Weekly Updates – January 28, 2018

Deacon Alan & Olivia have been in Magdal, Galilee, Israel, foir one week.  It is beautiful (despite the cold & rain).  Pictures/videoswillbe  available as soon as Deacon Alan can figure out the technology.

If anyone is considering a great spiritual experience, and is willing to “rough it” a litttle living in community, check out  magdala.org/getinvolved & consider volunteering.

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Weekly Updates – January 7, 2018

A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (January – Courage)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

WITNESS – Dr. Ernie Allen, Chair of the WePROTECT Global Alliance
Dr. Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy; the dark side of the internet; public-private partnerships and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues serves as an advisor to governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. He currently chairs a global effort for the British government to combat online child abuse that was created by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, the WePROTECT Global Alliance.
This interview took place at the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress in Rome on October 3, 2017

The Pope Video 01-2018 – Religious Minorities in Asia – January 2018
Sometimes we might think that being Christian is difficult. But what’s certain is that it is much more difficult in some places than in others. Asia is one of these places. Here, Christianity is a minority religion, and like other minorities, Christians often suffer persecution. Let us pray that all religions, also those that are minorities, are given the freedom that sometimes today on the Asian continent, they are lacking.
“In the vastly diversified cultural world of Asia, the Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.
These risks, these challenges are shared with other minority religious traditions, with whom we share a desire for wisdom, truth and holiness.
When we think of those who are persecuted for their religion, we go beyond differences of rite or confession : We place ourselves on the side of the men and women who fight to avoid renouncing their religious identity.
Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”

WITNESS – Sr. Prema Pierick, MC – Witness
Sister Mary Prema Pierick, whose name in Sanskrit means love, is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters Charity, the religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa.
She was born Mechthild Pierick in a farming community in Reken, Germany. In 1980, after reading the biography of the foundress, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge, she went to meet Mother Teresa in Berlin. She felt called to join her work and moved to India to join the Missionaries.
Sr. Prema eventually became the Regional Superior of the institute for the Sisters in Europe. She returned to India to supervise the tertianship program of the institute, the last stage of training before final religious profession. She succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi as Superior General on March 24, 2009, elected on the first ballot and heading an institute which had over 5,000 members worldwide at that time.

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Weekly Update – December 24, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (December – Charity)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas

He Came Down
“Welcome to all of you, please take a seat,
We want to now share a nativity treat.”
Discover more at http://speaklife.org.uk/HeCameDown

Hannah Kerr “Breath of Heaven” Official

“Hail Holy Queen” by Danielle Rose & Matt Maher with Lyrics – Sunday 7pm Choir
Recorded live on October 23, 2016 at St. Francis De Sales Church in Ajax, Ontario and sung by the Sunday 7pm Choir.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy
Our life our sweetness and our hope
To thee do we cry, poor banished children
poor banished children of Eve
To thee do we send, send up our sighs
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then most gracious, most gracious advocate
Thine eyes of mercy toward us
And after this our exile show unto us
The blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
Amen

Danielle Rose – The Saint That is Just Me
This is probably Danielle Rose’s most beautiful, most heart-felt song yet written.
After living at the Convent of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in Prayertown, Texas for nearly three years, Danielle Rose discerned that Jesus is calling her to a vocation other than the Religious Life. She is now back on the road, fufilling God’s call to praise Him through her music.

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Weekly Updates – December 17, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (December – Charity)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas

Rorate Caeli – Catholic Gregorian Chant Hymns
Drop down ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:
We have sinned, and are as an unclean thing,
and we all do fade as a leaf:
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away;
thou hast hid thy face from us:
and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

Behold, O Lord, the affliction of thy people
and send forth Him who is to come
send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth from Petra of the desert to the mount of the daughter of Sion
that He may take away the yoke of our captivity

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen;
that ye may know me and believe me:
I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no Savior:
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.

Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people,
my salvation shall not tarry:
why wilt thou waste away in sadness?
why hath sorrow seized thee?
Fear not, for I will save thee:
for I am the Lord thy God,
the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

Best Video You’ll ever watch –The charity

When Love Was Born by Mark Schultz cover by One Voice Children’s Choir

Mother Teresa Quotes

Wexford Carol by Alison Krauss, Yo Yo Ma, Natalie MacMaster, Shane Shanahan & Cristiana Pato

Bringing Young People to Church
How do we bring young people to our churches and keep them coming? Fr. Rob gives 5 things sports clubs do that we could learn from.

WITNESS – Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ
Academic Vice-Rector, Dean of the Institute of Psychology and President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome
Father Zollner is Academic Vice-Rector, Dean of the Institute of Psychology and President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and was appointed Consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy in April 2017 by Pope Francis.
Father Zollner is one of the leading experts on matters of safeguarding of minors and prevention of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

In Christ Alone // Sounds Like Reign
The first song from our NEW “Endless Praise” project. We hope to provide a fresh take on old hymns and contemporary worship songs.

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Weekly Updates – December 10, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (December – Charity)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas

Best Video You’ll ever watch –The charity

Mother Teresa Quotes

Second Sunday of Advent
In this week’s Encountering the Word video for the Second Sunday of Advent, Jeff Cavins encourages us to prepare for the coming of Christ by remembering our baptism and going to confession.The readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
Alleluia: Luke 3:4, 6
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

Messiah Comfort Ye My People

Magnificat
Steve Bell

Let It Be Done Unto Me
Danielle Rose

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Weekly Updates – December 3, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (December – Charity)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

“One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas

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Mother Teresa Quotes

Charity without Borders: A Dignity Rediscovered
In the Amazon of Brazil, over this “land without men where landless men settled,” we meet a few young girls between 12 and 17 years old in a precarious situation. That is to say, confronted by prostitution but also often victims of alcohol and drugs. Other slightly older girls are with child and in more difficult situations, since most of the time they are rejected by their partners.
With the intention of helping the girls escape their situation, Monsignor Dominique You, Bishop of the Diocese of Conceição do Araguaia, in the state of Para, has launched this project in order to allow these young girls to rediscover their dignity.
The Bernadette Project welcomes these girls facing prostitution and provides them with professional experience in hopes of helping finding them a job. The Sonho de Mâe Project provides comfort and encouragement to these idle young mothers during their pregnancy and after they’ve given birth.
Faced with these experiences and deeply moving accounts, “I discover my own prostitutions,” witnesses Mgr You, who admits with emotion – “They need me as much as I need them.”

WITNESS – Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect, Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life
Kevin Joseph Farrell, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, when he appointed by Pope John Paul II as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington in 2001. In March 2007, Bishop Farrell was appointed Bishop of Dallas, Texas. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he oversaw the Migration and Refugee Services Department and was very involved with Evangelization, Social Justice, Education and Institutional Development. On August 17, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Farrell Prefect of the newly established Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 19, 2016 and now works closely with Pope Francis, overseeing the Church’s relations with Laity, Family, Life and Youth. Cardinal Farrell is directly responsible for World Youth Days and is one of the leaders of the upcoming 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.” He is the highest ranking American clergyman serving in the Vatican Curia. His older brother, Brian, is also a Bishop, serving in the Vatican Curia as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. This exclusive interview took place during Cardinal Farrell’s visit to Toronto in October 2017.

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Weekly Updates – November 26, 2017

A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (November – Peace)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The Pope Video – Interreligious Dialogue

TEDxRainier – Interfaith Amigos
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman-now known as the Interfaith Amigos-started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Canada, Israel-Palestine and Japan. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration to the major social and economic issues of our time.
Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” new book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, “an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times.” Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith (2009), brought them international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News, BBC Radio, and various NPR programs.

