Blog posts : "General"

John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" is being performed by several choirs at the famous Carnegie Hall.

John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" is being performed by several choirs at the famous Carnegie Hall.
 
 
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $15! (Reg. $55)


Three easy ways to buy tickets:
Visit: www.carnegiehall.org (enter code MCN16617)
Call: 212.247.7800 (mention code MCN16617)
In Person: Visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office
57th Street & 7th Avenue)

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How to save money for your parish using Staples Coupons

Step 1: Sign up for a rewards card at your local staples and create an online account.

Step 2: check your e-mail for coupons and print them!

Step 3: walk into staples with 10 used ink cartridges per month (this is their limit).  You get $2 each for these per month as a store credit.  The coupon arrives to your mailbox.

Step 4: make sure that all of your coupons are correctly accounted for.

Step 5: make sure you mail in or submit any coupons you may have online.  (Be careful of fishing sites the best thing to do is go to your favorite search engine provider and type "Staples Easy Rebates"  It should give you a link to https://www.stapleseasyrebates.com/  Anyvariation of the name between www. and .com is a phishing site which tries to either give you a download for a junk program you don't need or tries to take your information.

Step 6: smile as you have saved money.

 

Here is a real life example of what I did today.  I went online and printed my coupons.  I had 1 for 20% off any item, 1 for 50% off a particular product, 1 for $20 from my ink recycling last month and 1 for a free ream of paper (with rebate.)  I needed a carpet for my computer chair.  They didn't have the Avery labels that were 50% off and I really did not care for them so I did not ask for rain check.  I gave the 20% off any item to another customer.  I used the $20 coupon, gave in 1o ink cartridges and got the ream of paper and handed in the coupon.  My original receipt reads that the carpet costs $29.99, of my $20 coupon -$16.22 was applied to it.  The ream of paper costs $6.99 so they applied -$3.78 to it.  The subtotal was $16.98 plus $1.38 in tax.  The total was $18.36  I handed in a $20 bill and got $1.64 in change.  I walked out the store and realized he didn't apply the coupon for the free paper so I walked right back in (don't be ashamed to ask for your money.)  My next receipt reads as follows.   $3.47 returned to me in cash.  $3.78 returned in coupon form.  Then I had to repurchase the ream of paper.  $6.99  plus tax came out to $7.56.  However $6.99 of that gets returned to me in rebate form.

 

Summary

Original Purchase Price of Items including tax:                 $38.36

My $20 coupon from last months ink recycling:              -$20

My rebate that I will get in 4 to 6 weeks:                                -$6.99

My coupon that I will get for this months ink recycling: -20

Total from today's trip to staples:                            $-8.63  It's like I went shopping and got money for it.

By the way it took a lot longer to write this blog post than it did to go shopping.

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May 18th - 22nd Catholic Young Adult Retreat

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For those ages 18 -25.  For more information and to register please contact (301) 773-3635 or  iveuniversitas@gmail.com  or visit  www.iveamerica.org

 

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Looking for a Catholic Artist

I've contacted various Catholic Musical Artists and asked them to donate songs in order to make a compilation cd of contemporary Catholic Music.  It will be called Spiritus Sancti and will be released on Pentecost Sunday May 19, 2013.  The cd will be given out for free.   The mp3 version will be downloadable for free.  The professional CD version will be printed using a print on demand service.  Thus people would only have to pay that company the cost of producing the cd  with a zero commission to me and the artists.  Many Catholic Music artists have already donated their music.   Now I need a Catholic artist to do the artwork for the CD itself.  It has to be donated as well.  If you are a Catholic artist and wish to join this collaboration please e-mail me by going to the contact me page.  If you are a music artists with original music and wish to join  the collaboration please let me know.  I hope to get one million copies of this audio work out to the world for the greater glory of God.

