Posted on May 24, 2013
FIRST MONDAY: St. Michael of the Saints
OTHER MONDAYS: St. Peregrine
TUESDAY: Morning Prayer has been suspended for the summer and will return in the Fall.
WEDNESDAY: Adoration until 3:00 p.m. In the event a funeral is scheduled on a Wednesday, Adoration will being at 12:00 noon.
THURSDAY: Miraculous Medal Novena
FRIDAY: Divine Mercy Chaplet (Please note: Beginning Friday, May 24th, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed EVERY Friday following Daily Mass.
Posted on May 9, 2013
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces and invites all to attend the ordination of John Viet Vu Nguyen to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood through the laying on of hands and invocation of the Holy Spirit by Bishop Robert Lynch on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. The ordination will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Rd. in Clearwater.
If you are unable to attend the ordination, Prince of Peace will host a Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr. Viet on Saturday, May 25th at 4:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the Conesa Center. All are invited.
Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and act in your name.
For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving, we ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts, never despair; in temptation, never be destroyed; in persecution, never abandoned.
Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness, send your Spirit, and help them to praise your Heavenly Father and pray for the poor sinners.
By the same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted.
May the gift of Mary, your Mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your Divine Image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.
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Posted on April 19, 2013
Over the last several months, we have been gathering and taking photographs of a variety of parish groups and events to showcase the life of our parish. These photos have been added to our Flickr account and are visible on the homepage of our website. But, we need your help!
We are looking for members of parish ministries, groups, and organizations to take photos of their events and send them to us. If you enjoy taking pictures, have a digital camera, and are interested in assisting us in this endeavor, please email Tom Pringle in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would greatly appreciate any help!
Click here to view our photos on Flickr!
Posted on April 19, 2013
Many years ago, Bishop Lynch designated Wednesdays as a particular day to pray for priestly vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. In order to highlight the Bishop’s initiative and to accommodate a variety of staff and parochial needs, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament will move from Fridays to Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph.
Adoration will commence following the morning Miraculous Medal Novena and last until Benediction at 3:00 p.m. In the event of a morning funeral, Adoration will commence following the funeral Mass as is our custom.
If you have not made a weekly visit to prayer in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament a part of your usual spiritual practices, we invite you to do so. If you have been a regular Friday adorer, we hope you’ll be able to reorganize your schedule to accommodate the day change.
Posted on April 12, 2013
Remarks by President Obama at the Medal of Honor Ceremony
This year, we mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War — a time when thousands of our prisoners of war finally came home after years of starvation and hardship and, in some cases, torture. And among the homecomings, one stood out.
A group of our POWs emerged carrying a large wooden crucifix, nearly four feet tall. They had spent months on it, secretly collecting firewood, carving it — the cross and the body — using radio wire for a crown of thorns. It was a tribute to their friend, their chaplain, their fellow prisoner who had touched their souls and saved their lives — Father Emil Kapaun.
This is an amazing story. Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots. His fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God. Today, we bestow another title on him — recipient of our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. After more than six decades of working to make this Medal a reality, I know one of Father Kapaun’s comrades spoke for a lot of folks here when he said, “it’s about time.”
Father, as they called him, was just 35 years old when he died in that hellish prison camp. His parents and his only sibling, his brother, are no longer with us. But we are extremely proud to welcome members of the Kapaun family — his nephews, his niece, their children — two of whom currently serve in this country’s National Guard. And we are very proud of them.
We’re also joined by members of the Kansas congressional delegation, leaders from across our armed forces, and representatives from the Catholic Church, which recognizes Father Kapaun as a “Servant of God.” And we are truly humbled to be joined by men who served alongside him — veterans and former POWs from the Korean War. (Applause.)
Now, I obviously never met Father Kapaun. But I have a sense of the man he was, because in his story I see reflections of my own grandparents and their values, the people who helped to raise me. Emil and my grandfather were both born in Kansas about the same time, both were raised in small towns outside of Wichita. They were part of that Greatest Generation — surviving the Depression, joining the Army, serving in World War II. And they embodied those heartland values of honesty and hard work, decency and humility — quiet heroes determined to do their part.
For Father Kapaun, this meant becoming an Army chaplain — serving God and country. After the Communist invasion of South Korea, he was among the first American troops that hit the beaches and pushed their way north through hard mountains and bitter cold. In his understated Midwestern way, he wrote home, saying, “this outdoor life is quite the thing” — (laughter) — and “I prefer to live in a house once in a while.” But he had hope, saying, “It looks like the war will end soon.”
