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Don’t miss this week’s episode of Catholic Focus. This week Joe Nebistinsky is joined by Fr. Anthony Swamy. Fr. Swamy is leading an initiative of Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales Fathers to care for the poorest of the poor.
Your donations will help build a Home of Peace where the homeless, the destitute, the unloved and the unwanted can live the final moments of their lives in peace and die with dignity. Please make your checks payable to Fransalian Missionaries inc. Please identify “Shanthi Dham” on the memo line of your check. The mailing address is MSFS Provincial House, C/O Fr Swamy 3887 Rosebud Rd, Loganville, GA 30052- 4656.
Relic Event Planned
During the Advent and Christmas Season, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Silver Spring Township will host the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and Saint Manuel González-García from December 13, 2022, through January 4, 2023. Bishop Ronald Gainer granted permission to the parish who shares in the USCCB’s mission of fostering devotion to the Eucharistic Christ during this multi-year Eucharistic Renewal.
In the early part of the 20th Century, as Saint Manuel began his life as a diocesan priest in Spain, he was dumbfounded that many tabernacles in Catholic churches were left in disrepair as a result of people’s lack of faith in the True Presence. St. Manuel’s mission was evident that he not only needed to restore these precious golden houses of God but also help others rediscover that they too are living tabernacles. For more information on this contemporary saint, please consider reading The Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle by Victoria Schneider. Saint Manuel was canonized in 2016.
Blessed Carlo Acutis was a young Italian millennial who died in 2006 at the age of 15 from leukemia. His incorrupt body is in Assisi, Italy. From a very young age he was drawn to Jesus in the tabernacle. As a child going on walks in streets of Italy with his mother, he would tug on his mother's arm asking and pleading to go visit Jesus in the tabernacle. He knew the Eucharistic Christ well and desired for others to learn this reality, this joy. Later in life he remarked, “My highway to heaven is the Eucharist.” In addition to his charitable acts for the poor in his community, his used his savvy computer skills to create a website dedicated to Eucharistic Miracles. The website is still active today. Blessed Carlo Acutis was beatified in 2020. For more information for his cause for canonization, please visit carloacutis.com.
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish invites everyone to come venerate the relics and ask for the intercession of these two holy men. Without the Eucharist we are in darkness. Without priests we have no Eucharist. Come and give the gift of one Holy Hour for your pastor, our bishop, our seminarians, for vocations to religious and consecrated life.
Calendar of Events
December 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. - Reception of Relics Mass
December 17, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. - Mini Eucharistic Miracle Exhibit with cookie and cocoa reception in the Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Room
December 18, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. – Mini Eucharistic Miracle Exhibit with cookie and cocoa reception in the Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Room
January 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. - Departure of Relics Mass
For more information about the relics at Saint Katharine Drexel Church, please contact Sally Lanza at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 717-697-8716.
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AN ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION - will be presented by Sister Geralyn Schmidt on Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Katharine Drexel Church, 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg PA . The title of the talk will be Mary, Woman of the Eucharist. The evening is sponsored by the Parish Council of Catholic Women.
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Spiritual Advisor's Corner
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I've been driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania a lot recently, and noticed the brilliant colors on some of the changing trees. Others have just changed a pale brown color, while others are still green. But some are bright red and yellow, and are such great examples of the magnificence of God's Creation.
I'm sure that some trees, if they could, would get very sad looking at the trees with the brilliant colors, while they see the dingy colors that they give off. Some would grow rather jealous that people are ignoring their leaves to look at other trees.
This sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Well, we do the same thing. We are very quick to point out the gifts that some other people have, and we grow easily jealous of them. But we fail to see the great goodness that Our God has given us. That is why it is wrong to compare ourselves with others, and why we need to give thanks to God for every gift that He gives us. He didn't create us to be the same; we each have different gifts, and while we can admire others' talents, we should never do so at the expense of thanking God for the good things He has given us.
We don't need to tear someone else down in order to see that God has given us good things, too. He created you in His Image. He loves you and would not have died on the Cross if He did not die for you. You are His Gift to the World. Praised be to God for your birth and your life!
Father Timothy Sahd
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