Lord of Eternity – Fernando Ortega

What A Beautiful Name // Hillsong Worship // New Song Café

Discovery at Magdala

Who We Are
The Madonna House Apostolate is a family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love.
We are a “Public Association of the Christian Faithful” within the Roman Catholic Church, under the bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke.
Staff members of Madonna House come from all walks of life, from various countries and cultures, and have a wide variety of personalities and talents. They have in common a desire to serve God in a very humble way of life, as summarized in our Little Mandate. Our spirit is that of a family — modeled on the holy family of Nazareth, which was a community of perfect charity and love.
Our main house, or Training Centre, is located in Combermere, Ontario, Canada. Madonna House also serves many areas throughout the world through our missionary field houses; we serve families through a summer program called Cana Colony, and we serve the general public through our newspaper, our publications, and our volunteer programs.
Founded in 1947 by Catherine Doherty and her husband, Eddie Doherty, today the community has approximately 200 lay men, women, and priests, dedicated to loving and serving Christ through promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. (And, in addition to our staff priests, there are approximately 100 associate priests, bishops and permanent deacons who strive to live the spirit of Madonna House in their home dioceses or wherever they are serving.) 

The Basilian Fathers Contributions to Canadian Education – Canada 150
For the next several months, we Canadians are celebrating 150 years of Canadian Confederation.
And you can’t talk about the Catholic Church’s contribution to Canada over the past 150 years without looking at some of the major educational contributions given to us, by the Congregation of St. Basil also known as the Basilian Fathers.
Join me as I talk to Basilian Father, Fr. James Carruthers about the
sacrifices in manpower and money, as the Basilan Fathers started and grew mission in Canada, helping to form millions of Canadian students since Canadian Confederation over a 150 years ago.
As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday it’s only right that we take a moment to recognize the sacrifice, the dedication and the perseverance of the Basilian Fathers without whom, Catholic education in Canada wouldn’t be what it is today.

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Weekly Updates – November 19, 2017

A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (November – Peace)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The Pope Video – Interreligious Dialogue

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins 1102 – Compassion and Humility (Sirach 3:11-31)

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins – 1103 – Practical Advice for Daily Life (Sirach 5:1-6:4)

Magdala – A Time to Give Thanks!
This Thanksgiving, we give thanks
For this gift from God, a crossroads of Jewish and Christian history:
Magdala

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Weekly Updates – November 5, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (November – Peace)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The Pope Video 11-2017 – To witness to the Gospel in Asia – November 2017
This month, the Pope asks us to pray for Asia — an enormous continent where people of diverse religions coexist, and where Christians are a minority. Let us listen to their testimony and learn from their openness to others.
“The most striking feature of Asia is the variety of its peoples who are heirs to ancient cultures, religions and traditions.
On this continent, where the Church is a minority, the challenges are intense.
We must promote dialogue among religions and cultures.
Dialogue is an essential part of the mission of the Church in Asia.
Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.”

Make me a Servant (with lyrics… a different song)

Audrey Assad Humble lyrics

Amazing sand art! Peace for kids | Sand Art for Kids

Litany of Humility by Danielle Rose
This beautiful prayer of humility was written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930). Adapted and sung by Danielle Rose on her album I Thirst. The original prayer:
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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Weekly Update – October 29, 2017

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October is the Month of the Rosary and this October 17 is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.

The weekly updates will focus on:

  1. The Rosary and Fatima
  2. A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (October – Gratitude)
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International Rosary – Glorious Mysteries
International Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries
International Rosary – Luminous Mysteries
International Rosary – Joyful Mysteries

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS of FATIMA
Join EWTN as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.

OFFICIAL WEBPAGE
SHRINE OF FATIMA

Father Seraphim from Georgia and his choir chanting the Psalm 53 in Aramaic.during the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia, 30 September 2016

Thank You My Lord
This beautiful song of gratitude and thanksgiving is sung by Beth Nielsen Chapman, written by Hal David.

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