Holy communion – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:26:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T154232.929.png Holy communion – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ 32 32 Cardinal in Mali Expresses Solidarity with Family of Missing Catholic Missionary Priest https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/cardinal-in-mali-expresses-solidarity-with-family-of-missing-catholic-missionary-priest/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:26:38 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/cardinal-in-mali-expresses-solidarity-with-family-of-missing-catholic-missionary-priest/ “At the end of the evening, his colleagues noticed his absence”, says Cardinal Zerbo, and adds in reference to the German priest: “His gray Peugeot Partner car had been parked in front of the house since the morning, but his telephone was still ringing. This prolonged absence made them think of a kidnapping and led […]]]>

“At the end of the evening, his colleagues noticed his absence”, says Cardinal Zerbo, and adds in reference to the German priest: “His gray Peugeot Partner car had been parked in front of the house since the morning, but his telephone was still ringing. This prolonged absence made them think of a kidnapping and led them to contact the police of the 5th arrondissement.

Members of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), in a report of Tuesday, November 22, confirmed the kidnapping of Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre, and expressed their fears that the fate of their confrere is still unknown.

“We know that the police have started looking for Fr. Hans-Joachim, but at the moment it is not yet known whether and which group may have kidnapped him,” the missionaries reportedly said in the newspaper. Report of Fides Agency.

Known locally as “Ha-Jo”, Fr. Hans-Joachim, 65, has lived in Mali for more than 30 years, according to the report.

Pr. Hans Joachim, known as Cardinal Zerbo, is the head of the Faith and Encounter Center and a professor at the Institute of Islamic-Christian Formation (IFIC).

“He is also the National Secretary of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue,” the Malian Cardinal says in his message shared with ACI Africa on November 23.

He implores: “May Our Lady of Mali intercede for him, for us and for all kidnapped and detained not only in Mali, but throughout the world”.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Moi University Kenya. Agnès is currently a journalist for ACI Africa.

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Celebrating 150 years of Spiritans in the United States https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/celebrating-150-years-of-spiritans-in-the-united-states/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:47:32 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/celebrating-150-years-of-spiritans-in-the-united-states/ The charism of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit had a huge impacton the Black Catholic communities of Lake Charles This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Diocese of Lake Charles LAKE CHARLES — The Catholic churches of the Communities of the Sacred Heart of Jesus […]]]>

The charism of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit had a huge impact
on the Black Catholic communities of Lake Charles

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LAKE CHARLES — The Catholic churches of the Communities of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary owe much of their beginnings to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, better known as the Spiritans or Fathers of the Holy Spirit, whose the mission is to evangelize and educate the poor and marginalized. in the whole world.


A framed painting of the “Little Red Schoolhouse” was
presented to Father Michael Grey, CSSp., as a keepsake
of his five years of service as a priest of the Holy Spirit in
Southwest Louisiana. Roxanne Boxie, a parishioner from
the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, made the
presentation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic
Church Founders Hall on November 16, 2022.
(Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Parishioners from both churches had a chance to reminisce about those early days when a group of Spiritans visited Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on November 16 as part of the 150e anniversary of the ministry in the United States.

The tour was the first stop on a pilgrimage to several African-American parishes and schools in Louisiana founded by the Fathers of the Holy Spirit in partnership with Saint Katharine Drexel and her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

When the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was founded in 1919, Father Anthony J. Hackett, CSSp., Priest of the Holy Spirit, was appointed as its first pastor. Other Holy Spirit priests would follow, with up to six in residence at a time, working hard to stabilize the parish and offer spiritual guidance.

Rev. Michael Grey, CSSp, priest of the Congregation of
Holy Spirit, present a medallion to current pastors
of the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Rev. Rommel
Tolentino, right) and the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(Rev. Joby Mathew, HGN) during a visit to the Diocese
of Lake Charles on November 16.
(Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Reverend Michael Grey, CSSp., was among the guests at the luncheon hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary in Founders’ Hall. Now residing in Houston and serving as director of development for the Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement, Father Gray has fond memories of his assignment at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church between 1978 and 1983.

“I was ordained a deacon by Bishop Harold Perry to serve in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and later as a priest,” Father Gray said, grateful to return to his roots. “The warmth and love I felt here helped me learn what it meant to be a priest. I received a solid foundation in a young, very dynamic black Catholic church.

Father Gray said he owed everything to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.

“It helped me in my early formative years as a priest to be with regular workers. I encountered a spirited Louisiana Catholic experience of my faith, especially with African American tones” , said Gray. “It was a very welcoming experience with the families.

Deacon Edward Lavine, of the Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus
Church in Lake Charles, delivers opening remarks at a
lunch at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Founders’ Hall on November 16. The celebration was in
the honor of the 150th anniversary of the Congregation of the
Fathers of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) who once served
Black communities of Lake Charles.
(Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Black Catholics have played a vital role in the history and traditions of Christianity. Among them was Saint Katharine Drexel who was instrumental in opening the Sacred Heart of Jesus/Saint Katharine Drexel School in Lake Charles in 1908. She also founded Xavier University in New Orleans in 1925 , the first Catholic university in the United States for African Americans.

Saint Katharine supported, funded and encouraged the Spiritans in their work among African Americans and Native Americans.

In a luncheon address, Sacred Heart parishioner Charles Honoré reminded those present of the comments once made by Bishop Glen John Provost: “All that we have here at Sacred Heart and in other Lake Charles parishes, including Immaculate Heart, began with two women. One was Katharine Drexel who was canonized as a saint. The other was Eleanor Figaro, who should be canonized as a saint.

Miss Figaro arrived in 1908 to serve as the first teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School in a building known as Green’s Hall on the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Mill Street. Six students prepared for their first communion in the first year of Miss Figaro.

With financial assistance from Mother Katharine Drexel, land was purchased and a school was erected in 1910 on Louisiana Avenue and Pine Street. Volunteers built what was called the “little red school”. Miss Figaro shared her heart for the Catholic faith with students for 43 years.

Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Shirley Green and Sacred Heart’s Dr. Ina Delahoussaye both shared memories. Mrs. Green recalled how the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament taught with authority.

