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Monday, January 16, 2017

Catholic Events in Connecticut

Pray, Study, come to understand the Great Mother of God.

The Caritas Christi Center (295 Benham Street, Hamden, CT) is hosting a study in the theology of Blessed Virgin Mary beginning January 17 (ending on March 14). Two time slots available: 9:30-11:30 AND 7:00-9:00pm.

Facilitator: Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, ASCJ

Donation: $50.00

Register: 203-281-2569

www.caritaschristicenter.org 

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The annual March for Life in New Haven will take place on Monday, January 23. 

The march will begin with Holy Mass at 12 Noon, St Mary's Church, 5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, followed by the march. 

Following the march there will be a warm-up reception in St Mary's Hall

Please join in giving witness to the beauty and dignity of human life.


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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - An Evening Workshop for Parish Catechists:  Teaching the Liturgical Year, with Liza Peters and Lisa Orchen

Thursday, Jan 19, 6-9 p.m.  If you teach Religious Education, plan and lead youth ministry, or help prepare people for Sacramental Initiation, this evening is for you. Looking to the liturgical calendar and symbols of the Church for guidance, we will explore and exchange ideas that can be used throughout the year. (Snow date, Jan 26) $40, includes dinner.

Info:  860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


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Paul A. Zalonski
Catholic Connecticut
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East Haven, CT 06513-1216 USA
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Holy Communion for Polygamists?

Pope Francis' excellent job of causing a "mess" in the Church continues with chaos in the African communities where polygamy is a troublesome issue in the culture. 

Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa recently tweeted



Before Pope Francis this was not a question. With Francis as pope everything seems to be questionable - because of course, who are we to judge?

Before Pope Francis we had: 
CONCERNING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION BY DIVORCED AND REMARRIED MEMBERS OF THE FAITHFULVatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
[quote in part] "In some places it has also been proposed that in order objectively to examine their actual situation, the divorced and remarried would have to consult a prudent and expert priest. This priest, however, would have to respect their eventual decision in conscience to approach holy communion, without this implying an official authorization.
In these and similar cases it would be a matter of a tolerant and benevolent pastoral solution in order to do justice to the different situations of the divorced and remarried.
Even if analogous pastoral solutions have been proposed by a few fathers of the church and in some measure were practiced nevertheless these never attained the consensus of the fathers and in no way came to constitute the common doctrine of the church nor to determine her discipline. It falls to the universal magisterium, in fidelity to sacred Scripture and tradition, to teach and to interpret authentically the <depositum fidei>.
With respect to the aforementioned new pastoral proposals, this congregation deems itself obliged therefore to recall the doctrine and discipline of the church in this matter. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ, the church affirms that a new union cannot be recognized as valid if the preceding marriage was valid. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God's law. Consequently, they cannot receive holy communion as long as this situation persists.
This norm is not at all a punishment or a discrimination against the divorced and remarried, but rather expresses an objective situation that of itself renders impossible the reception of holy communion.[end quote]
Jesus and our Church have always been very clear on this subject. 

Catholic Catechism: 
1665 The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.

With Francis as pope, suddenly it is a question because chaos and confusion is the new normal in our Church. 

Quote from CatholicCitizens.org

"For the African Church, this is a pressing issue. For example, in 2004 it was reported that nearly half of marriages in Senegal are polygamous. I know from my own former ministry in Kenya that polygamy is not at all unknown among Catholics. People in that sort of situation might well think that the admission of those in irregular second unions throws them some sort of lifeline.
Four Cardinals, as we know, have submitted five dubia to the Pope on the matter of the correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. Virtually every priest who has ever worked in Africa could submit a dubium on this matter too, namely, to quote Cardinal Napier: “If Westerners in irregular [marital] situations can receive Communion, are we to tell our polygamists and other ‘misfits’ that they too are allowed?”
If polygamists were ever admitted to Holy Communion for whatever reason, it would undo a century of work by the missionaries who have consistently taught that marriage is an exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman, and can only be dissolved by death. It would also severely damage the credibility of the Church, and undermine the authority of Scripture. Dubium means doubt, but on this matter there can be no doubt. We cannot admit polygamists to Holy Communion, whether serial ones of concurrent ones, whether Westerners or from other continents." [end quote] 

Who knew back in 2013 when the Holy Father said...
"I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!" he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. "I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!"
...that we would be petitioning our Holy Father to clarify Holy Communion for adulterers and fornicators? 




Well Pope Francis, you have succeeded...you have given us a mess, disorder and trouble in dioceses around the world. 

I am sure your father is proud of your unholy accomplishments.

Well done, loyal servant to the devil, well done. 



In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



Links: 

https://twitter.com/CardinalNapier/status/816969704489308160

http://catholiccitizens.org/news/69452/african-cardinal-asks-good-question-communion-polygamists/

http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDFDIVOR.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130725/lt-brazil-pope/?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=world




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Catholic Prophecy

A friend sent me a small Catholic prophecy book a while back that I want to share today. 

I enjoyed the quotes from Saints, popes, mystics and assorted Catholic clergy and visionaries. 

After each quote is a comment by the author about what the prophecy might mean - take this with a grain of salt. 

Overall, I found the book enjoyable and interesting because of the numerous Saint, mystic and Pope quotes within it. 

The opening page sums up what is contained within the numerous prophecy quotes in the book. 

