The Holy oils with which parishioners Jerianne Griffin and Korrie Spikes will be confirmed on May 29 were blessed in the so called Chrism Mass on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 15, 2014 by Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer in the Cathedral of St. John in Savannah, Georgia. Here is the diocese's own transmission of that Mass:
On Sunday, May 11, 2014 the First Communion Class will crown the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This "May Crowning" has been done in many lands in different ways for many centuries.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI asked Catholics the world over to add a new layer of meaning to the Month of Mary. In the document "The Month of May", published during the last session of the Second Vatican Council, the Pope asked that the May Crownings and the gift of flowers to the Virgin Mary be an opportunity for increased prayer
1) for the effectiveness of Vatican II in renewing the whole Church, and
2) for peace throughout the world.
When the Council is finished, wrote the Pope, it must still be implemented. This requires that it be understood, accepted and bear "tangible, salutary fruit." It is a "weighty proposition," the Pope wrote, for the Catholic Church to renew itself, and the Council's implementation will determine the history of the Church. Without the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven, it is hard to imagine the Council's reforms succeeding.
We have survived two World Wars, wrote the Pope, but this has not led to world peace. Instead, new wars seem to threaten every day. We need the intercession of the Queen of Peace to help people turn away from sin and take the path of justice which alone leads to peace.
"You should know that we are particularly relying on the prayers of children," Pope Paul added, not only because they are the Church of tomorrow, but because even today their innocence is the voice of truth and "their pleas have special power to penetrate heaven and soften God's justice."
Here is Vatican Television's upload of the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (3:38:23) This edited broadcast starts in a beautiful French and becomes wonderfully multilingual, well expressing the catholicity of the Church.
Here is Vatican Television's transmission of the Mass of Easter Morning at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis presiding:
St. Francis of Assisi loved all of God's creation, he knew that every creature - animate or inanimate - was his brother and sister. Now he intercedes in heaven to assist those who would protect God's creation.
Even today, those inspired by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi speak of the three elements of Franciscan spirituality: love for peace, justice and care of God's creation. Franciscans from around the world, in cooperation with many other Catholics and believers of other faiths, have developed the Catholic Climate Covenant. (Info at www.catholicclimatecovenant.org)
On this Earth Day 2014
The online parish bulletin and message board of Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, Darien, Georgia, USA