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Monthly Archives: February 2010
Sunday

In the aftermath of a huge earthquake that rocked most of Chile early in the morning on Feb. 27, Redemptorists serving in the country are picking up the pieces.

Their residence in Cauquenes, about 50 kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter, was seriously damaged, and they are still assessing the damage to the church.

In Santiago, one of the steeples of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was badly damaged as were some windows and parts of the exterior.

As Father Luis Fuica, econome of the Chile province put it, "we are now in solidarity with Haiti."

Please keep our Chilean brothers and the people they serve in your prayers as they begin the long road to recovery.

Wednesday

"Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray" (Luke 9:28b).

The Transfiguration story. We hear it every year on the Second Sunday of Lent. And I’ve always liked it. It’s different. It’s a story full of light and hope. We get a glimpse of Jesus in his glory. It has nothing to do with sin or fasting or the other more serious themes of Lent. Or does it?

Read the rest here.

Each week during Lent, redemptorists.net will feature a written reflection on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. Each one will try to offer some insight into what God’s Word might mean for our Lenten journey today. New reflections will be posted on Wednesdays.

On the same page with the written reflections, you’ll find Lenten audio talks preached by Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province. This week’s topics are "Suffering" and "Prayer."

We hope these offerings will help you on your spiritual walk through Lent and lead you to a joyful Easter. May Our Mother of Perpetual Help be with us along the way.

Tuesday

Vietnamese parishioners at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Philadelphia recently rang in the Lunar New Year with a Mass and a celebration.

2010 is the Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The Redemptorists have served Visitation, which also has a large Hispanic population, for about three years.

Redemptorist Frs. Bruce Lewandowski (left), Luyen Dau, and John Olenick celebrated the Year of the Tiger with their parishioners.

2010 is the Year of the Tiger.

Parishioners staff the refreshment tables.

(Photos Courtesy: Fr. John Olenick)

Tuesday

Redemptorist Father Dennis Billy will be the speaker for the March 9 installment of a spring lecture series sponsored by the John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.

The theme of the series, which began February 18 and continues on Tuesdays during Lent, is "Faithful in Christ: The Ministry and Life of the Catholic Priest." Father Billy’s topic will be "Men of Compassion: Priests and Forgiveness."

Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is held in the Vianney Hall auditorium at St. Charles. Lectures are open to the public.

Father Billy, a Redemptorist of the Baltimore Province, has held the Krol Chair at St. Charles since 2008.

For more information call 610-785-6500.

Friday

"The Monument," written by Colleen Wagner and directed by Redemptorist Father Lenny Delgado, will be presented June 2-13 at Teatro Circulo, 64 East 4th Street, New  York, NY. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinee performances Saturday and Sunday. The play is presented by the Liguorian Players, part of the Redemptorist Evangelization Through Media & Arts (RETMA) ministry.

"The Monument" is the story of a young soldier convicted of war crimes. Stetko is the boy next door who comes from respectable parents and has gotten caught up in the political events of a war he never understood. Like the good son, the good soldier, he obeys his superiors only to find that, at the conclusion of war, he has become the scapegoat for crimes "everyone was doing." He is "rescued" by a woman from the enemy side. "The Monument" examines the paradox of a soldier today, and the ambiguities of morality and justice.

Performance times and seating are limited. For tickets, visit fabnyc.org.