CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

For Our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary's, St. Peter's


JUNE 25


WHO IS OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP?


Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title and devotion

given to Our Blessed Mother,

related to a Byzantine painting from

as early as the 13th century.


Since then, this golden image inspired Catholics

to pray for the Blessed Virgin Mary's intercession

with her beloved Son, Jesus Christ.


Art historians and theologians interpret the painting's message

as one of salvation and reparation:

You can come to me.”


Painted by an unknown artist, possibly in Crete,

it depicts Our Blessed Mother holding the infant Christ.


To her right is the Archangel Michael,

carrying the lance and sponge from Jesus' Crucifixion.


On her left is the Archangel Gabriel

carrying the cross and nails used in the crucifixion.


Also known as the Theotokos of the Passion,

(Theotokos indicates Mary's role as "God bearer,"

given to her to recognize Jesus' Diving nature.)

the icon suggests that even as an infant

Jesus knew of His passion and death,

and is seeking his mother's comfort.


First venerated at the Church of San Matteo in the 15th century,

history suggests it was previously stolen in Crete,

brought to Italy by a pious merchant,

and bequeathed to the church,

which was served for a time by the Hermits of Saint Augustine.


The picture remained in the church for nearly three hundred years.


In 1812 the French invaded Rome and destroyed the church.

The picture disappeared.

until discovered between 1863 and 1865 in an oratory

of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula.


Under Pope Pius XI's direction,

it was displayed for public veneration

under the care of the Redemptorist Fathers

at the Church of Saint Alphonsus

built on the destroyed Church of San Matteo's original site

where it remains today.


Click below to view a video on Our Lady of Perpetual Help:


OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP VIDEO

JOIN and WELCOME our NEW

DIRECTOR OF EVANGELIZATION

FOR OUR STELLA MARIS FAMILY

*** BRAD BURSA ***


HAVE FAITH QUESTIONS

YOU CAN'T ANSWER???


Many parents find it hard to respond

to their children's questions about faith.


Trained in theology,

Julianne Stanz decided to help! 


After multiple interviews

asking parents and children to share their

most perplexing questions about religion,

she provides relatable answers


This summer, maybe you would be grateful to devote some time

reviewing healthy, accessible and Christ-centered

questions and answers

with your kids about our Catholic faith.


Her treasure of a book is:

 The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide:

Straight Answers to Your Kids’ Toughest Questions.


Click the link below to read more about this excellent resource:


THE CATHOLIC PARENTS SURVIVAL GUIDE


HONORING REAL NUNS


Many of us know and love nuns

whose vocation is now being openly mocked in the most wicked of ways, but...


A new middle-school book beautifully reminds us of

cloistered nuns' precious and quiet presence.

The real nuns.

The ones who quietly but completely dedicate

their lives to serve God, you, me, and everyone.


Released this year, Back to the Bright Before

gives a beautiful illustration of real nuns,

from the heart and mind of a homeschooling mom in Iowa.


It tells a heartwarming story about a girl and her brother

trying to save their struggling family by

searching for a legendary treasure

hidden on a monastery's grounds

and are befriended by the nuns who live there.


Click the link below to read more about this charming book:


BACK TO THE BRIGHT BEFORE

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE

TRUE PRESENCE OF JESUS

IN THE EUCHARIST?


SCIENTIFICALLY - IT MAKES MORE SENSE TO

BELIEVE, THAN NOT TO BELIEVE!!


Central to our faith is the Eucharistic celebration

and our reception of Holy Communion.


However, recent national surveys have indicated that

only 30% of American Catholics believe in the

True Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.


His Sacred Heart sorrows that He gives such a great gift

and so few want to believe!

Even after He has given evidence that makes believing reasonable!


Click the link below to discover nine proofs of Our Lord's Presence in the Eucharist:


NINE PROOFS OF THE TRUE PRESENCE

HOW CAN WE KNOW

GOD EXISTS?


Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence. (I Peter 3:15).


This course equips you to explain and defend more persuasively

the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of Catholicism.


Three Main Questions:

  1. "Does God exist" and "What is His nature?"
  2. Is there evidence to affirm that Jesus Christ’s claims to divinity are true?
  3. Did Jesus Christ found a specific visible Church that continues to speak on His behalf and transmit His divine life today?


Click the link below to watch an introductory video:

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO


Click the link below to learn more about the curriculum and the teacher:

LEARN ABOUT APOLOGETICS

SPECIAL PRAYERS

Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help


O MOTHER of Perpetual Help,

Grant that I may ever invoke

Your most powerful name,

Which is the safeguard of the living


And the salvation of the dying.


O purest Mary! O sweetest Mary!

Let your name henceforth Be ever on my lips.


Delay not, O Blessed Lady,

To succor me Whenever I call on you.


In all my temptations, In all my needs,

I will never cease To call on you Ever repeating

Your sacred name, Mary, Mary!


Oh, what consolations, What sweetness,

What confidence, What emotion fills my soul

When I utter your sacred name, Or even only think of you!


I thank the Lord For having given you,

For my good, So sweet, so powerful, So lovely a name.


But I will not be content With merely uttering your name.


Let my love for you prompt me Ever to hail you,

Mother of Perpetual Help.


Mother of Perpetual Help,

Pray for me And grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.

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And for inspiration through

our Family of Parishes' Patron...


