Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy

EVENT: Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, the live theatrical one-woman drama performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Flemington.

 

DETAILS: Wednesday, September 10 @ 7:00 p.m., at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Flemington. Admission is $10.00. Doors will open at 6:15pm and following the drama there will be a light reception.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: In Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, audiences experience firsthand the spirit and life of Polish mystic Saint Faustina, whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. A parallel modern story within the drama offers audiences a compelling personal connection to the current moral issues of our times. Audiences are calling the production a “wake-up call.”

 

Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercyis an inspiring dramatic portrayal not to be missed. The production runs ninety minutes, and is suitable for ages 13 and up.

 

ABOUT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA: She was born Helena Kowalska in 1905, into a large peasant family in Poland. She really had no potential for greatness – a poor girl, destined to be a housekeeper, with no education or prospects. Yet she longed for God, and despite the protests of her parents, and after a vision of Jesus telling her to head for Warsaw and become a nun, she secretly hopped on a train. Upon reaching the city, she knocked on the doors of convents until The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy finally took a chance on this young girl, and let her in. As a nun she took the name Sister Maria Faustina, and spent the rest of her life doing menial work as a cook and as a gardener.

 

In 1930, the mystical visions started for the young nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska. Jesus appeared to her in a white garment, with rays of white and red light emanating from near His heart. He asked her to paint His image, with the message, “Jesus, I trust in You” across the bottom. That was the beginning of a very special mission that took years to develop into a powerful devotion for the Church – the Divine Mercy.

 

Jesus continued to speak through Sister Faustina, with an urgent message for our times, and He gave her a special prayer, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which spread throughout the world like wildfire. Faustina continued to keep a diary of her visions, until she died of tuberculosis in 1938.

 

It was Pope John Paul II who declared the Sunday after Easter as Mercy Sunday, and in April 2000, Faustina Kowalska was declared the first saint of the 21st Century.

 

ABOUT THE ACTRESS: Maria Vargo is a Hollywood-based actress and a member of the Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Actors’ Equity, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

 

Vargo brings a wealth of experience in theater and film to the role of FAUSTINA.   Her résumé includes numerous roles in film, television, and theater, in addition to work as an artistic director and producer. Aside from her work on stage and screen, Maria Vargo’s many talents encompass a far-reaching spectrum from singer, songwriter to voice teacher for actors. She looks forward to sharing the message of God’s endless mercy with the world, since she has experienced His mercy in her own life.

 

Tickets & Information: Tickets can be reserved online at www.stmagdalen.org or will be sold at all the Masses on the weekends of Aug 30 & 31 and Sept 6 & 7. 

 

Trailer of Play:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILoQzD8-GQM&list=PLvWbBflqK9kpG2XleVIq5gzCzuZYEmr9n

Upcoming Birthdays This Month

Fellow Knights,

We have a number of brothers who are celebrating birthdays this month – we wish you a very happy and rewarding day of celebration.

September Birthdays

DONALD             

A                  

ASSMANN                                

JERRY              

PAUL               

BONURA                                 

CHRISTOPHER        

                    

DANE                                    

FRANK              

H                  

DREHER                                 

DAVID              

L                  

FERRER                                 

GARY               

R                  

MALGIERI                               

ANTHONY            

S                  

MENNITO                                

MICHAEL            

G                  

PAGANO                                 

LAWRENCE           

G                   

PALKO                                  

ROY                

                    

RABINOWITZ                             

JOHN               

P                  

RUDKO                                  

ROBERT             

A                   

SETZER                                 

LAWRENCE           

T                  

SIVILLI                                

WILLIAM            

E                  

TOOLAN                                 

DANIEL              

J                  

WENE                                   

Knights of Columbus

Jubillee Council #3294

Slain Journalist James Foley on Praying the Rosary in Captivity

 

Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

August 20, 2014 08:45 EST

By Catherine Harmon

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James Foley in Aleppo in 2012.

The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in 2011: 

I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. 
I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.

Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone. …

One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought me out of the cell. … Upstairs in the warden’s office, a distinguished man in a suit stood and said, “We felt you might want to call your families.”

I said a final prayer and dialed the number. My mom answered the phone. “Mom, Mom, it’s me, Jim.”

“Jimmy, where are you?”

“I’m still in Libya, Mom. I’m sorry about this. So sorry.” …

“They’re having a prayer vigil for you at Marquette. Don’t you feel our prayers?” she asked.

“I do, Mom, I feel them,” and I thought about this for a second. Maybe it was others’ prayers strengthening me, keeping me afloat.

The official made a motion. I started to say goodbye. Mom started to cry. “Mom, I’m strong. I’m OK. I should be home by Katie’s graduation,” which was a month away.

“We love you, Jim!” she said. Then I hung up.

I replayed that call hundreds of times in my head — my mother’s voice, the names of my friends, her knowledge of our situation, her absolute belief in the power of prayer. She told me my friends had gathered to do anything they could to help. I knew I wasn’t alone.

My last night in Tripoli, I had my first Internet connection in 44 days and was able to listen to a speech Tom Durkin gave for me at the Marquette vigil. To a church full of friends, alums, priests, students and faculty, I watched the best speech a brother could give for another. It felt like a best man speech and a eulogy in one. It showed tremendous heart and was just a glimpse of the efforts and prayers people were pouring forth. If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us. It didn’t make sense, but faith did. 

 

Knights in Action

The Council's recent landscaping project for the Little Sisters of the Poor was published online at Supreme's website here.  We hope to see the event published in an upcoming edition of the Columbian magazine in the Knights in Action section.

