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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great:  DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #8:  In addition to meeting with the sick at a parish visitation, Bishop Karol Wojtyla signaled out married couples and gave them a special blessing.   Often the parish priest would personally invite married couples to be present for the blessing. Wojtyla did this so that it would be a model for his priests in parish ministry.   He sought to show them that married couples formed the basic cell of the parish.   He stressed this point in a document in 1960, where he stated:
“Through [the sacrament of marriage], the family is created within the Church but, at the same time, the family in some measure created the Church as a living community of the people of God.   The meeting of the Bishop with married couples during the visitation of a parish is like touching this very basic bond of the human community which is shaped in the Church and which in turn shapes the Church.”

Reflection:   “Dear brothers and sisters, today our eyes behold, in the full spiritual light of the risen Christ, the beloved and revered figure of John Paul II.   Today his name is added to the host of those whom he proclaimed saints and blesseds during the almost 27 years of his pontificate, thereby forcefully emphasizing the universal vocation to the heights of the Christian life, to holiness, taught by the concilliar Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium.   All of us, as members of the people of God – bishops, priests, deacons, laity, men and women religious – are making our pilgrim way to the heavenly homeland where the Virgin Mary has preceded us, associated as she was in a unique and perfect way to the mystery of Christ and the Church.   Karol Wojtyla took part in the Second Vatican Council, first as an auxiliary Bishop and then as Archbishop of Kraków.   He was fully aware that the Council’s decision to devote the last chapter of its Constitution on the Church to Mary meant that the Mother of the Redeemer is held up as an image and model of holiness for every Christian and for the entire Church.   This was the theological vision which Blessed John Paul II discovered as a young man and subsequently maintained and deepened throughout his life.   A vision which is expressed in the scriptural image of the crucified Christ with Mary, his Mother, at his side.   This icon from the Gospel of John (19:25-27) was taken up in the episcopal and later the papal coat-of-arms of Karol Wojtyla:  a golden cross with the letter “M” on the lower right and the motto“Totus tuus”, drawn from the well-known words of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in which Karol Wojtyla found a guiding light for his life: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria – I am totally yours and all that I have is yours. I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.” Pope Benedict XVI at the Beatification CeremonyDAY EIGHT - NOVENA ST JOHN PAUL - 20 OCT 2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christand the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people. We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day 8:   “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”marriage is an act of will - st john paul - 20 oct 2017


Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of Blesseds Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa – Ugandan Martyrs

Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of Blesseds Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa – Ugandan Martyrs

“My thoughts turn first of all to the two young catechists from Uganda, Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa.   These two courageous witnesses were no more than boys when, with simplicity and faith, they shed their blood for Christ and his Church.   With youthful enthusiasm for their mission of teaching the faith to their fellow countrymen, they set out in 1918 for northern Uganda.   It was there, as evangelisation was just beginning in that region, that they chose to embrace death rather than abandon the area and forsake their duties as catechists.   Truly, in their lives and witness we can see that they were “beloved by God and chosen by him” (cf. I Thes 1,4).

Daudi and Jildo are today raised to the glory of the altar.   They are given to the entire Christian community as examples of holiness and virtue and as models and intercessors for catechists throughout the world, especially in those places where catechists still suffer for the faith, sometimes facing social marginalisation and even personal danger. May the life and witness of these two dedicated servants of the Gospel inspire many men and women – in Uganda, in Africa and elsewhere – to answer with generosity the call to be a catechist, bringing knowledge of Christ to others and strengthening the faith of those communities that have recently received the Gospel of salvation.”

(Pope John Paul II on World Mission Sunday 20 October 2002)

“These two young catechists are a shining example of fidelity to Christ, commitment to Christian living and selfless dedication to the service of neighbour.   With their hope firmly set on God and with a deep faith in Jesus’ promise to be with them always, they set out to bring the Good News of salvation to their fellow countrymen, fully accepting the difficulties and dangers that they knew awaited them.   May their witness serve to strengthen you as you seek to bear true Christian witness in every aspect of your lives. Through their intercession may the Church be an ever more effective instrument of goodness and peace in Africa and in the world. God bless Uganda.”
(Pope John Paul II to Ugandan visitors – 21 October 2002)

Blesseds Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa, Pray for Catechists, pray for us all!bls daudi and jildo pray for us - 20 oct 2017.no2

A Prayer for Catechists

Loving God, Creator of all things,

You call us to be in relationship with You and others.

Thank You for calling me to be a catechist,
for the opportunity to share with others
what You have given to me.

May all those with whom I share the gift of faith
discover how You are present in all things.

May they come to know You, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom Uou have sent.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit guide my heart and lips,
so that I may remain constant in loving and praising You.

May I be a witness to the Gospel and a minister of Your truth.
May all my words and actions reflect Your love.




Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Month of the Holy Rosary

Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Month of the Holy Rosary

“The Rosary is the prayer
that always accompanies my life:
it is also the prayer
of simple people and saints…
it is the prayer of my heart”.

“The Rosary lays before our eyes the beauty
of a simple contemplative prayer
that is accessible to everyone, great and small.”

Pope Francispope francis on the rosary - quotes - 20 oct 2017

“The rosary is a weapon against
depression and hopelessness.”

Servant of God Benedict Groeschelthe rosary is - benedict groeschel

“I am pleading with you to become apostles of the Rosary.
Promote the Rosary.
Urge the Rosary.
Teach the Rosary.
Shall I say, advertise the Rosary.
It is through the Rosary that we can bring countless souls
back to Christ from whom they have strayed.
It is through the Rosary that we can make them
lovers of Christ through the mediation of His Mother,
the Mother of Miracles since the marriage feast at Cana
even to the dawn of eternity!”

Servant of God Fr John A Hardon SJ

(Father Hardon wrote and gave this conference before His Holiness, John Paul II, issued the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae that added five more mysteries (the Luminous Mysteries) to the Rosary.)i am pleading with you - john a hardon - on the rosary - 20 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 20 October – The Memorial of Blesseds Okelo & Ir

One Minute Reflection – 20 October – The Memorial of Blesseds Okelo & Irwa

With Christ, I hang upon the cross ….Galatians 2:19

REFLECTION – “I am not afraid to die. Jesus, too, died for us!”….Blessed Daudi OkeloI am not afraid to die - bl daudi okelo - 20 oct 2017

PRAYER – God of power and mercy, You gave Blessed Okelo and Irwa, grace to overcome the sufferings of martyrdom, grant us, who celebrate their victory, that the power of Your protecting hand may keep us unshaken in the face of our ancient enemy and all his hidden snares. Blesseds Daudi and Jildo, pray for us!  Through He who died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.bls daudi and jildo pray for us - 20 oct 2017


Our Morning Offering – 20 October

Our Morning Offering – 20 October

Mary, I love you
St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Mary, I love you.
Mary, make me live in God,
with God,
and for God.
Draw me after you, holy mother.
O Mary, may your children
persevere in loving you.
Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy,
pray for me and for the departed.
Mary, holy Mother of God,
be our helper.
In every difficulty and distress,
come to our aid, O Mary.
O Queen of Heaven,
lead us to eternal life with God.
Mother of God,
remember me,
and help me always to remember you.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Pray for us,
O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray to Jesus for me.
Amenmary i love you - st philip neri

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Saint/s of the Day – 20 October – Blessed Daudi Okelo (1902 ca.-1918) and Jildo Irwa (1906 ca.-1918)

Saint/s of the Day – 20 October – Blessed Daudi Okelo (1902 ca.-1918) and Jildo Irwa (1906 ca.-1918) – Martyrs, Catechists.

The martyrs Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa were two young catechists from Uganda at the beginning of the 20th century.   They belonged to the Acholi tribe, a subdivision of the large Lwo group whose members even today live mostly in the North of Uganda but they are also present in Southern Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Congo.   They lived and were martyred in the years immediately following the foundation of the mission of Kitgum by the Comboni Missionaries in 1915.

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Daudi Okelo

Daudi Okelo was born around 1902 in Ogom-Payira, a village on the road Gulu-Kitgum. The son of pagan parents, Lodi and Amona, at 14-16 years of age he attended the instruction to receive baptism.   Baptised by Fr Cesare Gambaretto on 1 June 1916, Daudi received his first holy communion on the same day and was confirmed on 15 October 1916.   After completing his formation, Daudi accepted to be enrolled as a catechist.

At the beginning of 1917, Antonio, the catechist in charge of Paimol, died.   Daudi went to Fr Cesare, then superior at the mission of Kitgum, offering to take Antonio’s place. Daudi’s appointment came only towards the end of that year, during one of the catechists’ monthly meeting.   The young Jildo Irwa was to go with him as his assistant. Before setting off, the two of them went to Fr Cesare who informed them of the difficulties of their work, like the long travelling distance—the village was about 80 km from Kitgum—and, in particular, the frequent in-fights of the local people, instigated also by gangs of raiders and traders of slaves and gold, sporadically visiting the area.   To all this Daudi is alleged to have answered:  “I am not afraid to die. Jesus, too, died for us!”.

So around November-December 1917, with Fr Cesare’s blessing, Boniface, the head-catechist of Kitgum, accompanied Daudi and Jildo to Paimol.   Here Daudi immediately began his work by gathering children willing to take religious instruction.

