Equipping Catholic Families for the 50 Days of Easter at Home!

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Alleluia! He has Risen! This is our summary post of sustainable celebration for all 50 days of Easter including non-chocolate surprises and treats for plastic eggs and awesome Catholic crafts and family traditions, but first things first…did you discover this awesome Devotional for the 50 Days of Easter from The Good Soil? It’s BEAUTIFUL! Join […]

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April 15: Bright Wednesday; The Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus (54-68)

Matins on Bright Wednesday Priest: Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity, always, now and forever and ever. All: Amen. Paschal Troparion Christ is risen from the dead,* trampling death by death,* and to those in the tombs* giving life! (3) Verses from Psalm 67: Let God arise and let His enemies be […]

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ASK FATHER: Priest allows EMHCs to take Communion home

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

Some relatives told us that this past Saturday night for the Easter Vigil they were allowed to bring home consecrated hosts which then they decided to consume while watching a livestreamed Mass, at the moment when the priest was distributing the holy Eucharist to the people present. They said their priest allowed this because they are extraordinary ministers of the eucharist and therefore trusted. This seems of course very very wrong, however we were not able to argument and document properly why. Could you help us? From the way they described the fact it sounded like their request of having consecrated hosts at home was granted by their priest just because they are known and active in their community and not even to act as ministers of holy communion…which sounds of course even more wrong…but even taking for granted that the people could be trusted (which is also questionable) and assuming they would be in their service as ministers, is an extraordinary minister of the eucharist allowed to distribute holy communion to other faithful how and when and to whom he pleases?

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Prayers Requested for Father Alphonse de Valk

We have been asked to pray for Father Alphonse de Valk, who is nearing his eternity. The message we have received runs as follows, from a long-time friend of Father’s:

I have just come off the phone with the doctor from palliative care.  They are keeping Father de Valk comfortable.  The doctor says that Alphonse will last a few more days, maybe a week.  In the time of pandemic, his body will be cremated and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Please keep him in your prayers.

Many readers will recall as the founding editor of Catholic Insight as a long-running print magazine, back in 1993. It is difficult to overestimate the radiance of this feisty Dutchman’s influence, not just through his editorial acumen, his unwavering dedication to the pro-life and pro-family apostolate, but also his many decades of priestly ministry. This writer and editor is humbled to continue the great man’s work in some small way; I owe him a great deal, having known Father as a family friend since I was a child back in Toronto, not long off the plane from Scotland.

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Pope Francis expresses concern for New Yorkers amid coronavirus

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis phoned Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York Tuesday to express his concern for the people of New York during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 10,000 deaths in the city are being attributed to infection by the virus.

Cardinal Dolan said April 14 that Pope Francis had called him that afternoon “to express his love, concern, and closeness to all the people of New York, especially those who are sick, during the coronavirus outbreak.”

“He mentioned in a special way Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the people of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and I happily shared the Holy Father’s words with Bishop DiMarzio immediately thereafter,” the cardinal added.

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Christ, the Hope of Glory

My dear friends, in this Easter season, I’d like to talk to you about hope. Indeed, casually speaking, we have much to “hope” for in the coming weeks. We hope for warmer weather and for a speedy end to this pandemic. We hope that the speed of the outbreak may be slowed in the coming months, and that our lives will return to normal as soon as possible. Today, though, I’d like to talk about a deeper kind of hope. In his epistle to the Romans, for example, St. Paul wrote:

We rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.[1]

Indeed, it seems that the whole New Testament is saturated with this joyful and effervescent hope. Later in the same epistle, St. Paul prayed, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”[2]

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