That’s when Chinese forces entered the war with a massive surprise attack — perhaps 20,000 soldiers pouring down on a few thousand Americans. In the chaos, dodging bullets and explosions, Father Kapaun raced between foxholes, out past the front lines and into no-man’s land — dragging the wounded to safety.
When his commanders ordered an evacuation, he chose to stay — gathering the injured, tending to their wounds. When the enemy broke through and the combat was hand-to-hand, he carried on — comforting the injured and the dying, offering some measure of peace as they left this Earth.
When enemy forces bore down, it seemed like the end — that these wounded Americans, more than a dozen of them, would be gunned down. But Father Kapaun spotted a wounded Chinese officer. He pleaded with this Chinese officer and convinced him to call out to his fellow Chinese. The shooting stopped and they negotiated a safe surrender, saving those American lives.
Then, as Father Kapaun was being led away, he saw another American — wounded, unable to walk, laying in a ditch, defenseless. An enemy soldier was standing over him, rifle aimed at his head, ready to shoot. And Father Kapaun marched over and pushed the enemy soldier aside. And then as the soldier watched, stunned, Father Kapaun carried that wounded American away.
This is the valor we honor today — an American soldier who didn’t fire a gun, but who wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers so pure that he was willing to die so that they might live. And yet, the incredible story of Father Kapaun does not end there.
He carried that injured American, for miles, as their captors forced them on a death march. When Father Kapaun grew tired, he’d help the wounded soldier hop on one leg. When other prisoners stumbled, he picked them up. When they wanted to quit — knowing that stragglers would be shot — he begged them to keep walking.
In the camps that winter, deep in a valley, men could freeze to death in their sleep. Father Kapaun offered them his own clothes. They starved on tiny rations of millet and corn and birdseed. He somehow snuck past the guards, foraged in nearby fields, and returned with rice and potatoes. In desperation, some men hoarded food. He convinced them to share. Their bodies were ravaged by dysentery. He grabbed some rocks, pounded metal into pots and boiled clean water. They lived in filth. He washed their clothes and he cleansed their wounds.
The guards ridiculed his devotion to his Savior and the Almighty. They took his clothes and made him stand in the freezing cold for hours. Yet, he never lost his faith. If anything, it only grew stronger. At night, he slipped into huts to lead prisoners in prayer, saying the Rosary, administering the sacraments, offering three simple words: “God bless you.” One of them later said that with his very presence he could just for a moment turn a mud hut into a cathedral.
That spring, he went further — he held an Easter service. I just met with the Kapaun family. They showed me something extraordinary — the actual stole, the purple vestment that Father Kapaun wore when he celebrated Mass inside that prison camp.
As the sun rose that Easter Sunday, he put on that purple stole and led dozens of prisoners to the ruins of an old church in the camp. And he read from a prayer missal that they had kept hidden. He held up a small crucifix that he had made from sticks. And as the guards watched, Father Kapaun and all those prisoners — men of different faith, perhaps some men of no faith — sang the Lord’s Prayer and “America the Beautiful.” They sang so loud that other prisoners across the camp not only heard them, they joined in, too — filling that valley with song and with prayer.
That faith — that they might be delivered from evil, that they could make it home — was perhaps the greatest gift to those men; that even amidst such hardship and despair, there could be hope; amid their misery in the temporal they could see those truths that are eternal; that even in such hell, there could be a touch of the divine. Looking back, one of them said that that is what “kept a lot of us alive.”
Yet, for Father Kapaun, the horrific conditions took their toll. Thin, frail, he began to limp, with a blood clot in his leg. And then came dysentery, then pneumonia. That’s when the guards saw their chance to finally rid themselves of this priest and the hope he inspired. They came for him. And over the protests and tears of the men who loved him, the guards sent him to a death house — a hellhole with no food or water — to be left to die.
And yet, even then, his faith held firm. “I’m going to where I’ve always wanted to go,” he told his brothers. “And when I get up there, I’ll say a prayer for all of you.” And then, as was taken away, he did something remarkable — he blessed the guards. “Forgive them,” he said, “for they know not what they do.” Two days later, in that house of death, Father Kapaun breathed his last breath. His body was taken away, his grave unmarked, his remains unrecovered to this day.
