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1pm Sunday, March 2
Vocations find their true meaning in Christ
Three young men share their stories as they are just days away from receiving an irreversible grace of being ordained priests. They speak about how they were influenced by others and how they could not avoid the call from God to be men who serve others.
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Walk for Life - West Coast
Holy Rosary is sponsoring a bus to take approximately 40-50 people to San Francisco, California for the 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, January 23-26, 2014. We depart from Holy Rosary Thursday, January 23rd after the 7 am Mass, arriving at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco Thursday evening. On Friday, we will have Mass at neighboring St. Dominic's Church and meet the Dominicans there; the remainder of the day is free for sightseeing. Saturday we will attend the Walk For Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral with Archbishop Cordileone (just three blocks from the hotel). Following Mass, we will walk to the Pro-Life Rally followed by the Walk for Life through Downtown San Francisco. Last year, over 50,000 people participated. It has grown each year since its beginning. Saturday evening, we will attend the Solemn Extraordinary Form Latin Mass for Life (Sunday Mass) at the National Shrine of Saint Francis followed by dinner on your own at any number of great Italian restaurants in North Beach or Chinese food in next-door Chinatown. Sunday morning we depart after breakfast for the drive home, arriving at Holy Rosary that evening. Families are encouraged to attend. For full itinerary including pricing, please pick up a flyer in the office.
See Holy Rosary Bulletin for details.
In late October we presented a new music CD by the Eastern Dominican Province. Its details are below.
The Dominican House of Studies schola has just released its first album, In Medio Ecclesiae, under the aegis of the newly founded Dominicana Records. The album is available for purchase. It would make an excellent gift.
Through the direction of Fr. James Moore, O.P., the student choir has been working for more than eighteen months to produce a recording of the finest-quality liturgical music from different eras and traditions of the Church. The album contains fifteen pieces, with seven works from the various liturgical seasons, three timeless hymns of rejoicing, three in honor of specific saints, and two in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The repertoire of In Medio Ecclesiae includes Dominican chant, Renaissance polyphony, Eastern chant, and new compositions and arrangements by Fr. James Moore, O.P. and Br. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. The pieces are in both Latin and English, and borrow from the Italian, Spanish, English, Polish, and American musical traditions of various eras.
Dominicans know, of course, that a work of art always shows the hand of the artist, and this collection is no different. The album includes pieces dear to the heart of our liturgical tradition, from a polyphonic setting of St. Thomas Aquinas’ O sacrum convivium to the chant for St. Dominic's feast day, In medio ecclesiae, in addition to a variety of other pieces both simple and complex.
Created and produced by the talents of our brothers and professionally mastered, the album is an offering from our fraternal life to the life of the world.
A new class has come; we arrived on August 15th as postulants and were clothed with the Dominican habit at the end of the month as novices. There are not as many novices this year as in other years; only myself (Br. Chrysostom) and Br. John. Br. John kept his baptismal name and I took the Religious name ‘Chrysostom’ after the early Church Father St. John Chrysostom. For some, this makes remembering both of our names fairly simple; however they then just have to remember which one of us is called ‘John’ and which one is ‘Chrysostom.’
Read more at the Novice Blog
With the National Religious Retirement Collection coming up this weekend, the USCCB Media Blog is featuring a series of blog posts by religious, including Sister Helen Prejean and Mother Dolores Hart, who tell what their religious life has meant to them. Sister Helen, you will remember, was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in "Dead Man Walking."
Read more at the USCCB Blog
The Dominican friars of the Western Dominican Province do not benefit from this collection. We depend totally on those who directly support our elderly and infirm. Would you be one of those benefactors? Please visit our donation site and choose a gift for these men who have served faithfully for sixty or seventy years and now need special care. Thank you in advance for our generosity.
Bishops’ Website Offers Online Resources
for Advent and Christmas
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continues the tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons with daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, December 1. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each date opening a page of suggestions and links.