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How to use Google Voice for ministry

Well it would be nice of each parish group would have it's own phone number.  Lets say you wanted to call your local Knights of Columbus Council.  It would cost too much money to give them a dedicated line or even a voice mail box, right?  Wrong!  In the past you would have to copy down the name, number and message of the caller and then give the message to the Knights of Columbus.  Now you can just go to voice.google.com and sign up for a free local number and a free account.  It basically forwards calls to an existing phone number (it can even ring multiple numbers.)  It can also work as a stand alone digital voice mail box and/or forward messages to your e-mail address.  Here are three examples of how I personally use Google voice.  Call them they are all working as digital voicemail boxes so I won't pick it up although I may call you back if you wish.  I give 347.692.8504 out every time I sign up for something I can win.  I also give it to businesses to whom I do not want to give my real number.  I give out 347.640.4603 to people who want to get in contact with saintjohnslife.com (our parish pro-life group).  This number automatically e-mails two of our members every time somebody leaves a message.  Some technical knowledge is required for this one.  I'll tell you how I did it just e-mail me by clicking here.  The third number I use is (845) 204-8981 for this site and our Spanish speaking parishioners.  This number will solve the problem of not having a Spanish speaking secretary and it goes directly to my digital voice mail.  I do not have to give out my personal cell phone number and its free!  God Bless You.

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A Concert for Peace in NY Dedicated to the Heroes of the Boston Marathon 2013.

Here in New York the Church of Saint Stephen's will be hosting a free concert for peace.  Below are the details.

A Concert for Peace


Dedicated to the Heroes of the
Boston Marathon 2013

Organist and Conductor Paul Murray, a Boston native,
and friends present music as a response to the acts of
terrorism that took place in Boston this week.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
7:00 p.m.

CHURCH OF SAINT STEPHEN
151 East 28th Street
(between 3rd and Lexington Aves.)

Free admission. An offering will be accepted to benefit those affected by Monday's tragedy.

 

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USCCB welcomes introduction of immigration proposal

Bishops’ Migration Chair Welcomes

Introduction Of Immigration

Proposal; Pledges To Work So Final Bill Upholds Basic Rights, Dignity

 
April 17, 2013
Commends senators for leadership
Sees opportunity to improve on initial efforts

Urges respect for migrants’ human rights, dignity

WASHINGTON—The introduction of U.S. Senate bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system was welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, April 17. Archbishop Gomez also pledged that the U.S. bishops would carefully examine the legislation and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the basic human rights and dignity of migrants.

 “I welcome the introduction of legislation today in the U.S. Senate,” Archbishop Gomez said. “The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land—migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable populations.”

Archbishop Gomez commended the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators for their leadership on the issue. He also said that once it has completed its review of the voluminous bill, the USCCB may seek improvements upon the proposed legislation, consistent with principles for reform laid out for decades by the bishops’ conference.

 “I commend the Senators who have introduced this bipartisan bill, as they have shown leadership and courage in this effort,” he said. “We will look to work constructively with them and other members of Congress to improve upon their proposal, should such improvements prove necessary, so that any final bill creates an immigration system that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.”

 In their 2003 pastoral letter, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” the U.S. bishops outlined several goals for immigration reform, which include:

  • A path to citizenship for the undocumented that is achievable, set within a reasonable time frame and includes the maximum number of persons;
  • The protection and enhancement of the family-based immigration system—based on the union of a husband and a wife and their children—including the reduction of backlogs and the shortening of waiting times;
  • A program which allows low-skilled migrant workers to enter and work in the United States legally and safely, includes appropriate wage and worker protections, allows for family unity, and provides workers the option to apply for permanent residency and eventual citizenship;
  • The restoration of due process protections for immigrants removed by the 1996 Illegal Immigrant Responsibility and Immigration Reform Act;
  • The adoption of policies which address the root causes, or push factors, of irregular migration, such as persecution and the absence of living wage jobs in sending communities.
  • The protection of other vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum-seekers, and unaccompanied children.

Archbishop Gomez withheld comment on the specific details of the new legislation until the USCCB has analyzed its provisions.

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Editors: USCCB has scheduled a telephonic press conference for April 22 at 1 p.m. to respond to the details of the legislation and to release a new survey of Catholics on immigration reform. For more information, contact Norma Montenegro Flynn at nmontenegro@usccb.org.

