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Check out this upcoming lecture on Monday 21 March:
“Suspicion and Conspiracy: Defending the Reputation of Noble Individuals”
sets the record straight about heroic Christian
leaders who have been slandered.
Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. of Fordham University’s Philosophy
Department will discuss the “Masters of Suspicion,” whose strategy often
includes attack by casting suspicion through innuendo. University of
Mississippi law professor and author Ronald Rychlak, will offer the well
documented case of Pope Pius XII.
The lecture begins at 7:00 pm at the Fordham Lincoln Center Campus, 113
West 60th St. (Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge), and is free and
open to the public. A reception follows. RSVP required. Email:
email@example.com or call 212-370-7885.
THE THREEFOLD BODY OF CHRIST
1. THE NATURAL BODY OF CHRIST
1.1 Biblical Teaching on the Body (Fr. Shah)
1.2 Early Challenges and Confessions of the Church (Fr. Wagner)
1.3 The Temptation, Suffering, and Death of Christ (Fr. Pollock)
2. THE SACRAMENTAL BODY OF THE EUCHARIST
2.1 Biblical Teaching and the Early Church (Fr. Wagner)
2.2 The Doctrine of the Real Presence (Fr. Pollock)
2.3 The Real Sacrifice of the Mass (Fr. Shah)
3. THE ECCLESIAL BODY OF THE FAITHFUL
3.1 Biblical Teachings on the Church (Fr. Pollock)
3.2 The Mystical Body of Christ (Fr. Shah)
3.3 The Worshiping, Sacramental Body (Fr. Wagner)
Coverage of our St. Thomas Lecture will air on Wednesday, 7:30 pm, 11:30 pm, and 6:30 am on Cablevision 30, Time Warner 97, or on live streaming at www.netny.net.
The entire lecture can be found immediately below.
… that’s right. Before posting our St. Thomas day lecture and some local media coverage, here is Brooklyn-based Net’s coverage on “Currents,” from our St. Albert Day Lecture on Hatred and Forgiveness, delivered by Dr. Paul Vitz in November of last year.
Tonight, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., STD will deliver our annual St. Thomas Day Lecture. He will consider the basics of John Paul II’s “theology of the body” apropos the perennial wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas, whom JPII himself taught, the Church has justly and consistently proposed as a master of thought (i.e., as such) (see Fides et ratio, n. 43). The lecture is free, and will provide time for questions. Fr. Petri teaches theology at Providence College.
Fr. Walter continues our theological catechesis on the Threefold Body of Christ. He will treat the sources of the Church’s teaching on the Sacramental Body of the Eucharist in the Bible and Early Church.
The lecture is free, at 7 PM, in the Church Hall.
Finally, we have Fr. Jonah’s lecture (most of it, at least) on the significance of Christ’s Bodily Temptation, Suffering, and Death. Believe it or not, a worthy theological meditation for the feast that is upon us.soon enough, the Nativity of Our Lord
Come let us adore Him!
A couple of great events upcoming soon.
First,the St. Vincnet Ferrer Chorale will perform JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (pts I & II) this Sunday this afternoon, 3 pm.
Second, our Theology in the City series continues on Monday,tomorrow, 6 December at 7 PM. In perfect Adventine spirit, Fr. Jonah Pollock, OP will conclude our first of three parts, “The Natural Body Born of Mary,” with his talk on the significance of Christ’s bodily struggles.
Currents News Magazine, a daily Catholic news program sponsored by the Brooklyn/Queens diocese, covered our St. Albert’s Day Lecture with Dr. Paul Vitz.
Currents is the first ever, daily Catholic news magazine program of its kind and can be seen Monday through Friday at 7:30pm, 11:30pm, and 6:30am (EST) on Cablevision 30, Time Warner 97, and streaming online at www.netny.net. Unfortunately, Currents no longer provides complimentary copies of the program.
For those of you who were unable to attend, we’re working on an audio post. We had about 100-150 people for the evening, and the response was extremely positive to Dr. Vitz’s psychology of hatred and forgiveness. Thank you St. Albert the Great!
One week from tonight, Dr. Paul Vitz will deliver the annual St. Albert’s Day Lecture. Dr. Vitz has spent most of his career as Professor of Psychology at New York University. He has, in recent years, joined the Institute for the Psychological Sciences as their Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Vitz frequently lectures for priests, seminarians, and religious, in addition to the laity.