The war and the awful captivity would drag on for another two years, but these men held on — steeled by the memory and moral example of the man they called Father. And on their first day of freedom, in his honor, they carried that beautiful wooden crucifix with them.
Some of these men are here today — including Herb Miller, the soldier that Father Kapaun saved in that ditch and then carried all those miles. Many are now in their 80s, but make no mistake, they are among the strongest men that America has ever produced. And I would ask all of our courageous POWs from the Korean War to stand if they’re able and accept the gratitude of a grateful nation. (Applause.)
I’m told that in their darkest hours in the camp in that valley, these men turned to a Psalm. As we prepare for the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Father Kapaun’s nephew, Ray, I want to leave you with the words of that Psalm, which sustained these men all those years ago.
Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely, your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Posted on April 3, 2013
On Sunday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m. the final concert of the Prince of Peace Concert Series will take place in the Conesa Center. The concert will be the inaugural concert at Prince of Peace for the South Shore Band, the premier band in the area. The band will incorporate a pipe organ into their repertoire for this concert, performing works by Alfred Reed and the famous “Toccata” by Frescobaldi. The concert will conclude with a band and organ arrangement of the “Organ Symphony” by Camille Saint-Saens.
The concert is open to the public and free of charge; a free will offering will be graciously accepted. Please bring a friend.
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Posted on March 13, 2013
On Wednesday, March 13th, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., current Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was chosen by the Cardinal-Electors as the successor of St. Peter. He has chosen the name of Francis. Below is the official biography of our new Holy Father from the Vatican:
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied as and holds a degree as a chemical technician, but then chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On March 11, 1958 he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus where he finished studies in the humanities in Chile. In 1963, on returning to Buenos Aires, he obtained a degree in philosophy at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel.
Between 1964 and 1965 he taught literature and psychology at the Immacolata College in Santa Fe and then in 1966 he taught the same subjects at the University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires.
From 1967 to 1970 he studied theology at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel where he obtained a degree. On December 13, 1969 he was ordained a priest. From 1970 to 1971 he completed the third probation at Alcala de Henares, Spain, and on April 22, 1973, pronounced his perpetual vows.
He was novice master at Villa Varilari in San Miguel from 1972 to 1973, where he also taught theology. On 31 July 1973 he was elected as Provincial for Argentina, a role he served as for six years.
From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel as well as pastor of the Patriarca San Jose parish in the Diocese of San Miguel. In March of 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. The superiors then sent him to the University of El Salvador and then to Cordoba where he served as a confessor and spiritual director.
On May 20, 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, He received episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires from Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Apostolic Nunzio Ubaldo Calabresi, and Bishop Emilio Ognenovich. of Mercedes-Lujan on June 27th of that year.
On June 3, 1997 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on February 28, 1998.
He was Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.
He served as President of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina from November 8, 2005 until November 8, 2011.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).
He has been a member of: The Congregations for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; the Pontifical Council for the Family; and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
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Posted on March 13, 2013
Please note: The final 4:00 p.m. Conesa Center and 6:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Masses will take place on Saturday, March 23rd. The seasonal Masses will return in the fall.
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Posted on March 7, 2013
The next concert in the Prince of Peace Concert Series will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the church. The concert will feature Keith and Patrice Rasmussen. Keith will play works by Bach, Dupre, Franck, and Vierne, including the famous “Come, Sweet Death” as arranged by Virgil Fox. Patrice will sing several spirituals as well as “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.”
The concert is open to the public and admission is free. A free will offering will be graciously accepted.
Posted on February 28, 2013
On Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m., the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI officially took effect. The Holy See is now sede vacante, which is the Latin term used when a diocese becomes vacant after the death or resignation of a bishop.
During this time, the Vatican will be governed by the College of Cardinals on a very limited capacity. According to the apostolic constitution, the Cardinals may not make decisions that are normally reserved to the pope. These decisions must be postponed until after a new pope has been elected.
The conclave to elect the next pope will begin in the coming days. Until that time, all Catholics are asked to include the College of Cardinals in your prayers as they discern who shall be elected to the papacy, that the Holy Spirit may inspire and strengthen them. Please also pray for the next pope, whomever that may be, that the Holy Spirit may work strongly in him as he takes on the immense responsibility of leading the Church.
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