The Pope’s Visit – Itinerary

The Holy Father is coming to America – tomorrow! He will be in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. I am sure there will be coverage on all the major networks, but EWTN will have the most comprehensive, and continual, coverage, along with interesting tidbits of past papal visits.

Pope Francis Visit to U.S.

In case you are interested, here is the outline of the major events, courtesy of my parish’s pastor, who posted it in this week’s bulletin:

Tuesday, September 22

  • 4:00 – Arrives in Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 23

  • 9:15am – Welcome Ceremony at the White House
  • 11:00am – Papal parade along the National Mall
  • 11:30am – Midday Prayer with the Bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15pm – Mass of the Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra at Catholic University

Thursday, September 24

  • 9:20am – Address to Joint Meeting of the US Congress
  • 11:15am – Visit to St. Patrick’s Parish and Catholic Charities
  • 4:00pm – Departs Andrews Air Force Base
  • 5:00pm – Arrival at JFK Airport, New York
  • 6:45pm – Evening Prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Friday, September 25, 2015

  • 8:30am – Visit to the United Nations and address to General Assembly
  • 11:30am – Prayer Service at the 9/11 Memoria and Museum
  • 4:00pm – Visit to Our lady Queen of Angels  Catholic School, Harlem
  • 5:00 – Procession through Central Park
  • 6:00 – Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, September 26, 2015

  • 8:40am – Departure ceremony, JFK Airport
  • 9:30am – Arrival in Philadelphia
  • 10:30am – Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul
  • 4:45pm – Visit to Independence Hall
  • 7:30pm – Visit to the Festival of Families

Sunday, September 27, 2015

  • 9:15am – Meeting with US Bishops at St. Charles Seminary
  • 11:30am – Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4:00pm – Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 8:00pm – Departure for Rome

I hope this outline will help you find time to watch at least some of the festivities. It is sure to be a time of great grace and blessing for our country. If you are one of the lucky ones who will be present live for any (and all) events, I hope you have a blessed experience and be safe.


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A Word of Encouragement from Pope Francis

For Advent this year I am reading a daily devotional called Our Advent Journey with Christ in the Words of Pope Francis. The reflections are short and yet give much food for thought for the day.

Yesterday’s reflection, Tuesday of the Third week really spoke to me because many of us struggle  (or are struggling now) with various problems and difficulties. And sometimes, the Christmas season can magnify those difficulties. But as Pope Francis reminds us, Jesus is with always, even when we struggle:

“We know that with Him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable-and there are so many of them! We accompany and follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world.”

No matter what happens to us, no matter what happens to you, know that Jesus loves you and is with you, carrying you through it all, just like in that well-known poem, “Footprints.” Jesus will guide you and support you in everything if you just lean on Him and let Him fill you with His peace and joy.

God bless!

Book Review: Pope Francis, The Pope From the End of the Earth

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From the description:

“In Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth best-selling author Thomas J Craughwell explores the life of Pope Francis, including his birth and early years ‘at the end of the earth’ in Argentina; his mystical experience as a teenager that drew him to religious life; his years as a priest and bishop with a heart for the poor and marginalized; and his unflagging courage to teach and defend the Catholic faith.”

My Comments:

I was a little leery about reading Pope Francis because of the bad experience I had when I read another book about his life but my concern was unwarranted. Pope Francis is a beautiful book that gives a great overview of the last days of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, the conclave process and eventually the life of our Holy Father leading up to his election. Craughwell also didn’t shy away from outlining the challenges facing our new Pope but he does so with respect and truth.

Along the way, I learned about liberation theology and why it is contrary to the Catholic faith; I learned about Pope Francis’ devotion to “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots,” and tidbits about Saint Ignatious of Loyola and St. Francis of Assisi. Oh, and I also learned the history of why the Popes change their name and a little history behind the Sistine Chapel.

Craughwell also went into some detail about the Pope’s love for the poor and his fearlessness in fighting for social justice. He talks about the Pope’s fight against abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, and other injustices against life. the author even went into the Pope’s role during the “Dirty War” of Argentina and the efforts he made that contributed to the release of two fellow Jesuit priests who were capture.

Throughout the book there are stunning images depicting the life and spirituality of our Holy Father. These lovely pictures complete the book and give a deeper insight into our Holy Father. You can just see the holiness and love that emanates from this man. And at the end of the book there are two homilies from our Holy Father, his first homily and the homily he gave during his installation mass.

I want to sum up this review with the following words of the author:

“At this writing, Francis has been pope for only a short time. The media and the general public are still gushing over the novelty of a pope from Argentina, a pope who wears black shoes instead of red, a pope who lives in a smallish hotel suite instead of the pope’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace, a pope who urges us to love and help one another, especially those who are most in need of our assistance. All interesting details that tell us something about the man the cardinals brought to us from the end of the earth. But no matter what color shoes he wears, Francis is the pope, the successor of St. peter, the man with the weight of the world-both Catholic and non-Catholic-upon his shoulders and upon his conscience.”

I absolutely recommend this book and give it four (4) stars.

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Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Letter – Lumen Fidei

Light of faith


Have you heard? Pope Francis recently released his first encyclical which is called “Lumen Fidei” or “Light of Faith.” I can’t wait to read it!

If you are interested in reading the encyclical (and I encourage you to do so!) you can download it free here or here from the Vatican website. If you prefer, you can download it on Amazon for only .99 cents (affiliate link).

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (May 19, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place. Here’s what I’ve written about this week:

Weekly Goals

Stop Your Whining! (Words of wisdom from Pope Francis)

Book Review: The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

Theological Thursday: Why do Catholics Worship Mary?

Stop Your Whining!


The more I get to know Pope Francis the more I love him! He is a man who is not afraid to pull some punches. 🙂 On a forum I belong to I came across an article from the Catholic News Agency where the Holy Father  takes us to task for whining. In the article he says,

“A Christian ‘who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?’ the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s residence.”

Wow, talk about a prick of conscience! I hate to admit that it is so easy for me to fall into complaining and yet what do I really have to complain about? I am blessed in many ways and although I have problems and struggles I have people who love and support me. I am confident in my faith and know that no matter what happens God will see me through. So, it’s time for me to stop complaining!

What about you? Go read the complete article and let me know what you think!

Now, on top of this, this week our Holy Father compared sad Christian faces to pickled peppers! He said,

“Sometimes these melancholic Christians’ faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life,’ Pope Francis said May 10.

‘If we keep this joy to ourselves it will make us sick in the end, our hearts will grow old and wrinkled and our faces will no longer transmit that great joy, only nostalgia and melancholy which is not healthy,’ he added.”

I had to laugh when I read this. I don’t know about you, but I’ve come across some miserable Christians who wouldn’t know what I smile was if it smacked him or her in the mouth! Not that I should talk, of course. Our Holy Father’s words are a strong admonition for me, too!

Here’s the link for the whole article, again from Catholic News Agency.


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