In his first encyclical Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of faith, the beginning of God’s gracious salvation. Faith is the means by which man encounters the living God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Francis draws on key themes of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote encyclicals on hope and love. He intended to complete the set with a reflection on faith, which would also have underscored the Year of Faith that he launched. Benedict’s history-making retirement meant he was unable to finish his encyclical. Francis took up the task, adding his own insights, themes, and emphases to the work begun by Benedict XVI. According to Pope Francis, Light of Faith is a "four hand document". Pope Benedict, Francis notes, "handed it to me, it is a strong document. He did the great amount of work". Thus, although officially Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei) is an encyclical of Pope Francis and reflects his teaching ministry, it is also reflects the work of Pope Emeritus Benedict. This is not only Francis’ first encyclical; it is also the first encyclical to have been openly written by two successors of St. Peter.
Cardinal Bergoglio has been elected as our new Holy Father! Habemus Papam!
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, born December 17, 1936 is the newly elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Taking the regnal name of Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi Bergoglio served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Serving as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, he was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He is the first pope to come from the Americas.
We pray for you, our Holy Father Francis!
Before he abdicated the Papacy, Benedict XVI elevated a church in Prospect Heights to cathedral status. Last month, just three days after Benedict’s historic announcement that he was abdicating the Papacy, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was informed of the , pope’s decision of February 11th to designate the Church of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The decree was pre-dated March19th and it was announced to the parishioners on March 3rd, 2013. Continue reading St Joseph’s Church in Prospect Heights church made a Cathedral, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s final acts
We are infinitely thankful to God for having given us such a wonderful, wise and benevolent pope in Benedict XVI. We hope that the Church will be granted a worthy successor: a rock of faith, a leader open to the Holy Spirit, a pope prayerful and holy. For this reason we should offer our prayers that the Holy Spirit may guide, protect and enlighten our Cardinals when they determine the next successor of St. Peter. You now have the opportunity to actively be part of this providential endeavor by having a Cardinal assigned to you, who you will support through your prayer and intercession during the coming weeks before and during the conclave and for three days following the election.
Your Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. We, priests and faithful members of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Brooklyn, NY, would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the years of your dedicated leadership, for your fatherly love and great concern that you have shown to the people of the whole world during your pontificate.
Thank you for the spiritual, firm and loving care with which you have led us forward along this journey toward our salvation. You have done so much for the whole Church and for so many people of the world! Your resignation fills us with sadness. And yet, this manifestation of your great love and concern for the Church, your trust in God and your profound humility also fills us with admiration and filial esteem.
We thank you, Holy Father, for teaching us with your words and your deeds! Thank you for your witness of a life wholly dedicated to the service of Christ and the Church!
We would like you to know that you will always enjoy a special place in our hearts and prayers. May your new stage of life, a life dedicated to prayer, bring a lot of joy and happiness to you and to the whole Church many graces and blessings. May God bless you.
From the The Vatican Radio website:
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonization, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.
|Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) visits St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Greenpoint – 1969||Kardynał Karol Wojtyła odwiedza parafię Św. Stanisława Kostki w Greenpoint – 1969 rok|
Our parish offer a special prayer for the intention of His Holiness, our Pope Benedict XVI, on his 85th Birthday, which he celebrates on April 16, 2012. We express our best wishes to the Pope and promise to be united in faith with Him, who protects the Teaching of the Catholic Church. We pray: “Lord Jesus Christ, You willed to build your Church on Peter the Rock and the Popes who have succeeded him through the ages. Pour forth your grace on our Holy Father Benedict XVI on the day of His birthday and every day. Help him to proclaim the Gospel to all people and to build the Kingdom of God. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict !
This weekend marks the beginning of the 9 week Novena in thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. Our Novena will be dedicated for the intention of families. John Paul II was concerned much about families. He prayed for families and always had encouraged families to be faithful to God’s plan of salvation. In our Novena we will read John Paul’s words regarding family and then offer a short prayer. The Novena will be prayed after each Sunday Mass. We encourage you to pray it at home, too.
WEEK ONE – Family Prayer:
Words of John Paul II: Prayer makes the Son of God present among us: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt 18:20). It is significant that precisely in and through prayer, man comes to discover in a very simple and yet profound way his own unique subjectivity: in prayer the human “I” more easily perceives the depth of what it means to be a person. This is also true of the family, which is not only the basic “cell” of society, but also possesses a particular subjectivity of its own. Continue reading 9 Week Novena in thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II
The much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place on May 1, the Sunday after Easter. The healing of a French nun with Parkinson’s disease was officially recognized as the miracle that made John Paul II a “blessed.” The title is given to martyrs and other Christians to whom a miracle has been officially attributed, thus bringing them one step closer to sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree for the beatification of his predecessor during a Jan. 14 audience with the head of the Vatican department for saints’ causes, Cardinal Angelo Amato and promulgated the decree with his signature.
LET US TOGETHER GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR THIS WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of October, with the celebration of World Mission Sunday, offers to diocesan and parish communities, institutes of consecrated life, ecclesial movements and the entire People of God an opportunity to renew the commitment to proclaim the Gospel and to give pastoral activities greater missionary perspective. This annual event invites us to live intensely the liturgical and catechetical, charitable and cultural processes through which Jesus Christ summons us to the banquet of his word and of the Eucharist, Continue reading World Mission Sunday – October 24, 2010