Sunday, January 22, 2017

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Holy Ghost,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Holy Trinity, one God,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, Son of the living God, R. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, [etc.]
Jesus, brightness of eternal light.
Jesus, King of glory.
Jesus, sun of justice.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus, most amiable.
Jesus, most admirable.
Jesus, the mighty God.
Jesus, Father of the world to come.
Jesus, angel of great counsel.
Jesus, most powerful.
Jesus, most patient.
Jesus, most obedient.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Jesus, lover of chastity.
Jesus, lover of us.
Jesus, God of peace.
Jesus, author of life.
Jesus, example of virtues.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls.
Jesus, our God.
Jesus, our refuge.
Jesus, father of the poor.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful.
Jesus, good Shepherd.
Jesus, true light.
Jesus, eternal wisdom.
Jesus, infinite goodness.
Jesus, our way and our life.
Jesus, joy of Angels.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs.
Jesus, light of Confessors.
Jesus, purity of Virgins.
Jesus, crown of all Saints.

V. Be merciful unto us, R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Be merciful unto us, R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.

V. From all evil, R. deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil.
From the spirit of uncleanness.
From everlasting death.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations.
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation.
Through Thy Nativity.
Through Thy Infancy.
Through Thy most divine Life.
Through Thy labors.
Through Thine agony and passion.
Through Thy cross and dereliction.
Through Thy faintness and weariness.
Through Thy death and burial.
Through Thy Resurrection.
Through Thine Ascension.
Through Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist.
Through Thy joys.
Through Thy glory.

V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us, O Jesus.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst, "Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Grant, we beseech Thee, to us Thy suppliants, the gift of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with our whole heart, and in all our words and works, and never cease from praising Thee.

O Lord, give us a perpetual fear as well as love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou never ceasest to govern those Thou foundest upon the strength of Thy love. Who livest and reignest world without end.

R. Amen.

Palestinians being stripped of land, rights, American bishop reports

Image result for Bishop Oscar CantuAn American bishop told Vatican Radio that “the tension is palpable” in the Holy Land as prospects for a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine founder.

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, reported on his experiences traveling as part of the Holy Land Coordination, which annually sends bishops from Europe, South Africa, and North America to visit Christians in the troubled region. 

He said that there are “some small signs” of movement toward peace, but “it’s one step forward and two or three steps backward.” 

Bishop Cantu expressed regret particularly for the continued growth of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, which involve “just a gradual taking-over of land and closing the possibility of a two-state solution.” 

He lamented that “the Palestinian people are becoming a people without a land, and they are certainly people without rights.” 


Longtime Waco dentist builds rectory for Sacred Heart Catholic Church

478129 Rectory at Sacred HearThe rectory at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2621 Bagby Ave., might be called the house that George H. Jurek built.
Jurek, 89, a longtime Waco dentist who sold newspapers and worked in the Katy Railroad’s Waco machine shop as a youngster to help his family make ends meet, paid more than $200,000 to create a home for the Rev. Carlo Benjamin Magnaye, or “Father Benjie,” who leads Sacred Heart’s congregation of more than 2,000 families.
The building was completed a little more than a year ago. 

The rectory, which replaces a living area for Sacred Heart’s priests that dates to the 1950s, features three bedrooms, 31/2 baths, a living room, fireplace, two-car garage and 10-foot ceilings.

“It has a modern look and room to accommodate additional priests,” Jurek said. “Father Benjie has been worked pretty hard, with masses being added and the usual responsibilities of a priest that include quinceaneras, weddings and funerals. He really needs some assistance, and maybe the new rectory will help in that regard.”

Magnaye, who has been at Sacred Heart for about 21/2 years, said Jurek wanted to honor his mother and father by dedicating the rectory in their names.

“He is so grateful they taught him the basic things of life: love of God and service to other people,” Magnaye said.

Magnaye declined to discuss his impressions of the rectory, saying it will serve as a home for many church leaders, while his presence is “transitory.”

Jurek, a lifelong Catholic born on a farm near Axtell and raised in East Waco, said he grew up poor but never lacked for love or life lessons from his parents, Henry and Sophie Jurek. He said he proceeded with financing its construction with approval from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.

Jurek said he attends several local Catholic churches and considered himself a friend of the late Monsignor Mark Deering, longtime leader of St. Louis Catholic Church. 

Jurek offered free dental services to Austin Diocese employees and had people travel in from around the state, he said.

Despite his exposure to several congregations, he was drawn to Sacred Heart.

