Archive for the ‘Videos’ category

Evangelizing youth

September 26, 2013

Tremendous talk by Mark Hart.  What an awesome speaker!  Great blend of humor with sobriety.  Authentically passionate at times.  Presents some really important points to keep in mind when presenting the faith to the younger segment of our culture.  Money quote from near the end:

Our salvation cost us nothing.
True discipleship will cost us everything.

From the “Defending the Faith” conference this past July at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Advice from a champ

September 13, 2013

John Calipari, who currently coaches the University of Kentucky basketball team, recently spoke at an athletic banquet at Franciscan University.  After a few minutes of lighthearted banter, Calipari shares some real tidbits of wisdom.

Men’s Evening of Reflection planned

August 6, 2013

A group of Catholic men will be gathering on Thursday, August 22nd for an evening of prayer, formation, food and fellowship.  The evening will begin at 6:30 at St Monica’s Church in West Wyoming where the men will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in honor of the Queenship of Mary.  The Rosary will be followed immediately by Mass.  The men will then travel to Dino’s Italian Bistro in Shavertown.  Pizza and beverages will be served.  A video presentation entitled “The Man Talk” by Matt Fradd of Catholic Answers will be shown.  In the talk, Matt Fradd lays out a vision of authentic Catholic masculinity and how to achieve it.  This will be a great opportunity for fathers and sons to hear the truth together on some sensitive topics like sexual integrity and respect for women.  The evening will end at 10:00.  A free-will offering will be accepted to defray the cost of the refreshments. Expect an awesome night!

Please email your registration (with the number of men attending) so we can plan how much pizza to order (email to Glenn at gmyanik [at] epix [dot] net).

If you’re not sure you should make the effort to attend, perhaps this video will motivate you.

Spiritual Battle homilies

July 31, 2013

Fr William Casey of the Fathers of Mercy recently preached a retreat in Bloomington, Indiana.  Below are his three homilies.  All three are excellent, but the one on “Christian Bravery” really drove me to prayer.  If I am burdened with fear and anxiety from having passed the 6-month mark of my unemployment, what would I be like in the face of the type of persecution Fr Casey describes?  Lord, help me to attain that perfect love for you that will cast out all fear!

The Good Samaritan

July 12, 2013

The Gospel reading for this Sunday includes the story of the Good Samaritan. Here’s a ‘hip’ street version of the story (which takes a while to develop):

If that was a bit too modern for you, here’s a good standard reenactment:

Videos can be helpful, but they are no substitute for actually opening your Bible, and reading and meditating on the words of Sacred Scripture, and reading the teachings of the Popes:

Today, for example, the liturgy invites us to reflect on the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (cf. Lk 10: 25-37), which introduces us into the heart of the Gospel message: love for God and love for neighbour. But the person speaking to Jesus asks: who is my neighbour? And the Lord answers by reversing the question and showing through the account of the Good Samaritan that each one of us must make himself close to every person he meets: “Go and do likewise” (Lk 10: 37).

Loving, Jesus says, means acting like the Good Samaritan. And we know that he himself is the Good Samaritan par excellence; although he was God, he did not hesitate to humble himself to the point of becoming a man and giving his life for us.

Love is therefore the “heart” of Christian life; indeed, love alone, awakened in us by the Holy Spirit, makes us Christ’s witnesses.

(Benedict XVI)


4. Jesus Christ once told a parable which I should like to recall at this time. This parable is known even among those of you who do not share the Christian faith. It is a parable which appeals to the hearts of all people of good will, not only to the followers of Christ; it is the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Gospel of Luke records the parable, telling how a man had been robbed, beaten and left beside the road half dead. According to the Gospel account, “a Samaritan who was journeying along came on him and was moved to pity at the sight. He approached him and dressed his wounds, pouring in oil and wine. He then hoisted him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, where he cared for him. The next day he took out two silver pieces and gave them to the innkeeper with the request : Look after him, and if there is any further expense I will repay you on my way back”[1].

The Good Samaritan does not mind that he might be criticized for helping someone whο has “tradi­tionally” been considered his enemy. And he does not ask him any questions : where he comes from, why he is there, where he is going. He asks no questions at all. Very simply the Good Samaritan sees the injured person in need, and he spontaneously helps him up, takes him to an inn, and sees that he receives all he needs to get well again. This is charity ! A charity which makes no exception because of the other person’s ethnic origin, religious allegiance or political preference, no exceptions whatsoever ; a charity which sees the person as a brother or sister in need and seeks only one thing : to be of immediate assistance, to be a neighbor.

May this same charity motivate all of us who live in a world approaching the end of the second millennium ! May it inspire all of us to have compassion for the millions of refugees whο cry out for our help!

(Bd John Paul II)

All in a deck of cards

July 3, 2013

Dinner and movie — October 6th

September 22, 2012

The Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship and St Monica’s Parish will host another Dinner and a Movie on Saturday, October 6, 2012.  The movie will be “October Baby,” a powerful pro-life film.  It will be shown on St Monica’s big-screen TV.   The movie is rated PG13.  Preceding the movie will be a covered-dish supper which will begin after the 4:00 pm Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on 8th Street in West Wyoming.  There is no admission charge except to bring a covered-dish to share with others attending the event.  If you plan to attend, please call St Monica’s office to make a reservation: 693-1991.  Hope you will begin Respect Life Month with us.