Thursday, October 22, 2009

30,000 Join the Church in One Province of Vietnam

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2009

KONTUM, Vietnam, OCT. 20, 2009 ( The bishop of Kontum celebrated World Mission Sunday by announcing that 30,000 Vietnamese from his region became Catholic in the last year.

On Sunday, Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh also reported to AsiaNews that 20,000 more of the Central Highlands people, called Montagnards, are currently preparing to enter the Church.

“It is the work of the Holy Spirit,” he said, “with the sincere participation and contribution of so many people.”

This year, the country is celebrating the 350th anniversary since the arrival of Catholic missionaries. The Redemptorist priests are also celebrating this year, the 40th year of their mission in this highland region of the country.

Vietnam has some 6 million Catholics, comprising 8% of the total population.

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Help for Reverent Masses

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2009

New book from Vatican offers resources for priests on celebrating Mass

The Congregation for Divine Worship has completed a new volume, the <i>Compendium Eucharisticum</i>, designed to help priests celebrate Mass with proper reverence. The compendium, prepared at the request of Pope Benedict XVI, includes prayers, theological texts, and other study materials. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said the volume offers “everything that may be useful for the correct understanding, celebration, and adoration of the sacrament of the altar.” The text has been published in Italian; an English-language translation is forthcoming.


New “Advent” Bible Study

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2009

This is a message from Gail Buckly, founder and President of Catholic Scripture Study International. This is the best Catholic Bible Study program for groups available. I have written several of the studies and know of the integrity of CSS both in regards tothe quality of study but also its faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church.

Regarding our new ADVENT study, please check our website for additional information:  The Intro and Lesson one are posted there for your review.  This study is 4 lessons plus an introduction and each book includes a separate “Answer Key” to the study questions.  $14.95 per book.

The lessons are based on the Sunday Mass readings during this Advent – Cycle C.  Perfect for individual or group study.  If using for group, plan for 5 weeks so that the first week you can give out the books and students can prepare for the following week.  Available for ordering in our online store starting Friday, Oct. 23.

Help us advertise this study as there are very few Advent studies available.  Please let your pastor and religious education director know about it and we would greatly appreciate it if you would submit the following ad to your parish secretary to be put in your bulletin for others who may be interested.

Click here to download the bulletin ad:

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