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Hosting Jesus

Luke 19: 1-10
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus was in Jericho and was passing through the town. Everybody wanted to see Him. One can imagine the crowds as they crammed every space. There was a little rich man, the chief tax collector whose name was Zacchaeus, who had the opportunity of personal gain through unjust means but he too wanted to see Jesus! Zacchaeus was short in stature and could not see over the crowds gathered around Jesus, so he perched atop a sycamore tree hoping to catch at least a small glimpse of Jesus as he passed through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. As he drew closer, Jesus looked up noticing the little rich man and said to him: “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5). The rich man hurried down with joy to go ahead to prepare to host Jesus.

Upon hearing this exchange between Jesus and Zacchaeus, the crowds began murmuring about Jesus’ habit of spending time and dining with sinners. Typical of Jesus!

In Luke’s Gospel the f…

New Socius for the Provinces of the Iberian Peninsula

Continue to pray for the Chilean miners and their families

Special focus: Capital Punishment

Dominicans in the Synod of Bishops on the Church in the Middle East

Dominicans of the Caribbean: Final Profession of Dominican Sister

St. Louis Bertrand

October 9
Friar and Priest

St. Louis was born in Valencia, spain, on January 1, 1526, and in 1544 entered the Order against the wishes of his parents. He came to so exemplify the ideals of Dominican life that he was appointed master of novices. Combining an austere life with zeal for spreading the gospel, he asked to be sent to the fartheast parts of the Americas and in 1562 was sent to what is now Colombia. He was given the gift of communicating with the Indians in their own tongues and withn the encouragement of Bartolomeo de Las Casas defended their rights against the Spanish conquerors.
He returned to Spain in 1569 and again assumed the position of master of novices. He died at Valencia on October 9, 1581. St. Louis is the patron of novitiates and formation personnel.

Blessed Matthew Carreri

October 8
Friar and Priest

Blessed Matthew was born at Mantua, Italy, around 1420 and entered the Order there in 1440. His life was maked by assiduous paryer, severe penance and an exact fidelity to regular observance, all of which prepared him for a life of apostolic preaching. So great was his charity that he once offered to deliver himself into slavery in order to rescue a mother and her daughter capture by pirates. Throughout his life Blessed Matthew labored to promote regular observance in the Order. He died at Vigevano on October 5, 1470.

Blessed Ambrose Sansedone

October 8
Friar and Priest

Blessed Amborse was born at Siena, Italy, in 1220 and enter the Order there in 1237. Together with St. Thomas Aquinas and Peter of Tarentaise (Pope Innocent V)he studied at Paris and Coloogne under St. Albert the Great and he and Thomas began to teach at Cologne under Albert's guidance. In addition to teaching and preaching he was often involved in diplomatic missions for both popes and monarchs. In the midst of this activity he was able to maintain a contemplative prayer life. He died at Siena on March 20,1287. His commemoration falls on the anniversary of the confirmation of his cult by Gregory XV on October 8, 1622.

Find Out God's Will For Your Life.

The Dominican Community of Holy Cross cordially invite ona and all to "find out God's Will for your" This would be held on Saturday, November 27th 2010 from 9:am to 11:00am. Come with an open mind and heart to listen to God's will for your life. For more information call 868 781 5865.


Once more we have celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th, even as we observe Rosary Month during October. In 2002, John Paul II enriched our Rosary prayer with the Luminous Mysteries or the Mysteries of Light, emphasizing more than ever that the Rosary is a prayer meditation on the life of Christ. It is always to JESUS through Mary. All true devotion to Mary leads the devotee to her Son.

We have seen different forms of the Rosary becoming more popular. The Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary of Liberation and the Rosary for the Dead are all popular forms of prayer which see the beads as a means to an end. Some of these are of very recent vintage. The Divine Mercy chaplet of St. Faustina originated in her colloquies with the Lord in the 1930s. The Rosary of Liberation is a composition of the Brazilian Regis Castro in the 1980s. They have become substitutes for the traditional Dominican form of the Rosary which became central to the devotion…

Final Profession of Dominican Sister

Homily at the Mass of the Opening of the Study Year

The Dominican Order - 1964 vocation film excerpts

Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7
Our Lady of the Rosary

From its beginning the Order of Preachers has shown special honor and devotion Mary, Mother of God. The Rosary, which places before us the chief mysteries of the life, passion and resurrection of our Savior, has been one of the chief ways in which the Order has expressed this devotion. Our brother, Alan de La Roche (1428-1478) helped to define the structure of the Rosary and zealously promoted its recitation. At Douai in 1470 he established the first Rosary Confraternity. In 1476 our brother Jacob Sprenger established at cologne the firsy such Confraternity which had papal approval. Pope Saint Pius V gave the Rosary definitive from in is bull Consueverunt Romani Pontificis (September 17, 1569).

Today's feast commemorates the great naval victory won by christian forces over the Truks at Lepanto on Sunday, October 7, 1571. Pope Saint Pius V decreed that a fest in honor of Our Lady of Victories be celebrated each year on that day. His successor, Gre…

Blessed Bartolo Longo

October 6
Blessed Bartolo Longo
Lay Dominican

Bartolo Longo was born in Naples in 1841 and obtained his degree in civil law at the University there. Faith was weak in the intellectual circles of the the time and Bartolo had wavered in his own faith,even to the point of dabbling in spiritualism. He was converted through the work of Fr. Alberto Radente, O.P., and in 1872 became a Tertiary with the name Rosario. called to promote the Rosary by divine intervention he was responsible for building the Sanctuary of our Lady of Pompeii (1876) as well as founding of a congregation of sisters, the Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Pomperii (1877). He was zealous not only in promoting devotion of our Lady, but also in works of social justice. He died at Pompeii on October 6, 1926.

A Model for Mothers and Religious Alike

Sunday Beatification for Woman Who Lost Husband, 6 Children

By Carmen Elena Villa

ROME, SEPT. 30, 2010 ( "If a happy person has existed in life, it is I," Mother Anna Maria Adorni affirmed, despite having suffered the death of her husband and her six children.

Mother Adorni (1805-1893), who at 52 founded the Congregation of Handmaidens of Blessed Mary Immaculate and of the Institute of the Good Shepherd, will be beatified this Sunday in Parma, Italy. Benedict XVI will be represented at the ceremony by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

Xaverian Missionary Father Guglielmo Camera, postulator of her cause of beatification, told ZENIT that the future blessed is a model of a "young Christian, wife, mother and founder."

"It's very original that one person can be a model for several states of life," he said.

Anna Maria Adorni was born and grew up in the town of Fivizziano, in the province of Massa and Carrara …

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Dominican Vocation: different aspects of our life

Sr. Abbott OP recieves Final Profession

A Dominican sister of St Catherine of Siena, Sr. Aluna Abbott OP, received final profession today 2nd October, 2010 at her home parish St. John the Evangelist RC Church Diego Martin and a reception in her honor was held at the Marian Hall Holy Name Convent Port Of Spain, Trinidad.

In the homily of this celebration Archbishop Gilbert Congratulated Sr. Abbott on this milestone event. This profession is a show of gradual up-building of vocation in the archdiocese.

For the Religious is the sign of God's presence on earth. This is done thought their vows(poverty, chastity, and obedience)while living as it dictated through their constitution. This constitutional frame work sets the stage also for the community life of the group.

Religious life, he added, is a radical way living our baptism promise. This radicality calls one into a deep sense of radical commitment. His is why for him out of the three vows obedience is the hardness of all because it means that one has giving up their freedo…

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