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St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette, St. Mary's, St. Peter's

November 13

WHERE DO SEMINARIANS STUDY TO BECOME PRIESTS?


The Athenaeum of Ohio /

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West:


  • Forms laypeople and priests for ministry
  • Third oldest seminary in the U.S.
  • Oldest west of the Appalachian Mountains
  • Built of granite in the Lombard Romanesque style
  • Our neighbor at 6616 Beechmont Avenue


Click the link below to discover more about this beautiful seminary:

THE ATHENAEUM

WHAT IS THE PATH TOWARDS PRIESTHOOD?


Mount St. Mary’s Seminary has as its mission the preparation

of candidates for the Catholic priesthood

—a gift of God and the fruit of an integrated approach to formation.


A man in formation continues his personal human and spiritual formation

while appropriating and integrating theological and pastoral experiences.


Following the Program of Priestly Formation,

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary seeks to form candidates

for the priesthood after the Heart of Jesus by integrating

the four “pillars” or dimensions of formation: 

human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral.


Baptized and confirmed Catholic men,

who completed a Bachelor of Arts or its equivalent,

can be admitted to the seminary and its Master of Divinity degree program.


There is a two-year Pre-Theology program

for those interested in priesthood who have not previously been in

seminary formation or completed the prerequisites in philosophy and theology.


To learn more about the formation of seminarians,

Click the link below :

THE PATH TOWARDS PRIESTHOOD


Click below to see:

POSTER OF CURRENT SEMINARIANS 2022-23


JOIN THE

HALLOW ADVENT CHALLENGE


It might be hard to believe,

but the beginning of Advent

is only three weeks away!


Advent #Pray25

is one of Hallow's most popular challenges every year!


Starting the first Monday of Advent, November 28,

you can pray alongside God’s chosen people,

tracing the story of Advent through all of Scripture:


From the Garden of Eden to the manger in Bethlehem,

where Christ was born.

 

You can now join the Advent #Pray25 waitlist today!


Check out their beautiful new illustration,

and start preparing for

what God has in store for you this Advent!


Click the link below to:

JOIN THE ADVENT #PRAY 25 WAITLIST


BEACONS OF LIGHT

UPDATE


Sign Up to Stay Informed!

With the implementation of the

Families of Parishes on July 1, 2022,

each Family began Phase 1 of their pastoral planning process.


Learn more about the work ahead at the

Beacons of Light Pathway website, which will help guide Families

in creating their pastoral plans.


All are invited to create a free user account to

  • Stay informed about the planning
  • Better understand the work being done in your Family
  • Learn how you can contribute.


Click the link below to:

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Learn More about the Guiding Principles

On the Pathway website,

each guiding principle is brought to life in a video.


You are encouraged to explore the Pathway website

and its videos that portray

the mission-driven vision for our Families of Parishes.


Click the link below, then

Click on "Principles" on the top left

to access each principle and accompanying video:


GUIDING PRINCIPLES VIDEOS



The Advent of

“Christmas in Bethlehem” 


Sunday, December 4, 2022

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

5440 Moeller Ave, Norwood, OH, 45212



Step back in time!

  • Experience life in the time of Jesus
  • See how bread was made in Jesus’ day
  • Smell and taste the spices of ancient Bethlehem


  • Enjoy food, drink, and sweets
  • Pet live animals in the courtyard
  • Check out the kids’ crafts area
  • Come to story time with St. Nicholas


  • Vote on your favorite Christian-themed Gingerbread Creation
  • Take a family photo in Bethlehem
  • Listen to the children’s choir in the chapel


  • Join a procession with Mary & Joseph to the manger
  • Sing some carols
  • Watch the star lighting on the tower and much more….


FREE entry for the entire family!

But REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

And there is a cost for food and crafts.


Click the link below to register for:

CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM

The Church gives us the whole month of November

to pray for the holy souls in Purgatory.

Knowing that the Church extends beyond those

whom we can see here on earth,

we offer our sacrifices and intentions

for all those who have died.


Discover six ways our Catholic tradition

gives us to show our love for them!


Click below for:

SIX WAYS TO HELP SOULS IN PURGATORY


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PRAYER FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY


Here are two good prayers for souls in purgatory:


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord;

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.

Amen.


O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous

with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory.

Remember not their offenses and negligences,

but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity.

Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires

that they may be made worthy to behold Thee

face to face in Thy glory.

