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Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1 Is 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R. (see John 8:12) Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord will come; go out to meet him!
He is the prince of peace.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 11:16-19

Jesus said to the crowds:
"To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
'He is possessed by a demon.'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'
But wisdom is vindicated by her works."
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Memoria de San Juan de la Cruz, presbítero y doctor de la Iglesia

Primera lectura

Is 48, 17-19
Esto dice el Señor, tu redentor,
el Dios de Israel:

"Yo soy el Señor, tu Dios,
el que te instruye en lo que es provechoso,
el que te guía por el camino que debes seguir.
¡Ojalá hubieras obedecido mis mandatos!
Sería tu paz como un río
y tu justicia, como las olas del mar.

Tu descendencia sería como la arena
y como granos de arena, los frutos de tus entrañas.
Nunca tu nombre hubiera sido borrado
ni arrancado de mi presencia".


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 1, 1-2. 3. 4 y 6
R. Dichoso el hombre que confía en el Señor.
Dichoso aquel que no se sigue
por mundanos criterios,
que no anda en malos pasos
ni se burla del bueno,
que ama la ley de Dios
y se goza en cumplir sus mandamientos.
R. Dichoso el hombre que confía en el Señor.
Es como un árbol plantado junto al río,
que da fruto a su tiempo
y nunca se marchita.
en todo tendrá éxito.
R. Dichoso el hombre que confía en el Señor.
En cambio los malvados
serán como la paja barrida por el viento.
Porque el Señor protege el camino delo justo
y al malo sus caminos acaban por perderlo.
R. Dichoso el hombre que confía en el Señor.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio


R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Ya viene el Señor, salgamos a su encuentro;
él es el príncipe de la paz.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mt 11, 16-19
En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo: "¿Con qué podré comparar a esta gente? Es semejante a los niños que se sientan en las plazas y se vuelven a sus compañeros para gritarles: 'Tocamos la flauta y no han bailado; cantamos canciones tristes y no han llorado'.

Porque vino Juan, que ni comía ni bebía, y dijeron: 'Tiene un demonio'. Viene el Hijo del hombre, y dicen: 'Ése es un glotón y un borracho, amigo de publicanos y gente de mal vivir'. Pero la sabiduría de Dios se justifica a sí misma por sus obras".

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.

U.S. Bishops Approve $1 Million in Funding for Leadership Development and Pastoral Support in Africa

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has approved 33 grants totaling $1 million in funding to support pastoral projects for episcopal conferences and dioceses across the African continent. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 11 in Baltimore.

Projects slated to receive funding through the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa include the following:

● Strengthening the availability and accessibility of Natural Family Planning services in Uganda
● Creation of a continent-wide platform of Catholic student action movements, through the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)
● Ongoing leadership and child-protection formation of local clergy in Zambia
● Integration of Catholic social teaching during priestly formation in the African Great Lakes region

"The Solidarity Fund enriches the Church in both Africa and the United States by building relationships of mutual solidarity through pastoral support for our sisters and brothers in Africa,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, of Newark, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa. “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the faithful who give generously to the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa and who continue to pray for our universal Church."

The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa oversees the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Solidarity Fund, which is a voluntary collection, as pastoral grants to episcopal conferences and their regional associations in Africa. To learn more about the work of the Subcommittee visit www.usccb.org/africa.
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, Solidarity Fund, Committee on National Collections, Natural Family Planning, Uganda, Zambia, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa, Madagascar.

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U.S. Bishops Approve $4 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America, Including Funding for Youth Ministry, Catechesis and Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded over $3.2 milllion in funding for 173 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $800,000 toward seven grants for recovery and reconstruction projects in areas devastated by earthquakes in Haiti and Mexico and Hurricanes Matthew, Maria, and Irma. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 10, 2018, in Baltimore.

The Subcommittee approved funding for several projects in many countries of the region. For example, projects supporting lay formation and leadership were funded in Cuba and Ecuador; evangelization and catechesis projects were supported in Uruguay and El Salvador. Other projects were funded to support to indigenous populations in Brazil and Venezuela.

The Subcommittee also approved grants to support youth ministry and travel for delegates from various Latin American countries, including Haiti, Peru and Cuba, to participate in World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, January 22-27, 2019.

