Manhood Monday: The Importance of Church, and the Sunday Mass

Your weekly dose of “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.

From Today’s Readings:

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Alleluia MT 16:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus’ church means the community that he will gather and that, like a building, will have Peter as its solid foundation. That function of Peter consists in his being witness to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God. The gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it: the netherworld (Greek Hadēs, the abode of the dead) is conceived of as a walled city whose gates will not close in upon the church of Jesus, i.e., it will not be overcome by the power of death.

From the CMCS Video Archive: Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, reflects on the importance of Sunday Mass to Catholic men and their families. Bishop Perry oversees Catholic Men Chicago Southland, an Apostolate that works to encourage Catholic men to grow spiritually and to bring Christ into their daily lives. This reflection was recorded in Saint James Chapel during the Year of Sunday Mass.

God bless your day.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS)


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Truth & Freedom:

Words of John Paul The Great from World Youth Day 1999 in St. Louis: “True freedom is a wonderful gift from God, and it has been a cherished part of your country’s history. But when freedom is separated from truth, individuals lose their moral direction and the very fabric of society begins to unravel.

Freedom is not the ability to do anything we want, whenever we want. Rather, freedom is the ability to live responsibly the truth of our relationship with God and with one another. Remember what Jesus said: “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Let no one mislead you or prevent you from seeing what really matters. Turn to Jesus, listen to him, and discover the true meaning and direction of your lives.”

Thanks for Reading.

Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

A larger collection of photographs can be viewed on my portfolio.


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BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE AND MASS AT CHICAGO LAKEFRONT

The Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics are hosting their fifth annual Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service and Mass on Saturday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8 a.m.  Worshipers will gather together to pray for nonviolence in the hearts of people, in families, in schools and on Chicago streets.