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2012-09-27 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Raising awareness about “safety at sea:” that’s the theme of World Maritime Day 2012, celebrated on September 27th. Adding poignancy to the events: this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It is also the year in which the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast, killing at least thirty people.
The Director of Development of the Apostleship of the Sea Great Britain, John Green, explains that his Catholic ministry is cooperating with the London based International Maritime Organization in events planned around the 27th to promote “good safety and good wellbeing for seafarers today.”
That’s what the Apostleship of the Sea has been doing in countries across the globe since it was instituted by Blessed Pope John Paul II. As Green explains, those working in this Catholic ministry offer support to dockers and crews of merchant vessels at ports, and for offshore gas and oil rigs and other seafarers. “For many,” he says, “it’s difficult to have access to pastoral care, support in their life of faith.”
Green tells Tracey McClure about how Catholic chaplains were on board the Costa Concordia and on the Titanic and recounts their stories of heroism and spiritual support for anguished passengers…
Listen to the interview to learn too, how the Catholic Church in Great Britain plans to mark World Maritime Day on September 27th:

 

 

 

Sinking of the Titanic, drawn from wireless de...

Sinking of the Titanic, drawn from wireless description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Some 500 Christian youth from various denominations are expected to take part in the festival.

Posted on September 27, 2012, 4:17 PM

By Ritu Sharma
New Delhi:

A Christian youth festival in New Delhi has taken the initiative to unite the community youth and bring them together at one platform.

Some 500 Christian youth from various denominations are expected to take part in the one-day UVA (United V Are in Christ) fest on Sept. 29.

“It is sad that Christian youth these days are not aware about their religion and the different denominations in it,” said Anuj Mathew, convener of UVA 2012.

He said that the festival, which would be held at St Michael’s School, aims to bring them together and make them aware about different churches.

The festival would include interactive sessions, theatre, symbol interpretation, counseling sessions and performances by leading Christian bands of the city.

Mathew said that they first organized the fest last year and after getting a positive response, they planned to go ahead this year too.

“In future, we are also planning to hold this festival after 3 or 6 months depending on the response we get from the youth,” he added.

The festival, which would be held under the theme Mission Possible, is organized by a group of youth nominated by different churches of Delhi.

The festival is supported by Bible Society of India (BSI) and Indian Catholic Youth Movement, the youth wing of the Delhi archdiocese.

Fr. Victor D’Souza of the archdiocese said, “Some people of good will thought of unity of all the Christians of Delhi. Let us all youth unite and work together to spread the Good News.”

Richard G Khan, BSI secretary, said that the festival is certainly a step in the right direction.

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September 25th, 2012

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013.

The aim is to strengthen and bring Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is suggesting ten ways in which Catholics may observe the Year of Faith.  Under these guidelines, some of these are already the requirements for Catholics.

 

10 Ways suggested to Live The Year of Faith

1. Mass participation. The Year of Faith is meant to promote the personal encounter with Jesus. This occurs most immediately in the Eucharist. Regular Mass attendance strengthens one’s faith through the Scriptures, the recitation of the Creed, and other prayers, receiving Communion and taking active part in community faith building.

2. Confession. Like going to Mass, Catholics find strength and grow deeper in their faith through Participation in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. People turn back to God, express their sorrow and ask pardon enabling the power of God’s healing grace.

3. Learn about the lives of the saints. The saints are examples of how to live a Christian life.  They exemplify ways a person can serve God in various ways by their humble action and decisions taken in life.

4. Bible Reading.  Daily Scripture reading is a must for growth this being the year of the Faith, and  the best access to become attuned to the Word of God.

5. Study Vatican II Document. The Vatican II documents expresses the role of the laity, how Mass is celebrated, relationship with other Christians and non-Christians, which ushered in a great renewal of the Church.

6. Study Catechism. Catechism of the Catholic Church covers the beliefs, moral teachings, prayer and sacraments of the Catholic Church, and the main resource for understanding of the faith

7. Volunteer in the parish. The gift each person has translates into action and help to building up the community ie as Eucharistic ministers, liturgical musicians, lectors, catechists and in other roles in parish life.

8. Help the needy. Catholics need to donate to charity and volunteer to help the poor and the marginalized to experience a personal encounter with Christ and set an example for the rest of the community and the world.

9. Invite a friend to Mass. An invitation towards a renewal of faith and creation of interest to draw persons who have felt alienated or drifted from the faith due to a bad experience can make a big difference during the Year of Faith.

10. Live the Beatitudes in daily life. The Beatitudes are the footprints for True Christian living. The wisdom to help all to be more humble, patient, transparent, forgiving and free, are examples needed to live our faith to draw others to the church.

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September 27th, 2012

Catholic Chronical.org.

St. Vincent de Paul (1576 – 1660) was born in Gascony, France, and died in Paris. He studied theology at Toulouse and was ordained a priest in 1600. As a young priest he fell into the hands of Mohammedan pirates who carried him off to Africa. After his return to France he became successively parish priest, grand almoner of the galley slaves, and spiritual director of the Visitation nuns. He founded the Congregation of the Priests of the Mission or Lazarists to preach especially to country people. With the help of Louise de Marillac he established the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity to care for young girls, for the needy, sick, and foundlings. He died at St. Lazarus’s which was the center of his Congregation. Leo XIII proclaimed him special patron of charitable institutions.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian which is observed on September 26 in the Ordinary Form.


St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul was a great apostle of charity, and brought a great revival of the priesthood in the 17th century. He was born near Dax in the Landes (France) in 1581. As a young priest he was captured by Moorish pirates who carried him to Africa. He was sold into slavery, but freed in 1607 when he converted his owner.

Having returned to France, he became successively a parish priest and chaplain to the galley-slaves. He founded a religious Congregation under the title of Priests of the Mission or Lazarists (now known as Vincentians), and he bound them by a special way to undertake the apostolic work of charity; he sent them to preach missions, especially to the ignorant peasants of that time, and to establish seminaries.

In order to help poor girls, invalids, and the insane, sick and unemployed, he and St. Louise de Marillac founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity, now better known as the Sisters of St. Vincent.

St. Vincent worked tirelessly to help those in need: the impoverished, the sick, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored. He died in 1660 at St. Lazarus’s house, Paris. His motto: “God sees you.”

“Let us love God; but at the price of our hands and sweat of our face.”

Patron: charitable societies; horses; hospitals; leprosy; lost articles; prisoners; volunteers; spiritual help; Saint Vincent de Paul Societies; Vincentian Service Corps; Madagascar; diocese of Richmond, Virginia.

Symbols: 16th century cleric performing act of charity; priest surrounded by the Sisters of Charity; book with heart; model of an orphanage or hospital; model of a hospice; priest with child in his arms.

 

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