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All creation sings praises to the Lord

Did You Hear?

That…We Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima?

Friday October 13, 2017

In the spring and summer of 1916, nine-year-old Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were herding sheep at the Cova da Iria near their home village of Aljustrel in the parish of Fátima, Portugal. They later said they were visited three times by an apparition of an angel. They said the angel, who identified himself as the “Angel of Peace” and “Angel of Portugal”, taught them prayers, to make sacrifices, and to spend time in adoration of the Lord.

Beginning in in May 1917, the children began receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary, who the children described as “the Lady more brilliant than the Sun”. The children reported a prophecy that prayer would lead to an end to the Great War, and that on 13 October that year that the Lady would reveal her identity and perform a miracle “so that all may believe.” Newspapers reported the prophecies, and many pilgrims began visiting the area. The events of 13 October became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

Celebrate with EWTN which will be covering the event beginning October 12th.

PROGRAMMING HERE…

Good News

The Miracle of the Sun, October  1917

October 13, 1917, during an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children of Fatima, the Sun burst forth from a densely clouded sky and shone down on 70,000 rain-drenched pilgrims.

It began to spin and emit brilliant light and color variations, yet it did not harm the human eye. The sun began to pulse and whirl wildly, then leaving its position in the sky, moved in a swooping movement towards the earth. 70,000 people clamored loudly in response to the phenomenon.

The sun then returned to its proper place in the sky and all 70,000 pilgrims were completely dry and unharmed.

Complete story HERE.

In the News

Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima


The Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima has been traveling the United States, visiting 100 dioceses in 50 states. And in many cases, she traveled First Class.

The pilgrim statue was sculpted in 1947 by  Portuguese artist, José Thedim, who consulted closely with Sister Lucia before her death.  .

The 42-inch-tall, 40-pound mahogany statue was blessed by Pope Pius XII and the bishop of Fatima and has visited 100 countries. The tour is a nation-wide call to prayer and penance for peace in our nation and conversion of hearts.  Our Lady promised, “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

Picture of the Week

A Grizzly family enjoys Salmon a-la-carte

The salmon run is the time when salmon, which have migrated from the ocean, swim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn on gravel beds. After spawning, all Pacific salmon and most Atlantic salmon die, and the salmon life cycle starts over again. The annual run can be a major event for grizzly bears, bald eagles and sport fishermen. Most salmon species migrate during the fall (September through November).

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

Traveling by Air With Your Pet

~by Susi Pittman


If you must fly your pet, and it is placed in cargo, be prepared for the worst. I can only give you a few tips that could possibly help in transporting them safely by plane.

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Catholic Journeyman

When Addiction Is The Higher Power?

~by Louis Templeman

Addiction comes in many forms and is aided in just as many ways by well-meaning hearts. It’s a toxic mix.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Caring For Wildlife This Autumn

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The autumn migrations have begun. It’s a great time to coordinate your backyard environment to assist wildlife in preparation for winter.

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Weekly Commentary

Bite Your Tongue! : A reflection on common sins of speech


The Office of Readings this week features passages from the pastoral guide of St. Gregory the Great. In the opening line, Gregory reminds us: “A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service.”

This is not easy. Indeed, self-mastery in speech is among the rarer gifts and usually comes later in life!

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Catholic Writers

Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS


Upon completion of his studies at first Boston College and later St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, he was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1952 by Cardinal Richard Cushing at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Following ordination, he was assigned as curate for St. Ann’s church in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts. He remained in that post through the rest of that decade.

After returning to Boston, he was assigned again to St. Ann’s, where he served as assistant pastor until 1971. He was appointed to the position of secretary to Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros and later Vicar for Temporalities. In 1975, he was consecrated as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston and in 1976 was appointed vicar general of the archdiocese. Because of his fluency in Spanish, he was given special duties regarding the Spanish-speaking members of the archdiocese.

On July 17, 1984, Bishop Daily was appointed the first bishop of the new Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida. Among his most noteworthy actions was his leading of pro-life prayer vigils at local abortion clinics.

From 1987 to 2003, Bishop Daily also served as the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.  Together with the Knights of Columbus, the Diocese of Brooklyn hosted His Holiness Pope John Paul II for a celebration of the Holy Mass at Aqueduct Race Track on October 6, 1995.

On August 1, 2003, Daily announced that his resignation as Bishop of Brooklyn had been accepted by the Holy Father. Bishop Daily remained the Emeritus Bishop of Brooklyn, was a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, a member of the boards of the Society of St. James the Apostle in Boston, and a member of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C

UPDATE: The Most Reverend Thomas Vose Daily, Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn died May 15, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Center’s Bishop Mugavero Residence in Douglaston, Queens. Bishop Daily, served as Bishop of Brooklyn from 1990 until his retirement in 2003.

Recommended Read

Live Well Today – by Father Thomas Dailey

Living the Christian life requires a strategy. Most of us won’t get to heaven through heroic feats of sanctity, but by learning to live the devout life through our everyday activities.