Click below to read the:

AVE MARIS STELLA PRAYER


Click below to hear:

AVE MARIS STELLA in GREGORIAN CHANT


Click below to hear:

AVE MARIS STELLA SUNG IN ENGLISH

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO


Sing to the Lord, Bless His Name!


The winners of the National Eucharistic Revival Song Competition

hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

have been selected!


Sr. Kathryn Hermes, F.S.P., had the joy of interviewing these composers,

and learn a little more about the winning songs

and faith-filled women who wrote them.


Click the link below to lread more:


REVIVAL SONG

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“This Is My Body”: A Reflection on

My Migrant Journey and the Eucharist


When Yohan Garcia began his migrant journey

to the United States, he confronted hardship

and tremendous danger.

Yet, he knew he was not alone.


Click below to read his story:


YOHAN'S STORY

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Our Bishops Speak: The Eucharist


In this new video, Bishop Arturo Cepeda,

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit,

reflects on how Jesus’ Eucharistic Presence

is a vital source of peace and joy in our lives.

Click below to watch his reflection:


BISHOP CEPEDA'S REFLECTION


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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'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT BIBLES?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT


TAKING THE FIRST STEP



A man walks into a church one day and kneels down to pray.


"Lord," he says, "I've made mistakes, but I'm determined to change. If you let me win the lottery, I promise to be a good servant and never bother you again."


Nothing happens. So the next week the man tries again. "Please, God, let me win the lottery, and I'll come to church every week."


Again nothing happens. So the man decides to try one last time. "Lord," he implores, "Why haven't I won the lottery? Have you abandoned me?"


Suddenly, a deep voice booms down from above.

"My son, I have not abandoned you, but at least meet me halfway—buy a ticket!"



GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For JUNE 25, 2023


TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel:    Mt 10:26-33


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BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH


  • The context of this reading is that when the apostles carry out Christ’s mission to spread the Gospel, they will arouse opposition.


  • Christ instructs them not to be afraid of any man. The most persecutors can do is kill the body; they “cannot kill the soul.”


  • The Father and the Son greatly esteem the apostles and us. This is grounds for courage.


  • We should never be afraid of “acknowledging” Christ “before others,” that is, proclaiming the truth, especially the truth of the Gospel.


  • However, we should be very afraid of denying Christ before others, because that could mean the death of both the body and the soul in hell.




SCOTT HAHN'S MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

BE NOT AFRAID


12th SUNDAY REFLECTION:

BE NOT AFRAID


ANSWER TO QUIZ



The Reason Goes All the Way Back

to the OLD TESTAMENT


In fact, the Catholic Old Testament contains a handful of books

not in the Protestant Old Testament. 

 

Called the “Apocrypha” (meaning “hidden books”),

a.k.a. “Old Testament Apocrypha”

(since they are all included in the Catholic Old Testament),

a.k.a. “deutero-canonical” books

(since they have only secondary authority),

and includes such books as:


Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Baruch,

Susanna, and Maccabees.


Why the Difference?

The Old Testament was first written in Hebrew

(and Aramaic, a related language)

then translated into Greek about 200 B.C.


  Some later Jewish books were written in Greek, not Hebrew,

because it was the Eastern Roman Empire's common language.


The late books written in Greek

were not included in the original Hebrew Old Testament,

but were in the Greek translation called the “Septuagint.”

Jesus knew and quoted from the Apocrapha.


when St. Jerome translated the whole Bible into Latin

(the Western Roman Empire's common language),

he translated the Greek New Testament,

the original Hebrew Old Testament,

and the Greek “Apocrypha” into Latin.


He prefaced the Apocrypha to indicate they were not part

of the original Hebrew Old Testament. 


 Later copyists omitted his prefaces,

and Jerome’s entire Latin translation

was considered of equal authority.


For over 1,000 years all books translated by St. Jerome

were regarded as our Sacred Scriptures, the Bible.


Then, Protestant Reformation scholars rediscovered the

the original Hebrew Old Testament and

chose to no longer accept the Greek additions,

eliminating those books in the Apocrypha. 


 To this day Catholic Bibles include the Old Testament Apocrypha,

strictly Protestant Bibles exclude it,

though certain “ecumenical” Bibles include it as an appendix,

(e.g., The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha: Expanded Edition).


Click below to watch Father Matthew Pawlikowski

answer this question in a two and a half minute video:


WHY ARE CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT

BIBLES DIFFERENT?


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BOOK

RECOMMENDATION

 

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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.

Order though your favorite book dealer.

This week's recommendation is:

 

FORTY REASONS I AM A CATHOLIC


by  PETER KREEFT

A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR


My title explains itself.

But it's misleading.


There are more than 40 reasons.

In fact, there are at least 10 to the 82nd power,

which, I am told, is the number of atoms in the universe.


And that's just in ordinary matter, which makes up only 4.9% of the universe,

the rest being dark matter and dark energy.


Each of my reasons is an independent point,

so I have not organized this book by a succession of chapters or headings.


After all, most readers only remember

a few big ideas or separate points after reading a book.


I've never heard anyone say

"Oh, that was a good continuous-process-of-logically-ordered-argumentation,"

but I've often heard people say,

"Oh, that was a good point."


Which takes me back to my main point:

"Why are you a Catholic," is a good question.


A good question deserves a good answer.

Here are forty of mine.


We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

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

Christ centered life.