"Penance is a sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is granted through the priest's absolution to those who with true sorrow confess their sins and promise to satisfy for the same."I wish everyone a wonderful Sunday evening. To learn more about the Sacrament of Penance click here.
"O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us."Amen.
Todays Pic-of-the-Day. The European response to Israel defending themselves after Hezbollah invades and then sends rocket attacks on its civilian population.
(H/T Eurabian News (Spanish))
Eurabian News has some excellent photos of an anti-Semitic rally in Spain. It's amazing how all the nutjobs in Spain have come out since the pro-homosexual socialist Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero took over power when Spanish voters voted him into office on the 'surrender to Islam' platform after the 3/11 Atocha train bombings.
Click here for the anti-Semitic rally in Spain from Eurabian News.
Look below or click here for an excellent map of the scale of the Hezbollah-Israeli War.
To learn more about this breaking news click here.
"Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample under foot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. " --Psalm 68:30May God have mercy on Hezbollah.
"Love takes up where knowledge leaves off." . . . and . . . "The things that we love tell us what we are." --St. Thomas AquinasA nice way to get your Friday to start on!
"Absence, isolation: trials for your perseverance. Holy Mass, prayer, sacraments, sacrifices, Communion of Saints: weapons to conquer in the trial." --The WayTo read more from Saint Josemaría Escrivás The Way click here.
To help Israelis injured by these Katyusha rocket attacks click here.
"In the 1997 civil trial of Rudolph Kos, who molested altar boys at three Dallas parishes, a Dallas County jury decided that Grahmann and other church officials were "grossly negligent" and tried to cover up the abuse in its aftermath."The article from the Dallas Morning News reported that the diocese has grown from 230,000 in 1990 to about 1 million today. Just goes to show you that a successful diocese is not measured by growth in numbers but in growth in quality of members. This can be measured by the number of vocations as well as the growth of lay movements-- outside of participating in Mass. Just because an archdiocese has shown growth in the past doesn't necessarily mean that the archbishop is successful. Liturgical abuse can be rampant throughout the archdiocese and there can been a drop in vocations as well. Nonetheless, Bishop Grahmann will soon be gone and a new, and hopefully a devotional orthodox disciplinarian bishop will soon rise to the Diocese of Dallas. For more on this article click here.
"The real scandal, the biggest scandal in all of this, is the fact that Archbishop [Harry] Flynn would allow this priest to do this,"Wow, I thank God we have Archbishop DiNardo down here in the great Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. For more on this article click here. To view St. Joan of Arc's parish website click here.
"Under the umbrella of 'multiculturalism' also shelter supporters of formerly objectionable lifestyles, notably gays and lesbians. The dogma of multiculturalism has shown itself to be incapable of distinguishing between social norms and social customs to the exasperation of many voters."For more on this intriguing and insightful article click here.
St. Anne de Beaupre Church here in Houston is a small parish situated just south of 610 North inside the loop (north of I-10). Today I felt that I should visit this small parish with a quaint rectory and parish hall.
I left this morning from my home and it took no more than 10 minutes on a leisurely walk to reach this small church. I arrived early enough to pray the Rosary before the weekday group of parishioners arrived for their daily recital of the Rosary, so you could say I got a special two for one since I wasn't expecting the group at all. I found out later that they meet 15 minutes prior to weekday Mass which the Mass conveniently starts at 7:00 am each day.
Mass was celebrated by Father Emmanuel Esukpa M.S.P. It was respectful and the congregation was quite lively in there hymns and responsorials. Mass promptly and reverently ended at 7:25 am.
The exterior of the church is made of a reddish brick and looks quite proper would be the best way to describe it. The interior has a protestant feel to it, which is a major downer in my book, but the windows are of beautiful stain glass. There are many statues and the Tabernacle was properly placed behind the altar. Well almost directly behind, but much better than most 'Catholic' churches here in Houston. The church has a nice rustic feel to it, very homely so to speak.
For those that commute to work on 610 North and attend daily Mass, St. Anne de Beaupre Church is very convenient to reach with a great time to attend, 7:00 am. Just take the Main Street exit, whether you are heading east or west, and head east on the frontage road until you reach Link road. You can't miss it. It takes only a minute or two to exit 610 North to reach this nice little church. St. Anne de Beaupre is located on 2810 Link Road. In fact you can see it off of 610 North heading east onto the 45 South exit on your righthandside.
Anyways, it's a nice little treasure of a church that is an easy walk from my home or any commuters heading to work.
For more information on St. Anne de Beaupre Church click here.
For an area map of St. Anne de Beaupre Church click here.
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