Catholic Prophecy by Yves Dupont [published 1973] 

The Coming Chastisement 

Precisions on the Great Disaster 

General Events

*Not a two-camp war, but a multi-sided war. 
*Not a war only, but a world-wide revolution as well. 
*Not simply a man-made holocaust, but also a God-sent chastisement, accompanied by cosmic disturbances. 
*To last about four years. 

Particular Events 

The whole world will be involved in the fighting. A unique feature is the internal disintegration of the Western democracies and the invasion of Western Europe by Arab forces. 

The roles of the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. are not clear in the beginning. The U.S.A. may be involved in the Far-East or at home or both. The U.S.S.R. may want to keep out of the fray at first, while abetting the Arab world, or may be involved in Siberia. 

Civil wars rage in Western Europe. The Church is persecuted; the Pope leaves Rome and dies in exile; an anti-pope is installed in Rome; the Catholic Church is split, leaderless and completely disorganized. Communism is victorious. The Mohammedans invade Europe and commit innumerable atrocities. 

In the West, however, Christians rally around and unexpected leader, and army officer of royal blood, but their chances seem very slim. 

The natural disturbances begin: floods, droughts, famines. 

A comet approaches the earth; Whole mountains split open; huge tidal waves swallow up low-lying lands; stones fall from the sky; a deadly fog or gas poisons the atmosphere; a prolonged darkness envelopes the earth. Two-thirds or three-fourths of the human race is wiped out.

The powers of evil are shattered. The Christian Prince leads his growing army to battle and wins victory upon victory. In West Germany he crushes a Germano-Russian army. Communism collapses everywhere. The Mohammedans are thrown back to the sea. The war is carried to Africa and the Middle East, where Arab Power is dealt a deadly blow. At this stage, if not earlier, U.S. troops come to the assistance of Western Europe. 

Russia and China are converted to Catholicism, as also the Mohammedans. All non-Christians return to Mother Church. A holy Pope is elected; he shows great firmness; and he restores all the former disciplines in the Church. 

All the nations of Western Europe unite and form a new Roman Empire, and accept as their emperor the great Christian Prince, chosen by God, who works hand in hand with the holy Pope. The triumph of the Catholic Church is universal. 

The whole world enjoys a period of complete peace and unprecedented prosperity in mutual love and respect among people and nations. 

This great peace will last until the coming of Antichrist. [end quote] 


This summary is based on the author's views of the prophecies contained in the book - so make of it what you will. Some of the people quoted in the book include St. Pius X, Bishop Christianos Ageda, Abbot Joachin Merlin, St. Anthony of the Desert, Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, Anna-Katarina Emmerick, Bl. Anna-Maria Taigi, St. Margaret Mary, Fr. Balthassar Mas, St. Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort and many, many others. 

Interesting quotes. 


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Prophecy-Chastisement-Yves-Dupont/dp/0895550156/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483922574&sr=1-1&keywords=catholic+prophecy+yves+dupont


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Still kicking in 2017

I'm back. 

Sorry to have disappeared for so long, the truth is I've been worn out. 

Spiritually, mentally and even physically. 

This past year (thank you dear Lord, it's over!) has been horrendous and draining, as I am sure many of you will agree. 

After the truly inspiring defeat of Hillary Clinton, I just needed the down time to thank the Good Lord for the answer to this prayer. 

That still left the biggest prayer so far unanswered. 

Pope Francis. 

When I read of the four Cardinals Dubia I was filled with joy and hope. I am still clinging to that. 

It is my hope and belief that in 2017 we will see an enormous change in the Church- a change for the better. 

I have a ... sort of peace about it, you could say. I believe its going to get very ugly for a time, but before the end of 2017 I believe it will be sorted out.  Either with Pope Francis accepting correction and turning from his heretical views or...with a new pope. 

Either way, I believe the Holy Spirit is about to bring great changes to our beloved Church. 

Hopefully, next year we won't have Islamic songs sung in our Cathedral's or Virgin Mary nativity scenes with the Mother of God wearing a burka or priests refusing to put up nativity scenes because a Muslim might be offended by it. (See here

I'm still praying for my local parish (not much has changed since I wrote "Parish life in 2014...dismal at best" post)...that the folk music, hands in the air mini priests, hand holding during the Our Father, eating in the pews, talking during the consecration and "children's mass" would all disappear with the appearance of a new holy reverent priest.  Please dear God, give us a new holy priest this year! 

There's one more thing that has 2017 looking better for me. This Easter, my children and I will celebrate 10 years being Catholic. :) 

For that, I am truly thankful.  


In Christ, 

Julie 


P.S.  Thank you to so many of you have sent me emails and tweets wondering where I've been and how I've been. God bless you all. 



https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9716/christian-clergy-islam

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/four-cardinals-formally-ask-pope-for-clarity-on-amoris-laetitia

http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2014/12/parish-life-in-2014dismal-at-best.html 





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Church Militant Victory dance


David took down Goliath (again) tonight! 

Thank you Jesus!  It was by Divine Intervention that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton and is now our President-Elect! 


Gotta give a shout out to the great folks over at Church Militant for their wonderful coverage this entire election night- and the best part of the night (or at this point- morning)...

Michael Voris' promise to dance on the Download set table if Trump won. 



Never in my life would I have thought of seeing this! ;)

Dancing Mike Gif: http://www.churchmilitant.com/ 

God blessed America this election and saved us from the evil of a Hillary Clinton presidency.  Thank you God! 


In Christ and super tired, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

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