“At Sacred Heart, we were disciplined and the sisters believed in corporal punishment, and our parents were okay with that,” Green said. “Most importantly, they educated us, especially in religion. I also remember the Holy Spirit Fathers and am grateful for all they taught us and did for us.”

The Fathers of the Holy Spirit were known for their civic-mindedness, Dr Delahoussaye said.

“They supported education for all children and faith formation in all parishes of the church,” she said. “Father Louis Perreault was like a gift from heaven descended on my family. He played volleyball, baseball, picked blackberries and picked cherries from the trees in our country house. We liked it. He often celebrated mass in our den.

Delahoussaye went on to say that Father Perreault regularly worked in the kitchen with the ladies making popcorn balls, sweet potato pies and dinners for bazaars.

“He worked with the men in the cemetery to collect the grass and clean up. This is what the Fathers of the Holy Spirit do. They mingle with people and just bring God,” Dr Delahoussaye said. “They did exactly what Jesus Christ did. He did his job in the community. We have benefited from this work at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

The priests of the Holy Spirit have inspired many parishioners to pursue faith-based vocations – bishops, priests, nuns, deacons, religious educators, altar servers, musicians, to name a few.

Vocations encouraged inside Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish include Bishop Harold Perry, SVD, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans; Bishop Leonard Olivier, SVD, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC; the Reverend Robert Boxie III; Reverend Louis Verlin LeDoux, SVD, and his brother, Reverend Jerome LeDoux, SVD Bishop Perry was the first African-American bishop appointed in the United States in the 20e century.

Three Sacred Heart Deacons now serve in the Diocese of Lake Charles – Deacon Edward Lavine and Deacon Erroll Deville, both assigned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and Deacon Harold Nixon, assigned to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.

“The parishioners of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are touched by the service supervised by the Congregation of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit. If you want leaders among you, it is the Fathers of the Holy Spirit,” Delahoussaye said.

A framed painting of the “Little Red Schoolhouse” by artist Eddie Mormon was presented to Father Gray in remembrance of his years of service as a priest of the Holy Spirit in southwest Louisiana.

Before continuing their pilgrimage to Carencro, Opelousas and Iberville, the group of Spiritans feasted on a delicious southern meal of chicken and sausage gumbo, fried fish, crayfish stew, bread budding and homemade pralines.

The celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Spiritans has been underway since January 2022 and will continue until Pentecost 2023. Read more about https://spiritans.org/.

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Berks County churches schedule Thanksgiving Eve services https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/berks-county-churches-schedule-thanksgiving-eve-services/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:00:44 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/berks-county-churches-schedule-thanksgiving-eve-services/ Editor’s Note: As of December 3, to be listed in the Religious Summary, there must be something significant in worship, such as special music or a guest speaker. We will continue to list events such as concerts, conferences, food sales or other fundraisers, Bible studies or prayer services that fall on a day other than […]]]>

Editor’s Note: As of December 3, to be listed in the Religious Summary, there must be something significant in worship, such as special music or a guest speaker. We will continue to list events such as concerts, conferences, food sales or other fundraisers, Bible studies or prayer services that fall on a day other than Sunday. We will not simply indicate the time at which a service takes place.

• St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Molltown, 219 Maidencreek Road, Richmond Township, will feature music by Linda and Mike Hertzog at its Thanksgiving Eve service Wednesday at 7 p.m.

• The United Church of Christ in Robesonia will worship at 301 W. Penn Ave. at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, via YouTube, in person, Facebook and phone. The choir of bells will ring during the service. St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar will take place today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bible study will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. via Zoom and hybrid at 6:30 p.m. Plarn session is Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. There will be a Thanksgiving Eve service. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. with a combined choir from St. Daniel’s, St. Paul’s and Zion. The children’s cloakroom is open by appointment. Call the church office at 610-621-5770. Details are available at 1zion.org and sprucc.org.

• The Lutheran Reformation Church, 3670 Perkiomen Avenue, Exeter Township, will worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, both with Holy Communion. The 10:30 a.m. service will be streamed live on Reformation’s Facebook page and can be viewed live or later on www.Reformationlutheran.org under worship videos. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 am. Reform youth will purchase and wrap community Thanksgiving baskets on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

• Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will worship on Christ the King Sunday at 9 a.m. The conversation takes place at 8:30 a.m. and then again at 10 a.m. at the visitor center.

• St. John’s Gernant Church (a federated congregation), 13 Gernant Church Road, Ontelaunee Township, will worship Sunday at 9:30 am in the Memorial Hall, 12 Gernant Church Road. The choir’s anthem will be “Give God Thanks!” with the congregation joining in the chant “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”. Fern Kulp will perform a piano solo, the “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” Bible study will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. Janet Pelker won the raffle fundraiser.

• Schwarzwald United Church of Christ, 75 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person and Zoom service on Sunday at 10.30am. It will also be available on YouTube. For more information, visit www.schwarzwalduc-pa.org.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, will hold worship Sunday at 9:30 am Livestreamed worship continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Sunday school for children is at 9:30. Sign up at stjohnsboyertown.org. Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Handel’s Messiah, sponsored by St. John’s, will be performed by the Reading Choral Society on December 4 at 4 p.m. at Boyertown High School. Tickets are available online at readingchoral.org. Free drive-thru, take-out meals every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No registration necessary.

• Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Washington Township, will hold in-person worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The live stream is also available on Facebook. If you don’t have access to Facebook, join via Zoom by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and entering meeting ID 913 8085 8414, passcode 848423. The Church’s Annual Christmas Bazaar , bake sale, basket raffle and indoor flea market will be held today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, will hold an in-person service Sunday at 9 am, with Holy Communion and special music. Masks are optional. The service will also be streamed live on Facebook. The Church Craft Show will take place on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Christmas cantata will take place on December 18 at 7 p.m.