“I fell in love with Sacred Heart, the family atmosphere and the low-income parishioners who work awfully hard to erect nice buildings and do nice things for the community.” 

Jurek said. “They added a beautiful education building by selling Mexican food the women of the church prepared.”

Jurek said he can empathize with people willing to toil for their dreams, thanks to the example of his parents, “who held my feet to the fire on such matters.”

“They were very staunch churchgoers who insisted on my participation. Without the pressure they applied, I probably would not have gone,” he said. “I’m one of those people who believe people in heaven are aware of what’s going on down here, and I believe they would be thrilled at what is happening at Sacred Heart.”

Jurek said he distributed the Waco newspaper when it offered both morning and afternoon editions. The subscription rate was 13 cents a week for every day except Sunday and 18 cents a week for every day. He accepted a route with 66 customers and grew it to 125.

“I often credit that time in my life for teaching me how to deal with people,” Jurek said. “I would even sell papers to people who couldn’t read, some of whom didn’t even have screen doors. They would say they were not interested in taking the paper, but I told them their children needed to be exposed to what was happening in Germany and England, and they often would respond by taking out a subscription. I was quite a little salesman and actually won some awards.”

Jurek said he left Waco High School before he graduated to help support his family, which included three siblings. He later attended night classes to earn credits.

Back in the 1940s, he became an orderly at Hillcrest Hospital in North Waco, “when Hillcrest just had one building.”

“I worked from 7 in the morning to 7 at night, giving enemas, mopping up after surgery and deliveries,” he said. “That exposed me to and got me interested in the health care system, so I went into the Navy as a medical person, joining the Navy Medical Corps, where I accomplished a few things of note.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry before returning to Waco with a dream of growing a successful practice.

He operated offices in two locations downtown before relocating to Lake Air Drive, where he hired three dentists. But he found himself somewhat frustrated by the experience, longing to apply his skills in rural areas for people lacking access to dental services.

“I was accepted for graduate work at Harvard but did not complete the master’s courses for a variety of reasons,” Jurek said. “Instead, I pursued a master’s degree in public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and became involved in serving the indigent population.”

With training in public health administration, Jurek went to work for the Texas Department of Health, becoming medical director for a region near the South Texas city of Uvalde, and later for a 30-county area of Central Texas.

He later moved to the Austin headquarters of MHMR, becoming a special assistant to the commissioner and overseeing eight hospitals and 13 schools for people with mental challenges, Jurek said.

“For many years, my thoughts centered on those who, for one reason or another, ended up on the short end of things in life,” Jurek said.

Retirement brought him back to Waco, where he has devoted his time and resources to giving back to worthy causes wherever he may find them, including providing a new rectory for Sacred Heart, which recently mourned the death of longtime leader the Rev. Lorenzo “Lawrence” Soler in his native Spain.

Soler used much-publicized tamale sales to build a new Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Bagby Avenue in 1982, adjacent to a church building in place since 1957.

It was there in 2003 that a new $2.1 million education and parish activity hall built in the shape of a cross was dedicated.

Donors sponsored pillars, windows, rooms and even bricks to help raise money for the 22,000-square-foot project.

Church silence on killings 'media-perceived,' cardinal says

Image result for Archbishop Orlando Cardinal QuevedoCotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo denied on Tuesday, January 17, that the Catholic Church has been silent in opposing the recent drug-related killings in the Philippines.
"The silence is media-perceived," Quevedo said in a news conference on the second day of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM).

Quevedo explained that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in mid-2016, already issued a statement about illegal drugs and extrajudicial killings.

He said the CBCP also told individual bishops "that they can issue their own pastoral statements in their own dioceses." He pointed out that "many bishops have followed that."

The bishops have also encouraged laypeople to collaborate with the Catholic hierarchy in relation to the CBCP statement on drugs and extrajudicial killings.

This comes as more than 6,200 people have died in the war on drugs waged by the Philippine government. 

Quevedo added that "we should think of the Church as not the bishops only."

The cardinal said: "Let the people do the action. We give the moral guidance. There has been a deliberate choice on that issue. Let the bishops give moral guidance, and let the people act. That's the Church." 

Also during WACOM, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged Catholics to speak out on the recent drug-related killings in the Philippines.

In a speech, Pabillo said, "Can we now keep our mouths shut when more than 6,000 of our poor people are being killed on the mere pretext of drug trafficking?"

Hosted by the Philippines from January 16 to 20, WACOM is an international gathering of devotees of the Divine Mercy, held every 3 years.

