August 16, 2017

Celebrating 8 Years Online

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Did You Hear?

THAT…..there is going to be a Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21?

OF COURSE YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the OFFICIAL Solar Eclipse website that gives you all the “scoop” on where to be, what to do, how to see it, apps to download, what the weather will be like, ETC…


Good News

Family Dogs Save Grandkids From Snake

Hero dogs, Slayer & Paco

When a venomous snake slithered into a yard where two young children were playing in Southwest Florida, a pair of four-legged good Samaritans came to the rescue.

Melissa Butt’s grandchildren, 4-year-old Zayden and 1-year-old Mallory, were playing in the yard of her Hillsborough County home when her dogs spotted a copperhead snake just inches away from the children.

The pit bulls, named Slayer and Paco, quickly intervened and began barking at the serpent. Seconds later, the snake struck — biting both dogs and injecting them with its venom.

Slayer suffered injuries to his face and snout, while Paco was bitten on the leg.

The dogs were taken to a local veterinary hospital for treatment. Thanks to a local organization, funds to pay for an expensive life-saving treatment were raised. Paco is already home and Slayer is still at the hospital, but doing much better.

Both dogs are expected to make a full recovery.

In the News

Rare Bird gets Air Canada Flight Home

There once was a man named Wrong Way Corrigan, who, due to weather problems mistakenly flew from New York to Ireland instead of New York to Long Beach.

Now, meet the Bullock’s Oriole, the Wrong Way Corrigan of the bird world, that ended up in Ottawa and now gets to fly back home to British Columbia on Air Canada.

After nearly two years away from home, the bird has been booked on to an Air Canada flight leaving Ottawa airport on Wednesday morning, according to the Canadian Press. She’ll be accompanied by an employee of the airline, which arranged for a federal transport exemption to allow the bird to make the 2,700-mile journey.

Upon arrival, the bird will be taken to the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia, who plans to place her in an outdoor cage that will allow the bird to acclimatize to the outdoors.


Picture of the Week

The Australian Peacock Spider, found only in parts of Australia is a member of the jumping spider family. The male of the species best be quick in mating, lest the female quickly nab him and devour him.

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.


Susi’s Weekly Column

I Heard the Footsteps of God

~by Susi Pittman

The most difficult moment in a cat lovers life can be when your beloved cat does not return home at the usual designated hour.


Catholic Journeyman

My first four-letter word

~by Louis Templeman

It’s back to school for the 2017-2018 school year and the challenges of learning can be rewarding. Such was the case for a young Louis who experienced the joy of being the class scholar one special day.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Citizen Scientists

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

Have you ever thought of being a Citizen Scientist? It’s easy and it can be extremely rewarding. Ginny has some great suggestions to get you involved!


Weekly Commentary

What happened in Charlottesville?

~by Father Dwight Longenecker

I’ll tell you what’s happened in Charlottesville this weekend.

It is human beings revealing what lies within. It’s real simple and its been happening since Cain killed his brother Abel.


Catholic Writers

Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros

Cardinal Medeiros, (October 6, 1915 – September 17, 198) was a Portuguese American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, and Archbishop of Boston. He was created a cardinal in 1973. An ecclesiastical conservative, Cardinal Medeiros was considered a champion of the immigrant worker, the poor and minorities.

He served as a special papal envoy to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal in May 1977.

Cardinal Medeiros had 49 works in 64 publications in 2 languages and 278 library holdings. Cardinal Medeiros is popularly known for his work Jacinta: The Flower of Fatima, now seeing its rise in readership as the Catholic world approaches the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.

Medeiros died from heart failure during open heart surgery in Boston, at age 67. He was laid to rest in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in his hometown of Fall River. Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis described him as a “gentle, compassionate man.”

Recommended Read

Jacinta: The Flower of Fatima

(Preface by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)

This book made Our Lady of Fatima known to the world! Written shortly after the apparitions, the account here relies on the living memory of eyewitnesses and on the words of Lucia herself, who had been specifically interviewed for this book. Truly, this is a moving firsthand account of the life of the youngest saint of Fatima—and one the newest saints of the Church—Jacinta Marto.

Jacinta, newly canonized in March 2017, is unique among the seers of Fatima in her ready, childlike enthusiasm to fulfill Mary’s request, that they love God and offer reparation for sin. From then, Jacinta’s life was consumed by an atoning love which made sacrifices of the biggest and the smallest things she experienced. Despite much persecution and suffering at the hands of both strangers and family, this little girl overcame her fears and attachments and became a saint, offering her life completely for love of Jesus and Mary.


Quote of the Week

One can be impolite to God, too, by absorbing all the conversation, and by changing the words of Scripture from “Speak, Lord Thy servant hears” to “Listen, Lord, Thy servant speaks.” God has things to tell us that will enlighten us-we must wait for Him to speak.

~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Januarius

Geology & Archaeology

Ancient mug shop found near Cana

A 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine has been uncovered. Archaeologists made the discovery near the Galilee village of Reineh in northern Israel.

It is walking distance from Cana, the site of a wedding where the Gospel of John says Jesus performed the miracle, which was his first.



NOAA: There once was a year without summer

The summer of 1816 was not like any summer people could remember. Snow fell in New England. Gloomy, cold rains fell throughout Europe. It was cold and stormy and dark – not at all like typical summer weather. Consequently, 1816 became known in Europe and North America as “The Year Without a Summer.”

