CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

For Our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary's, St. Peter's


SEPTEMBER 10


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.


FIRST SESSION: SEPTEMBER 14, 7:30PM

St. Bernadette Campus in Stievenard Hall


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

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



KNOW ANYONE WHO


WANTS TO


BECOME CATHOLIC?




 Becoming Catholic –

The RCIA Process


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and children (RCIC)

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.

 

RCIA addresses the spiritual

needs of the following persons:


  • 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 begins September 12th!! 


“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

ST. JUDES'S RELICS

COMING TO AMERICA


The arm of the “patron saint of lost causes”

will be touring the country

beginning in September.


The tour marks the first time the extraordinary relic

of St. Jude Thaddeus has left Italy. 


Treasures of the Church, a Catholic apostolate, said

the relic’s tour will last nine months,

starting at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago on September 9. 


“Regarded as the patron saint of lost causes

and desperate situations, the visit provides

an opportunity for individuals to experience intimacy

with someone who dwells in Heaven and

beholds God face-to-face,” stated Fr. Carlos Martins,

director of Treasures of the Church.


“It allows devotees to receive his blessing

and entrust him with their petitions.”  


“God never disappoints but always ‘shows up’ at an exposition,”

said Fr. Carlos Martins.

“There are healings at each one.

Thousands have been reported to me.

Spectacular ones.” 


Click below to watch Fr. Martins being interviewed:


INTERVIEW WITH FR. MARTINS


Click below to see the tour's schedule- it could change over time:



TOUR SCHEDULE


Click below to watch another interview of Fr. Martins

who has been an exorcist for 20 years and has seen it all.

He sits down with Erika Ahern to discuss

the rise of the occult, how he became an exorcist,

and his thoughts on Hollywood’s exorcism takes:


ERICA INTERVIEWS FR. MARTINS


Click below to read about why Catholics venerate relics:


VENERATING RELICS



Strengthen your faith in the Real Presence

through a NEW video series


BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 14


Renew your understanding of Christ's gift of Himself through the Blessed Sacrament

when you watch Jesus and the Eucharist.


The Augustine Institute and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops created this seven-episode series as part of the Eucharistic Revival.


The series features influential Catholics like:

Fr. Josh Johnson, Chris Stefanick,

Jackie and Bobby Angel, Matthew Kelly,

as well as Augustine Institute professors like

Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Edward Sri,

and many more!

 

Click the link below to receive email notifications

as new episodes are released each week,

beginning September 14.


EMAIL NOTIFICATONS SIGNUP LINK



“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. PETERS AND ST. MARY


CHRIS REPORTS FROM PORTUGAL


Chris takes us with him to the

biggest Catholic event of the year...



World Youth Day!

 

Watch as Chris shows you the MASSIVE crowd

meeting in Portugal where meets people from around the world!

 

He gives us a powerful reminder that the Catholic Church is ALIVE,

and young people are still hungry for God!!

SUCH GREAT NEWS!!


Click below to watch Chris's report:

 

CHRIS IN PORTUGAL



NOVENA PRAYER

to

ST. MATTHEW

begins September 12




Pray this St. Matthew Novena for your intentions, asking St. Matthew to intercede to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit on your behalf!


We like to say that he is the patron saint of

“Money, Bankers, Tax Collectors, Accountants, Actors, Bookkeepers, Taxi Drivers”

because even though something may seem hopeless,

with God there is always hope.


Click below for the Novena prayer:

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. MATTHEW

SPECIAL PRAYERS


MEMORIAL OF OUR

LADY OF SORROWS


SEPTEMBER 15




O most holy and afflicted Virgin!

Queen of Martyrs!


Thou who didst stand motionless beneath the Cross,

witnessing the agony of thy expiring Son

–through the unceasing sufferings of thy life of sorrow,

and the bliss which now more than amply

repays thee for thy past trials,

look down with a mother’s tenderness and pity on me,

who kneel before thee to venerate thy dolors,

and place my requests, with filial confidence,

in the sanctuary of thy wounded heart;


present them, I beseech thee, on my behalf,

to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His

own most sacred death and passion,

together with thy sufferings at the foot of the cross,

and through the united efficacy of both

obtain the grant of my present petition.


To whom shall I resort in my wants and miseries if not to thee,

O Mother of Mercy, who, having so deeply

drunk of the chalice of thy Son,

canst compassionate the woes of those

who still sigh in the land of exile?