“The Collection for the Church in America has an immeasurable impact on people throughout the region, particularly among the most vulnerable,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Chairman for the Committee on National Collections. “I sincerely thank the Catholics of the United States for their generosity to, and solidarity with, our sisters and brothers in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Pastoral grants are funded by the annual Collection for the Church in Latin America, taken in many dioceses across the United States on the fourth Sunday in January. The emergency and reconstruction grants were awarded from various special collections called by the USCCB.

The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Collection for the Church in Latin America as grants across Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the many grants it funds, the latest list of the approved projects, as well as resources to promote it across the country, can be found at www.usccb.org/latin-america.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, Caribbean, Haiti, Mexico, Hurricanes Matthew, Maria, Irma, Peru, Cuba, World Youth Day, Panama.
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Memoria de Santa Lucia, virgen y mártir

Primera lectura

Is 41, 13-20
"Yo, el Señor, te tengo asido por la diestra
y yo mismo soy el que te ayuda.
No temas, gusanito de Jacob,
descendiente de Israel,
que soy yo, dice el Señor,
el que te ayuda;
tu redentor es el Dios de Israel.

Mira: te he convertido en rastrillo nuevo de dientes dobles;
triturarás y pulverizarás los montes,
convertirás en paja menuda las colinas.
Las aventarás y se irán con el viento
y el torbellino las dispersará.
Tú, en cambio, te regocijarás en el Señor,
te gloriarás en el Dios de Israel.

Los miserables y los pobres buscan agua, pero es en vano;
tienen la lengua reseca por la sed.
Pero yo, el Señor, les daré una respuesta;
yo, el Dios de Israel, no los abandonaré.
Haré que broten ríos en las cumbres áridas
y fuentes en medio de los valles;
transformaré el desierto en estanque
y el yermo, en manantiales.

Pondré en el desierto cedros,
acacias, mirtos y olivos;
plantaré juncos en la estepa,
cipreses, oyameles y olmos;
para que todos vean y conozcan,
adviertan y entiendan de una vez por todas,
que es la mano del Señor la que hace esto,
que es el Señor de Israel quien lo crea".


Salmo Responsorial

Sal 144, 1 y 9. 10-11. 12-13ab
R.(8) Bueno es el Señor para con todos.
Dios y rey mío, yo te alabaré,
bendeciré tu nombre siempre y para siempre.
Bueno es el Señor para con todos
y su amor se extiende a todas sus creaturas.
R. Bueno es el Señor para con todos.
Que te alaben, Señor, todas tus obras
y que todos tus fieles te bendigan.
Que proclamen la gloria de tu reino
y den a conocer tus maravillas.
R. Bueno es el Señor para con todos.
Que muestren a los hombres tus proezas,
el esplendor y la gloria de tu reino.
Tu reino, Señor, es para siempre
y tu imperio, por todas las generaciones.
R. Bueno es el Señor para con todos.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio


R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Dejen, cielos, caer su rocío
y que las nubes lluevan al Justo;
que la tierra se abra
y haga germinar al Salvador.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mt 11, 11-15
En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a la gente: "Yo les aseguro que no ha surgido entre los hijos de una mujer ninguno más grande que Juan el Bautista. Sin embargo, el más pequeño en el Reino de los cielos, es todavía más grande que él.

Desde los días de Juan el Bautista hasta ahora, el Reino de los cielos exige esfuerzo, y los esforzados lo conquistarán. Porque todos los profetas y la ley profetizaron, hasta Juan; y si quieren creerlo, él es Elías, el que habría de venir. El que tenga oídos que oiga".

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.

Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Reading 1 Is 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, "Fear not,
I will help you."
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
I will plant in the desert the cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress,
together with the plane tree and the pine,
That all may see and know,
observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab

R. (8) The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
Let them make known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.

Alleluia See Is 45:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let the clouds rain down the Just One,
and the earth bring forth a Savior.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 11:11-15

Jesus said to the crowds:
"Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
From the days of John the Baptist until now,
the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence,
and the violent are taking it by force.
All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John.
And if you are willing to accept it,
he is Elijah, the one who is to come.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

U.S. Bishops Approve $4 Million in Aid for Ministries in Central and Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved $4 million in funding for 143 projects at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 11, 2018, in Baltimore.