• The West Wyomissing Chapel, 2055 Reading Blvd., West Lawn, will kick off at Christmas on December 4 at the 9 a.m. service. The Chœur de la Chapelle will present the Christmas cantata “Mary, Did You Know?” directed by Ruthann Deiterich. The 10:30 a.m. service will be a Christmas worship led by Mindy Long. For more information, call 610-678-1873.

• Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold in-person worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

• Zion Lutheran Church, 354 Zions Church Road, Perry Township, will celebrate Christ the King Sunday at 10:30 am, with Holy Communion. The service will also be available on Facebook Live and on the church’s website, https://zionslutheran.org. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:15 a.m. This is the last day to donate items for Mary’s Shelter.

• Kissinger Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will hold an hour of prayer Wednesday at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend to submit prayer requests and pray for others.

• Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Township of Maidencreek, will hold hybrid worship on the Sunday of the Reign of Christ at 9:00 am, with Holy Communion. The music includes selections for piano by Kimberly Ayrton and Sophie Esterly and the Bell Choir, with Karen Hess on flute and Sophia Ayrton on violin. The service is streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Links can be found at www.maidencreekchurch.org.

• First Church of Christ, Scientist, 438 Douglass St,, Wyomissing, is sponsoring a free one-hour lecture titled “Discovering Ever Present Love – Active in Your Life” by Janet Hegarty on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 405 N. Park Road, Wyomissing. Hegarty is a St. Louis Christian Science practitioner and teacher. Call the church at 610-376-3408 if you have any questions.

• St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will have two worship services in the sanctuary on Sunday, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will also be available on Facebook and YouTube; links can be found at www.stpaulsfleetwood.org. Worship leaders will be Gary Reinert at 9 a.m. and Steve Wentz at 10:30 a.m. The annual meeting of the congregation will take place between services.

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Catholic and Single? Here are 5 places to meet your potential spouse | National Catholic Register https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/catholic-and-single-here-are-5-places-to-meet-your-potential-spouse-national-catholic-register/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 21:46:50 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/catholic-and-single-here-are-5-places-to-meet-your-potential-spouse-national-catholic-register/ “The Christian family is a communion of persons, sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. (CEC 2205) Maybe you’ve been discerning a relationship or marriage for a while or maybe the thought of the upcoming vacation has you thinking about finding that special someone. Proverbs 31:10 […]]]>

“The Christian family is a communion of persons, sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. (CEC 2205)

Maybe you’ve been discerning a relationship or marriage for a while or maybe the thought of the upcoming vacation has you thinking about finding that special someone. Proverbs 31:10 says:

An excellent wife who can find? It is much more valuable than jewelry.

The same could be said for finding an excellent husband. The scriptures encourage us to marry someone of the same faith for many reasons, including to avoid unnecessary suffering and to raise godly children. But where to start ?

Here are 5 places to meet your potential spouse.

1. Holy Mass. Chances are, if you’re looking for a spouse who practices the faith, you’re probably already attending Mass. But if it’s been a while, start going regularly. Remember to make a good confession to receive Holy Communion.

Adore the Lord at Mass. Take the opportunity to raise your requests to the Lord. He knows what’s in our hearts, but rejoices to hear it. Tell him that you discern marriage and share your desire to find a spouse.

“Delight in the Lord,” says Psalm 37:4, “and he will give you what your heart desires.”

A young couple I know who attended college together first noticed each other at mass on campus. With their faith as the foundation, their relationship flourishes.

2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Going to Adoration is the key to building an intimate relationship with Christ, which will one day be beneficial in forming an intimate, prayerful relationship with your future spouse. Spiritual intimacy and marital intimacy go hand in hand.

I was proud to learn that my niece, who attends a Catholic college, recently turned down a dinner invitation from another student. His response: “I never see him at Adoration.”

Christ notices you at Adoration. The same goes for the young woman (or man) who discerns his (or her) future.

3. Diocesan events and parish activities. My diocese hosts Young Adult Singles Mix and Mingle events once a month. Check your local diocesan publication and social media to find events near you. If there isn’t one, contact your diocese’s director of evangelism and formation and present the idea. You can be instrumental in starting a much-needed service in your area.

Scan your church bulletin for activities and attend events. Get to know the other parishioners. Attend festivals, classes, retreats and conferences. You will learn and strengthen your faith while increasing your chances of meeting a spouse who shares the same core values.

4. Befriend like-minded people and coordinate activities. For nearly two decades, I worked full time in the news industry. After the birth of my fourth child, I left the company to devote myself to my children. During one of my first trips to the local park during “working hours”, I came across several homeschooled families that I had never known existed in my community. Among them were Catholic mothers with children the same age as mine. Friendships developed quickly and effortlessly.

Over time, I invited one of the families to join us in praying the Rosary at our house. The following month, they organized a Rosary evening and invited other families. From there, other families took turns hosting a “Family Rosary Night,” as we call it.

Such opportunities can help increase your chances of finding someone who shares your love of God and your family.

5. Catholic dating sites and apps. Online dating is the way of the world, but I’ve left this topic for last as I’ve never used a dating site or app myself. But…I’m blessed with a wonderful brother-in-law that I wouldn’t otherwise have, if my sister hadn’t tried a particular Catholic dating site.

An online search for Catholic dating sites and apps yields a long list of results. Do your due diligence and research a site or app before signing up. If the landing page boasts of connecting you with the “hottest” Catholics or letting you send “flirts” for free or promoting other posts that aren’t authentically Catholic, you can rest assured that the site is not for you!

Finding your spouse can take time. Be patient and pray.

“Don’t worry about anything, but present your needs to God in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then the peace of God, which is beyond understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-9.

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Return Communion Wine for Baton Rouge Catholics | New https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/return-communion-wine-for-baton-rouge-catholics-new/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/return-communion-wine-for-baton-rouge-catholics-new/ The Roman Catholic Bishop of Baton Rouge has asked pastors to make communion wine available to parishioners, beginning the first weekend of Advent, but churches are allowed to proceed at their own pace and address concerns about drinking from a common cup. In a letter read out to churches in the diocese’s 12 civil parishes […]]]>

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Baton Rouge has asked pastors to make communion wine available to parishioners, beginning the first weekend of Advent, but churches are allowed to proceed at their own pace and address concerns about drinking from a common cup.