Offer for me to my Savior one drop of the Blood

which flowed from His sacred veins,

one of the tears which trickled from His divine eyes,

one of the sighs which rent His adorable Heart.


O refuge of the universe and hope of the whole world,

do not reject my humble prayer,

but graciously obtain the grant of my petition.

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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What is the Eucharistic Revival?

A Movement for the Life of the World


“As a recent college graduate, I had two options

before me as I discerned my personal vocation:

I could turn in on myself or turn out in love.

The inward turn was where I perceived safety and control.

The outward movement felt like it would result

in loss of control and journeying into the doomed unknown.

I paused, breathed deeply, and felt the beating

of my own heart, yet I sensed

that there was a more palpable presence...


Click below to read the rest:


WHAT IS THE EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL?


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HOPE STORIES


Hope Stories with Black Catholics is the first

in the series of Hope Stories,

a new podcast hosted by Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN.


In this recent episode, join Sr. Josephine for a walk

down memory lane with her college friend

and fellow Catholic convert, Dr. Larry Mitnaul.


Sr. Josephine and Dr. Mitnaul landed at the University of Dallas,

a Catholic institution, as Protestant undergrads

—one of them not even realizing UD was Catholic at the time!”

Click below to listen to these stories:


HOPE STORIES WITH SR. JOSEPHINE




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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 do the symbols on the St. Benedict Medal mean?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT


SUNDAY FUNNIES




A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could,

trying not to be late for her PSR class.

As she ran she prayed,

"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!

Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!" 


As she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell,

getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.


She got up, brushed herself off,

and started running again.


As she ran she once again began to pray,

"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late...

 But please don't shove me either!"


GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For September 10, 2023


THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel:  Mt 18:15-20


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FRATERNAL CORRECTION



  • Those in authority in the Church—the hierarchy—have the right and the duty to correct members of the faithful who stray. They can even excommunicate members who seriously deny Catholic faith or morals.


  • Procedures for this are spelled out in the Code of Canon Law for the Church and in the various constitutions of religious orders for their members.


  • We ordinary lay members of the faithful also can prudently correct others. This is called fraternal correction. It is the spiritual work of mercy of admonishing the sinner. It is basically that first step to “tell him his fault between you and him alone.” To avoid being a busybody, the person should be someone we have some business talking to, for example, a member of the family, a person we work with, or a friend.



  • One of the things we constantly get wrong when it comes to another’s fault is to gossip about this person’s fault to a third party rather than talk to that person directly.


SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

" TO WIN THEM BACK"


TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY REFLECTION BY DR. HAHN



ANSWER TO QUIZ



During his life, Benedict was known to

work many miracles through the

power of the Holy Cross.


These included his heroic conquering of temptations

and his miraculous triumphs over attempts to kill him.


By making the Sign of the Cross over a glass of wine

that had been poisoned, for example,

the glass shattered and he was spared from drinking it.


These miracles, and his devotion to Christ’s Cross,

led to the creation of the St. Benedict Medal.

It was a Jubilee medal first struck in 1880

by the Archabbey of Monte Cassino to

commemorate the 14th centenary of St. Benedict’s birth.


On the front of the medal

St. Benedict is seen holding a cross in his right hand and

the Rule he wrote for his monks in his left.


To the right is an image of the

poisoned cup which he was once given.


To the left is a raven because an enemy once sent him

poisoned bread, but God sent a raven to fly away with the loaf,

thereby protecting Benedict from harm.


The letters on the medal contain either whole phrases in Latin

or the first letter of each word in these phrases.


What do they mean in English?


Front of the Medal:


Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti

Cross of the Holy Father Benedict


Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur

May we at our death be fortified by his presence


Back of the Medal:


Pax

Peace


On the cross in the center:


C.S.S.M.L.—N.D.S.M.D.

Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux

Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux


The Holy Cross be my light

Let not the dragon be my guide


Circled letters at each corner of the cross:


C.S.P.B.

Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti


Cross of the Holy Father Benedict


Initials around the perimeter:


V.R.S.N.S.M.V.—S.M.Q.L.I.V.B.

Vade Retro Satana, Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana

Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas


Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities!

What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!



This is a medal that tells Satan to go back to hell where he belongs.


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By J.R.R. TOLKIEN

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