 

 

July & August Birthdays

Jubilee Council 3294 would like wish a belated Happy Birthday to our Brothers who celebrated birthdays in July and a Happy Birthday to those celebrating in August.

July

REV. JOHN PRIMICH
ALEXANDER KOSIARSKI
ROBERT FORD II
FREDERICK BRIDGE
ERIC FRENCH
DANIEL DI LUZIO
RICHARD WALSH
MARTIN KOY   
ANTHONY COZZI
ZYGMUND BREZINSKI
THOMAS REED
KENNETH PERRIN
MARK MAZEWSKI
WILLIAM ROSS
JASON KARPI
GARY MILLS
RICHARD SENA
RICKY KELLER
WILLIAM ANDREWS

 

 

August


DONALD MCLAUGHLIN
JUAN FERRER
ANTHONY MATTESSICH
RICHARD SCHUBACH
ALFRED RENDA
DAVID KENDRA
BRIAN DONOHUE
JOHN COLLINS
PETER COOKE
JOHN VAN STONE
REV. TIMOTHY CHRISTY
JIM CRISPO
PHILLIP MELANCON
ANTHONY PRIMIANI
MARTIN ADAMS

The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution

 - – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – - Washington Times

 

The images projected across our television and computer screens throughout the day as we rest in the creature comforts of our offices and homes are very sobering. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion for hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of our fellow brothers and sisters. They are images not soon forgotten, though we have seen them before countless times. Each time we see them, the groans and pain evident on their faces grows more real for us and more difficult to ignore.

I’m referring to those around the world persecuted by a group of religious zealots whose behavior is difficult to comprehend. Their intolerance against Christianity is beyond horrible. People are being beheaded for their faith. Women and young girls are being sexually violated and whole families are being wantonly slaughtered in cold blood. Perhaps just as abhorrent is the profound silence of the American government as represented by the current administration. Even though President Obama has declared that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation, we are still compassionate people who should not ignore humanitarian atrocities, much less ones where the victims are only guilty of maintaining a belief in the principles espoused by Jesus Christ.

We have an obligation as Americans to denounce these acts of persecution. Even those who do not worship a higher deity should be concerned. For when we stand up to such intolerance, we are defending the root of freedom. We are defending choice — the ability to worship and call on the name of a heavenly being without fear of torture and abandonment.

The president, who very early in his tenure won the Nobel Peace Prize, now has an opportunity to truly be the broker of peace in a very troubled part of the world. He can be a champion of freedom of religion, which is a founding principle of our nation. As long as religious practices do not infringe upon the rights of others, he can make it clear that it is wrong to interfere with those practices.

In our own country, we must become more reasonable in the adjudication of disputes about religious symbols. For instance, if a Christmas tree or manger scene has been a long-standing tradition in a community, and one or two people come along and claim that it offends them and must be removed, should those few individuals have the power to interfere with the seasonal joy of thousands who rejoice in the viewing of those symbols of the holiday season? If someone is offended by a menorah in a Jewish community, would it not make more sense to give them some sensitivity training than to disturb the entire community by removing the symbol? I could go on for quite some time mentioning various symbols associated with a wide variety of religions, but I think the point is clear. When we reward unwarranted hypersensitivity surrounding religious ceremonies or beliefs, we add fuel to the hatred and intolerance that subsequently produces religious persecution.

I am certain that some will say religious persecution in other parts of the world does not concern us and that we cannot be the police for the planet. Certainly, there is some validity to the latter part of that statement, but if we continue to ignore or tolerate religious persecution elsewhere, it is just a matter of time before we will experience it to a much greater degree than we have already here at home.

As far as the Middle East is concerned, we are not helpless and can dispatch the State Department to do all it can to help those in this desperate time of need. Some conservatives and cynics might argue that such a move requires government dollars. Who’s to say? We don’t fully comprehend how besieged these people are, much less know what it would take to grant them relief.

Governments need to decry such persecution, and root it out wherever and whenever they can. The United States should lead in that effort — just as it has with combating sex trafficking and other problems the collective world can and has decried in the past. It is hard to find an issue that demands a sharper clarion call for leadership now.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future” (Sentinel).

Fortnight for Freedom

Dear Brother Knights,

On June 21 – July 4, Catholics throughout the nation will commemorate the annual Fortnight for Freedom. This period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy will be a time for faithful Americans to respond to the many threats to religious liberty our country currently faces. This year’s theme is the “Freedom to Serve,” which highlights the good that Catholic apostolates do for the poor.

For information on this year’s fortnight and suggestions on what you can do on behalf of our religious liberties, we encourage you to visit www.fortnight4freedom.org. As leaders in your parish communities, we encourage you to organize and participate in activities in cooperation with your priests and parish leadership. Individually, we ask you to offer special prayers and sacrifices on behalf of our precious First Amendment religious freedoms during the Fortnight.

The Knights of Columbus throughout the years has been steadfast in its defense of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. In union with our priests and bishops, we can continue this legacy through our enthusiastic support of the Fortnight for Freedom.

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

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June Birthdays

Jubilee Council 3294 would like wish a Happy Birthday to our Brothers celebrating birthdays in June.

Michael De Luca
Henry Fatton
Henry Ferreira
Joseph Dabulas
Thomas Pisciotta
John Glessner 
Mark Troisi
Alan Hofmann
Michael Bonieski
Douglas Rofrano Jr 
Dr John Mc Donough
Ryan Cooley
Antonio Abuan
Ricardo Pedro
Robert Ford III 
Joseph Mitala
Bruce De Bacco
Joao Baptista Dos Santos 
Timothy Finn

Planned Parenthood Tells Women God Is Fine With Having An Abortion

Wow.  Planned Parenthood is unbelievable.