In a letter read out to churches in the diocese’s 12 civil parishes on Saturday, Bishop Michael Duca said he was easing the last of the restrictions imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last week, I sent a letter to priests and deacons in the diocese confirming “that there are no longer diocesan mandatory COVID precautions in place for worship. I believe it is time, and I ask that all of our parishes return to full ministry lay participation at Sunday Mass as we did prior to the establishment of COVID protocols,” the letter reads.

The bishop said parishes should go ahead if they have ministers available to do so, including lay ministers.

“Each parish can move forward at its own pace, under the direction of its parish priest, taking into account the time needed to prepare lay ministers and the current desires and willingness of people to receive, once again, the chalice,” he said. writes Duca. .

In March 2020, Duca closed churches to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and granted dispensation to Catholics allowing them to miss mass on Sundays. Churches gradually reopened, first with attendance limits and mask mandates, until Duca withdrew the dispensation in June 2021. When Catholics returned to Mass, they were only offered bread to fellowship.

Wine may return for Vigil Masses on November 26, the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent at the start of the new liturgical year.

Catholics and some Protestants believe that through a process called transubstantiation, the bread and wine used at Mass are transformed into the body and blood of Christ while maintaining their regular appearance.

“I remind the faithful that while receiving the chalice is a spiritually significant experience for many, it is not necessary to receive the fullness of Christ in Holy Communion. As always, receiving the chalice when offered is an optional choice. for the individual communicant,” Duca said.

In a letter sent to lay ministers last week, the Reverend Paul Yi of St. George’s Catholic Church acknowledged the possibility that some would be uncomfortable.

“I want to remain mindful and respectful of any apprehension or unease of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion about distributing the Precious Blood at this time,” Yi wrote. “The general reception of the Precious Blood from the Chalice by the faithful is expected to be minimal initially, however the return of this action to our liturgical celebrations is an essential part of our worship.”

Yi said in his letter that from the time of Christ until about the 11th century, it was common for Catholics to receive both bread and wine. In the 12th century, it was customary to receive only bread, and in 1415 the Council of Constance decreed that wine would not be offered to the faithful. Church laws were revised in 1963 to allow bishops to offer wine in their dioceses.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has approximately a quarter of a million Catholics in a dozen civil parishes in southern Louisiana.

The National Catholic Reporter wrote in March that priests in Memphis, Tennessee had been given the opportunity to offer wine from a common cup starting in April as part of a local relaxation of pandemic restrictions. . Some Episcopal dioceses have relaxed restrictions on the spring communion cup, including in Mississippi.

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Around the districts: Ballyhea and Buttevant https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/around-the-districts-ballyhea-and-buttevant/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 09:19:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/around-the-districts-ballyhea-and-buttevant/ BALLYHEA church news Mass times – Friday 11, 10 a.m.; Saturday 12, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Vigil Mass; Sunday 13 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Monday 14, noon; Tuesday 15, noon; Wednesday 16, Latin noon; Thursday 17, 10 a.m.; Friday 18, 10 a.m.; Saturday 19, 10 a.m. Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed […]]]>

BALLYHEA

church news

Mass times – Friday 11, 10 a.m.; Saturday 12, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Vigil Mass; Sunday 13 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Monday 14, noon; Tuesday 15, noon; Wednesday 16, Latin noon; Thursday 17, 10 a.m.; Friday 18, 10 a.m.; Saturday 19, 10 a.m.

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 10 a.m. Mass on Thursday. Confessions are heard on request.

Receiving Holy Communion – Only those receiving Holy Communion should approach the altar and only seat by seat.

Month of November – The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Feast days for the coming week: Monday 14 St Lawrence O’Toole, Bishop; Tuesday 15 St Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the church; Wednesday 16 St Gertrude, virgin; Thursday 17 Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. religious; Friday 18 Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul; Saturday 19 St Pontianu, pope and martyr.

Sick calls – Sick calls will be answered on Friday, November 11, at the usual time.

List of readers – The new list of readers from November to May 2023 is now ready in the sacristy.

Irish Catholic Newspaper/Sacred Heart Messenger – The Irish Catholic Newspaper and Sacred Heart Messenger are available for purchase in the porch. Irish Catholic €2.50, Messenger of the Sacred Heart €2. Money for these purchases should be placed in the box marked Church Maintenance in the porch. Thanks.

Sympathy Mass Cards and Mass Bouquet Cards are also available for purchase in the porch.

Next Readers’ Weekend – Saturday November 12: Diarmuid McCarthy. Sunday 13: Sheila Fennessy.

Floral Arrangers – November 12 and 19: Angela Ryan. November 26 and December 3: Gretta Kenny.

November Altar List for Holy Souls – This is being compiled. Please forward the names of those you would like to see on the new list.

Cemetery Prayers for Deceased Worshipers – Prayers for deceased worshipers will be said on Sunday 13th November at St Mary’s Cemetery (new) and Imphrick after the 11am mass.

Church door collections – No collection of church doors at St Mary’s Church, Ballyhea is parish approved. Any group or organization intending to collect outside the church gates is asked to present copies of their permits in the sacristy, as well as copies of authorization letters from those collecting on their behalf. This should be done before collection begins.

News from the GAA club

Loto – The numbers drawn on November 5 were 8, 12, 18. There was no winner of the €10,700 jackpot. Lucky winners of €30 each: John Bowles c/o Helen O’Sullivan, Ollie Morrissey c/o Ger O’Shea, John Culhane c/o the Idle Hour.

The next draw will take place on Saturday November 12 for a jackpot of €10,800. Get your tickets before 5pm on Saturday from Costcutters Ballyhea, Corbett Court, The Idle Hour or from any of the ticket vendors or they can be purchased online at play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=199 #Anchor Thank you for your continued support.

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation and to ensure the transparency and integrity of the draw, the club has decided to hold the draw on Saturday evening. The first three numbers in the National Lottery main draw will be the jackpot numbers. If a number above 42 is drawn in the first three, the draw will continue with the next number drawn below 42.