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Saint Philip's in Crafton, PA having an online Bible Study

Catholics are busy people.  Learning about the faith is a great idea but it is often difficult to find a time which is convient for everyone.  Saint Philip's in Crafton, PA has found a great solution.  They are offering a bible study online.  Here is the excerpt from their April 14, 2013 parish bulletin

"Digital Bible Study: Acts of the Apostles

Beginning April 1, and continuing for seven weeks, ending on May 18, I will try a digital Bible study on Acts of
the Apostles. We will not be meeting together weekly. Instead, we will do it through an internet program called
Moodle. All you need to do is contact the Religious Education Office with an email address; forms will be
available in the Church also. With the program, the weekly reading assignment will have questions to guide
our discussion, and we will share through a discussion board. Upon enrolling, I will send you instructions. All
you need to do is have a willingness to learn more about Scripture, find the time to read the Scripture, and
share with others through email. Questions: call 412-922-6300, ext. 6 or email [stphilipreled(at)gmail.com.]"

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Catholics to pray 1,000,000 to end abortion

The Saint Michael the Archangel Organization has stated that they wish to have a million rosaries prayed for unborn babies.  The full press release is below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
   April 15th, 2013
   Contact: Patrick Benedict
   PatrickBenedict@SaintMichaelTheArchangelOrganization.org

 

  Support increases for multinational pro-life Rosary  
                        100,000+ Rosaries registered for May 3rd - 5th prayer event

 
   MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (U.S.A.) - (April 15th, 2013) - More than 100,000 Rosaries have 
   been registered for the May 3rd - 5th ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES 
   prayer event.  The registrations have come in from people who live in the following nations: 
 
            Ireland, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Germany, Croatia, Nigeria, Canada, 
            Malaysia, South Africa, Philippines, Romania, France, England, Argentina, 
            Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, India, Venezuela, U.S.A.,     
            Guatemala, and Italy.
 
   Persons participating in the ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event 
   will be praying the Rosary for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn
   human 
persons.
 
   "It is very encouraging and uplifting to see people from various places around the earth make 
   the commitment to be a part of this Rosary for unborn babies," said Patrick Benedict, 
   spokesman for the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization(the organization coordinating
   the prayer event). 
   
   "In addition to registering to participate, I hope that people will do all they can to encourage 
   others to be a part of this Rosary." 
 
   The website www.SaintMichaelTheArchangelOrganization.org has information about 
   registering, downloading a bulletin insert/poster, promoting the prayer event, etc. There is 
   also a counter on the homepage of the website which shows how many Rosaries have been 
   registered(the counter changes after each registration is sent in).  (Persons without website 
   access may receive information by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Saint Michael 
   the 
Archangel Organization; P. O. Box 41257; Memphis, Tennessee  38174; U.S.A.)
 
   "Killing a human person is seriously wrong whether it is one day after birth, one day before 
   birth, or anytime before birth.  There is no such thing as a 'right' to do that which is seriously 
   wrong—there is no such thing as a 'choice' when it comes to killing a baby. 
 
   "I strongly encourage everyone to pray at least one Rosary May 3rd - 5th for an end to the 
   killing of unborn human persons," concluded Benedict.

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AOS-USA issues fraud warning.

The Apostleship of the Seas of the United States of America issued the fraud warning below.  Here is a link to their website: http://www.aos-usa.org/

IMPORTANT:
Please Warn other Port Chaplains & Seafarers' Centers about this Scam which Targets Port Chaplains!

(Editor's Note: We received the following alert from our Friends with the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). Some of our own AOS Port Chaplains have also been contacted by this person. Please make sure that ALL of your Seafarers' Center Staff, Board and Volunteers are aware of this scam.) 

 

Beware, there is a very persistent "seafarer" calling himself NORMAN.  He is calling and emailing from the Philippines.  THIS IS FRAUD!  Please be on guard if you get a call.  Please share this with everyone you might know is not necessarily on the NAMMA list - your staff, volunteers and board who we may not have on our list. 


It began weeks ago with the ICMA centers world-wide. It comes with an email and then frantic phone calls. "Norman" is saying that he is being referred by Doug Stevenson, Rev. Loring, or Philip.  He may be using other names as well. Please note, none of us are requesting this, and it is an attempt to get money wired by MoneyGram. (At least the are not asking for your bank information!)

 

If you have been contacted with a similar email printed below -DELETE it and ignore it. Though the stories are modified to fit your port destination, they are essentially needing funds to get to a family member funeral.

