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TEPEYAC INSTITUTE ONLINE IN EL PASO PDF Print E-mail

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TEPEYAC INSTITUTE ONLINE IN EL PASO - PDF FILE

https://www.tepeyacinstitute.com/

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2020 17:41
 
PROVINCIAL LAY ASSUMPTIONIST TANDEMS MEET VIRTUALLY PDF Print E-mail

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A very special Provincial Zoom meeting was held on Saturday, August 8th. Its purpose was to provide a platform for communication with the tandems in the North American Province. Those participating in the meeting were the following: Fr. Dennis Gallagher, Provincial Superior; Fr. Thierry Kahongia, Assistant to Father General; Fr. Edward Shatov and Patty Haggerty, Provincial Tandem; Chantal Rouette, part of the tandem for Québec; Sr. Clare Bertero and Sylvia Desautels, tandem for Sturbridge, MA; Br. Blair Nuyda with Brian and Allison Bialas, tandem for Brighton, MA; Fr. Oswaldo Garcia Sanchez and Maricarmen Martinez Alvarez, tandem for Mexico; and Andrew Mercado, Vocations Coordinator.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 10:23
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REAL TO REEL AT ST. ANNE’S SHRINE IN FISKDALE, MA PDF Print E-mail

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FR. PETER AND FR. RON CONCELEBRATING MASS WITH BISHOP SEITZ PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Peter and Fr. Ron concelebrating Mass with Bishop Seitz

May the Lord protect our brothers, Fr. Peter and Fr. Ron, and renew in all of us a sense of trust in His glorious plan, during these initial stages of founding a community in El Paso. May the Holy Spirit grant us the wisdom to understand in what ways he is calling us to serve those in need at the border and the courage to follow where he leads.

"God the Father has given me His Son, who in turn has given me both Himself and the Love between Him and His Father; He has made my heart a temple, a holy place, in which is enshrined the Love who is God. What then must my heart be? Could it ever harbor any thought which cannot be set ablaze with the love of God?" - Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 10:10
 
ASK FATHER: DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATION PDF Print E-mail

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By Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., the provincial superior of the North American Province of the Augustinians of the Assumption

The article was first reported by Catholic Digest Magazine.

Can you describe the difference between meditation and contemplation? I’ve heard those terms used interchangeably, but I don’t think that is correct. Can you help me understand the differences in these kinds of prayers? Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

You are right.  These two kinds of prayers are not the same and the terms should not be used interchangeably.  One way of making sense of the difference is to understand that, according to our Catholic tradition, those who enter heaven will spend all of eternity contemplating God.  This suggests that contemplation represents a fulfillment of all of our efforts to deepen our personal relationship with God.   It has the character of a gift:  we are given the grace of gazing lovingly on the very source of our life.

Before going any further, please remember that the goal of all types prayer is to help us grow in our relationship with God. We should not be so preoccupied with the particular kind or method of prayer that we lose sight of the reason for praying in the first place.  As with all relationships, it requires concentrated effort, but it also an openness to receive from the other.  Amid the many distractions of our daily lives, growing in intimacy with God will not happen without putting aside time each day to focus on the essentials of our lives.  For us Catholics, this means focusing on the God who has created us for Himself and who, through his beloved Son, has redeemed us from our sins.   By first giving attention to the relationship, you may then be prepared to discover what form of prayer suits you best.

Now to your question.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2020 09:28
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PROVINCIAL POSTS - SOME THOUGHTS ON PIETY PDF Print E-mail

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The following is Fr. Dennis’ Sunday homily for the Memorial of Sts. Anne & Joachim, given at the closing novena Mass at St. Anne Shrine in Fiskdale, MA, this past Sunday. The Assumptionists have ministered at the shrine and parish since 1955.

In my encounters with students over the years at Assumption University in Worcester, I’ve had occasion to observe the relationships they had with their grandparents. It’s a time in their life, as they look for more independence, when the relationship with their parents can be complicated, a pitched battle sometimes. It was different with grandparents: it was less complicated, more peaceful. You sensed that there was real appreciation and gratitude. Sometimes they would lose a grandparent during their four years, and as it was often their first loss of this kind, they felt it acutely. I think it also served to ground them in the importance of their family.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2020 11:07
 
ASSUMPTIONISTS OBSERVE 175TH PDF Print E-mail

07-St._AnneThe article was first reported by The Catholic Free Press.

By Tanya Connor

STURBRIDGE – The Augustinians of the Assumption observed their 175th anniversary differently than planned – and the St. Anne Novena was altered – because of coronavirus restrictions.

“I call it a blessing in disguise,” said Assumptionist Father Alex Castro, pastor of St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish and director of St. Anne Shrine there.

Because of crowd limitations, ethnic communities that usually help lead the annual novena at the shrine were not invited, he said.

An average of 75 people attended weeknight Masses and there were more than 100 the first and last nights, which were on the weekends, Father Castro said.

The Assumptionists’ June plenary general council, a highlight of the jubilee year to be held at Assumption University in Worcester, was cancelled, Father Castro said. Because of the virus, the university was closed and the superior general and his council in Rome, and provincial superiors from around the world, could not come.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2020 11:02
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INVITATION TO JOIN NOVENA CLOSING MASS PDF Print E-mail

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Dear Assumption Family,

As you may know, the annual Novena to St. Anne will conclude this Sunday, July 26th. I invite you to join us at the closing celebration as we ask for St. Anne's intercession, commemorate the 175th Anniversary of our Foundation, and reflect on our vocation to life in the Assumption.

Closing Celebration Details:
5:30pm Confessions
6:30pm Rosary
7:00pm Closing Mass led by Provincial Superior Fr. Dennis Gallagher
Address: St. Anne Shrine Pavilion, 16 Church St., Fiskdale, MA 01518

I hope to see you there!
Fr. Alex

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2020 08:43
 
PROVINCIAL POST - WORD DEFLATION PDF Print E-mail

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A while back, one of the priests here during the penitential rite at the beginning of Mass would ask forgiveness for our “limitations.” I don’t wish to personalize my reaction to this - this priest was not a native English speaker - but the substitution of limitations for sin is worth thinking about.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2020 09:09
 
A PASTORAL LETTER AND A CALL TO PRAYER PDF Print E-mail

Dear Friends,

This is the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of the Philippines published this evening.

It will be read tomorrow in all the churches of the Philippines in the different languages of the country. In churches, where only 10% of the faithful are allowed after a four-month closure.

This letter, written and signed by our friend, Bishop Ambo David of Kalookan and Vice-President of the Conference of Bishops of the Philippines, describes well the current social and political climate of the country as we feel it. Thank you for your solidarity and prayers.

Very cordially. Bernard.

A PASTORAL LETTER AND A CALL TO PRAYER

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2020 09:05
 
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