The calendars feature audio retreats in English and Spanish for the four Sundays of Advent and the three Sundays of the Christmas season. The retreats were produced by Franciscan Media and made possible by the bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign. The half-hour audio retreats feature music, a Scripture reflection and Q&A from a different bishop each week.
Read much more at USCCB website
A Mirror Among the Stars:
Science is Ordered by Wisdom
Submitted by Br. Clement Lepak, O.P. on Thu, 11/28/2013
A reflection on Feast of St. Albert the Great, Patron Saint of Scientists.
A white hole is thought to be a source of light and matter that is radiating into our universe from an unknown and unapproachable source. Unlike a black hole, which pulls in unceasingly all that approaches it, a white hole is thought to have such a thrust that nothing can enter into it. This speculative model describes an event which spews out energy, light and matter, but which may be highly unstable, collapsing upon itself and then exploding. Some theorists posit a "cosmic counterpoint" to black holes, so that there would be a cosmic balancing, a supernal yin-yang of light, matter and energy. There is no firm evidence that they actually exist, but the concept of a white hole, an unceasing font of waves, vibration and spectra, makes for a marvelous model of contemplation.
As created beings, we can identify the subsistence of all substances at any moment, and reflect that all created things are unceasingly supported and upheld by Being. Unlike the concept of the white hole for which we have found no positive confirmation, when it comes to the source of being, we do stand on evidence: it’s called reality. You’re touching it now. And yes, it’s really real.
Adding another level of intelligibility to this vital sustaining process, we could speak of the other transcendentals such as the good and the true, as well as the related realities of beauty, communicability and love. The leap that allows one to move from the basic physical speculative model of the white hole to the awareness of the font-of-life as emanating from within us, is grounded in the principle that all creation may serve as the springboard towards contemplation. It is wisdom that allows us to order our experience and reason thus, from effects to their cause. Through creation, God ceaselessly offers endless paths for contemplating Him. Man-made artifacts show their wear and begin to age as soon as they are constructed. The table I am writing at shows its age by the exposure of the composite material underneath the varnished surface, which has been rubbed away by constant use over the years. In the brickwork opposite me, visible through the window, I see white lines of more recent mortar that has been used to fill in cracks caused by tremors, weather, shifting. From these artifacts and all others we can come to the conclusion that ‘stuff’ doesn’t last: it wears away, it deteriorates, and if it is living, it dies.
Read more at the Student Blog: To God, About God.
Three Sisters as seen from St. Benedict Lodge Property,
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
Campaign for Dominican Friars
Support your friars
of the Western Province
Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars is a campaign to raise critical funds for the support of our mission of evangelization and preaching the gospel in the Western United States, Mexico, South America and other places world-wide. Our mission begins by forming and educating our novices and student brothers to become good priests and brothers, zealous for Christ and His Gospel, and we do a very good job. We need to do more.
We must also care for our aged friars who, having dedicated many years in service to the people of God are now offering their continued service in prayer during their retirement, often requiring specialized care. Our care for our elderly is personal and meaningful. We need to do more. This is why this effort is subtitled Campaign for Dominican Friars. We need and greatly appreciate your generous support. Can you help today? Our goal for this stage is $3,750,000.
A pledge of $25.00 a month from each person served by the Western Dominican Province over a four year period would make all the difference in the world. Some might be able to give more, others less, but if all could participate our friars could be assured of the basics needed to maintain our students and to care for our elderly, while providing the resources to support our proclamation of the Gospel in parishes, missions, campus ministry, evangelization, and reconciliation.
Fill out the pledge cards at your local parish or Newman Center served by the Western Dominican Province, send a donation to our provincial office, or make a recurring donation now at our donation page.
|TOTAL as of Oct. 21:||$1,411,192|
For this stage we have achieved 35% of goal
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"Undoubtedly one of the strengths of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology is the ability it fosters in its students to dialogue, on the intellectual level, with contemporary society ....The faculty is both academically prepared and doctrinally sound."
- 2008 report of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education.
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