 

Thank you!!!

Thank you for all you do,

Loring Carpenter

Interim ED

 
Please DO NOT send money.  Please DO share this with others.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.  My cell number is 978-869-1181.


Below is a sample of the emails being sent out by "NORMAN".

 

 

FRAUD EMAIL!
 

Subject: ICMA

     Hello (Name) How are you now?Our ICMA member Norman ( International Ministry to Seafarers Indonesia ) is on the way now to (Location) to attend His sister funeral.And as far as I know.They are on the way now to U.S. and they have some problem in the Philippine airport.Kindly call them at 011639358870242 or +639358870242 and please help them in any possible way and I will call you as soon as possible.At this time.I'm on a meeting here in Rome until next week. I will call you Monday morning.Thank you very much in advance and God Bless.I refer to you by  Rev Carpenter and Rev Vandercook.

In Prayers,

Douglas B. Stevenson

Chairman ICMA

International Christian Maritime Association

  

  

ANOTHER SCENARIO   

  

This is a real threat to our ministries.  It is an elaborate scam.  I received two emails yesterday from what I thought was Philip Vandercook, president of NAMMA, asking me to please assist our colleague Norman, from Indonesia who is traveling to Galveston for his sister's funeral.   I was out of town for the weekend and not near my office.   Then my personal cell phone rang, and on the line was a man who claimed to be "Norman" mentioned in Philip's email.  He explained that he and his elderly brother are traveling to Galveston for their sister's funeral but were held up at the US embassy in Manila trying to get a US visa.  They only had an Indonsian check and the embassy would not accept it.  He said that Philip Vandercook told him I would assist him.  Another email came in from Philip asking me to please send them $960US so they can process their visa and I would be reimbursed next week.  The phone calls kept coming (caller ID showed a Philippine number).  He was acting desperate that time was running out to confirm his flight and needed the money quick.  He even called me back to tell me where the nearest money gram location was to where I was vacationing.  Scary!    

 

I received the alert from Loring Carpenter and knew for certain it was a scam so the next time the man calling himself "Norman" called me I told him I knew it was a scam and that we were done talking.   Please send this to everyone. This man has personal information on us.  He used a fake email address to pretend to be Philip Vandercook, he used my personal cell number to contact me to try and pressure me to send the money.  Some have already been scammed.  Please help us stop this man.   I'm giving my evidence to the FBI.    

 

Thank you.     

Karen Parsons

AOS Galveston/Texas City

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Cruise Ship Chaplains needed by AOS-USA

AOS-USA is the official branch of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the ministry of the sea.  Today they announced that more chaplains are needed.  The full message is below AOS-USA Secretary General, Doreen M. Badeaux sent the message below.  She can be contacted at 409-985-4545 or aosusa(at)sbcglobal.net   Priests  can also go  to the AOS-USA  website and join using the following link:
Join the Cruise Ship Priest Program  

Looking for a Few Good Men!
 

 

Dear Friends,

As you know, AOS-USA has run the Cruise Ship Priest Program since 2003. The program has continued to expand, and we now serve onboard Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Azamara Club Cruises.

We are now at the point where we are in need of more priests to serve onboard.

In particular, we have several Alaskan Cruises, and even Norwegian Fijord cruises that are available in the months of April, May and June.

If you know of priests who are interested in the ministry onboard, and would serve well, please ask them to contact us.

The ministry is very important in that the Cruise Ship Priest serves the Staff, Crew and Passengers onboard. The Staff and crew are often onboard for several months, away from family, working long hours. The Priest is there to bring the Sacramental Life of the Church to them, and to offer Pastoral Care to Catholic and Non-Catholic crew alike. Many of the crew are in need of counseling, or just a friendly listening ear.

The same goes for Passengers. The Priest provides daily Mass onboard, in addition to Weekend Masses and Ecumenical Services. Many priests find that fallen away Catholics, or others interested in the Catholic Church, take advantage of the priests' presence onboard, and have long conversations that sometimes lead to that person coming back into the Church, or having a better understanding of questions that have always nagged them.

Many couples have talked to priests about procedures for getting their marriages blessed in the Church, and the Cruise Ship Priests have often gone to great lengths to keep connected to these couples once off the ship, and taken time to help re-connect them to their local parish priests.

