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LETTER OF FRANCIS THE BISHOP OF ROME to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
Aloha and Happy Eastertime!
On Friday, May 1st, Archbishop Gomez, USCCB President, will lead the nation in a prayer at 3:00 pm EDT (9 A.M. Hawaii time) on which he will re-consecrate the United States to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church. The Bishops of Canada, too, has chosen this day to offer prayers and to consecrate their country to Mary, Mother of the Church.
“This will give the Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. “This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic,” he continued.
Archbishop Gomez has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. Here in our diocese, Bishop Larry will guide us in the prayer of the rosary, follow with a rerun of Archbishop Gomez prayer service and finally the celebration of the holy Mass (on honor of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, praying especially for those who have lost jobs or had their jobs severely curtailed) from the Cathedral Basilica starting at 6:00 p.m. Please see attached flyers with information of our local celebrations. Please use the attached flyers to help us promote in our diocese this event. We ask that you add them to your own parish/school/community websites and Facebook pages. We hope to have our whole diocese praying together to our Mother in Heavens. The live-stream from the Cathedral Basilica is available through https://hawaiicatholictv.com or www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica.
For more information on the live-stream of Archbishop Gomez prayer service, please visit, http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-65.cfm. For additional information and a link to the USCCB Facebook feed: https://lacatholics.org/consecration/.
Note: This prayer entrusts the country to Mary, Mother of the Church, it does not change the fact that our official national patroness is Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Our national patronal solemnity remains December 8th.
Deacon Modesto R. Cordero
Office of Worship
Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
Divine Mercy Sunday by Ch Dumag, Friday, 17 April 2020
St. Faustina of Poland is the well-known apostle of Divine Mercy. On the 30th of April, 2000, at 1000 on the Second Sunday of Easter, His Holiness Pope St. John Paul celebrated the Eucharist in Saint Peter’s Square and proceeded to the canonization of Blessed Sister Faustina.
Saint Faustina invites us by the witness of her life to keep our Faith and Hope fixed on God the Father, rich in mercy, Who saved us by the precious Blood of His Son. During her short life, the Lord assigned to St. Faustina three basic tasks:
1. To pray for souls, entrusting them to God’s incomprehensible Mercy
2. To tell the world about God’s generous Mercy
3. To start a new movement in the Church focusing on God’s Mercy
“The Lord of Divine Mercy,” a drawing of Jesus based on the vision given to St. Faustina, shows Jesus raising his right hand in a gesture of blessing, with His left hand on his heart from which gush forth two rays, one red and one white. The picture contains the message, “Jesus, I trust in You!” The rays streaming out have symbolic meaning; red for the Blood of Jesus, which is the life of souls and white for the water of Baptism which justifies souls. The whole image is symbolic of the mercy, forgiveness and love of God.
COVID-19 Catholic Community Update
TO: JBPHH Catholic Community
20 March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you!
I hope and pray that all is well with you and your loved ones during this current outbreak. Let us storm heaven with our prayers so that our Almighty God will stop this pandemic! May you be resilient and persevere all the more in faith, hope and love.
Below you will find a prayer for making an Act of Communion. In times like these, when we cannot attend Mass, this prayer will enable us to still honor and worship our Lord’s Body and Blood. Please recite this prayer and ask the Lord to bless us with courage for the times ahead.
These are some additional resources that are available that will help us navigate and cope with this crisis:
1. EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network-Channel 30 for Cable customers, Channel 261 for Dish customers) broadcasts Mass daily
3. usccb.org/bible/readings for Scripture readings for Sunday, Solemnity, and Weekday Masses
Let us continue to unite, strengthen and encourage one another that something great and beautiful will come from this.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Peter J. Dumag, Ch, Capt, USAF
TO: JBPHH Catholic Community
Subject: COVID-19 Pandemic in the JBPHH Catholic Community
“Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, save the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Rom. 12:11-12)
These weeks are difficult for everyone in the JBPHH thus, here is the decision to shut down ALL Chapel activities, Daily and Weekend Masses until further notice.
The following resources are available that will help us cope with the crisis:
- EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network-Channel 30 for Cable customers, Channel 261 for Dish customers) broadcasts Mass daily.
- usccb.org/bible/readings for Scripture readings for Sunday, Solemnity, and
- The AMS app also offers resources for spiritual growth: https://www.milarch.org/ams-app/
PRAYER FOR THE COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
by Bishop Larry Silva; March 12, 2020
Dear God of all the living, you sent your Son Jesus to heal us from illness and sin. We turn to his healing power in this time of anxiety over the pandemic of this potentially deadly virus.
St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope dedicated their lives to service of those who had an infectious disease. St. Marianne Cope said, “I am not afraid of any disease,” because she was confident of your power to save. At the same time, she took prudent precautions of hygiene to assure that she and her Sisters would not be infected.
Let us learn from this example to put our trust in you to save us from the ravages of disease and to take prudent measures to prevent its spread. Guide us to know when to isolate ourselves from the possibility of infection, but never let anyone be left without the care and concern of others in the community.
As our Diocese of Honolulu has been dedicated to the Divine Mercy, we pray with confidence, “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Peter J. Dumag, Ch, Capt, USAF