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Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs




August 2, 2009 Volume CXV (115) No. 15 Since 1884 - The Oldest Continually Printed American Publication

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Daily Prayer This Week

This week we can ask, in the variety of ways, in the situations of our daily lives, that our eyes might be opened to see Jesus as he really is glorified, with the Father, and ready to renew our faith and trust in him. As we begin our day, and at brief times throughout our day, we can pull our consciousness together by letting the themes of this week's reading guide us. One day, we might ask to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we go through a day full of strong wind and waves. We can ask again and again, as things get tougher and more challenging. Another day, we might focus on what comes out of our mouths. Is there cynicism, judgments, distortions of the truth, divisive and self-serving manipulation, yelling and hurtful put-downs? How do I practice using my voice to give praise to God by affirming others, forgiving them, by telling the truth, by defending the poor and the voiceless, by giving God thanks? Another day, I might be conscious of those I regard as "dogs," those I disdain or think of as "the enemy." I might ask for the grace to open my heart to whatever faith in God they have, however different from mine. I might ask for a sense of solidarity with them, not because it is my desire or inclination, but because it is God's desire for me. How can I heal and reconcile, at least in my heart, what needs healing: racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslimism, antiforeignerism, hostility against the poor, judgmentalism about sinners. Later in the week, we can get in touch with the call of Jesus to deny ourselves. This is not self-denial for its own sake. This is the dying to self that comes from loving in the self-sacrificing way that Jesus did. Who in my family, friends, relatives, co-workers, members of my parish or congregation needs my self-denying love? How have I focused on "gaining the world" and lost some of my true self in the process? Is there some way this week that I can taste discovering my true self in giving some time, some compassion, some love, some special care to someone who needs this from me? (continued on page 3)

Act4Him Drama

Saturday, August 8, 2009 3:00 pm Kateri Museum & Media Center Sunday, August 9, 2009 11:00 am Coliseum

Madonna della Catena Mass

Regional Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle

with Fr. Charles Becker Saturday, August 15, 2009 9:00 am Martyrs Chapel Sunday, August 16, 2009 Mass 11:00 am Coliseum

A Day with Mary

National Shrine of North American Martyrs Birthplace of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Our Mission

The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is a place of natural beauty and spiritual renewal. We are dedicated to the memory of the martyred Jesuits and Blessed Indian maiden who sanctified this hallowed place. Through the example of the missionaries' courageous faith, which provides the bedrock of our devotions here, we strive to strengthen the faith of all who visit us. We will always be guided by our loving Father, so that these historic grounds may be a place of peace, love, prayer, and reconciliation, where each and every pilgrim may be welcomed with joy, and may leave here with a soul refreshed and renewed.


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St. John Mary Vianney

Tuesday, August 4 is the feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, known as the Cure of Ars and the patron saint of of priests. St. Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification. Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested an imperturbable patience. He was a wonderworker loved by the crowds, but he retained a childlike simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ. He heard confessions of people from all over the world for sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925.


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The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs · August 2, 2009 · Pilgrim

Magnificat Women's Retreat

Open to all, the Magnificat Women's Retreat will be held on Saturday, August 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The day includes talks by guest speaker Pat Turbitt who has been a leader in the Charismatic Renewal for 30 years and has mentored and been a pastoral leader to women in the People of God's Love covenant community for 20 years. Pat has organized and directed retreats specifically for women and is the Rhode Island coordinator of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women. Along with her husband, Donald, Pat has preached and taught as a missionary with Renewal Ministries in Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Lithuania. There will be a catered lunch, healing service and Mass celebrated at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $30. Please contact Lenora LeMay at 518.664.4374 for more information.

