St. Paul Chong Hasang

Saint Paul Chong Hasang (1794 or 1795–September 22, 1839) was one of the Korean Martyrs. His feast day is September 22, and he is also venerated along with the rest of the 103 Korean martyrs on September 20. He was the son of the martyr Augustine Jeong Yak-Jong and a nephew of noted philosopher John Jeong Yak-Yong, who were among the first converts of Korea, who wrote the first catechism for the Roman Catholic Church in Korea (entitled “Jugyo Yoji”). When Yakjong was martyred with Hasang’s older brother, Yakjong’s wife and the remaining children were spared and went into a rural place; Hasang was seven years old. When he grew up, Hasang chose to become a servant of a government interpreter; this enabled him to travel to Beijing multiple times, where he entreated the bishop of Beijing to send priests to Korea, and wrote to Pope Gregory XVI via the bishop of Beijing requesting the establishment of a diocese in Korea. This happened in 1825.
Some years later, Bishop Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert and two priests were sent. The bishop found Hasang to be talented, zealous, and virtuous; he taught him Latin and theology, and was about to ordain him when a persecution broke out. Hasang was captured and gave the judge a written statement defending Catholicism. The judge, after reading it, said, “You are right in what you have written; but the king forbids this religion, it is your duty to renounce it.” Hasang replied, “I have told you that I am a Christian, and will be one until my death.” After this Hasang went through a series of tortures in which his countenance remained tranquil. Finally, he was bound to a cross on a cart and cheerfully met his death, at the age of 45.
The Korean Martyrs are commemorated by the Roman Catholic Church with a memorial on 20 September. 103 of them, including Hasang, were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1984. (Source: Wikipedia

Most Holy Name of Mary

The feast day began in 1513 as a local celebration in Cuenca, Spain, celebrated on 15 September.[9] In 1587 Pope Sixtus V moved the celebration to 17 September. Pope Gregory XV extended the celebration to the Archdiocese of Toledo in 1622.[5] In 1666 the Discalced Carmelites received permission to recite the Divine Office of the Name of Mary four times a year. In 1671 the feast was extended to the whole Kingdom of Spain. From there, the feast spread to all of Spain and to the Kingdom of Naples.[2]

In 1683, the Polish king, John Sobieski, arrived at Vienna with his army. Before the Battle of Vienna, Sobieski placed his troops under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the following year, to celebrate the victory, Pope Innocent XI added the feast to the General Roman Calendar, assigning to it the Sunday within the octave of the Nativity of Mary.[10]

The reform of Pope Pius X in 1911 restored to prominence the celebration of Sundays in their own right, after they had been often replaced by celebrations of the saints. The celebration of the Holy Name of Mary was therefore moved to 12 September.[11] Later in the same century, the feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 in the reform of the Calendar by Pope Paul VI, as something of a duplication of the 8 September feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,[12] but it did not cease to be a recognized feast of the Roman Rite, being mentioned in the Roman Martyrology on 12 September. In 2002 Pope Saint John Paul II restored the celebration to the General Roman Calendar.[1]

(Source: Wikipedia)

Greeter Ministry

The ministry of hospitality is very important to our Liturgical Celebrations. We are called to be welcoming and helpful to all who enter our doors. It is our primary concern and duty to help those who have gathered in any way that we can, including making them feel at home. Ministers of Hospitality are the first to greet those gathering and the last ones to say goodbye after worship has ended.
As Ministers of Hospitality, we are cheerful, patient, kind, understanding, and genuinely concerned for the welfare of those in our midst. We approach our ministry with reverence, humility, and a grateful heart. We are called to “be Christ” to everyone who enters the door, and we are called to embrace them as Christ embraces us. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please call the church office.


Exploring Laudato Si’

In today’s reading, we are told that Joshua asked Israel to “decide today whom you will serve.” Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si’ (Praised Be),” asks a similar question. Pope Francis challenges us to turn away from over-consumption, and to live instead the simple, sustainable lives that honor God’s Creation and our place in it.

In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis explores how our unsustainable lifestyles affect vulnerable people. Environmental degradation causes sickness, displacement, and even violent conflicts. Pope Francis explains, “We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both social and environmental” (139).

Climate change in particular is of concern to Pope Francis. As he notes, “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all” (23). The Church has long recognized that human actions cause greenhouse gases to warm the planet, and the majority of them are produced by people in the developed world, including the United States. Climate change is a call to our conscience, since “the warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world” (51).

The Holy Father calls us to come together as one family and work for a brighter future, saying, “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it” (229).

Pope Francis encourages us: “Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.” For more information on the Catholic community’s response to climate change, please visit The Covenant is affiliated with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and is the only US Catholic organization focused solely on climate change.