His lecture next Monday on the psychology of hatred and forgiveness, drawing from the secular sciences and ordered by Christian wisdom, promises to be insightful and provocative to all. Please bring your friends for this free event!
From the lecture I delivered last week in our Parish Hall, and a couple of nights ago at St. Mary’s in New Haven, CT. Our pastor, Fr. Walter Wagner, O.P., and St. Mary’s curate, Fr. Jonah Pollock, O.P., are also delivering these lectures on the first Monday of every month (second Monday in CT) on The Threefold Body of Christ.
Our sister Dominican parish, St. Catherine of Siena, will be offering two lectures on the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
As you may know, a newly revised and much improved translation of the Mass will probably be in use by Advent or Christmas-time next year.
Recently ordained Fr. John Chrysostom Kozlowksi, O.P. will show how we can take this revision as a graced opportunity to deepen our understanding and participation in the sacrifice of the Mass.
The first lecture is this Wednesday, is free, and open to the public.
For those of you who could not make the lecture last Thursday night, “Faith and Reason: Friends or Foes?” we have posted this video of the talk for you. (The video was produced by Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., who came up from our Dominican Parish in the West Village, St. Joseph.)
Fr. Brent took his main theme and image from Pope John Paul II’s already classic encyclical, Fides et ratio, that “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.”
Reason does not contradict faith; reason actually helps to bolster faith; and faith itself protects and guides reason.
Unfortunately, our society still suffers from a view that “reason” is fungible with (a popular conception) of “science.” Fr. Brent shows how this reducibility is self-contradictory and plainly unsatisfying to the human enterprise. Instead, he presents a view of reason that is in terms of the intellect’s openness to reality… all of it. Thus, even though reason alone cannot convince one that the supernatural mysteries of the Catholic faith are to be believed, reason can certainly show that they are at least believable.
It’s safe to say that everyone at the talk now looks forward to hearing Fr. Brent in the future.
This would be a great time to revisit the question of faith and reason with Dominican priest and philosopher, Fr. James Brent, O.P.
For the third week in a row, our Holy Father delivered catechesis on St. Thomas’s perennial wisdom and his understanding of the complementarity of faith and reason.
Father James Dominic Brent, O.P. was ordained to the priesthood this past May twenty-eighth. He will begin full-time teaching at the Catholic University of America’s School of Philosophy this Fall, continuing the great tradition of CUA philosophy professors such as Frs. William Augustine Wallace, O.P. (emeritus), Brian J. Shanley, O.P. (now President of Providence College), and Kurt Pritzl, O.P. (present Dean of the School of Philosophy).
Fr. Brent wrote his philosophy doctorate on matters of faith and reason under Eleanor Stump (a Third Order Dominican, by the way) at St. Louis University. He has taught at secular and Catholic universities, and seminaries as well.
Fr. Brent is a popular lecturer in the Washington, DC and Arlington, VA areas. Regardless of your level of philosophical knowledge, you will profit from hearing him speak. He’ll be in town only for a few weeks. You don’t want to miss him.
So, come to the Church Hall Tonight… and bring your skeptic and fideist friends!
Our Dominican brothers over at St. Catherine of Siena are beginning to have a monthly day of prayer and information for couples that struggle with infertility. Due to the overwhelming attendance and positive response to the event in May, the friars who run the Health Care Ministry decided to offer the day of recollection and intercession every month.
The next occasion is TONIGHT,Thursday, 17 June.
6:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament And Confessions.
6:25pm: Litany and Prayers to Saint Gianna
Our Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, has written very positively of Dr. Mielnik and her colleagues at the Gianna Health Care Center.
Many men and women feel demeaned after having employed kinds of In Vitro Fertilization, due to the means of obtaining the male’s sperm and the woman’s ova, and of attempting implantation of the embryo.
Moreover, to say nothing of the countless embryos (i.e., persons) who are either frozen or discarded and aborted, a staggeringly high percentage of children who are conceived through IVF suffer from birth defects (which is why so many of the fertilized embryos are aborted to begin with).
The psychological and physiological effects of IVF, along with its intimate relationship to the abortion industry, corroborate the Church’s objective judgment (based on an analysis of the act) that such technological intrusion and disruption of a couple’s conjugal life is gravely reprehensible and always to be avoided.
Of course, the children that do issue from such methods are as fully human and beautiful as those conceived naturally, with or without the legitimate aid of procreative technologies.
Nevertheless, there are scientific methods of ascertaining the latent fertility of a woman’s cycle. Indeed, women who have unsuccessfully attempted to conceive through IVF, only to have eventually conceived naturally are not few in number.
