Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
From Sr. Lucy, SV, at the archdiocesan Family Life Office:
Dear Friends in the NY City area,
As you know, March 27th is our Family Life Conference honoring the legacy of Cardinal O’Connor – see here for more info www.flrl.org.
I am trying to making it easy for NYC residents to attend since it will be in Yonkers and sometimes travel outside the city can be a challenge. I can make arrangements to get a bus leaving from Manhattan but need a minimum of 22 people in order to do so.
Please let me know if you think your parish might have people interested in going on this bus. I can arrange the bus to leave from a particular Church with the greatest number of people. We will handle registrations.
Here are more details:
Location of pickup yet to be determined. Pickup time would be approx 8:45am. Conference begins at 10am (people would have to attend Mass locally if they wished) or I can arrange an even earlier pickup (7:30am) to get people to the Seminary for 8:45am Mass.
Size of Bus Cost per Person:
22 passenger $19
Let me know if you would like bus transportation. Thank You.
Sr. Lucy Marie
Respect Life Coordinator
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Click below to hear this week’s edition of “Word to Life.”
Joining me on the program to discuss the readings for the First Sunday of Lent were Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., who serves at the University Parish of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village, and Br. Ezra Sullivan, O.P., one of four newly ordained deacons at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.
“Word to Life” airs live every Friday at 1:00 PM on The Catholic Channel, Sirius 159 and XM 117.
For eighty-six years I have served Jesus Christ and he has never abandoned me.
How could I curse my blessed King and Savior?
From American Catholic:
Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey), disciple of St. John the Apostle and friend of St. Ignatius of Antioch, was a revered Christian leader during the first half of the second century.
St. Ignatius, on his way to Rome to be martyred, visited Polycarp at Smyrna, and later at Troas wrote him a personal letter. The Asia Minor Churches recognized Polycarp’s leadership by choosing him as a representative to discuss with Pope Anicetus the date of the Easter celebration in Rome-quite a controversy in the early Church.
Only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has been preserved, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi, Macedonia.
At 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive. The flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger. The centurion ordered the saint’s body burned. The “Acts” of Polycarp’s martyrdom are the earliest preserved, fully reliable account of a Christian martyr’s death. He died in 156.
Click here to read St. Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians, and here for the Acts of his martyrdom. As mentioned above, St. Ignatius of Antioch’s letters also give us a glimpse into the life and holiness of St. Polycarp.
God of all creation,
you gave your bishop Polycarp
the privilege of being counted among the saints
who gave their lives in faithful witness to the gospel.
May his prayers give us the courage
to share with him the cup of suffering
and to rise to eternal glory.
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.