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Thursday, June 1

Live It Thursday

 

In today's gospel we hear a beautiful prayer that Jesus himself prayed (read JN 17:20-26)

Do you find time throughout the day to lift your eyes to heaven and pray? 

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Friday, June 2

Family Friday

 

A neat fact about the Rite of Ordination: The Rite of Ordination actually begins immediately following the gospel. There is first the Calling of Candidate. A member of the Diocesan Vocation Office calls the Deacon by name, he responds "Present" and then stands before the Bishop. It is important to note that the ordinand (the one to be ordained) is called from the midst of the people. The Church firmly believes that those who are called to ministry answer a call from the Lord and are called from the midst of the community of the faithful. That is the reason why the ordinand sits with his family in the midst of the congregation (for a scriptural understanding one might read Hebrews 5:1-6)

All are welcome to join Bishop Cunningham as he ordains Rev. Matthew Lyons to the priesthood Saturday, June 3 at Holy Cross Church! 

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Saturday, June 3

Social Saturday

 

Rev. Matthew Lyons becomes our newest priest today when he is ordained at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Church! 

Complete coverage can be found by visiting The Catholic Sun.

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Sunday, June 4

Scripture Sunday

The season of Easter concludes today as we celebrate Pentecost: the birthday of the Church! 

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Monday, June 5

Know It Monday

 

On June 11 & 12 in the Diocese of Syracuse we will take up a collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection helps us fulfill our diocesan mission of evangelization: to know, live, and share our faith. Your donations help fund our award-winning newspaper, The Catholic SunSyracuse Catholic Television and our diocesan social media efforts. Please prayerfully consider donating at Mass this weekend!

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Tuesday, June 6

Respect Life Tuesday

 

Discover the Theology of the Body this summer!

If you’re wondering if there’s more to life than just “getting by”, then discover the extraordinary Catholic teaching known as the Theology of the Body. Given to us by Pope John Paul II, the Theology of the Body is renewing marriages, awakening vocations, healing deep personal wounds, and setting people free to live the life of greatness to which we are all called. 

Learn more through 'An Introduction to the Theology of the Body,' an 8-week adult faith formation program, held on Tuesdays, July 11-August 29, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 425 Beechwood Ave., Liverpool. 

Cost is $25/person and to register visit: https://introtob.eventbrite.com/ or contact Sharon Flanagan, (315) 470-1417 or email: sflanagan@syrdio.org.
 
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Wednesday, June 7

Share It Wednesday

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Thursday, June 8

Live It Thursday

 

Our Office of Family/Respect Life has a fantastic Facebook page with daily Catholic news, inspiration, and information that will help you live your faith.  Follow at Facebook.com/FamilyRespectLifeSyracuse

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Friday, June 9

Family Friday

 

[T]he “home” represents the most precious human treasures, that of encounter, that of relations among people, different in age, culture and history, but who live together and together help one another to grow. For this reason, the “home” is a crucial place in life, where life grows and can be fulfilled, because it is a place in which every person learns to receive love and to give love. (Pope Francis, 5/21/13)

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Saturday, June 10

Social Saturday

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Please prayerfully consider donating to the Catholic Communication Campaign at Mass this weekend!  Half of your donation remains here in our diocese to support local communication efforts, like The Catholic Sun, Catholic TV and diocesan social media.

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Sunday, June 11

Scripture Sunday

 

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. JN 3:16-18

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Monday, June 12

Know It Monday

 

What does the Church teach about euthanasia?  The Church states that all life - at every stage, and every age, from conception to natural death - is deserving of respect and dignity.

Advocates for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia often claim these practices will only affect a narrow class of terminally ill patients who are expected to die soon in any case. But there is ample evidence of a “slippery slope” toward ending the lives of patients with chronic illnesses or disabilities, or even those who are vulnerable or marginalized in other ways. 

Learn more about related Church teachings here.

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Tuesday, June 13

Respect Life Tuesday

 

Please pray for Bishop Cunningham and all U.S. bishops as they travel to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Spring Meeting in Indianapolis. 

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Wednesday, June 14

Share It Wednesday

 

Via Pope Francis on Twitter: 

There is much need of prayer and penitence to implore the grace of conversion and an end to the many wars throughout the world.

Join us as we pray for peace in our world.

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Thursday, June 15

Live It Thursday

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Friday, June 16

Family Friday

 

Father's Day is Sunday!  Learn more about Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.

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Saturday, June 17

Social Saturday

 

The Diocese of Syracuse has an official Catholic newspaper - it's your source for local and international Catholic news.  Visit www.thecatholicsun.com

The Sun is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/syrcatholicsun

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Sunday, June 18

Scripture Sunday

 

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ [Feast of Corpus Christi]

Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 COR 10:16-17

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Monday, June 19

Know It Monday

 

What does it mean to be Catholic?

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Tuesday, June 20

Respect Life Tuesday

 

A prayer on World Refugee Day:

Good and gracious God,
we thank you for the gift of families.
We are grateful for all of the joy and love
that they bring into our lives,
and we ask that you provide
special protection for all families,
particularly those who face hardships
as they move in search of a better life.
Show mercy to those who travel in danger,
and lead them to a place of safety and peace.
Comfort those who are alone and afraid because
their families have been torn apart by violence
and injustice.
As we reflect upon the difficult journey
that the Holy Family faced as refugees in Egypt,
help us to remember the suffering of all migrant families.
Through the intercession of Mary our Mother,
and St. Joseph the Worker, her husband,
we pray that all migrants may be reunited with their loved ones
and find the meaningful work they seek.
Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality
for all who come in search of refuge.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger
as Christ in our midst.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen

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Wednesday, June 21

Share It Wednesday

 

Read MT 6:1-6, 16-18

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Thursday, June 22

Live It Thursday

 

"This is how you are to pray:

'Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.'
"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."  MT 6:7-15

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Friday, June 23

Family Friday

 

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love -- His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.  The Friday that follows the Second Sunday in Time After Pentecost is the Feast of the Sacred Heart which brings to mind all the attributes of His Divine Heart mentioned above.  

Today's readings

 

 

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Saturday, June 24

Social Saturday

 

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Follow us on Facebook to learn more about Saint John the Baptist! 

 

 

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Sunday, June 25

Scripture Sunday

 

Pope Peters Pence

 

This weekend is the Peter’s Pence Collection. Donate at Mass and support the charitable works of Pope Francis at Mass today! 

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Monday, June 26

Know It Monday

 

Saint of the Day: Blessed Raymond Lull

Raymond worked most of his life to help spread the gospel.  Indifference on the part of some Christian leaders and opposition in North Africa did not turn him from his goal.  Three hundred years later Raymond’s work began to have an influence in the Americas.  Raymond's story reminds us that evangelization (the mission of our diocese!) is not always easy, and it may take awhile to see the fruits of your labor (...maybe not 300 years...).  As Christians, we are called to know, live, and share our faith, even when we're met with opposition.