Madonna della Catena

John, the Beloved Disciple

John, the Beloved Disciple, a drama, will be performed by the Act4Him group in the Kateri Museum and Media Center on Saturday, August 8 at 3:00 pm. The disciple whom Jesus loved ­ John. He was the only disciple who witnessed both the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Experience through the eyes of John the last supper in the upper room, Gethsemane, Jesus' trial, passion and death. Then witness the greatest moment in the history of the world ­ the Resurrection! This powerful 35-minute drama is combined with an equally powerful sound track. Children, teens and adults are welcome. A free will offering is expected. For more information, contact Matthew and Tina Zawisza at 413.885.7688 or the website

A statue of Maria Santissima della Catena stands high on a pedestal against the rear wall of the Coliseum in front of a wrought iron frame with baldachino. The 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, August 9, will be celebrated in honor of Madonna della Catena. The devotion to this Madonna began in 1392 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. The story is told that three poor men were unjustly condemned and were taken to Piazza Marina, where they were to be hanged. A large extended storm forced the guards and prisoners to take refuge in a church, where the three convicts were bound with double chains at the altar of Our Lady. The three prayed fervently to the Madonna. Suddenly, the soldiers fell asleep, the chains fell silently, the church door opened and the voice of Madonna reassured the three. Although recaptured, the men were freed when the king himself saw the miracle of the broken chains. Immediately word of the miracle spread everywhere and pilgrims came to the church which was now called the "Madonna della Catena," Madonna of the Chain. Miracles multiplied and the Madonna della Catena became patron of many municipalities of the island and elsewhere.

Regional Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle

The Regional Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle will be at the Shrine Satuday, August 15th from 9:00 am to 4:30pm. Father Charles Becker, Co-Director of the Marian Movement of Priests, will lead the day which includes a recitation of the rosary, talks, Confession, Mass, Holy Hour, and Healing Service. The day is open to all. For more information, refer to the Marian Movement of Priests website, or the Shrine website, or call John O'Brien at 518.793.5173. (continued from front page) And throughout the week, perhaps at a special time of powerlessness, or some time when I feel that I don't have the energy or gifts to do the "more," to move a mountain, I can ask for faith the size of a mustard seed. And, each night I can give thanks to God for being generous to me all week, for this simple focus on our relationship every day.

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We Need Spiritual Nourishment

In the Holy Mass, the Church offers us two types of bread: a) the Bread of Life, contained in God's Word and b) the Bread of Life, contained in the Holy Eucharist. Unfortunately, many of us come to Mass every week to present on the altar only our earthly needs without getting spiritually nourished by properly receiving God's Word and the Holy Eucharist. Let us nourish our souls with this heavenly manna and carry Jesus to our homes and workplaces, radiating his love, mercy and compassion all around us. It is perhaps the plainness and ordinariness of the consecrated bread and wine and their easy availability in our churches that sometimes prevent some of us from appreciating the great gift of God in the Holy Eucharist. But we should not take for granted the generosity that provides these gifts so readily and gratuitously by sharing in the bread of life as a matter of habit without showing due attention and proper respect.


In the economy of divine charity we have only as much as we give. But we are called upon to give as much as we have, and more: as much as we are. So the measure of our love is theoretically without limit. The more we desire to give ourselves in charity, the more charity we will have to give. And the more we give the more truly we shall be. For the Lord endows us with a being proportionate to the giving for which we are destined. Charity is the life and the riches of His Kingdom, and those are greatest in it who are least: that is, who have kept nothing for themselves, retaining nothing but their desire to give. He who tries to retain what he is and what he has, and keep it for himself, buries his talent. When the Lord comes in judgment, this servant is found to have no more than he had at the beginning. But those who have made themselves less, by giving away what they had, shall be found both to be and to have more than they had. And to him who has most shall be given that which the unprofitable servant kept for himself.

Thomas Merton

Let Us Gain Spiritual Life and Strength by Properly Receiving the Holy Eucharist

It gives us: ·Courage to carry out God's work in the world, ·Help to live the life God wants for us, ·Inspiration to know the will of God in our lives, ·A deeper understanding of the holy mystery of Christ's presence, ·Encouragement to love others and strengthen the faith community, ·Grace to overcome temptation and avoid sin, and ·Joy and peace of heart, knowing that Christ lives in us and will bring us to God's heavenly Kingdom. Hence we must receive the Holy Eucharist with our whole minds and hearts. Let us never forget that the "Bread of Life" is Jesus Christ himself, not merely human bread. When we pray "give us this day our daily bread" let us remember that the Holy Eucharist is not simply a "snack," such as we might eat at a party or at lunch. It is food for our souls giving us a share in God's life.

