Friday, December 13, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Fr. Herald introducing the theme of "Charity" on October 4 at Holy Family Church in Manhattan.|
Here's the text of Fr. Herald's talk:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
If you're in the NYC area, please join Fr. Herald and friends at the "Charity is Freedom" event on October 4th at 7:00 pm at Holy Family Church on 47th Street in Manhattan. Can't think of a better way to celebrate the first feast of Our Holy Father St. Francis in the pontificate of Pope Francis, the pontiff of charity!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
|Young people gathered for the youth encounter at the new Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (above and below).|
June is the "Month of Youth" in Honduras, so there are many church activities related to young people at this time of the year. It's been a blessing for me to be a part of a number of them. This past Saturday, as part of the "Week of Evangelization" and preparation for the establishment of the new parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Inmaculado Corazón de María), there was a youth encounter for the young people of the parish and other nearby communities. It was organized together with the Catholic University Outreach (MCU: Misión Católica Universitaria), and was attended by about 75 youth. The encounter included songs, skits and talks on the themes for the Month of Youth based on the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. The evening ended with a very beautiful Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.
|A skit about Jesus rescuing a young man trapped by the seven deadly sins.|
|A group photo in the church after the Holy Hour.|
The next day the parish church was packed, with several hundred more people participating from outsisde, for the formal establishment of the parish and the installation of the new pastor, Fr. René Flores Pineda. It was an extremely beautiful and joyful celebration, and a sign of the lively faith and spiritual growth taking place in the new Diocese of La Ceiba. A few highlights from the inauguration Mass are included in the video above.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
|San Antonio de Padua chapel, Tegucigalpita, Atlantida, Honduras.|
|Some members of the San Antonio community.|
Manuel Solis, a lay leader from the nearby community of San Judas (St. Jude), and two religious sisters also stationed there, have been visiting Tegucigalpita regularly to teach catechism to the children and lead Sunday celebrations of the Word of God. They worked hard to animate the community and prepare them for their patronal feast day. Despite heavy rains, there was a great turnout for the celebration.
|Fr. Vicente Gomez presenting a newborn during the celebration.|
Fr. Vicente celebrated the Mass (I had already celebrated earlier that morning), and - as is the custom - he presented two newborn children to the Lord and the community at the time of the offertory. A music ministry team of two brothers led us in song. Their extended family is the backbone of this little Catholic community.
|The two brothers who comprise the music ministry.|
|Two Messengers of the Immaculate (religious sisters),|
who teach catechism in the community.
|Group photo at the end of the celebration.|
Monday, June 10, 2013
The Cathedral Parish of San Isidro celebrated Corpus Christi Sunday with a Procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the Streets of La Ceiba, and a special Mass in the Cathedral with the bishop, followed by a Holy Hour in union with the many Catholics throughout the world who participated in the joint Eucharistic Adoration called for by Pope Francis. We put together a short video with photos and clips from the day. Hope you enjoy it!
Corpus Christi Sunday was also the occasion for a parish-wide youth encounter marking the beginning of June, the Month of Youth. The youth participated in the procession and Mass, and wore white shirts with gold sashes in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. Three lay Missioners of Christ came to help with the day, including musician Wilmer Hernandez. The above video features the song Wilmer wrote for the Year of Faith, "Celebremos la Fe (Let's Celebrate Our Faith)" which won the national competition for the theme song for the Month of Youth. Wilmer received formation in our youth programs in Comayagua and has collaborated extensively in our evangelization efforts.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
|Twin sister altar servers|
(the young woman elected "queen" of this
year's festival is located behind and to the right).
|The procession coming from the direction of the coast|
and passing in front of the cathedral.
|Catholic high school students carried yellow and red lanterns in procession,|
and lined both sides of the street as the statue arrived at the open air altar.
|Fr. Michael Lenihan celebrates the vigil Mass with hundreds of faithful in attendance.|
Of course the celebration was followed by a fireworks display (above), and on the outskirts of the site there were plenty of food vendors and game booths (below).
The following morning, May 15 - the actual feast day of St. Isidore, there was a Mass in the cathedral with all of the priests and religious of the diocese, the mayor and other officials of the city of La Ceiba, and a full congregation of participants. During the offertory procession, traditional symbols of St. Isidore )also used by the farmers and campesinos= of Honduras were presented: a shovel, hoe, machete, boots, rope and a basket of fruit.
During the celebration, Fr. René Flores Pineda was presented as pastor of the new parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Colonia Sauce, to be formally established on June 16.
