for World Youth Day
The theme of the Youth Day is “We Have Come to Adore Him.”
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the World, You became man, to give
us a life in abundance. You promised to remain with Your Church
until the end of time. Then Your kingdom will come: a new heaven
and earth full of love, justice and peace.
This is our hope, our foundation. Thanks be to You. Lord, we pray:
Bless the young people around the world. Reveal Yourself to those
who are in search of You. Awake the non-believers. Strengthen the
faith of those who confess You. Let them continuously search for
You like the three Wise Men from the East. Make them architects
of a new civilization of love and witnesses of hope for the whole
world. Through them may You be with those who suffer from hunger,
war and violence. Inspire those who are contributing to the World
Youth Day 2005.
May they serve Your kingdom with the power of their faith and their
love and may they welcome their brothers and sisters from all over
the world with open hearts. Lord, You gave us Mary as our mother.
Let her be our advocate for this World Youth Day. May it become
a celebration of faith. Bless Your Church with new strength in these
days, so that it can become a credible witness for You.
We ask this through our Lord and God, living in the unity of the
Father and the Holy Spirit, reigning forever and ever. Amen.
JOHN PAUL II SPEAKS TO THE YOUTH - REJECT THE EVILS OF SEX AND PLEASURE
Pope John Paul II exhorted youth to follow a path of chastity, saying
that human beings are "not fulfilled by following the impulses
Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old from Nettuno, a town south of Rome,
died July 6, 1902, after trying to fend off an attack by Alessandro
Serenelli, who tried to rape her. At her canonization on June 24,
1950, Pope Pius XII described her as a “little and gentle
martyr of purity.”
"St. Maria Goretti is an example to the new generation...’
Her martyrdom reminds us that a human being is not fulfilled by
following the impulses of pleasure but by living life in love and
responsibility," he said."Don't allow the culture of having
and of pleasure to lull your consciences to sleep," he advised
the young. "Be alert and vigilant guards."
Model of Holiness
“May St. Maria Goretti help all young people to experience
the beauty and joy of the evangelical beatitude: ‘Blessed
are the pure of heart, for they shall see God,’” he
said. “Purity of heart, like every virtue, calls for daily
training of the will and constant interior discipline. It requires,
above all, assiduous recourse to God in prayer.” -
Pope John Paul II
am only a youth (Jeremiah
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet
to the nations." 6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold,
I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." 7 But the
LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a youth'; for to all
to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you
shall speak. 8* Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver
you, says the LORD."
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?