The club appreciates the support of lottery players and fans during these difficult times and is very grateful for your continued support. Protect yourself and good luck in the draw.

Rebels Bounty Draw – Congratulations to Seán Roche, who won €250 in October’s Rebels Bounty Draw.

Congratulations – Kudos to Rachel Harty and Kate Kilcommins, who were both nominated for the All Star Awards after their efforts with Cork Intermediates this year. What a great achievement for the two girls.

Online Store – The club’s online store is proving very popular. All the latest club gear can be purchased from the O’Neill website. Check it out at oneills.com/shop-by-team/GAA/ireland/ballyhea-GAA.html

Instagram – The club can now be followed on Instagram. To see the latest photos of the club, visit ballyheagaaclub.

Camogie Club News

Old Photographs – Ballyhea Camogie Club now collects all old photos, books or newspaper articles relating to the Camogie Club over the years. It would be greatly appreciated if these could be emailed or delivered personally to Marguerite Hooper. Email mokellyatits.jnj.com. Looking forward to seeing all the photos and taking a trip down memory lane.

Community alert

Ballyhea Community Alert has successfully implemented a network of text alerts to immediately alert our community when an incident occurs. Prompt information to and from Gardaí deters criminal activity.

If you would like to become a member of our SMS Alerts Network, please call any of the following for information and to register – Phil Ryan 087 2937465, Pat Daly 086 1220114, James Horgan 087 2572271, Willie Meaney 087 1936842, Con Walsh 086 8570355. The charge for this service is €10 per year.

BUTTEVANT

Once again the pantomime

The Buttevant Panto Club and the Dorada School of Dance will perform their annual pantomime this year, after the return to normalcy with the lifting of Covid restrictions. This year’s pantomime is titled “Jack, Jill and Call That, a Beanstalk” and will take place at Buttevant GAA on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, beginning each evening at 7:30 p.m.

There will be excellent professional music and sound, and there will also be fantastic sets and colorful costumes and great music, song and dance and something for all age groups. Tickets will be available at the door only in the evening, and two excellent evenings of first class entertainment are assured.

Knitting and Crochet

The ‘Pins, and Needles Group’ has resumed operations and will continue to meet every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. in the club room at the Buttevant Soccer Club Pavillion. A warm welcome awaits if you wish to share your skills, or learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation to brighten up the long, dark winter evenings.

wheelchair football

Three members of the Heroes Powerchair Football Club, based in Buttevant, have recently received Irish international caps and are now members of the Irish development and senior squads, and will travel to compete in the Wheelchair Football World Cup, to be held in Sydney, Australia. in 2023. The team members are Liam Lynch, Isaiah O’Driscoll and Matt Crowley. Members can be seen training at Buttevant GAA Hall on Saturdays. Congratulations and good luck to the team members, in all their future endeavours.

Religious News

Mass at 6:30 p.m. in November will be celebrated in the church of Lisgriffin.

The Lisgriffin Church celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The commemoration committee is looking for any material from yesteryear to exhibit for the occasion.

bus shelter

As you will have noticed, a bus shelter has been built in the town. There are still some arrangements to be made regarding the provision of the second shelter.

Prayers in parish cemeteries

Annual prayers in parish cemeteries will take place soon. Prayers at St. Brigids Cemetery took place on Sunday, November 6. Prayers at Saint Marys Cemetery, Buttevant will take place on Sunday November 13, after midday mass. Prayers at Lisgriffin Cemetery will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Prayers at Templemary Cemetery will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Please advise those who may have relatives and/or friends interred in these cemeteries of the dates listed above. Everyone is welcome.

Mass for those who have died in the past twelve months will be celebrated at Sainte-Marie de Buttevant Church on Friday November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

social dance

Social dance classes in Buttevant are back at Munitir Na Tire, Hall since Wednesday, October 19 between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inclusive. For more information contact Yvonne on 087 2448535.

air ambulance

Following the recent fundraiser for the Air Ambulance Service, the donation check was recently presented to the CEO of the service. The amount raised reached the high figure of €22,275.50, which was warmly acknowledged by CEO Mick Sheridan. Your support has been greatly appreciated.

Takewon-Do

Classes in this form of self-development and protection continue to take place in the Buttevant Community Council Chamber on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Information can be obtained by contacting 087 94279763.

bingo

The weekly bingo session continues, and will be held in the local GAA, Hall, on Monday evenings, starting at 8 p.m. There is a substantial monetary jackpot to be won, as well as other prizes to play for. The monetary jackpot has passed the €6,000 mark and will continue to grow until it is won by a lucky player.

Local lotto draw

The local lotto draw continues to take place weekly on Thursday evenings at a locally designated venue. The jackpot, recently won, is now €1,600, on the choice of four numbers, to match, the numbers drawn on the evening of the draw.

walking club

The Buttevant Walking Club continues to meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The meeting point is at Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, and is open to anyone who wishes to walk at their own pace.

Details can be obtained by contacting Laura on 086 402609. High visibility clothing is required.

folk group

The folk group from Buttevant continues to rehearse on Tuesday evenings at the church in Buttevant. Face masks are mandatory during rehearsals and masses. Rehearsal time is 7:00 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. New members are welcome.

running club

The Buttevant running club continues its training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The meeting point is at the Co-op store on the Charleville road sector. Meeting time is 7:15 p.m. and is for people over 18 only. Details can be obtained from the club’s Facebook page or by email at buttevantrunningclub@gmail.com.

Dorada dance school

Dorada Dance School’s weekly classes continue every weekend at the Buttevant Muintir na Tire Hall. Class times for the various bands can be obtained by contacting Theresa on 087 2424143. The band are currently rehearsing for their annual Panto which will be held on 11 and 12 November and is called ‘Jack, Jill and Call that a Beanstalk’. Lots of fun, entertainment, for the whole family, is guaranteed.

Saint Vincent de Paul

The Buttevant Conference of St Vincent de Paul has a designated cell phone number, where those who may need help and assistance. All contacts will be held in the strictest confidentiality. All information can be obtained by contacting 086 0209477 or visiting www.svp.ie.

