Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Saint of the day...from Pauline Press

The lives of the saints inspire me. I found this at GREAT website!

This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true. His parents were poor. They had no money to send him to school. One day, two Dominicans came to his home and met Anthony. They liked him so much that they offered to educate him. And so at the age of fourteen, Anthony joined the Dominican order. That is when he took the name "Michael." Eventually, he became a priest. Then he became a bishop and cardinal.Courageously he defended the teachings of the Church against those who opposed them. He continued to live a life of penance. When he was sixty-one, he was chosen pope. He took the name Pope Pius V. He had once been a poor shepherd boy. Now he was the head of the whole Catholic Church. Yet he remained as humble as ever. He still wore his white Dominican habit, the same old one he had always worn. And no one could persuade him to change it.As pope, Pius V had many challenges to face. He drew strength from the crucifix. He meditated every day on the sufferings and death of Jesus. At this time, the Turks were trying to conquer the whole Christian world. They had a great navy on the Mediterranean Sea. A Christian force went to battle them at a place called Lepanto, near Greece. From the moment the army set out, the pope prayed the Rosary. He encouraged the people to do the same. Thanks to the help of the Blessed Mother, the Christians won a great victory. In gratitude to Mary, St. Pius V established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We celebrate it each year on October 7.Pope Pius V died in Rome on May 1, 1572. His feast is celebrated today because May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Pius V was proclaimed a saint by Pope Clement XI in 1712.
We pray today for all the bishops, priests and ministers of the Church.

Lisa Hendey's parenting article

I really enjoyed reading this from Lisa Hendey.... check it out...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Parish Media Liason Posts

This week's Make the Connection post

Make the Connection

Saints are an inspiration to us! Ordinary men and women who gave their lives to the service of God. Their stories inspire us. We celebrate their lives. We can even ask them to pray for us in Heaven!

Learn about the Saints on your computer or MP3 player!
Check out

Host Dr. Paul Camarata, explores a saint each episode and uncovers interesting info and inspiration that will keep you coming back to learn more!

This past episode (#94) Paul visited the New Orleans studios of Rob Clemenz of who spreads the stories of the Saints with beautiful hand-painted medals. Paul also shares about St. Fink, why St. Gabriel plays the trumpet, and pays a visit to a particular grave in a storied New Orleans cemetery.

If you have questions or suggestions about "Make the Connection", feel free to contact me!
Peace of Christ to you!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Parish Media Liason Posts

4-8-08 "Make the Connection"
Have you ever heard Pope John Paul II teaching called Theology of The Body?
It was his "integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit. As he explained, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives". (see

With this in mind, my pick of the week is and Jason Evert, This Sunday Jason, a nationally renown Catholic speaker and author, will be in Groton to present "Romance without Regret" to our teens.

Jason has been featured on several EWTN programs (Charter cable channel 96), "Catholic Answers Live" radio program and a speaking engagements around the country. He often speaks with his wife Crystalina about love, relationships, peer pressure and virtue. They host "The Pure Life," which is a weekly TV show for teens on EWTN and have authored a book with Brian Butler called "Theology of the Body for Teens". (Ascension Press)

Check out or to learn more about Jason and Crystalina, hear one of their talks (PG-13) and access great info on living a joyous virtuous life!

Parish Media Liason Posts

4-13-08 Make the Connection
Do you ever wish your kids could get more out of their faith, understand the readings and be engaged during Mass?

Do you ever wish the same for yourself?

My "Make the Connection" pick this week is
Magnificat is a spiritual guide whose aim is to
" Develop your prayer life,
Grow in your spiritual life
Find a way to a more profound love for Our Blessed Savior
Participate in the holy Mass with greater fervor"
They will send you a free sample of their guide that has prayers, lives of the saints, Mass readings and more! I recently received free copies of the kids' version. My 7 year old and I enjoyed using it during Mass last weekend!