Septuagesima Super Bowl Sunday
ST. CATHERINE DE RICCI-CONDOM DAY-RADIO DAY
Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 7-8
7 Blessed are those who trust in the LORD; the LORD will be their trust. 8 They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not FEAR heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought, it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.
I live in Arizona where hardly anything grows in the desert. However, along a stream or a creek, trees do put their roots into the bed of the water and create a mini paradise with flowers, deer and even provides sustenance even during the hottest days. Likewise, we should sink our roots into our Lord through our church and receive refreshment through frequent reception of the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, along with spiritual reading and time alone with our Lord. In this way we are nourished and prepared for the work our Lord has given us.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:3)
Though thus says the Lord for those who neither hope nor know Him and does not fear God: “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the wasteland that enjoys no change of season, but stands in lava beds in the wilderness, a land, salty and uninhabited.” (Jer. 17:5-6)
ON KEEPING THE LORD'S DAY HOLY
The fulfilment of the Sabbath
60. In this perspective, the biblical theology of the "Sabbath" can be recovered in full, without compromising the Christian character of Sunday. It is a theology which leads us ever anew and in unfailing awe to the mystery of the beginning, when the eternal Word of God, by a free decision of love, created the world from nothing. The work of creation was sealed by the blessing and consecration of the day on which God ceased "from all the work which he had done in creation" (Gn 2:3). This day of God's rest confers meaning upon time, which in the sequence of weeks assumes not only a chronological regularity but also, in a manner of speaking, a theological resonance. The constant return of the "shabbat" ensures that there is no risk of time being closed in upon itself, since, in welcoming God and his kairoi — the moments of his grace and his saving acts — time remains open to eternity.
Three weeks prior to Ash Wednesday, on the day before Septuagesima Sunday, a touching ceremony is held. A choir assembles, chants the divine office and, afterwards, sings a bittersweet hymn bidding farewell to the word
"Alleluia": We do not now deserve to sing the Alleluia forever; Guilt forces us to dismiss you, O Alleluia. For the time approaches in which we must weep for our sins.
So important was Lent to both Eastern and Western Christians that they actually had a separate season to prepare for it. Thus, the day after Septuagesima Sunday, they would begin a period of voluntary fasting that would grow more severe as it approached the full and obligatory fast of Lent. The amount of food would be reduced, and the consumption of certain items, such as butter, milk, eggs, and cheese, would gradually be abandoned. Starting on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, this self-imposed asceticism would culminate in abstinence from meat.
Thus, the name for this seven-day period before Ash Wednesday is "Carnival," from the Latin carne levarium, meaning "removal of meat." Finally, within the week of Carnival, the last three days (the three days prior to Lent) would be reserved for going to confession. This period was known as "Shrovetide," from the old English word "to shrive," or to have one's sins forgiven through absolution.
As mentioned elsewhere, it was customary for some Christians to voluntarily begin fasting in preparation for the Great Fast of Lent. Their fasts would become progressively more ascetic, culminating in the abstinence of meat beginning on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. The name for this period, which ends the day before Ash Wednesday, is "Carnival," from the Latin carne levarium, meaning "removal of meat."
Goffine’s 1896 Devout Instructions
WHY is this Sunday traditionally called Septuagesima?
The word means seventy. According to the First Council of Orleans, in the year A.D. 545, many pious ecclesiastics and lay persons of the primitive Church used to fast seventy days before Easter, and their fast was called, therefore, Septuagesima, a name which was afterwards retained to distinguish this Sunday from others. The same was the case with the three following Sundays; many Christians beginning their fast sixty days before Easter, whence the name Sexagesima; others fifty days, whence Quinquagesima; others forty days, whence Quadragesima.
Why did the first Christians fast seventy days?
Alcuin and Amakrius say that the captivity of the Jews in Babylon first suggested it; for as the Jews were obliged to do penance seventy years, that they might thereby merit to return into the promised land, so Christians sought to regain the grace of God by fasting for seventy days.
Why does the Church, from this Sunday until Easter, omit all joyful chants, as the Te Deum, Alleluia, Gloria in Excelsis?
To remind the sinner of the grievousness of his errors, and to exhort him to penance. To incite us to sorrow for our sins, and to show us the necessity of repentance, the Church at the Introit in the name of all nations unites her prayers with David, saying, “The sorrows of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me, and in my affliction, I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice from His holy temple. I will love Thee! O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer.”