A Modern Good Samaritan

A few years ago the news media carried the story of a modernday Good Samaritan who packed his car each day with dozens of homemade sandwiches and traveled to the inner city to distribute them to homeless and otherwise needy people. Eventually, those who benefited from his generosity became familiar with the Samaritan's customary route and began to congregate on certain corners at a specific time each day to wait for their daily gift of food. This weekend's gospel describes such a scene where people who had been sumptuously fed on the previous day by Jesus came searching for him for another free meal.

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The Great Depression Food Lines

With unemployment rising, there has been a sudden leap in the number of people on emergency food assistance. And in Ohio, some of the food lines look as if they've been taken from the pages of the Great Depression. It's not just the unemployed. Plenty of people working full time are still not able to earn enough to keep hunger out of the house. So if you think you have a good idea of who's hungry in America today, you may be wrong. (CBS news by Scott Pelley). This news item of 2009 reminds us of a long line of hungry people during the Great Depression of the 1930's trailed around the walled cloister of a monastery where plain sandwiches in brown paper bags were distributed each afternoon at 5:00 p.m. After receiving their sandwich, some ate it all immediately. Others ate only a portion of it and saved the rest for later. Still others took the sandwich home to someone in their family. Sadly, some people complained at the plainness of the sandwich and tossed it away. In relating this story, Fr. Mark Link S. J. (Mission 2000) remarks that the people's varied reactions to their sandwiches can be compared to the manner in which people respond to God's gifts as described in this weekend's gospel.

Fr. Anthony Kadavil

Lord, We too follow you home, seeking, because we too are empty. We want what endures Give us this day the bread that is you, and we will never hunger. Give us the cup of your blood and we will never thirst.

Becoming Providers

...All of us are in a desert, so to speak, suffering from spiritual hunger. So great is this hunger that we long for the `good old days' of innocence, when life seemed simple and all our needs were satisfied. Jesus comes to us in this desert and gives us the bread of life so that we shall never be hungry again. The readings from Exodus and John are about justice and holiness: providing all the people with our daily bread, and satisfying our spiritual hunger with the food that remains unto life eternal. The Church puts these readings together in this Mass to suggest to us that there is a connection between the `justice' issue of hunger and the `holiness' issue of the Eucharist. The work of God is to feed, and if we want to join in that work, we must become providers, doing all we can to see that no one goes hungry and to bring people to the Eucharistic table of the Lord. "Many persons today are physically hungry. Certainly the solution to starvation and malnutrition requires increased production and improved distribution of food. But it also requires a concerted act of solidarity by the nations and peoples of the world. Our sharing in the Eucharist inspires us to such solidarity, as well as to actions which express it; for sincere celebration of the Eucharist must lead to various works of charity and mutual help." [U.S. Bishops, The Eucharist and the Hungers Gerald Darring of the Human Family (1975) 11]

Cat To Kill Mice

Once there was a young Hindu hermit who lived as an ascetic in a forest. He owned nothing except a pair of loincloths. One morning, to his great disappointment, he found that mice had destroyed one of the loincloths. He brought a cat to kill the mice and then a cow to give milk to the cat. Later, as the cows multiplied, he hired a girl from the nearby village to look after the cows and to sell the extra milk in the village. Finally, his ever growing material needs prompted him to end his religious life, marry the girl and settle down as a farmer in the village. This little story illustrates how easily the never-ceasing hunger for material things can take over our spiritual life. Jesus in this weekend's gospel promises to satisfy our spiritual hunger by offering his body as our food.