At dawn he beat the drum to call his catechumens for morning prayers and, for Jildo and himself, also for the Rosary.   He taught them the prayers and the catechism’s questions and answers, repeated often in a sign-song like manner during the lesson, to facilitate the memorising.   It was a matter of teaching the first elements of faith, the so-called Lok-odiku (the words of the morning), namely the essential parts of the catechism.   To this activity Daudi added the visits to the nearby small villages from where the catechumens were coming, busy during the day in assisting their parents to look after the cattle or work in the fields.

At sunset, Daudi gave the signal for common prayer and the Rosary, always closing with a song to Our Lady.   On Sunday, he held a longer prayer service, often enlivened by the presence of catechumens and catechists of the area.

Daudi of Payira is described as young man of peaceful and shy character, diligent in his duties as a catechist and loved by all.   He never got involved in tribal or political disputes, fairly frequent at that time, as submission to the British government was often followed by ill-concealed intolerance.   In fact, due to an unhappy decision taken by the District Commissioner, there rose a serious tension.   Raiders, Muslim elements and witchdoctors took advantage of the violent situation to get rid of the new religion brought by Daudi.

During the weekend of 18-20 October 1918, long before dawn, five people headed for the hut where Daudi and Jildo were staying with the clear intention of killing them.   A village elder confronted the new comers telling them they were not allowed to kill the catechists, as they were his guests.   Daudi appeared at the door of his hut and entreated the elder not to get involved.   Then the intruders entered into Daudi’s hut and insisted with him that he gave up teaching catechism.   Realising that Daudi was not giving in to their threats, they dragged him outside, pushed him to the ground and pierced him with their spears.   He was about 16-18 years old.

His body was then left unburied until a few days later some people, tying a rope around the neck, dragged the body over a nearby empty termite hill.   The mortal remains, collected in February 1926, were later placed in the mission church of Kitgum, at the foot of the altar of the Sacred daudi okelo and Jildo Irwa.2

Jildo Irwa

Jildo Irwa was born around 1906 in the village of Bar-Kitoba, North-West of Kitgum, from pagan parents:   Ato, his mother, and Okeny, his father who later became a Christian.

He was baptised by Cesare Gambaretto on 6 June 1916, at the age of 10-12 years;  on the same day he received his first Holy Communion and was confirmed on 15 October 1916.

Father Cesare wrote about him “Jildo was much younger than Daudi. Of lively and gentle nature, like many Acholi youngsters, he was quite intelligent and occasionally acted as secretary to the vice-chief Ogal who had given hospitality in Paimol. He was of great help to Daudi in gathering the children for the instruction with his gentle way and infantile insistence.   He knew also how to entertain them with innocent village games and noisy and merry meetings. He had recently received baptism, whose grace he preserved in his heart and let it transpire by his charming behaviour”.

He had spontaneously and very willingly offered to go with Daudi to teach God’s word in Paimol.   Here he was loved by everyone because he was always available and exemplary in his duties as assistant-catechist.

On the morning of their martyrdom Jildo answered to Daudi who was warning him about a possible cruel death, “Why should we be afraid?   We have done nothing wrong to anyone; we are here only because Fr Cesare sent us to teach the word of God. Do not fear!”

He repeated the same words to those who were urging him to leave that place and his duty as assistant-catechist.   “We have done nothing wrong”, he was saying in tears “For the same reason you killed Daudi you must also kill me, because together we came here and together we have been teaching God’s word”.   Having said this, somebody grabbed him, pushed him outside the hut and, placing him at a distance of two steps, pierced him through with a spear.   Then one of them struck Jildo’s head with a knife.   He was about 12-14 years old.

bl daudi okelo and Jildo Irwa

The martyrdom of these two young catechists from Uganda is very meaningful for the current events the country is going through.   It is a matter, first of all, of two young lay catechists who together carried out and remained faithful to their assignment to spread the Gospel by words and deeds.   Furthermore, by courageously accepting to move to a place outside the influence of their own ethnic clan, they have become in their environment a sign of the catholicity and unity of the Church.   Finally, having lived during a period of tribal fights, colonial interests and still flourishing domestic slavery, they represent the integrity of a Gospel that always protects and safeguards personal dignity and promotes peace among peoples, ethnic groups and cultures.   For this, even today they are remembered in their land as Christ’s true “witnesses by blood”.bl daudi okelo and Jildo Irwa.3

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 October

St Acca of Hexham
St Adelina
St Aderald
St Aidan of Mayo
St Andrew of Crete
St Artemius Megalomartyr
St Barsabias
St Bernard of Bagnorea
St Bradan
St Caprasius of Agen
Bl Daudi Okello & Jildo Irwa
Bl Gundisalvus of Silos
St Irene
St Leopardo of Osimo
St Lucas Alonso Gorda
St Maria Bertilla Boscardin
St Martha of Cologne
St Maximus of Aquila
St Orora
St Saula of Cologne
St Sindulphus of Rheims
St Usthazanes
St Vitalis of Salzburg