To be aware

Keep an eye on your neighbor living alone, infirm or elderly.

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to those who have suffered recent bereavement or personal loss. good wishes

good wishes

Good wishes go to those who are sick, at home. or in the hospital, right now. I hope you all recover soon.

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Newly Ordained—Opportunities and Blessings Abound https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/newly-ordained-opportunities-and-blessings-abound/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 21:45:38 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/newly-ordained-opportunities-and-blessings-abound/ Father Quan Nguyen God is so good. I am continually amazed at how the Lord has continued to bless me in ways I never thought possible. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to look back and reflect on what that first year was like. The year has definitely passed quickly, filled with […]]]>

Father Quan Nguyen

God is so good. I am continually amazed at how the Lord has continued to bless me in ways I never thought possible. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to look back and reflect on what that first year was like.

The year has definitely passed quickly, filled with experiences and blessings too numerous to recount in full. How grateful I am to God for calling me to be a priest of Jesus Christ. The feelings of excitement have faded, which is to be expected, but the deeper, deeper experiences of joy and gratitude remain strong.

My first assignment had many opportunities for many different ministries. I was so excited to start my priesthood and serve the people of St. Patrick and St. Boniface Churches. Becoming a priest helped me fulfill my desire to serve God and his people. I discover deep dimensions of what it means to be a servant of God and of the church, to be a faithful witness to the Word of God in my life with a humble heart and a prayerful soul. I had the opportunity to express God’s love for the sick, the poor and the vulnerable.

One of the most impressive experiences of my priestly ministry in the parish is celebrating the sacraments with the people and for the people. I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate baptisms and to see in children the new creation, the new life.

I celebrated with children the first communion they received – the moment they were looking forward to with joyful anticipation. I spoke with adults and children about reconciliation, recognizing that we are all sinners in need of God’s love and mercy. I have accompanied young couples who are preparing for the sacrament of marriage in which they bring to life the incredible beauty of the mysteries of God.

I have visited many families, nursing homes and hospitals to bring the healing touch of Christ through holy anointing and blessing. I spent many blessed times celebrating funerals with the families whose loved ones passed away.

In particular, my priesthood has been greatly enriched by celebrating the Eucharist with people each day in which we are nourished and refreshed with heavenly foods. All of these have been moments of deep joy for me that I could never have imagined.

I also enjoy being involved in many other parish and school activities. I have accompanied young people on mission trips and retreats during which we obtain many wonderful experiences to enrich the journey of faith, hope and love. I have participated in many spiritual events that help me deepen the love of Jesus and make me stronger in my relationship with others.

Indeed, working in the parish helps me realize that ministry is less about what I do than about encouraging and attracting people for the building up of the Body of Christ.

As a priest of Jesus Christ in holy cooperation, I hope to have been configured in Christ and sanctified not in my name but in the person of Christ the Head.

I try to bear abundant fruit for the life of the Church and for the salvation of the world in my priestly life.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have loved me in a way that words cannot express – your love, hospitality, kindness, support, patience, generosity and sacrifice.

Peace and blessings!

Father Quan Nguyen was ordained a priest by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph E. Kurtz on May 29, 2021.

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‘I’ve never seen someone so brave and positive’ – Mayo GAA community rallies behind Emma after leukemia diagnosis https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ive-never-seen-someone-so-brave-and-positive-mayo-gaa-community-rallies-behind-emma-after-leukemia-diagnosis/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ive-never-seen-someone-so-brave-and-positive-mayo-gaa-community-rallies-behind-emma-after-leukemia-diagnosis/ The Play4Emma GoFundMe page set an initial goal of €10,000 but as of Tuesday they had already exceeded their goal seven times. Enise Carroll is a family friend of the Langans on the outskirts of Killala in County Mayo. She organized fundraising efforts to help 14-year-old Emma Langan after her recent cancer diagnosis. The underage […]]]>

The Play4Emma GoFundMe page set an initial goal of €10,000 but as of Tuesday they had already exceeded their goal seven times.

Enise Carroll is a family friend of the Langans on the outskirts of Killala in County Mayo. She organized fundraising efforts to help 14-year-old Emma Langan after her recent cancer diagnosis.

The underage Mayo star, whose mother died of cancer just three years ago, was diagnosed with leukemia last week. And now the local community has come out in force to lend a hand.

Moygownagh will host the Play4Emma fundraising day this afternoon. There will be Halloween costumes for all age groups in the hall at 3:00 p.m., as well as Halloween games, tricks and treats. Then, at 4:00 p.m., St Brigid U-16s take on McHale Rovers.

There will also be music and refreshments after the game and all proceeds will go to Emma and her family.

“All of this will help cover medical expenses, travel costs, food and all other expenses involved in Emma’s treatment plan,” Denise said.

“Everyone is stepping up and trying to raise as much money as possible. Every penny is needed and every penny is so appreciated, by the community and the Langan family. Everyone wants to do what they can and that’s all we can do for now. Fundraise, fundraise and fundraise.

Emma has four sisters; Ciara, Niamh and Siobhan (23) are triplets, while Orla is 21. And their family was rocked in 2019 when they lost their mother Yvonne.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer a day before Emma’s first communion. She received treatment in Castlebar and Galway before being cleared. However, when his cancer returned, it had spread to his spine and liver, and his condition deteriorated before his death in 2019.

Meanwhile, Emma continued to excel on the sports field and played women’s football for St Brigid club before representing her county last year at U-14 level.

She has also shone on the football pitch and she plays with the Killala and Mayo U-16s.

But she started complaining of aches and pains and her symptoms got progressively worse over time.

“It started with pain in my shoulders and hips,” her sister Ciara said. “And obviously because she’s so athletic and still playing football, we assumed she had muscle pain, maybe because she was growing too. So dad brought her in to do some X-rays and they came back with no problem.

“We just thought it was always muscle pain and growing pains. But last week she started coming out with bruises all over her body. These weren’t the normal bruises you would get if you touched something. It was just really big, really dark bruises, and just very random spots on his hands and on his arms.