If you want to pray for yourself or loved ones who are suffering the trial of infertility, or if you want to learn about the little-publicized NaPro Technology (Natural Procreative Technology), please visit our sister parish a few avenues over this Thursday.
Here is a helpful and moving video from the FertilityCare Centers of America website about infertility and a couple’s options for help.
These summer weeks have been replete with encouraging news from the St. Joseph Province of the Dominican friars.
On the twenty-eighth of last month, two wonderful men were ordained to the priesthood by our own brother, His Excellency, Augustine DiNoia, O.P, Reverends James Dominic Brent, O.P., and John Chrysostom Kozlowski, O.P.
And just last Friday, the election of a new prior provincial was announced, that of the Very Reverend Brian Mulcahy, O.P. – a friar many St. Vincent parishioners already know and have heard preach.
And in August, twenty-one young men will receive the habit of St. Dominic, to begin the novitiate in Cincinnati, OH.
At the assembly that elected Fr. Brian, (i.e., the “provincial chapter”), Archbishop DiNoia delivered conferences. His reflections on what is attracting men to our order, and in general to religious life these days, repays reading. His conference, “New Vocations in the Province of St. Joseph: Ecclesial, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives,” is available on our provincial website, where one can also find a video of the lecture he delivered in NY two weeks ago, “Facing the Challenges to Faith in Christ Today: The Dominican Way.”
Above all, please pray for our Dominican order – for our health and vigor, for our courage and fidelity, for our religious life and evangelical mission. Thank you!
Our union with God is begun in faith and lived through the sacraments. This life is necessarily aided by devotion. Through our devotional practices, our affections and imagination are inflamed and opened up to serve God and be united with Him more spontaneously and creatively. Thus, through devotion, we can become better disposed to receive more fruitfully the graces of the sacraments we receive in faith.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart both manifests and electrifies in a particularly beautiful and stirring way our faith in the incarnate love of God and His sacramental plan.
Nevertheless, in the classic, papal explication on devotion and worship of the Sacred Heart, Haurietis Aquas (1956), Pope Pius XII makes clear that this devotion is not merely one brand of piety amongst others, but an eminent act of religion. Through the wounded heart of divine love, that is, through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the supreme act of atonement was offered for humanity. And because the Father and Son have sent us their personal bond of love, the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts, our own charity can beat with the pulse of expiatory love.
This week, there are a number of ways to foster our appreciation and prepare for our celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan offers brief reflections and helpful practical suggestions regarding the devotion in Catholic New York.
This Saturday, the Church of Our Savior in midtown will be offering a daylong conference by an eminent group of lecturers on the Sacred Heart. There will also be a Solemn High Mass according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (i.e., the 1962 Missal) at the Church of Holy Innocents.
Regarding the extraordinary form of the Mass, our neighbor, the Church of St. Jean Baptiste, is hosting His Excellency Francois Gayot to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass for the feast on Friday evening.
Finally, the Church grants a plenary indulgence to the faithful who, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, publicly recite the act of reparation (Iesu dulcissime).
On Monday, April 26, the Church of St. Thomas More (65 East 89th Street – between Park and Madison Avenues) will host a panel discussion entitled: “A Priest Forever According to the Order of Melchizedek: What Does This Mean — For the Priest and for the Laity?” The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM in the parish’s Rochester Room.
The evening’s speakers will be: Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. (Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC); Fr. Gerald Murray (Church of St. Vincent de Paul, NYC); and Fr. Luke Sweeney (Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of New York). Attendees will be able to meet with the speakers and enjoy light refreshments after the discussion.
For more information, call the St. Thomas More Parish Office at 212-876-7719.
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On Thursday, March 18, Boomers and Beyond will host a financial planning forum at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Beginning at 7:00 PM, a panel of speaks will address topics such as managing savings and retirement income, consolidating IRAs and other retirement plans, and estate planning. Speakers will include Lawrence Klepner (Manhattan Ridge Advisors), Lisa Whitcomb (Glenmede Trust), Tom Johnson (New York Life), and Larry Kudlow (CNBC’s The Kudlow Report).
Tickets for the forum are $15 for singles, $25 for couples ($20 and $30 at the door). To purchase tickets online, email us. Or send a check to: Boomers & Beyond / Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola / 980 Park Avenue / New York, NY 10028. For more information, call 646-241-1332. Please RSVP by March 15th.