Graciously hear the prayers of Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, may be mercifully delivered, for the glory of Thy name.
EPISTLE, i. Cor. ix. 24 x. 5.
Brethren: Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So, run that you may obtain. And everyone that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things, and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air: but I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud, and in the sea: and did all eat the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink (and they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them; and the rock was Christ), but with the most of them God was not well pleased.
NOTE--Reflect, O Christian, what we poor sinners ought to be willing to do to gain heaven when the great apostle suffered so much to obtain eternal life.
O Jesus, assist me, that with Thy holy grace I may follow the example of St. Paul, and endeavor to deny myself, to chastise my body, and, by continual exercise of every virtue, to obtain perfection and everlasting life. Amen.
GOSPEL. Matt. xx. 1-16.
At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like to a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle, and he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just. And they went their way. And again, he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour: and did in like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle? They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard. And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the laborers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first. When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more; and they also received every man a penny. And receiving it, they murmured against the master of the house, saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats. But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil because I am good? So, shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.
In these parables what is to be understood by the master of a family, the vineyard, the laborers, and the penny?
The master of a family is God, Who calls all men as laborers to His vineyard of the true religion, or Church, and to receive the promised penny, which is the divine grace and eternal salvation.
How and when does God call men?
By the instruction of parents and teachers, by preachers and confessors, by spiritual books, edifying conversation, good examples and inspirations; in early youth, in manhood, and in old age which stages of human life are also signified by the different hours of the day.
Who are the laborers in the vineyard?
Those who work, combat, and suffer for God and His honor, for their own salvation and that of others, particularly spiritual teachers.
How should we work in the vineyard of the Lord?
As in a vineyard men must dig, destroy the weeds, cut off what is useless and bad, manure, plant, and bind, in like manner must we, in the spiritual vineyard of our souls, destroy the weeds of vice by rooting out sinful inclinations and their causes, and by real penance.
In other words:
1. We must hate every sin.
2. We must produce in ourselves a fervent desire to destroy vice.
3. We must earnestly beg God’s grace, without which we can do nothing.
4. We must attend zealously at instructions, sermons, and catechism.
5. We must often go to confession and communion, and follow our confessor’s directions.
6. Every morning we must make firm resolutions, and every night an examination of conscience.
7. We must read in some spiritual book, treating of the predominant sin which we have to root out.
8. We must venerate some saint who in life committed the same sin, as, for instance, Mary Magdalen, who from being a great sinner became a great penitent.
9. We must fast, give alms, and do other good works.
Why did the last man, as mentioned in the gospel, receive as much as those who came first?
Because God does not reward men according to the time of their labor, but according to the zeal, love, fidelity, and humility with which they have concurred with His grace (Wis. iv. 7, 8, 11; n. Cor. ix. 6).
What is meant by “many are called, but few chosen?”
It is as if Our Savior should say, do not wonder that the last shall be first, and the first last, for many will not be received at all. From among the Jews and gentiles He has called many, but few only have followed Him, and of these again only few can be the chosen. How many Christians are there who do not accept His calling, or who fail to live according to their vocation, neither cooperating with His grace nor trying forcibly to enter the kingdom of heaven!
O most merciful and benign Lord, Who, without any merit of our own, hast called us, Thy unworthy servants, out of mere mercy, into Thy vineyard the Church and commanded us to work therein, grant us grace, we beseech Thee, never to be idle, but as faithful servants to be always doing Thy holy will. Whatever we have heretofore left undone, we will in future endeavor to do with persevering zeal, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Things to Do
· Read the more detailed, corresponding passage in Matthew 5:3-12 on the Beatitudes. Choose a beatitude to focus on for the rest of this month. Write it in conspicuous places throughout your house — desk, home altar, fridge, bathroom mirror. Think of some small practical ways to put this beatitude into action in your daily life. For some ideas on how to live the poverty and detachment prescribed by the first beatitude (Blessed are the poor in spirit), read this interview with spiritual director and writer Fr. Dubay.
Today we fight
fight the Devil in Scottsdale
The Satanic Temple has announced that Scottsdale has been selected as the site for the group’s first religious convention. They call it “SatanCon.com” a three-day event that will take place February 11-13, 2022. Scottsdale officials made clear that they are, in fact, accepting and inclusive regarding Satanists. Lucien Greaves (co-founder of the Satanic Temple) stated: “We heard you, Scottsdale, and we accepted that as an invitation to turn Scottsdale into the Happy Satanic Fun Capital of the World.” Satanic Temple To Host Satanic Convention, “We’re To Bring Satan To Scottsdale – Arizona Daily Independent
What Is the Catholic Response from the Laity?