Cathedral hoarding turned into Christmas mural

Creative transformationLocal artists in Brisbane have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity, reports The Catholic Leader.

Along the left side of the cathedral, artists painted a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in time for Christmas Masses.

The project, co-ordinated by the Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group (COSSAG), started in early December to add a touch of beauty to the working site of the cathedral upgrade.

COSSAG chair and artist Michelle Bowden said the large mural image was a message about being open to refugees.

While the group had hoped to start the project in October last year, it was delayed due to the ongoing construction work.

Bowden said a generous offer from one of the workers, an employee of Certified Roofing, helped push the project forward.

“There was one of the construction workers who said they would pay for the paint,” she said.

The man’s only request was to be immortalised as one of the three wise men on the mural.

For Catholic leaders, the Indian Church must speak out against inequality’s Catholic Church has to raise speak out against inequality, some Catholic leaders told AsiaNews, following the latest international report on development that puts India behind countries like China and Pakistan.
For John Dayal, former president of the Catholic Union of India, "government policies are exacerbating the marginalisation of tribal communities. The Church must awaken the conscience of the nation and tell the truth to the powerful. But it is not fully doing this.”

According to a report on inequality released yesterday by Oxfam, a global confederation of NGOs against poverty and social injustice, 1 per cent of India's population owns 58 per cent of all the country's wealth. This makes India a society that is far more divided than its Asian neighbours.

“Recent reports have put India lower than China and Pakistan in a comprehensive development index, with the insecurity of the working class among the worst,” said the Catholic activist, who is a member of the National Integration Council of India.

With respect to welfare, "India has no social security, and absolutely no medical and health insurance for the poor,” Dayal noted. “This means that about two thirds of the population risk death by disease for want of treatment even though India is emerging as one of a major centre for medical tourism for those who can afford it."

According to the Oxfam report, 57 Indian billionaires possess as much wealth as the poorest 70 per cent who struggle to survive.

Worldwide, eight men across the world are as wealthy as the poorest 50 per cent of the world’s population.

A mere 500 people will bequeath wealth worth US$ 2.1 trillion – more than the current gross domestic product of India – to their heirs over the next 20 years.

"Thinking of development as GDP numbers is misleading and dishonest,” said Valson Thampu. “It is a sophisticated sham for it has no reference to the development-empowerment of citizens.”

For Thampu, who is a former principal of St Stephen's College, Delhi, “the foremost emphasis in development should be on education. Individuals and societies cannot be developed meaningfully except through education."

Activist Jugal Kishore Ranjit believes that the inequality "is the consequence of Brahminism, which is based on the caste system and capitalism.”

“Brahminism supports capitalism and vice versa. Property accumulation extracts blood from the common man. Companies profit from public money, but keep profits to themselves." 

Positive change can come only if "individuals and companies decide to redistribute the profits among the poor."

“India,” noted Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh, director of the Odisha Forum for Social Action, " declared itself to be a socialist and democratic country, but today crony capitalism reigns supreme.”

For him, “Rich companies should take proper social responsibility.” Instead, “What happened recently with demonetisation* shows that India is a land for the business people.”

“About 1,400 billion rupees (US$ 20.6 billion) in corporate debts were erased, but nothing has been done for social welfare and education. "

* India's recent demonetisation refers to the removal of legal tender from its 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes.

Welcome for cash to boost Irish church online

Image result for church of ireland logoThe Church of Ireland has been awarded funding to help it develop its online communities.  

The money will enable the sharing of resources between parishes and also provide central support to all parish communities across the island of Ireland via a “Parish Resources” section on the main Church of Ireland website.

 The £60,000 grant, from Allchurches Trust Ltd, will enable the development of a database so church members can more easily connect with each other. 

The idea is to help the Church respond to the changing requirements of its membership and try to reduce the risk of people, especially the young, feeling disconnected. 

In addition, through online meeting facilities, the new resource aims to encourage the growth of the Church’s people-network across distance, generations and differences in lifestyle.   

The Archbishop of Armagh, Richard Clarke and the Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, welcomed the grant saying it would help the Church face the challenges of an increasingly secular society.

The Chairman of Allchurches Trust, Sir Philip Mawer, said, “Allchurches has a long and proud tradition of support for the Church of Ireland and we are delighted that our latest grant will help its people network go digital. Online communities can work for Christians too and we are fortunate to be living in an age where the spiritual as well as the physical distances between people can be shrunk with the aid of digital communications.”