“She was very pale too and she couldn’t really move her shoulder either. So Dad knew something was wrong and Emma was a little worried because she didn’t know why she was dating with bruises. She wasn’t in practice or anything to bruise.

“Dad took her to the doctor. The doctor just said he’d send him straight to Castlebar. And then that’s when they started doing all the blood tests.

It turned out to be leukemia and Emma was then sent to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin. She started her treatment there this week.

“Treatment was supposed to start on Monday, but her blood was too low,” Ciara said. “But they took her in at 2pm on Tuesday for bone marrow surgery and she also had a little tube put in her arm. So two procedures she had to do before she started chemo.

Chemotherapy treatment has started and Emma will be at high risk of infection between sessions. Therefore, she will likely spend much of her time at Mayo General Hospital.

She is in her third year at Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina, but her Junior Cert studies will have to wait for now as she focuses on her rehabilitation. In the meantime, her friends and family are continuing their efforts to help in any way they can.

Her sisters made the first trip to Dublin at the weekend, but three of them have returned home to try to regain some sense of normality in their most trying times.

“I just got home on Monday night because I’m at university in Limerick,” Ciara added. “And on Tuesday morning we kind of took the house apart and cleaned it up so Dad and Emma wouldn’t have to worry about when they got home.

“I make everything more comfortable. I’m just preparing to take her home really.

And as preparations for today’s fundraising event gathered even more momentum, the community rallied around their beloved Langans, who have been through so much.

“All the girls wanted to get together and do something for their friend. They want to show their support and they don’t know what else to do but go out on the pitch,” Denise added.

“We were hoping Emma could be there but obviously she won’t be.

So many people have come together, so many are so generous, too many to name. Everyone is overwhelmed with the support the Langan family is receiving. »

And for Emma, ​​she is amazed by the support she has received. It gave her strength and got her through the first week on her road to recovery.

“Emma just wants everyone to know she’s okay,” Ciara added.

“For example, there hasn’t been a day since she was diagnosed that she didn’t laugh or smile. She took it in her stride.

“I know how she is and I’ve never seen anyone as brave and positive as the way I saw her last week.”

Learn more at www.gofundme.com/f/play4emma

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Let the Holy Spirit Form You in the Life of Prayer | National Catholic Register https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/let-the-holy-spirit-form-you-in-the-life-of-prayer-national-catholic-register/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 00:41:04 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/let-the-holy-spirit-form-you-in-the-life-of-prayer-national-catholic-register/ “The Holy Spirit who teaches the Church and reminds her of all that Jesus said, also instructs her in the life of prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same fundamental forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.” (CEC 2644) When I went to school at the University of Notre Dame, I would go […]]]>

“The Holy Spirit who teaches the Church and reminds her of all that Jesus said, also instructs her in the life of prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same fundamental forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.” (CEC 2644)

When I went to school at the University of Notre Dame, I would go down to the Grotto the day before a big exam and light a candle.

My prayer went like this: “Lord, I know I didn’t study for this biology test, but I really need an A in this class, and I plan to become a doctor so I can do well. things.” (Smart, huh? Well, nobody calls me Dr. Tom, so you can tell how it worked.)

Many people seem to have a similar misconception about prayer.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prayer using a quote from Saint John Damascene: “Prayer is the lifting up of one’s mind and heart to God or the asking of God for good things.”

We often tend to skip the first part (“raise the mind and heart”) and focus on the second (“ask for good things”). My purpose of this article today is to give you a different perspective on prayer.

So if prayer is the lifting up of one’s mind and heart to God, how does one do that? What does that mean? God calls us to be in relationship with him. He wants us to interact with him. But how?

God connects us with people to show us how to love. Think of your relationship with God as you would a potential boyfriend or girlfriend, and imagine starting with this conversation: “Could you come do my laundry? And on the way, stop at the grocery store and buy some things? I won’t be here – I’ll be out my friends. Thank you and goodbye.”

Prayer is a way to communicate with God. We talk, and we listen. How do we do that? Again, think about the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. When you think of this person, what do you think? You think about the characteristics that bring you together. Likewise, in prayer we begin by praising God for who and what he is.

After you say something nice to your girlfriend or boyfriend, you don’t gossip. You stop, wait for a response and listen. The same is true in your relationship with God. You watch and you listen. God doesn’t necessarily give you a verbal answer, but he makes himself known in many ways if you stop, listen, and think.

I used to struggle with the difference between praise and thanksgiving. Praise is acknowledging God for who He is and thanksgiving is thanking Him for the things He has done for your good.

Let’s go back to our girlfriend/boyfriend example — we are quick to thank someone for helping solve a problem, wash our car or cook dinner. This acknowledgment and the “thank you” that follows brings joy to both of you. Think about it. When you praise and thank God, you are thinking outside yourself of the majesty and mystery of God. You and God are satisfied with it. So it shouldn’t be a rushed part of your prayer. Think about the different attributes of God to praise and thank Him for the ways God has blessed you.

Lord God, thank you for my family, for my health for bringing Lauren safely through her surgery. Thank you for your Providence which brought me to meet Joan today. It was a blessing to be able to talk to him.

I often messed up a lot when I was dating someone. I still do stupid things in my marriage. I acted without thinking. So, I apologized several times, and I had plenty of time to reflect on my mistakes. I want to be a better husband. I want a better relationship. And so it is with God — and He can truly forgive. The next step in prayer is to ask for forgiveness.

Then when you pray for God’s grace, you may be asking for things that don’t get you to heaven, even if they are good things. Maybe he has a better plan. So in your prayer, have faith and trust in him, and be sure to add, “if it be your will.”

The goal, whether through praise, thanksgiving, contrition, or supplication, is to deepen communication.

A wonderful time of prayer is at Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Following our analogy, when you read the scriptures or the Catholic teaching at Adoration, it is like going to a study appointment at university. You are just happy to be with this person. And it feels good. Sometimes it is fruitful to contemplate and talk with God. It’s like a tryst. How awesome is that!