Sadly, it is not uncommon to have death or serious illness/injury onboard, and the priest is there to help the victims, and their families and friends traveling with them.  Last year, we received a beautiful letter from a Methodist gentleman who stated that he and his wife decided to take a cruise. They knew she was dying but this was on her "bucket list". His wife was a devout Catholic, and they met the Cruise Ship Priest at dinner one night. They explained their situation to him and he had several conversations with them during their trip. One night the Priest was called to the couples room, as she was dying, and the husband told the priest, "Her Church was HERE! In the middle of the Ocean! That means so much to us!"

I could go on with stories like this, but suffice to say, the ministry is important, it is needed, and it is rewarding!

If you know a priest who is interested in the ministry, please have him contact me at 409-985-4545 or aosusa@sbcglobal.net    One can also go directly to our website to join at the following link:
Join the Cruise Ship Priest Program

Wishing each of you a Blessed & Relaxing Weekend,
Doreen M. Badeaux
Secretary General

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Invitation to go on a cruise with Father Adaly Rosado, Jr.

JOIN FATHER ROSADO ON  A 7 NIGHT CRUISE TO THE CARIBBEAN ON THE HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE SHIP

 

 THE EURODAM

 

SHIP SAILS FROM FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA ON SUNDAY NOV. 17, 2013

 

                         INSIDE – OUTSIDE --BALCONY

 

2 PEOPLE          $758           $878               $1058

 

3 PEOPLE          $584           $638               $758

 

4 PEOPLE          $478           $518               $633

 

ALL PRICES ABOVE ARE PER PERSON & INCLUDE ALL MEALS & ENTERTAINMENT!

(prices subject to change / book asap)

 TRANSFERS, TAXES & GOVT. FEES ARE INCLUDED!....OPTIONAL INSURANCE IS $79

 

TO RESERVE YOUR CABIN PLEASE CALL:

Ruben

 631-281-0593

Ports of Call

Day

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

0

17 Nov 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

 

04:00 PM

1

18 Nov 2013

At Sea

  

2

19 Nov 2013

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

08:00 AM

03:00 PM

3

20 Nov 2013

San Juan, Puerto Rico

01:00 PM

11:00 PM

4

21 Nov 2013

St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

08:00 AM

05:00 PM

5

22 Nov 2013

At Sea

  

6

23 Nov 2013

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas TR

08:00 AM

03:00 PM

7

24 Nov 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

07:00 AM

 

TR = Tender Only.  The ship will not dock.

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Alabaré a success at Saint John's

 

 

above is the video of the Concert's Grand Finale

Alabaré - a concert for your soul was held at Saint John's in Goshen, NY on April 5, 2013.  It was a complete success.  Bound 4 Glory, Ministerio de Alabanza Juan 3,16 and Carmen Rosa performed in the concert.  Rafael Perez from Bound 4 Glory stated "I'm excited about the concert [on] Friday."  It indeed was an exciting day.  Over 200 people showed up, people were dancing and praising God.   Children danced in front of the stage for a good portion of the concert.   Carmen Rosa opened the show with "Gloria a Dios", then Ministerio de Alabanza lead the crowd with exciting praise and worship songs as well as songs from their album "Por Tu Inmenso Amor."  Peter Giordano from the Knights of Columbus played three intermission songs.  After intermission Valerie Von Fange played some of the songs from her album "Witness."  The last group to perform was Bound 4 Glory.  A highlight of their performance was the smoke machine they utilized.  The show did go about an hour and a half over its scheduled time but people were still enjoying the show.  Carmen Rosa was supposed to have ended the concert with a performance of "Auga al Cuello" from her album "Me Diste Alas" which featured students from Dance Design Studio in Cornwall, NY. Amazingly people requested an encore song which Carmen Rosa was happy to do for the on their feet crowd.  At the end of the day some money was raised for Saint John's Friday Night Youth Group, everyone had fun,  people saw that Catholic Music is not "boring" and people even went to Eucharistic Adoration to adore Our Lord!