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Ignatius Speaks

This excerpt is from a letter written by a mission-minded Ignatius to his beloved Francis Xavier in 1552 shortly before the actual death of Xavier! Here is a sentence from the letter: "I have received no letter from you Francis this year; although I hear that you have written from Japan but that the mail has been delayed, in Portugal. We are very glad in our Lord that you returned safely, and that the door has been opened for the preaching of the gospel in that land."

Look to heaven that invites us, O dearly beloved, and take up the cross and follow Christ Who goes before us, for through Him we shall enter into His glory after many different trials. Love God and Jesus, His Son, Who was crucified for us sinners, from the depths of your heart, and never let the thought of Him leave your mind. Meditate constantly on the mysteries of the cross and the agonies of His mother standing at the foot of the cross. Pray and always be vigilant.

St. Clare of Assisi

Catholic Devotions Readings for the Week

Sunday - Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54 Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 Monday - Numbers 11:14-15 Psalm 81:12-17 Matthew 14:13-21 Tuesday - Numbers 12:1-13 Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13 Matthew 14:22-36 Wednesday - Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 Psalm 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-23 Matthew 15:21-28 Thursday - Daniel 7:9-10, 1314 Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 2 Peter 1:16-19 Mark 9:2-10 Friday - Deuteronomy 4:32-40 Psalm 77:12-16, 21 Matthew 16:24-28 Saturday - Deuteronomy 6:413 Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 Matthew 17:14-20 Many popular spiritual practices which are a part of our Catholic faith exist outside of our public liturgy. These practices have been officially sanctioned by the Church as beneficial for spiritual growth. This series will focus on these Catholic Devotions for each of us to review our own individual practice of our faith.

Offering It Up

"Offer it up!" "This expression has been used so frequently and casually that it turned into a code, getting hearty laughs when spoken in the right company," wrote Mary Sherry. It might be taken as "Quit complaining and get on with your life!" The words might be said by someone after you say something about a minor inconvenience or severe problem. The intention is that you withstand the circumstance or suffering, make the sacrifice and offer the situation for the good of the Church or a more specific intention close to your heart. Easier said than done. The basis of this sacrifice is Jesus Christs' suffering, death and sacrifice for us. We can imitate Christ by our own sacrifices. In fact, He commanded us to take up our cross every day. Well, we never have to look far for the cross. In this world, we daily encounter difficulty, pain, suffering, discomfort, illness, delays, annoyances, interruptions or disappointments. These are inevitable. But how we handle them is a matter of free will. We can grumble and complain, or we can choose to "offer it up" with Jesus, our suffering, discomfort, or struggle can become redemptive for ourselves or others. ...So far we've spoken about difficulties beyond our control. But "offering it up" works also Catholic Devotions for sacrifices that we choose for ourselves. Perhaps if we, on our own, begin to "offer it up," we may find ourselves more relieved of stress and more peaceful.


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A Year for Priests

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year for Priests, which began with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. It will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010. With the announcement of this special year, the Pope has declared St. John Vianney the Universal Patron of Priests on the 150th anniversary of the Cure d'Ars. Events are planned for priests throughout the year and can be found on the website priests. Resources to aid a parish's celebration for the year also are given. Iconographer Marek Czarneki of Seraphic Restorations in Meriden, Connecticut, has graciously given the USCCB the rights to use the icon of Christ the Great High Priest during the Year for Priests. The icon is done in egg tempera and gold leaf on a wood panel, 28" x 22." It is based on a fifteenth century Greek prototype, where Christ is shown in Latin right vestments with a gold pelican, the ancient symbol of selfsacrifice, over his heart, . The borders contain a winding grapevine, an altar prepared for Mass and small icons of Melchizedek and St. John Vianney. The icon is very appropriate during the Year for Priests as it serves as a mirror for the priest to look into and see in himself Christ the Priest. The Good Shepherd reminds the priest that he is to "lay down his life for his sheep."

A Prayer for Our Priests

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths of union with your Son. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us. Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer, who ponder your word and follow your will. O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Nelson Mandela

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