Monthly Archives: October 2014

Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman, CO

594px-John_Henry_Newman_by_Sir_John_Everett_Millais,_1st_BtHappy Feast Day of Bl. John Henry Newman!  Masses for Bl. John Newman will be at 12:10 p.m., and a sung 7:00 p.m. Mass.  His relic will be placed on the Altar for veneration.  See you at Mass!

O God our Father, You granted to Your servant Blessed John Henry Newman wonderful gifts of nature and of grace, that he should be a spiritual guide in the darkness of this world, an eloquent herald of the Gospel, and a devoted servant of the one Church of Christ. For his insight into the mysteries of the Kingdom, his zealous defence of the teachings of the Church, and his priestly love for all Your children, we pray that he may soon be numbered among the canonized saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Two Events in October

Musical Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary PosterJoin the Community-in-Formation for two big events next week. The first will occur on October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This Marian Musical Oratory will include the Evening Oratory prayers of the Community, combined with Sacred Music and Hymns about our Lady in German, English, and Latin. The evening will take the traditional form of prayer for the Oratory, as handed down by St. Philip Neri. A reflection upon the Mother of God will also be given.  Music will be provided by the Old St. Mary’s Choir and the Schola Cantorum Cincinnatensis. Please join us!

594px-John_Henry_Newman_by_Sir_John_Everett_Millais,_1st_BtThe second event is a Sung Mass for the Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman on October 9 at 7pm. This Mass will be in honor of one of the blesseds of the Oratory, and perhaps the most famous Oratorian in the world. Having had a keen interest in education and learning, he has become the patron of university Newman Centers around the country. Having brought the Oratory to the English Speaking world, we will celebrate this Feast, and also continue to ask God for his canonization as a saint. A blessing with a very rare relic of Bl. John Henry Newman will follow Mass. We hope to see you there!

Both events will take place at:

Old St. Mary’s Church
123 E. 13th St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Holy Father’s address to clergy

Pope-Francis

Vatican City, 3 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father received in audience the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy. “The vocation is truly a treasure that God places in the hearts of some men, chosen by Him and called to follow Him in this special state of life. This treasure, that must be discovered and brought to light, is not made to ‘enrich’ someone alone. He who is called to the ministry is not the ‘master’ of his vocation, but rather the administrator of a gift that God has entrusted to him for the good of all the people, or rather for all humanity, even those who have drifted away from religious practice or do not profess faith in Christ”. Pope Francis added that “at the same time, all the Christian community is the custodian of the treasure of these vocations, destined to its service, and must always be aware of its task of promoting, welcoming and accompanying them with affection”.

Similarly, the Pope reminded the clergy that they too must play their role in formation. “This involves protecting and nurturing vocations, so that they bear mature fruit”. He remarked that Jesus did not call his disciples by saying to them “come, I will explain to you”, or “follow me, I will teach you”. “The formation Christ offered his disciples instead took the form of ‘come and follow me’, ‘do as I do’, and this is the method that today, too, the Church must offer her ministers. … For this reason, it is a task that is never completed, because priests never stop being Jesus’ disciples; they never stop following him”.

Pope Francis spoke about evangelisation as the aim of vocation. “Every vocation is for the mission, and the mission of ordained ministers is evangelisation”, he continued, adding that “the first form of evangelisation is the witness of fraternity and of communion between priests and bishop”. He concluded by emphasising that it is necessary for the clergy to “be priests … free of every spiritual worldliness, aware that it is their lives that evangelise rather than their works”, rather than to take a limited view of priesthood as a profession”, also asking the bishops to think of the good of the people of God, to study the itinerary of vocations carefully, and not to accept priests simply because there is a lack of them in the diocese.