO NOVENA PRAYER


SPECIAL PRAYERS


St. Augustine's

FEAST DAY is

August 28



St. Augustine shaped the practice of biblical exegesis 

and helped lay the foundation for much of 

medieval and modern Christian thought.



In Roman Catholicism he is formally recognized

as a doctor of the church.


Augustine is remarkable for what he did

and extraordinary for what he wrote.


If none of his written works had survived,

he would still have been a figure to be reckoned with.

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More than five million words of his writings survive,

virtually all displaying the strength and sharpness of his mind,

and some possessing the rare power to attract

and hold the reader's attention in both his day and ours.


A FAMOUS PRAYER OF ST. AUGUSTINE


Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient,

ever new, late have I loved you!

You were within me, but I was outside,

and it was there that I searched for you.


In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.

You were with me, but I was not with you.


Created things kept me from you;

yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.


You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.

You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.

You breathed your fragrance on me;

I drew in breath and now I pant for you.


I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.

You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

Amen.


Click the link below for more of St. Augustine's famous prayers:


ST. AUGUSTINE'S PRAYERS

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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The Priest I Didn’t Want Delivered

the Lord of Love I Needed Near


Like many people, I struggled for years

to create a regular habit of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

I had heard the recommendation about making time

for a monthly confession,

but I could always find excuses to put it off—

a typical “wait ’till next week” mentality.

However, that all changed about 15 years ago

when I was on a retreat.


Click below to read what happened on this retreat:


PRIEST'S TESTIMONY

 

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Encounter with Jesus


“All of a sudden there [in a church] on a Saturday night,

surrounded by other teens,

[while] outside [were] the drug dealers, prostitutes, the gunshots…

there I encountered Jesus in the Eucharist…


” Watch Fr. Jorge Torres’ reflection and testimony,

part of a video prepared for the Diocese of Orlando’s

2023 Corpus Christi Celebration.


It is a perfect preparation for your next quiet

time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament!!


Click below to watch Fr. Torres' testimony:


VIDEO OF FR. TORRES' TESTIMONY




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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 MAKES SOMEONE A CHURCH FATHER?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT


MULTIPLE FATHERS



A group of guys I know took a trip to France and decided to attend Mass in a small town, even though none of them understood French.


They managed to stand, kneel, and sit when the rest of the congregation did, so it wasn't obvious they were tourists.


At one point, the priest spoke and the man sitting next to them stood up,

so they got up too.

The entire congregation broke into hearty laughter.


After the service they approached the priest, who spoke English,

and asked him what had been so funny.



The priest said he had announced a birth in the parish

and asked the father to stand up.

GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For August 27, 2023


THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel:  Mt 16:13-20


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KEYS OF THE KINGDOM



  • Enlightened by the Father, Peter testifies to Jesus’ mission and identity: Jesus is the Messiah or anointed savior and the Son of God. So, in turn, Jesus reveals Peter’s mission: Peter is the rock or foundation of Christ’s Church with full authority to lead it on Christ’s behalf.


  • According to Our Lord, Peter’s confession that Jesus is “The Christ, the Son of the living God” is not the conclusion to a chain of human reasoning but “revealed . . . by my heavenly Father.”


  • Our Lord changes Simon’s name to “Peter,” which means “rock,” on which Christ will build his Church.


  • Nothing will prevail against his Church. Nothing will conquer it, not even death—“the gates of the netherworld.” In fact, death will be overcome by the Church: when the Church assails the gates of the netherworld, she will break them down.


  • Just as God gives Eliakim complete authority over Jerusalem and Judah with the power of the key of the House of David to open and shut, Christ gives Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven to bind and loose.


  • Peter has complete stewardship over Christ’s church in Christ’s absence, so what Peter decides on earth will be ratified in heaven.



  • So we see in this passage of the Gospel three important realities: (1) Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one who is to redeem Israel and the rest of the world; (2) he founded a Church to carry on his saving work; and (3) the Church has a structure with Peter at its head.


SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:


" Oh, the Depths!"

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY REFLECTION BY DR. HAHN



ANSWER TO QUIZ



To qualify as a Church Father an individual

eventually had to meet four basic criteria:



(1) antiquity

(2) orthodoxy

(3) holiness

(4) approval by the Church

The first test—antiquity—referred to the age in which the individual lived.

The age of the Fathers covered the period from the first century,

when Jesus and the apostles lived,

through to the age of St. John of Damascus, who died around 749. 


The second test—orthodoxy or correct teaching—is more subtle.

It is complicated by the fact that what is considered orthodox

in one age may be considered heterodox or even heretical in a later one.


The third test—holiness of life—is still harder to determine.

Holiness can be expressed in more than one way,

such as by gentleness toward one’s opponents

(due to love for the persons involved)

and by harshness toward them

(due to love for the truths that they are denying).

Both those who displayed their holiness by being kind

or and those who displayed it by being harsh

came to be regarded as Church Fathers.

If a person has been given the title “Saint,”

it is an indicator that they left a reputation for holiness.

The fourth and final criterion—approval by the Church—is also tricky.

Certainly if an individual came to be regarded as a saint,

this indicates Church approval.

It must be remembered

that in the patristic age the pope was not yet involved

in declaring individuals from far-flung parts of the Christian world to be saints.


Papal canonization would not begin until around the year 1000.

Still, before this time the popular acclaim of an individual

as a saint would seem to constitute Church approval.



Click below for a list of the Church Fathers and their writings:


CHURCH FATHERS AND THEIR WRITINGS


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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:

 

The Fathers Know Best:

Your Essential Guide to the

Teachings of the Early Church 




ByJIMMY AKIN

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This book introduces you to the teachings of the first Christians

in a way no other work can.

It is specially designed to make it easy for you

to find the information you want and need.


Amazing features in this fact-packed book include:


- More than 900 quotations from the writings of the early Church Fathers,

as well as from rare and important documents dating back to the dawn of Christian history.


- Mini-biographies of nearly 100 Fathers, as well as descriptions of

dozens of key early councils and writings.


- A concise history of the dramatic spread of Christianity

after Jesus told his disciples to evangelize all nations.


- Special maps showing you where the Fathers lived,

including many little-known and long-vanished locations.


- A guide to nearly 30 ancient heresies,

many of which have returned to haunt the modern world.



- The Fathers' teaching on nearly 50 topics,

including modern hot-button issues like abortion, homosexuality, and divorce.


This groundbreaking work presents the teachings of the early Christians

in a way unlike any other book.

It flings open the doors of the crucial but little-known age

covering the birth of Christianity

and the triumphant march of the gospel throughout the ancient world.


We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

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

Christ centered life.