 

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Benedictine of Mary Queen of Apostles Release CD

De Montfort Music is associcated with them and their message is below:

Dear Friends of De Montfort Music:
Thank you for supporting our efforts of bringing the true and the beautiful in art to the world.
We are so grateful to have for you our new and upcoming release of
The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles called
Angels and Saints at Ephesus
It will be available next month on May 7, but we encourage pre-orders now at:
www.demontfortmusic.com
or directly from the Sisters at:
www.benedictinesofmary.org
*please note when you purchase directly from the Sisters, a significant portion of the proceeds go to
their community, which is greatly needed for their monastery building project!


Our goal is three-fold:
1. To make available this beautiful and rare music
2. To help raise funding for The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
3. To demonstrate to the entertainment industry by having as many pre-orders as possible that
there is a demand for art that is of high quality in content and in its grandeur.
About:
Having spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music Chart with their debut release
Advent at Ephesus, the Benedictines of Mary unite their voices once more in Angels and Saints at Ephesus.
Featured on NPR, USA Today, EWTN, Vatican Radio, People Magazine and The Washington Times
as well as countless other critically acclaimed press outlets, The Benedictines of Mary have created another
beautiful collection of music designed to inspire. Angels and Saints at Ephesus features 17 English
and Latin pieces sung a cappella on the feasts of the holy Saints and angels throughout the year at their
Priory in the heart of America. In the pure fusion of their now well established bell-like choir sound,
the Sisters once again radiate peace with their hymns of Praise of God in the company of all of His
angels and Saints.
Producer: Christopher Alder (International 9x Grammy Award Winner)
Engineer: Mark Donahue (2x Grammy Award Winner)

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Father Rosado giving away an ounce of free silver.

Today Father Adaly Rosado, Jr., parochial vicar at Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Goshen, NY announced that he will give away an ounce of free silver in order to help 11 year old Cody, one of his parishioners to win a wheelchair accessible van.  In order to win the silver one simply need to register, follow the rules  and enter the contest found here: http://realcent.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=22853 Only one winner will be selected based on the criteria on the site. The contest points you to Cody's story and instructions on how to vote for him to win the van which can be found here: http://fatherrosado.com/entries/general/help-cody-get-a-wheelchair-accesible-van  

 

Father Rosado does not own, nor operate realcent.org.  He simply is a member of the website.

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Help Cody get a wheelchair accesible van

Please click on the link below to vote for Cody and help him get a wheelchair accessible van.  You can vote once per day.

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/cody-eiisenring-goshen-ny/

 

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God demonstrates His love for mankind at the Easter Vigil

On March 30th 2013 in the Church of Saint John the Evangelist at 8 pm the faithful of the parish celebrated the Easter Vigil just as others do around the world.  In fact the Easter vigil is celebrated in every Catholic church in the world on the same day.  The word Catholic means universal, thus while the language might be different the same ritual book (the Roman Missal) is used by all Catholics.   In Saint John's this year three candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation, two of them also received Holy Communion for the first time and one was also baptized.  While the number of candidates receiving the Sacraments of Initiation vary from parish to parish this is the Holiest night of the Year for all Catholics.  This beautiful night experienced in Goshen, New York  indeed a universal event.  This story which repeats itself every year in every parish is about the Joy brought to the whole world by God. 

Father Adaly Rosado, Jr. was the Main Celebrant at the Easter Vigil for the very first time in his short year, 10 months and 15 days as a priest.  He stated "it was one of the happiest days of my life."  During his homily Father Rosado spoke about how Catholics use their senses to worship God and how he better understood what Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez meant when he said "VIVIMOS PARA ESA NOCHE." Meaning "we live for that night", referring to the Easter Vigil.  Father Rosado stated "As Catholics we worship God with our senses, in the beginning the church was dark, yesterday, the altar was left bare and the tabernacle was empty.  We can still tell that it is empty because that red light their is not on..." He went on to remind the people that while on Good Friday Catholics remember Jesus suffering and death beginning at the Easter Vigil Catholics celebrate that Christ is resurrected and He is alive!  He also spoke about the immense love that God has for humanity as He comes to the Altar for them.  As Father Rosado baptized Virginia Sanchez he felt extreme joy. He stated "If I could fit the pitcher into the baptismal font I would have used it to [baptize Virginia] ... so that the symbolism [of the water] would be more visible."   However, Father Rosado used the traditional shell for the baptism.   Virginia Sanchez recalled "when I was being baptized I felt the Holy Spirit come over me and I felt as if I were going to fall face first into the baptismal font."  She was later confirmed. While confirmation is usually reserved to bishops, in the Archdiocese of New York Cardinal Dolan  has  continued the tradition of allowing pastors, administrators and their delegates to confirm candidates who have gone through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) or a similar formation program from. This permission is granted from the Easter Vigil until Pentecost Sunday.  On Saturday Father Thomas Dicks, pastor of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist delegated Father Rosado to confirm the candidates.  As Father Rosado confirmed the three candidates God filled him with joy.  These were the third, fourth and fifth  people he had the privilege of confirming.  After all the candidates were confirmed the people renewed their baptismal promises and then the sprinkling rite in which the priest sprinkles holy water upon the faithful and the clergy occurs.  This is done in order to remind Catholics of their baptismal promises.  Many parishioners commented that Father Rosado's joy was  apparent by his smile during the rite.  