· February 11th (Friday) Noon to 3 pm Rosary and Prayer in front of hotel.
· February 12th (Saturday) Noon to 3 pm Rosary and Prayer in front of hotel.
· February 13th (Sunday) Noon to 3 pm Rosary and Prayer in front of hotel.
Why Is the Rosary So Powerful Against Satan?
The Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort said: “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His Mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.” Through our prayers we will call the grace of God down upon us and the city of Scottsdale. We will have a Marian consecration done for the city of Scottsdale. Catholics must confront this evil cult in every city they seek to consecrate to satan. Every square inch on planet earth belongs to Our Lord Jesus Christ, He purchased it with his blood. This is a rallying cry for Catholic men to stand up and non-Catholic men of good will.
Click the button below to view the prayers we will pray during the protest
“Why Protest”? Below are the FAQs that will help you understand why we should take a stand in this fight
The Super Bowl is the season final championship game of National Football League (NFL) in the United States of America. The matchup for this game is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Super Bowl 1 was held in February of 1967. The 2016 game was Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events in the United States. Nielsen Media Research, in had over 114.4 million viewers in 2015.
Super Bowl Facts
· Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year - after Thanksgiving. According to the National Chicken Council, in 2015 a total of 1.25 million chicken wings were eaten during the game.
· The winner receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Vince Lombardi was the coach for the Green Bay Packers who won the first two Super Bowls back-to-back.
· The record for the most points scored by a single team during a Super Bowl, is held by San Francisco. San Francisco scored a total of 55 points against Denver in Super Bowl XXIV.
Super Bowl Top Events and Things to Do
· Attend the Super Bowl. You can purchase second-hand tickets through various online marketplaces. According to Seat Geek, the average price for a ticket in 2015 was $2,670.
· Have a Super Bowl party with friends and family.
· Organize or purchase boxes in a football pool. A football pool is a table that contains all of the score combinations based on the last digit of each team’s score. The score numbers are drawn at random after all boxes are assigned. Because of this, the odds of winning are the same regardless of each participant’s knowledge of the game.
· Watch the Super Bowl commercials. Commercials for the big game are the most expensive on TV and for many, more entertaining than the game.
· Make guacamole. This is the quintessential (and healthy!) super bowl dip.
St. Catherine de Ricci
St. Catherine experienced the stigmata every Thursday and Friday and thus accompanied Jesus in His Passion. Despite Catherine's extraordinary interior life, she continued to serve the monastery in many capacities including prioress for 36 years. The Canticle of the Passion was revealed to Catherine immediately after her first great ecstasy of the Passion. Our Lady desired Catherine to spread it as a form of prayer and contemplation pleasing to Our Lord.
The Canticle is chanted in some Dominican monasteries on the Fridays of Lent.
Lament of Christ
X My friends and My neighbors have drawn near and stood against Me.
X I was delivered up and came not forth; My eyes languished through poverty.
X And my sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down and upon the ground.
X For many dogs have encompassed Me the council of the malignant hath besieged Me.
X I have given My body to the strikers and My cheeks to them that plucked them.
X I have not turned away My face from them that rebuked Me and spit upon Me.
X For I am ready for scourges, and My sorrow is continually before Me.
X The soldiers, plaiting a crown of thorns, placed it upon My head.
X They have dug My hands and feet; they have numbered all My bones.
X And they gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
X All they that saw Me laughed Me to scorn; they have spoken with lips and wagged their heads.
X They have looked and stared upon Me; they parted My garments among them and upon My vesture they cast lots.
X Into Thy hands I commend My spirit; Thou has redeemed me, O God of truth.
X Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants, when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom.
X And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice gave up the ghost.
The mercies of the Lord I will sing for all eternity. Surely, He hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows. He was bruised for our sins. All we, like sheep, have gone astray; everyone hath turned aside into his own way. For the Lord hath placed upon him the iniquities of us all. Arise, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? Arise and cast us not off to the end. Behold, God is my Savior, I will deal confidently, and will not fear. We beseech Thee, O Lord, help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
V. Have mercy on us, O benign Jesus. R. Who in Thy clemency didst suffer for us.
Look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, on this Thy family for which Our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of the wicked and suffer the torments of the Cross.
