Archive for August 2011

Nocturnal First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

August 29, 2011

St Monica’s parish in West Wyoming will have nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the First Friday of September (2nd).  The evening will begin with Holy Mass at 7:00 p.m., and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night.  The night of Adoration will conclude with Benediction before First Saturday Mass at 8:00 a.m.  All are invited to spend some time adoring our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence.

Lest we forget the misery of our brothers in Somalia

August 21, 2011

Msgr Esseff’s new website…

August 2, 2011

…can be found here.


August 1, 2011

From March 9th, here’s the complete statement issued by POTUS BHO regarding the beginning of the holy season of Lent:

Michelle and I join with millions of Christians here and across the world to mark Ash Wednesday.   As we observe the season of Lent, we receive with thanksgiving this opportunity for grace and repentance, recommit ourselves to our faith, and remember our obligations to one another.

Here is the statement issued today by POTUS BHO regarding the beginning of the season of Ramadan:

As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere.  Families and communities share the happiness of gathering together for iftar and prayers. Bazaars light up the night in many cities from Rabat to Jakarta.  And here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers.

For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God’s mercy.  It is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate.  The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and compel us to act.  Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even worse catastrophe by offering support and assistance to on-going relief efforts.

Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House.  Ramadan Kareem.

Now, I know he’s not Catholic, but about which season does he seem more enthusiastic?