Central and Eastern Europe projects receiving funding include:

● Charitable support for single mothers in areas of Armenia experiencing high emigration rates of men. Through Armenian Caritas, mothers and children in need will receive food, hygienic items, school supplies, fuel, medicine, and other necessities.
● The construction of a rehabilitation center in Georgia to provide services to children, people with disabilities, and others living in poverty. The center, which will be managed by the Georgian branches of the Camillians and the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Christiana, will offer rehabilitation, mental health, and speech therapy services to the people of South Georgia and northern Armenia.
● Financial support to help young people from Latvia participate in World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, in January 2019.
● Translation of Papal encyclicals and other important Catholic social teaching documents into modern Ukrainian, many for the first time. The translated documents will be published in both printed and electronic format and presented through a series of workshops in different areas of Ukraine.
● Support for the development of the most rapidly growing seminary in Eastern Europe in Kyiv, Ukraine, where the number of seminarians has increased from 39 to 79 in the last five years.

“Our support for the Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union helps rebuild and restore the faith where people continue to feel the repercussions of decades of communism and oppression,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Chairman of the Committee on National Collections.

The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church in these places. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects.

Grants are funded by the annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. The national date for this collection is Ash Wednesday, although dioceses may take it up on different dates. The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. More information about the collection and who it supports can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Armenia, Armenian Caritas, Camillians, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Christiana, Ukraine, World Youth Day, Papal encyclicals.
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Fiesta de la Bienaventurada Virgen María de Guadalupe

Primera lectura

Za 2, 14-17
"Canta de gozo y regocíjate, Jerusalén,
pues vengo a vivir en medio de ti, dice el Señor.
Muchas naciones se unirán al Señor en aquel día;
ellas también serán mi pueblo
y yo habitaré en medio de ti
y sabrás que el Señor de los ejércitos
me ha enviado a ti.
El Señor tomará nuevamente a Judá
como su propiedad personal en la tierra santa
y Jerusalén volverá a ser la ciudad elegida".

¡Que todos guarden silencio ante el Señor,
pues él se levanta ya de su santa morada!

O bien:

Ap 11, 19; 12, 1-6. 10

Se abrió el templo de Dios en el cielo y dentro de él se vio el arca de la alianza. Apareció entonces en el cielo una figura prodigiosa: una mujer envuelta por el sol, con la luna bajo sus pies y con una corona de doce estrellas en la cabeza. Estaba encinta y a punto de dar a luz y gemía con los dolores del parto.

Pero apareció también en el cielo otra figura: un enorme dragón, color de fuego, con siete cabezas y diez cuernos, y una corona en cada una de sus siete cabezas. Con su cola barrió la tercera parte de las estrellas del cielo y las arrojó sobre la tierra. Después se detuvo delante de la mujer que iba a dar a luz, para devorar a su hijo, en cuanto éste naciera. La mujer dio a luz un hijo varón, destinado a gobernar todas las naciones con cetro de hierro; y su hijo fue llevado hasta Dios y hasta su trono. Y la mujer huyó al desierto, a un lugar preparado por Dios.

Entonces oí en el cielo una voz poderosa, que decía: "Ha sonado la hora de la victoria de nuestro Dios, de su dominio y de su reinado, y del poder de su Mesías".


Salmo Responsorial

Jdt 13, 18bcde. 19
R. (15, 9d) Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.
Que el Altísimo te bendiga,
más que a todas las mujeres de la tierra.
Bendito sea el Señor, creador de cielo y la tierra.
R.  Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.
Hoy el Señor te ha engrandecido tanto,
que no dejarán de alabarte aquellos hombres
que se acuerdan en la tierra del poder de Dios.
R.  Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio


R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Dichosa tú, santísima Virgen María,
y digna de toda alabanza,
porque de ti nació el sol de justicia,
Jesucristo, nuestro Dios.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 1, 26-38
En aquel tiempo, el ángel Gabriel fue enviado por Dios a una ciudad de Galilea, llamada Nazaret, a una virgen desposada con un varón de la estirpe de David, llamado José. La virgen se llamaba María.