M Today is the day before Valentine’s Day and it is no accident that our secular brothers and sisters promote International Condom Day which seeks to promote the use of condoms as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI's) rather than the moderation of the passions. The holiday is also promoted by the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV thru safe sex practices.
World Radio Day
World Radio Day seeks to celebrate the importance of the radio in improving international cooperation, providing access to information and supporting free speech. The day also serves to promote the radio as a means of communication in times of need and emergency. Radios are still the most readily available medium that can disseminate information to reach the widest and most diverse audiences in the shortest amount of time. The idea of World Radio Day was first proposed by Spain's Radio Academy in 2010. The following year, in 2011, UNESCO declared the first World Radio Day. Since then, World Radio Day has been celebrated annually on February 13th, a day chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the United Nations Radio, the UN's international broadcasting service, which was established on February 13th, 1946.
World Radio Day Facts & Quotes
· The Radio was invented by an Italian named Gugliemo Marconi in 1895. It was originally called the wireless telegraph and used radio waves to transmit Morse code.
· According to the UN, there are about 44,000 radio stations operating around the globe.
· It is estimated that approximately 75% of homes in developing nations have access to a radio.
· Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world. — Harry Von Zell, radio announcer and actor.
World Radio Day Top Events and Things to Do
· Learn Morse Code. The radio was originally invented to pass on Morse code message through radio waves.
· Watch a movie or documentary that relates to radios. Our favorites: Generation Radio, Invention of Radio, Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and Pirate Radio (2009).
· Learn about some of the issues surrounding freedom of speech and government control of radios around the world. Read up on recent problems in Zimbabwe and Somalia regarding government control.
· Set up your very own pop-up radio station using digital online suites tools such as ShoutCheap. Setting up your very own radio station can be quick, easy and exciting.
· Plan a Radio Day event involving important issues such as human rights, freedom of speech and international broadcasting. Let UNESCO know what you have planned for World Radio Day and they will put it on their world map so that others can find you and get involved
My family has a history with the radio industry as my Grandfather was a pioneer of the industry having the 22nd radio license in the United States.
HAVERMALES AFFILIATED WITH GATES/HARRIS 60 YEARS Noel Havermale had the first radio station in Quincy. When Noel sold out, the WCA W transmitter went to Parker Gates. From July 26, 1943 until September 4, 1968, Jim Havermale worked here. On September 29, 1979, Joe Havermale retired after being here since September 27, 1944. At the present time, Bob Havermale is an Electronic Test Technician in the Transmitter Test Lab. He started working here on July 16, 1979. Bob is the son of Jim, nephew of Joe, and Noel was his grandfather. Sharing with you, a letter from Parker Gates to Jim and Joe Havermale at the time of Noel's death in 1956.
Dear Jim and Joe:
March 29, 1956
I am sending this letter to both of you and tossed a penny to determine whether I should send it to Jim or Joe and Jim's name came up, so Jim I will appreciate your passing the letter on to Joe after you have read it. I am writing, of course, pertaining to the passing of your good father a few days ago and to express my sincere sympathy in your loss which I feel is not only a generous one to your immediate family but to the radio industry as a whole. I recall as a young man having the privilege of sitting in the WCA W studios at 11th & Maine when your Dad was the first broadcaster in the city of Quincy. Just to sit in this hallowed ground was quite a privilege. Later, when your Dad decided to cease broadcasting, I had the WCA W transmitter in my home for a short while but being more expensive than I could afford at the time, it was considered a loan and your Dad was most generous in looking at it that way. As a pioneer of radio broadcasting, he did a great deal to make it easier for those of us who are now in what has turned out to be quite a big industry and I am sure your Dad had the pleasure many times in both listening and looking at modern networks as well as local broadcasting and knowing that he pioneered this great industry. I sincerely trust that the passing of time will quickly heal your grief and I am sure that your Dad was well acquainted with the sympathetic attention which you gave him. Sincerely yours, Parker Gates 1661 Jersey Street
The Week Ahead
· Monday-Feb 14 St. Valentines
· Tuesday-Feb 15-Start Total Consecration to St. Joseph (End Feast of St. Joseph March 19)
Wednesday-Feb 16-Full Snow Moon
· Today in honor of the Holy Trinity do the Divine Office giving your day to God. To honor God REST: no shopping after 6 pm Saturday till Monday. Don’t forget the internet.