May they soon be united with Thee

and hear those blessed words

which will call them to their heavenly home:

"Come, blessed of My Father,

take possession of the kingdom prepared for you

from the foundation of the world."

Amen.

National Eucharistic Revival Resources

WEEKLY UPDATE


CHRIST AMONG US


Years ago, youth minister Lauren Wright witnessed

dozens of middle schoolers encounter Jesus

for the first time during a transformative

twilight Holy Hour at summer camp.

Camp ended, but the effects of that hour

endure to this day, especially

in Lauren’s own participation at Mass.


Click the link below to read more:


CHRIST AMONG US



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HOW THE EUCHARIST

CHANGED MY LIFE


The Eucharist has transformed Fr. Mike Schmitz’ life,

and he wants to tell you all about it.

Watch his powerful testimony now.


Click the link below to watch his video:  



HOW THE EUCHARIST CHANGED MY LIFE



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Eucharist: Offered also for the Dead


As we remember the Holy Souls in Purgatory

during the month of November,

these words from Pope Saint Paul VI’s

encyclical on the Holy Eucharist

remind us of how powerful the effects of the Mass

are for our beloved deceased.


Click below to read the encyclical (29 and 30):


Mysterium Fidei




QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK

Is R.I.P. a prayer?


Scroll down to find the answer!

MISTAKEN IDENTITY


/A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard,

when suddenly, the light turned yellow,

just in front of him.


He did the right thing and stopped,

even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through

the intersection.


The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn,

screaming in frustration as she missed her chance

to get through the intersection.


As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched,

finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.


After several hours, a policeman approached

the cell and opened the door.

She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.


He said, I'm very sorry for this mistake.

You see, I pulled up behind your car while you

were blowing your horn, screaming and

cussing a blue streak at the guy in front of you.


I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate,

the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper sticker,

the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker,

and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.



Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.



GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For November 13, 2022


The Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Year C - Lk 21:5-19


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THE SECOND COMING


“See that you not be deceived,

for many will come in my name, saying,

‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’

Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections,

do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,

but it will not immediately be the end.”

  • Just as the magnificent and beloved Temple of Jerusalem would soon be destroyed by the wrath of the Romans, so too everything in this life, no matter how good, is falling into ruin.


  • We are living in that period of salvation history after the Ascension of Christ and before his Second Coming. Our time of history is filled with tumult. It is hard to imagine a period of history more violent and disordered than the 20th.


  • We followers of Christ should always be ready to face persecution. When you are attacked for the good you do or the truth you hold, Christ himself will “give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”


  • “You will be hated by all because of my name.” If we love Christ–which means to assent to the truths he has revealed and imitate his behavior–we will experience persecution.



  • “But not a hair on your head will be destroyed.” We may face every kind of injustice, even execution, but faithfulness to Christ–which he himself will make possible–will lead to eternal life.


ANSWER TO QUIZ


R.I.P. is actually a Latin prayer!


Found on gravestones 

around the world,

these letters represent a prayer to God

for everlasting peace for the dead.


R.I.P. is an abbreviation that has a rich history.

The letters stand for a Latin phrase, 

requiescat in pace.

The direct translation in English is “rest in peace,”

though the Latin words are actually

part of a much longer prayer for the deceased.


The first use of the Latin phrase dates to

the 8th century and is meant to be a

prayer for the deceased person,

praying that they may experience

eternal rest in Heaven.


It corresponds with the Catholic belief in purgatory

and the phrase remains a central part

of Catholic funeral ceremonies today.


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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.

This week's recommendation is:


The Man Who

Left His Mark


by Peter Kreeft


In this unusual book on the Gospel of Mark, the brilliant and prolific Peter Kreeft presents 252 contemporary questions

that modern man asks

about every aspect of the meaning of life, faith, love, suffering, friendship, death, eternity, God, Jesus and more.

He then gives an answer to each question

taken directly from Mark's Gospel,

which is always pointed and often surprising,

and makes us ponder more deeply

the Scripture passage's meaning in relation to our own lives.


Kreeft says that Mark's Gospel is

"the quickest and 'busiest' of the fourthe Gospel for Americans."

He describes the book as "a series of sudden shocks and

surprises because that is how Jesus appeared to Mark

and others who followed himfull of shocks and surprises."


Kreeft's goal is for us to allow Jesus

to speak more directly to us, to answer our questions

in a personal and profound way,

so that we will learn more about ourselves,

and about Him.


And thus how to know, love and follow Him more closely in our lives.


We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled, Christ centered life.