The entire liturgy was a joyful and moving experience for all.  If anyone has never been to an Easter Vigil they should go next year.  At the Easter Vigil it is extremely obvious that God loves us.  His love is so great that He sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the Cross for the sins of all mankind.  Jesus conquered death and today it is possible for mankind to live with Him, God the Father and the Holy Spirit (our one Triune God) in heaven, forever.  Happy Easter, Christ is Risen!  He is Truly Risen!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Saint John's celebrates Living Stations of the Cross


Every year on Good Friday Catholics remember that Jesus died on the cross for them.  This year for the second time parishioner's at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Goshen, NY held a living Stations of the Cross.  The event took place on the church grounds at about 11:30 am.  Many hours of preparation and hard work resulted in a beautiful prayer service. Approximately 50 people were in costume playing an array of biblical characters from townspeople to Jesus.  The man who played Jesus was covered with artificial blood.  During certain  parts of the Stations of the Cross more artificial blood was added to imitate
 the sufferings of Jesus' passion.  The highlight of the event was Jesus' crucifixion   A lot of detail was placed into the portrayal of the crucifixion.  A platform was built to simulate Golgotha.  The man playing Jesus was tied to the cross lifted in the air and placed into a special slot in the platform.  After the crucifixion the man playing Judas' was seen hanging from a tree.  90% silver half dollars were used to represent the silver coins for which Judas betrayed Jesus.  As Judas was hanging the coins were dropped.  This event was a spiritually powerful one for those present prayed and reflected on the Passion of Jesus Christ.

 


Judas hanging from the tree.

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Catholics Around the World to Pray the Rosary for an end to Abortion

On March 31st, April 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.  The multinational ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event is scheduled to happen on May 3rd(Friday), May 4th(Saturday), and May 5th(Sunday).  The Rosary will be prayed for the following intention: For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons.  A person may register to be a participant by going to the website www.SaintMichaelTheArchangelOrganization.org and registering; or, a person may let his/her intention be known in writing and then send it to:


                       Saint Michael the Archangel Organization

                       P. O. Box 41257

                       Memphis, Tennessee  38174

                       U.S.A.


 As of March 25th, 2013, the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization reported that more than 100,000 Rosaries had been registered for the ONE
 MILLION  ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event.
 

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Confession available to Catholics on a mass scale.

On Monday March 25, 2013 Catholics will be able to go to confession in any Catholic church in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This opportunity to have confessionals open for such a long period began in 2012.  This year some Catholics will attempt to bring others to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  They are the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Adults (CSPYA) who are led by Mr. Mario Bruschi.  He stated " We are looking for missionaries...troops on the ground....getting Catholic New Yorkers to return to the sacrament of confession! This is a challenging task, we kid you not. But it is challenge nonetheless and one we can accept during this Year of Faith and Holy Week.  This may be a an event specific to the Cathedral....but in reality, this is a Catholic event that benefits our faith."  The CSPYA missionaries will be asking people whether or not they are Catholic andif they are, directing them towards the confessionals of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  The missionaries will also give Holy Week Schedules to those who leave the Cathedral.  Mr. Bruschi can be contacted at 917.597.3453 for more information.

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