Entró el ángel a donde ella estaba y le dijo: "Alégrate, llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo". Al oír estas palabras, ella se preocupó mucho y se preguntaba qué querría decir semejante saludo.

El ángel le dijo: "No temas, María, porque has hallado gracia ante Dios. Vas a concebir y a dar a luz un hijo y le pondrás por nombre Jesús. Él será grande y será llamado Hijo del Altísimo; el Señor Dios le dará el trono de David, su padre, y él reinará sobre la casa de Jacob por los siglos y su reinado no tendrá fin".

María le dijo entonces al ángel: "¿Cómo podrá ser esto, puesto que yo permanezco virgen?" El ángel le contestó: "El Espíritu Santo descenderá sobre ti y el poder del Altísimo te cubrirá con su sombra. Por eso, el Santo, que va a nacer de ti, será llamado Hijo de Dios. Ahí tienes a tu parienta Isabel, que a pesar de su vejez, ha concebido un hijo y ya va en el sexto mes la que llamaban estéril, porque no hay nada imposible para Dios". María contestó: "Yo soy la esclava del Señor; cúmplase en mí lo que me has dicho". Y el ángel se retiró de su presencia.


O bien:

Lc 1, 39-48
En aquellos días, María se encaminó presurosa a un pueblo de las montañas de Judea, y entrando en la casa de Zacarías, saludó a Isabel. En cuanto ésta oyó el saludo de María, la creatura saltó en su seno.

Entonces Isabel quedó llena del Espíritu Santo, y levantando la voz, exclamó: "¡Bendita tú entre las mujeres y bendito el fruto de tu vientre! ¿Quién soy yo, para que la Madre de mi Señor venga a verme? Apenas llegó tu saludo a mis oídos, el niño saltó de gozo en mi seno. Dichosa tú, que has creído, porque se cumplirá cuanto te fue anunciado de parte del Señor".

Entonces dijo María: "Mi alma glorifica al Señor y mi espíritu se llena de júbilo en Dios, mi Salvador, porque puso sus ojos en la humildad de su esclava".

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab


God's temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed."

Responsorial Psalm Judith 13:18bcde, 19

R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.

or Lk 1:39-47


Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."

And Mary said:

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior."
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U.S. Bishops Approve $9.5 Million in Grants to U.S. Mission Dioceses and Eparchies, Including Funding for Youth Ministry, Seminarian Formation and Outreach to Migrants

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions approved $9.5 million in grants to assist 79 dioceses and eparchies at the subcommittee's meeting October 9-10, in Spokane, Washington.

“Many dioceses and eparchies throughout the United States cannot provide basic pastoral services without outside assistance. Through the generosity of Catholics to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, we can help strengthen the Church here at home,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Chairman for the Committee on National Collections.

Subcommittee grants assist dioceses and eparchies that would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources. Catholic Home Missions funding supports various pastoral programs, including religious education and youth ministry, priestly and religious formation, prison ministries, and lay ministry training.

Projects approved for funding include the following:

● Migrant Ministry in the Diocese of Stockton, California, to provide pastoral care and evangelization to thousands of farmworkers and their families.
● Seminarian Education and Formation in the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, to develop vocations, provide personal assistance with discernment, and support current seminarians as they prepare for ordained ministry.
● Mission and Ministry Fund in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, to help rural and mountain parishes develop their missionary presence and action in Appalachian Kentucky.
● Young Adult Ministry/Community College Outreach in the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, to extend outreach ministries to young people between the ages of 18-39 through events, mission trips, and other programs for prayer and fellowship.
● Manua Mission in the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, American Samoa, to provide missionary services and pastoral support to children and families who are isolated from the main island of Tutuila and live in the outlying islands of Manua.

The Subcommittee’s grants are funded by donations to an annual collection, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions oversees the Catholic Home Missions Appeal as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. The national date for the annual appeal is the fourth Sunday in April.
More information on Catholic Home Missions can be found online at www.usccb.org/home-missions.

 

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, Spokane, Catholic Home Missions Appeal, Migrant Ministry, Diocese of Stockton, Seminarian Education and Formation, Diocese of Amarillo, Mission and Ministry Fund, Diocese of Lexington, Young Adult Ministry/Community College Outreach, Diocese of Dodge City, Manua Mission, Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, American Samoa.  

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