Holy Family Radio Parish Bulletin Board

Biblical Thought of the Week:

"The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let the many islands be glad.  Clouds and darkness are round about Him: justice and judgement are the establishment of His throne.  A fire goes before Him, and shall burn his enemies round about."

- Psalm 96:1- 3 (Douay-Rheims) 

Recent Announcements 

 Fight Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness by Giving to the Matthew 25 Collection: Each November, the Diocese of Harrisburg takes up the Matthew 25 Collection to help alleviate homelessness, provide healthy meals and distribute clothing for people right here in our local communities. This year’s Matthew 25 Collection will be the weekend of November 20th.  For additional information and to make a gift to support men, women and children in need, visit www.hbgdiocese.org/m25 . 

It's that time of year:  Advent is nigh and soon it will be Christmas and that means many parishes in the diocese of Harrisburg are holding their annual Christmas Bazaars and Craft Fairs.  The Bazaars and Fairs are a fun way to find some treasures for Christmas decorations and maybe a present or two for under the tree.  To find a Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair near you go to the Catholic Witness on-line at www.HBGDiocese.org

Call For Craft Vendors – Saint Patrick Parish, Carlisle is hosting its 1st Annual Christmas Craft Market on Saturday, December 3rd, 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marsh Drive Parish Activity Center, and, they are seeking vendors for this event.  A 10 x 10 space includes a table for $75.  The event is free to the public with free parking.  If interested, contact Elaine at 717-243-4411 ext 203. 

AN ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION: Saint Katharine Drexel Church, Mechanicsburg, Monday, December 5th, 7:00 PM.  Sister Geralyn Schmidt will reflect on “Mary, Woman of the Eucharist.”  For more information contact Stella at 717-802-1112.

Retrouvaille is a program for couples with marital problems who want to take steps towards healing their marriage.  The next weekend is January 13th to the 15th in Mechanicsburg.  For more information call 717-356-218

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a part-time kitchen cook at the Priests’ Retirement Home in Harrisburg.  For information on the job and how to submit an application consult the Diocesan Notebook page of the Catholic Witness at www.HBGDiocese.org

St. Joseph Parish in York and Father Steve Fernandes, invites York area churches to join in celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 PM.  For the service, choir members and musicians from various churches are needed. If interested in joining this Combined Church Choir, please contact Stephen at 717-755-7503, ext. 248. 


The Knights of Columbus invite the faithful to join the Father McGivney Guild. Blessed Father McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, is one miracle away from sainthood. All are welcome to join the Father McGivney Guild. To learn more about Fr. Mc Givney or to join the guild, go https://www.fathermcgivney.org .

Have you served in the military? The Catholic War Veterans are reactivating their Central Pennsylvania Chapter.  Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform can join. The first year of membership is free. For more information, contact Bob DeSousa: 717-648-8317.


St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster seeks a Director of Religious Education. For information or to apply, call Father Matthew Morelli at 717-394-0669. 


MorningStar Clinics is seeking a part-time instructor to teach a nationally recognized curriculum in greater Dauphin County middle and high schools which empowers youth to make healthy decisions regarding relationships, behaviors, and promotes sexual risk avoidance.  To learn more about the program, visit  www.Unfiltered-Truth.com.


The Order of Malta runs a Prison Pen Pal Program and is seeking volunteers to write to inmates. The effort takes a few minutes and a stamp every month. The program is anonymous and volunteers are answering Christ’s call to visit the imprisoned.  To express interest, please e-mail Maltapenpalprogram@gmail.com. The Order of Malta provides all necessary support and direction. 

If you are a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife with 4 to 5 hours per month to give, please consider gifting your time and talents to MorningStar Clinics pregnancy and sexual health services.  By your volunteering MorningStar would expand its services to include more comprehensive STI testing and treatment.  For more information contact, Linda Plummer at 717-901-3377.


Faith Alive!” is a short video series from the Diocese of Harrisburg that explains the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith.  Episodes are now available on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.  A new video is posted every Wednesday!  Just go online to www.youtube.com/hbgdiocese.  

In 1981, Mother Angelica, a cloistered Franciscan nun, launched what has become the largest media network in the world, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).  Mother Angelica was born Rita A. Rizzo in a small home in the southeast end of Canton, Ohio during the Roaring Twenties.  Her life was not easy... still, with a few miracles and perseverance along the way, Mother’s EWTN now reaches over 700 million homes in 145 countries in various media formats.  You can learn all about her life by visiting the Mother Angelica Museum located at the Saint Raphael Center in Canton, Ohio.  To learn more about visiting the Center call 1-800-548-8270 or visit online at http://motherangelicatour.com.


Holy Family Radio Prayer & Thoughts 


It just so happens, I’m updating this web page on November 16, the feast of St. Gertrude, a late 13th Century Cistercian nun.  I had forgotten this well-known saint.  So, I decided to look up her story on-line to refresh my memory and I came across two prayers of hers.  The first, is one that many Catholics say daily for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  It goes like this:  


Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family.


The Second prayer is rather lengthy but is something that anyone seeking to become holy may want to ponder and consider.  In fact, I found it on a web-site devoted to just that: holiness:  www.catholicsstrivingforholiness.org :


May my soul bless you, O Lord God my Creator, may my soul bless you. From the very core of my being may all your merciful gifts sing your praise. Your generous care for your daughter has been rich in mercy; indeed it has been immeasurable, and as far as I am able I give you thanks. I praise and glorify your great patience which bore with me even though, from my infancy and childhood, youth and early womanhood, until I was nearly twenty-six, I was always so blindly irresponsible. Looking back I see that but for your protecting hand I would have been quite without conscience in thought, word or deed. But you came to my aid by giving me a natural dislike of evil and a natural delight in what is good, and provided me with necessary correction from those among whom I lived. Otherwise, I should now have to admit to doing my own will whenever the opportunity offered itself, living like some pagan in a pagan society, and never understanding that you, my God, reward good deeds while punishing evil. Yet you had chosen me to be specially trained to serve you. I was a child of five when I began to live in a convent surrounded by your most devoted friends.

To make amends for the way I previously lived, I offer you, most loving Father, all the sufferings of your beloved Son, from that first infant cry as he lay on the hay in the manger, until that final moment when, bowing his head, with a mighty voice, Christ gave up his spirit. I think, as I make this offering, of all that he underwent, his needs as a baby, his dependence as a young child, the hardships of youth and the trials of early manhood.

To atone for all my neglect I offer, most loving Father, all that your only begotten Son did during his life, whether in thought, word or deed. That sacred life was, I know, utterly perfect in all respects, from the moment he descended from your heavenly throne and came into this world, until finally he presented the glory of his victorious human nature to you, his Father.

And now, as an act of thanksgiving, I praise and worship you, Father, in deepest humility for your most loving kindness and mercy. Though I was hurrying to my eternal loss, your thoughts of me were thoughts of peace and not of affliction, and you lifted me up with so many great favours. To these you added the inestimable gift of your intimate friendship, and in various ways allowed me to possess your Son’s own heart, that most noble ark of God united with the Godhead. You refused me no delight that could be mine.

Finally, you drew me to yourself by your faithful promises of the good things you would give me from the hour of my death. So great are these promises that for their sake alone, even if you had given me nothing besides, my heart would sigh for you always and be filled with a lively hope.


Saint Gertrude, pray for us.

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"God gives us the grace to pray.  Our prayer is a response to God's initiative  without which we cannot lift our hearts and our souls to God."


--Paraphrased from a priest's teaching on prayer who is still living - so please pray for this holy man.