I started this conversation about how our conversation with God can be like our conversation with people. Well, our conversation with people can be like our conversation with God. We can use these same techniques in our relationships with friends, colleagues, and family. We can praise their success, thank them for their help, ask them how we could help them — and we can tell them we’re sorry when we’re wrong.

So I suggest that you assess both the quantity and the quality of your prayer life. As for quantity, do you have God compartmentalized and only think of him at specific times or when you need him? Or do you think of him and communicate with him often? As for quality – are we distracted when we pray or do we have periods of prayer throughout the day when we are fully concentrated about our prayer and our fellowship with God?

The older I get, the more stupid I think I am. I used to be so sure of things, and found out so often that I was wrong. Today, I try to rely on God. You remember my desire to be a doctor – I tell people now that not becoming a doctor is the best thing that ever happened to me.

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Julie Halston DECLASSIFIED! at Birdland in a class of its own https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/julie-halston-declassified-at-birdland-in-a-class-of-its-own/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 13:08:43 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/julie-halston-declassified-at-birdland-in-a-class-of-its-own/ It was a star-studded night at Birdland on Monday as some of the brightest, brightest and most resplendent talent in the industry filled the club for Julie Halston’s new show DECLASSIFIED! But nothing was glistening than the trophy the new Tony Award winner took with her onstage…except perhaps for Halston’s blonde tresses, properly colored and […]]]>

It was a star-studded night at Birdland on Monday as some of the brightest, brightest and most resplendent talent in the industry filled the club for Julie Halston’s new show DECLASSIFIED! But nothing was glistening than the trophy the new Tony Award winner took with her onstage…except perhaps for Halston’s blonde tresses, properly colored and styled for the occasion, unlike both where she had to color herself during quarantine – one of many stories of hilarity that would be shared over the hour-long program, every moment of which was written and performed to absolute perfection.

A Julie Halston comedy show is something that can’t really be described, it has to be experienced. Luckily for Halston fans around the world, Birdland streamed the occasion live so people around the world can see the actress in action, and what a blessing it really is, but nothing beats being in the room to witness that incomparable Julie A Halston glow that has yet to be replicated by anyone else. Stand-up comedy is a delicate art form, in which a performer must walk the fine line of being the person they really are, in real life, and the persona they create for the benefit of the audience. Julie Halston has been a pretty public figure in New York, oh, for the past few years, and she has a style, on and off stage, that people know, especially those in show business. She is Balance Master Julie, the sage who makes you laugh at the bar after the show, with Julie Halston, the actress who makes you scream from your seat during the performance. Never, at any time, does the actress on stage appear fake or exaggerated, even in her most theatrical moments parodying her mother in a locker room full of naked octogenarians or describing a hilarious and horrifying trip to the beach with her. beautiful again. It’s true, Julie Halston has a boyfriend, and it’s not only good for her, it’s great for her game.

Review: Julie Halston DECLASSIFIED!  at Birdland in a class of its own

Anyone who’s seen a Julie Halston show knows there are certain “bits” that have been a mainstay of her act over the years: reading wedding invitations (hilarious), reading sections of books like , say, The New St Joseph Catechism Manual (HI-Larious), and reading magazine articles, like a (frankly shocking) profile on Kate Moss (Hi-Ho-Larious). These readings are like islands in a sea of ​​comedy and, to access them, Julie takes the audience on a boat through her life of observation, filled with stories that make her laugh. Lockdown, moisturizer made with very strange ingredients, Little Eydie, The Scottish Play, cable television, drugs, holy communion and the first island: the catechism. Then the waters fill with more monologies from Julie’s life, monologues that lead us to the reading of the wedding announcement and, further down the line, to the reading of Kate Moss. It was in these trips, from island to island, from reading to reading, that Julie Halston found some of her most delightful material of all time, brand new because Julie Halston was not done living, she hasn’t finished having adventures, she hasn’t finished eating life. Although very publicly widowed in 2018 (her husband Ralph Howard was a famous news anchor), Halston took some time to grieve and, prodded by girlfriends, tested the waters of dating, which (as anyone can guess it) is comedy gold, especially in Halston’s aesthetic. The stories Julie Halston told Monday night of learning the ‘application date’, first meetings and out-of-town trips to the jungles of Brooklyn and Amish country proved to be some of the greatest monologues comics she has ever created. , brilliantly constructed in a proper storytelling style, and masterfully executed in a proper stand-up format, and still with that individual Julie Halston timing (not to mention vocal prowess that would make even the most skilled voice-over artists jealous). It’s very easy for monologues, storytellers and comedians to fall back on what’s familiar, what’s proven, what has a fan story (like Halston’s legendary show-closer, “Dear Ann Landers “) but Julie Halston is an artist who is not content to rest on her laurels, and her deep dive into uncharted waters has yielded new material that is both remarkable and rewarding. It was one of the best nights, and no mistake…but there is a sting at the end of the story.

Review: Julie Halston DECLASSIFIED!  at Birdland in a class of its own

Julie Halston is an actress in demand. She is busy. She has offers. She has work. And these comedy shows don’t happen often enough. It was indeed the first time that Julie returned to the stage of Birdland since the lifting of the containment. And that’s just not fair. This is not a criticism, merely an observation, a wistful wish that there was more Julie Halston in the world, more live performances, a NETFLIX special, something, anything that would and could bring more Julie Halston to the audience. This is an original. This is an entity. There’s no other artist with the same voice, vision, artistry (or delivery) as Julie Halston, and more people deserve to bask in her light. Personally, when this writer sat down at Birdland on Monday night, I felt overworked, exhausted, headache, and sad. When I left DECLASSIFIED, after an hour of listening to Julie Halston talk about her life, experiences and observations, it was as if I had just woken up from a ten hour nap, refreshed, nourished, happy and ready to start the day. It was nothing less than a miracle.

They say that laughter is the best medicine. It may be true. But if that’s true, then it must also be said that Julie Halston is infallible medicine. In the opinion of this reviewer, she is a tonic, the panacea, with the power to make a person truly forget their problems and simply become happy. And the world, especially today, needs more. The world needs more Julie Halston.

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