Why was the summer of 1816 so different? Why was there so little warmth and sunshine in Europe and North America? The answer could be found on the other side of the planet – at Indonesia’s Mount Tambora.


Global Weather

Scorching heatwave in Europe

Extreme weather across southern Europe has spawned and fanned numerous wildfires, including at the beach resort of Kalamos near Athens and in central Portugal.



Waste Not–Want Not

The circular economy is one of the most intriguing concepts changing the business paradigm. Its aim is to eradicate waste inside companies and their supply chains, as well as within products and their transportation, using and reusing as many materials as possible. It’s not about delaying the journey to landfill, but nixing it entirely.



Britain to create marine reserve the size of UK off Ascension Island

The British Government is to create a marine reserve only slightly smaller than the UK in the waters of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, it has been announced.

A grant of £300,000 from the charitable Bacon Foundation will be used to close an area of just over half the island’s waters to fishing, to police a tuna fishery in line with the best international standards in the other half and to work out the final boundaries of a marine reserve which could be declared, subject to local agreement, as soon as 2017. It will measure 234,291 square kilometres.



Underwater Secrets of the Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs are one of our most beloved invertebrates. Part of their charm is that they are approachable, harmless and capable of creating a spectacle when they emerge from the water to spawn on the shore.

Once on shore, they endear us with their helplessness. They are easily tossed upside down by even the gentlest lapping waves. Most of the time they can’t get right side up again and many eventually perish when stranded out of the water for too long.

Beachgoers among stranded crabs quickly realize that they have the crabs’ lives in their hands. Flip them over, and they live for another day.


God’s Green Earth

Migrating Birds -  The Fall Migrations Begin

Farm News

Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as bees decline

A drone that can pollinate flowers may one day work side by side with bees to improve crop yields.

About three-quarters of global crop species, from apples to almonds, rely on pollination by bees and other insects. But pesticides, land clearing and climate change have caused declines in many of these creatures, creating problems for farmers.

Pollination is needed for reproduction in flowering plants. Male flower parts, or stamens, produce pollen that fertilizes female parts, known as pistils, to make seeds. In self-pollinating flowers, the stamen sheds pollen directly onto the pistil.


Steward Alerts

Solidarity: Catholic Health Share

Preserve The Freedom Of Making Your Own Healthcare Choices

Here is your opportunity to join a community of health-conscious Americans who practice time-tested principles Catholics and other like-minded Christians have been observing for decades about their healthcare. Solidarity HealthShare exists specifically for those individuals who either purchase healthcare for themselves and their family, or for those who control their own healthcare. Solidarity HealthShare is not insurance. It simply unites like-minded Christians to share medical costs together and to be “reconciled to one another” (Matthew 5:21) in solidarity.

In this way, families all over America “practice the sharing of material and spiritual goods” (CCC, 1948) through the health sharing ministry of Solidarity HealthShare. Members of Solidarity HealthShare contribute their Monthly Share Amount towards the medical costs of other members, offer prayers and notes of encouragement and promote a system of “human and Christian brotherhood.” (CCC, 1939)


Steward Activities

The 5 Prayers From Fatima Every Catholic Should Know

The apparition of an angel and Our Lady to three poor children in Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century is one of the most famous miracles in the Catholic world.

The children received many messages, mostly calling for personal conversion and prayer, as well as the words of 5 new prayers.


A Song Before The Lord

Panis Angelicus


What To Plant In Your Fall Garden

Ideally gardeners should start preparing for fall right around the summer solstice, if not before if you live in an area with a short growing season.  In most areas planting should take place from July through August to allow for plenty of time for seeds and plants to grow and mature before the first autumn freeze. The average date of the first killing frost in your area is the most important thing to know when it comes to fall vegetable gardening.  Your local garden center is a good source of information for this date.


Wellness & Nutrition

Seasonal Allergies In Children

Allergies and asthma often start in childhood and continue throughout life. Although neither can be cured, with proper care they can usually be kept under control. Allergies are caused by the body’s reaction to substances called “allergens,” which trigger the immune system to react to harmless substances as though they were attacking the body.

Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that follows exposure to a particular substance. But others are subtler, and may masquerade as other conditions. Here are some common clues that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy.



Names of the Full Moons

Commonly used names of full moons include the Wolf Moon in January, the Worm Moon in March, the Buck Moon in July, the Harvest Moon in September and the Hunters Moon in October. Native Americans named the full moons to help keep track of the seasons.

The Wolf Moon was named for the hungry howling wolves that stalked Indian villages in the winter cold. The full moon in January is also known as the Moon After Yule.

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon because earthworms appear as temperatures warm and the ground begins to thaw, signaling the coming of spring. Some tribes call it the Crow Moon because the cawing of crows marks the end of winter.

July’s full moon is called the Buck Moon because antlers begin to appear on the foreheads of bucks. It is also known as the Full Thunder Moon because of July’s frequent thunderstorms.

September’s full moon is the closest to the autumn equinox and is called the Harvest Moon because crops were harvested under its bright light. It is also known as the Corn Moon because corn was the main crop being harvested.

The full moon in October is called the Hunters Moon because it marks the time to hunt and slaughter animals to preserve their meat for the long winter ahead. It is also sometimes called the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon.


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