Trying to be of service in this new diocese in whatever way I can, I was happy to contribute the photos of the events that appeared in the national Catholic weekly, Fides:
Friday, May 31, 2013
|A home destroyed by the tremors in San Juan Pueblo, Honduras.|
|Temporary shelter for a family affected by the tremors.|
|Bishop Michael Lenihan distributing food to those affected by the tremors.|
|San Judas Tadeo (St. Jude Thaddeus) Church, La Ceiba, Honduras.|
|Santa Inés (St. Agnes) Women´s Training Center.|
|San José Esposo (St. Joseph the Husband) Church (above and below),|
one of the 16 neighborhood communities in the cathedral parish in La Ceiba.
|Church of the Merced, La Ceiba.|
|La Merced Youth Group.|
|Corazón Puro Formation Day, Comayagua, Honduras.|
|Pentecost Sunday Mass at the Granja Jesús Nazaret, Comayagua, Honduras.|
Monday, April 29, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Being in La Ceiba for "Jesús en La Playa," enabled us to participate in the various celebrations of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday (above and below), and including the Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday Mass and Adoration, Good Friday early morning Stations of the Cross, afternoon Liturgy and evening Santo Entierro, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. I presided at celebrations in two of the neighborhood communities (really small sub-parishes) connected to the cathedral: San José Esposo (St. Joseph the Husband) and Inmaculado Corazón de María (Immaculate Heart of Mary).
|Bishop Michael Lenihan blesses the palm at the beginning of Mass in front of the cathedral (above),|
and leads the procession through the streets (below).
|The banner reads: "Holy Week: A Time of Grace and Conversion|
A Pascal Parish that Lives and Celebrates Its Faith with Joy
St. Isidore Parish, Diocese of La Ceiba."
|A Garifuna (indigenous Honduran-African) woman brings up a copy of|
the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the offertory.
|Bishop Michael blesses the Missioners of Christ who will be helping with|
"Jesús en la Playa" evangelization outreach.
|Fr. Herald washing feet at the Holy Thursday celebration|
in San José Esposo (St. Joseph the Spouse) community in La Ceiba.
|Early morning Good Friday Stations of the Cross through the streets in San José Esposo community.|
|The Eighth Station: Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem.|
|Families carry the cross together during the Stations (above and below).|
|Fr. Herald preaching during the Good Friday liturgy in Immaculate Heart of Mary community.|
|Statues carried in the "Santo Entierro (Holy Burial)" procession, Good Friday evening|
(above and below).
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
|The "Jesús en la Playa" Team with Bishop Michael Lenihan in front of St. Isidore Cathedral, La Ceiba.|
This past Holy Week, Franciscan Mission Outreach - in collaboration with the Diocese of La Ceiba and Missioners of Christ, carried out a unique and creative evangelization effort called "Jesús en la Playa (Jesus at the Beach)" to reach out to the many tourists who come to the coast at this time of year. The idea began with Fr. Rene Flores, chancellor of the diocese, and builds on earlier efforts to distribute the schedule of Holy Week celebrations to hotels and other tourist centers. Fr. Rene was able to obtain from the tourism office of the municipal government space for a booth along the promenade of one of the main beaches. That served as our base.
|Our site on the boardwalk. Wilmer Hernandez is leading songs.|
|Our next door neighbors, diocesan Radio San Isidro.|
Our "competition:" Tigo mobile phones (above) and Coca Cola (below - Pepsi was there, too).
|Children watching a Bible video with Bishop Michael Lenihan.|
We engaged in a number of different activities designed to communicate the message of the Gospel and the presence of the Church to the many people who passed by. These included music and songs, skits, videos, activities for children, times of prayer (the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet), distributing small flyers and personal interaction. Our desire was to be a positive and encouraging reminder of the meaning of Holy Week, and a bit of a "door" through which people could enter into that experience.
|A large crowd gathers for a skit featuring Jamie (foreground) and Diego (as Jesus).|
|A dramatic presentation of the Last Supper and Passion.|
|Missioners of Christ Margarita and Eric.|
|Missioners of Christ leader Carol Restaine, listens attentively to a passerby.|
|Roger speaking with a visitor.|
|There were many child street vendors who stopped at our booth, including the little boy selling cotton candy (above), and the boy selling gum (in the basket) who paused to color a Bible scene (below).|
|One of the many colorful sights at the beach.|
|Two "live art (arte en acción)" students from the capital city of Tegucigalpa |
who used our booth to store their supplies.
|A little boy picked up my camera and used it to take this shot of me trying to work out some logistical details in the loud surroundings of the boardwalk.|
|Sunset over the ocean.|
"Jesús en la Playa" was extremely well received, and we are hopeful of carrying out an even more developed outreach for Holy Week 2014.
|The team and I after the "Santo Entierro (Holy Burial) on Good Friday evening.|