St. Francis de Sales has developed for you a spiritual plan of action – a plan that will help you acquire holiness despite the many responsibilities and mundane realities that take up all your time and effort.

In these pages, Fr. Thomas Dailey – an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales – gently guides you through St. Francis de Sales’s spiritual plan, showing how you can balance time devoted to God with the time needed to complete your many tasks each day.

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Quote of the Week

I’m not afraid to fail…I’m cared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, “Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.”

~Mother Angelica~

Catholic Saints

Saint Luke the Evangelist

Geology & Archaeology

The Lake at the End of the World: Tule Lake in N. California


Tule Lake is situated at the end of the world. It’s not that it’s so big that the world seems to end beyond its margins, but something more like how it is the place that worlds ended. The lake is located in Northern California near the Oregon Border south of Klamath Falls. It fills a fault graben, a basin that formed when the crust stretched and cracked, with large valleys that sank hundreds or thousands of feet. The Tulelake graben sank enough to disrupt the flow of regional streams, and became a huge, but shallow lake. In this semiarid climate water is precious, especially to birds on the migratory flyway from the arctic to the tropics. It’s one of the places where plentiful food allowed millions of birds to rest and fatten themselves to continue their journeys.

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Climate

What Dead Birds Are Telling Us about Climate Change


Long-dead birds gathering dust in museums are helping scientists to better understand climate change. By examining soot on the feathers of bird specimens collected by museums over the last 150 years, scientists are getting a rare glimpse into the history of U.S. carbon emissions.

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Global Weather

California: The Science of “Diablo Winds”


The numbers are staggering from the California wine country fires (as of Wednesday morning): 17 dead, 180+ missing, 2000 buildings destroyed, 25000 fleeing their homes, and 120,000 acres burned from these fires. Even as I write this, those numbers are certainly going to go up as many fires in the region are only minimally contained. Meteorology and physics are helping to fan possibly some of the worse fires in California history. What are Diablo Winds?

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Sustainability

Despite environmental benefits, Millennials are not sold on electric cars


Despite the fact that the vast majority of the general public agrees that electric vehicles are good for the environment, not a lot of people seem to be too keen on driving them, a new study shows. According to a recent study by Continental, the German automotive manufacturing company, most drivers in the United States acknowledge the fact that EVs are eco-friendly, but they are not very enthusiastic about buying one.

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Conservation

Scientists begin bold conservation efforts for Vaquita Porpoise


An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe, Mexico at the request of the Mexican government (SEMARNAT) and has begun a bold, compassionate plan known as VaquitaCPR to save the endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. The vaquita porpoise, also known as the ‘panda of the sea,’ is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Latest estimates by scientists who have been monitoring the vaquita for decades show there are fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the wild.  The vaquita only lives in the upper Gulf of California.
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Environment

There’s a storm coming Plankton, and we best be ready!

The effects of episodic climate events like hurricanes are easy to see on land: windows are blown out, boardwalks washed away, and trees knocked over. Such storms also have ramifications for aquatic ecosystems, altering the physical and chemical environment experienced by sea creatures. Unlike the aftermath of a storm we experience on shore, the oceanographic conditions, and the associated responses of the biological community, change rapidly and are often difficult to measure.

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God’s Green Earth

Autumn in New England

Farm News

13 of the BEST Farmers Markets in America

These 13 farmers’ markets around the country all have a strong emphasis on fermented, plant-based, and, of course, local fare, but they also look really—we mean really—good through the lens of your camera phone. You may want to pack some extra totes.

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Steward Alerts

Take the Bible Literacy Test


Do you think you can pass this 16 question quiz?

START HERE…

Steward Activities

Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, Maggie Falley, N.C.


Living Waters is a sacred space for seekers to experience spiritual renewal and growth in a prayerful atmosphere.  Located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the Center is especially blessed with the spectacular beauty of the surrounding mountains.  The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just minutes away.

Groups who provide their own leader and have a spiritual agenda are welcome as is anyone who wishes to make a private, directed, or scheduled retreat.  Those wishing for sabbatical time are also welcome.

Winter time is especially beautiful with the snow and frost!

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A Song Before The Lord

AVE MARIA

Gardening

The 10 TOP Blooming Flowers For Fall


Each season has its stars and fall flowering perennials have some of the best. Fall flowers have all season to grow, so many of them are tall and stately. Fall bloomers also tend to blossom in the jewel tones of the season, deep purples, rusts, scarlet and gold. For fall bloomers to be hardy in your garden, you need to plant and establish them earlier in the season. Here are some top picks for fall blooming perennial stars.

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Wellness & Nutrition

6 Immune System Boosters & Busters


Your lifestyle can affect how well your immune system can protect you from germs, viruses, and chronic illness. Replacing bad health habits with good ones can help keep your immune system healthy. Check this list to see where you could use some improvement.

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Stargazing

The Race to Mars: Russia to launch mission to mars in 2020


According to the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute, the launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission, which will send a European rover to the red planet, is scheduled for July 24, 2020.

The launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is tentatively scheduled for July 24, 2020, head of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) laboratory Daniil Rodionov told Sputnik.

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