Death of Noted Mariologist Father Rene Laurentin

 

Fr. Rene Laurentin
Fr. Rene Laurentin

Fr. Rene Laurentin was a leading Mariologist and author of over 150 books and thousands of articles regarding Marian apparitions, such as Lourdes,  Lisieux and many others.  He died on September 10, 2017 at the age of 99.

He wrote about many modern mystics such as St. Therese of Liseux, Maria Valtorta (“poem of the Man God”), Saint Bernadette and many, many more.

More recent works include his 1995 book “An Appeal from Mary in Argentina”, about the approved apparitions in San Nicolas, Argentina.

Headed for Rome? You don’t need tickets to attend Papal Audience in August

Normally, you need to have tickets (free) to attend the weekly Papal Audience held almost every Wednesday in Rome.  There is an exception for the entire month of August every year, when no tickets are issued. Therefore you DO NOT NEED a ticket to attend the audience.

It is suggested that you just go to the audience early. It will probably be in the Paul VI Audience Hall at 9.30 or 10 AM. But you should plan to get there by 7 AM and stand in line. You will have free access.

For this year, tickets will be issued beginning in September, with the exception of Sept 13, 2017, when the Pope will be visiting Colombia.  

To get tickets for the weekly Papal audience click here.  Tickets can also be arranged through Saint Patrick’s Church in Rome ( the American Community parish in Rome) by clicking here.

 

Catholic American Parish in Rome has a New Home

 

For many years, Americans visiting or living in Rome, have attended Mass in English at the Church of Santa Susanna. The church has served as the national parish for U.S. residents of Rome since 1921, when the church was assigned to the care of the Paulist Fathers.  

Due to problems discovered in June 2013 (wood items falling from the ceiling, among other things), the Church regrettably had to be closed to the public; however, alternative arrangements for Mass were made at two Roman Churches nearby.

Saint Patrick's will be the new home
Saint Patrick’s will be the new home

Now, it has been announced by the Rector, Rev. Gregory S. Apparcel, that the parish has found a new permanent home.  It will be located in Saint Patrick’s Church in Rome, not far from the U.S. Embassy. Daily Mass in English will begin on August 1, 2017.  There is also a vigil Mass on Saturdays and two Masses on Sundays, all in English.

Check our web page for more details concerning the new home for the American parish in Rome, including Mass times, special events, and more.

Exciting new Danube River Cruise for Catholics

A rapidly growing segment of the cruise industry has been river cruises, especially in Europe. They offer much smaller ships, dock right in the heart of town, almost everything is included in the price including shore excursions, drinks, gourmet meals and many other items that have become extra cost on most ocean cruises.

Unfortunately, there were hardly any that offered a priest on board….until now.  

Select International Tours, an award-winning tour operator, is offering a Danube River cruise in June 2018, with Father Leo Patalinghug (Host of EWTN “Grace before Meals”) as spiritual director and Gus and Michelle Lloyd (radio hosts of “Seize the Day” on Sirius XM).  

You can get a $100 discount when you register using code CTguide.  This cruise will fill up fast, the ship only hold 180 passengers, so don’t wait too long to sign up.  

Click here for details.

 

Relics of St Anthony of Padua available for Veneration in U.S., Canada, Australia in June

As usual, friars from the Basilica of Saint Anthony will leave Padua this June to take relics of their beloved Saint to his devotees around the world:

Three of of the Friars will accompany  some of St. Anthony’s relics to the following countries:

United States (June 9 to 18)

Canada (June 9 to 18)

Australia (June 6 to 21)

 

The friars accompanying the relics are as follows:

Fr. Alessandro Ratti will be in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,

Fr. Paolo Floretta in the Toronto area,

Fr. Louis Cenci in the Lac-Bouchette, Quebec area (mainly in French), and

Fr. Mario Conte will be in the Australian states of Adelaide, Victoria and finally in the Sydney area.

Check our Calendar of events for the month of June for dates and places for veneration.  There are still one or two dates to be determined, so check back for updates.

Sistine Chapel Choir coming to the U.S. in September 2017

The Sistine Chapel Choir (the Pope’s own choir) will be coming to the U.S. in September to perform three concerts:  New York City, Washington, DC and Detroit, Michigan. 

This is the choir’s first return visit to the U.S. in over 30 years, and tickets will probably sell out far in advance.  

Check our September calendar page for more  information.

For additional event information visit their website

Archbishop Sheen’s body to be moved to Peoria, Illinois

In a strange legal battle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s body has been in New York.  The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he was originally ordained has been fighting to have his body returned.  He was born in El Paso, Texas.

The Peoria Diocese has spearheaded a campaign for sainthood for Sheen, who became renowned as television’s first televangelist. In fact his Saturday night show in the 50’s at one time aired opposite Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra…..and he bested them both!

In the sainthood process, a custom of the canonization comes into play: the remains of a saint get buried at the site of where the sainthood petition began — in this case, Peoria.  Sheen’s remains would be interred in a marble crypt to be built near the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, where hewas ordained as a priest.

Sheen, who died at age 84 in 1979, is buried in the crypt under the sanctuary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

 

Holy Doors of Mercy Closing Soon..here is where to find one

Although Pope Francis has declared that the Year of Mercy will end November 20, 2016, some dioceses in various countries are closing their Holy Doors before that….this weekend, in fact.

You don’t want miss this unique opportunity for Catholics to obtain a plenary indulgence (provided other criteria are met)

Click here for a list of Holy Doors around the world.