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Pope Francis has requested all Catholics to fast and pray for peace tomorrow, Sat Sept. 7 September 6, 2013

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A commenter asked me if I knew of any planned activities at local parishes regarding Pope Francis’ request for universal fasting and prayers for peace (made in regard to our sad president’s attempts to rebuild his shattered credibility by bombing a country in the midst of a fratricidal civil war, a war being waged by radical islamists) tomorrow, Sept. 7.  The only one I know of is that Mater Dei is having Adoration from noon till 5:15 in support of this request from the Holy Father.  For what may be going on at other parishes, you could check your local parish bulletin, but I would not be surprised if most do not have any special activities in response to this request.

A frequent reader sent me these suggestions for actions to take in response to the Holy Father’s request, which I’ll add to below:

As many of you know, Pope Francis has declared this Saturday, Sept. 7 as a day to pray and fast for peace. 

Everyone can participate, even if you don’t pray or go to church [This is true. The Holy Father has responsibility for the spiritual care not only of all Catholics, but all souls on Earth.  All can participate in this effort to pray for peace, and the end of this nakedly politically motivated attempt to restore a broken presidency’s credibility by killing some dirty foreigners.]

(1) give up alcohol for the day and offer it up for peace in the world [no problem!  Almost 7 years, thanks be to God!]
(2) fast from the internet/facebook or other social media sites [ohhh…..good one.  Out, danged phone!]
(3) don’t turn on the radio while driving in the car or refrain from going to the movies [that happened a looong time ago]
(4) make a donation to a charity, a soup kitchen or those who help the homeless in the name of peace [or volunteer your time!]
(5) help an elderly person you know – volunteer your services for an hour or 2 or a half-day

For Catholics:
(1) follow the same guidelines as Good Friday. No meat. 2 small meals and nothing in between, except liquids [I read some traditional Catholics are planning a liquid fast from sundown Friday until after Mass on Sunday. I wish my medical condition (which is not bad, don’t worry, I’m doing ok, just having some annoying/minor problems) would allow for that]
(2) refrain from all alcohol
(3) pray the Rosary for peace and the Holy Father’s intentions [brilliant idea]
(4) go to an adoration chapel for a holy hour
(5) get thee to Holy Mass!
(6) pray the Stations of the Cross

All those are great, and thanks to MJD for sending them.  I would also remind that First Friday Adoration at the Carmelite Chapel is tonight, and runs until Saturday morning.  The nuns will surely storm Heaven!  Joining the nuns at the chapel would be a wonderful way to answer the Holy Father’s request.

Other ideas for Catholics:

Read the Bible for an hour
Do some other spiritual reading for an hour or some period of time
Pray the Breviary/Liturgy of the Hours. Have the Holy Father’s intentions as your intentions for all the Hours.
Pray a familiy Rosary
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at a church or oratory
Join Code Pink  [heh…….]
If you can’t fast a great deal on Saturday, eat bland foods or foods you don’t really like
Donate money to a charity that primarily serves those in other countries
As MJD said, assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

I am out of time, add your own below if you like.  I wasn’t very creative. God bless!


1. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - September 6, 2013

Join Code Pink. Yeah, talk about your penances…I think I’d rather talk up the old time honored practice of whipping myself…

2. TG - September 6, 2013

What is Code Pink? The homosexuals have ruined the words – pink, lavendar, and gay. Right away my mind went to thinking Code Pink has something to do with homosexuals.
Tomorrow is first Saturday confession for me. I think I’ll fast from meat. It will be hard since I fast from meat on Fridays. All the other suggestions on praying the rosary, etc won’t be a real sacrifice since I do them anyway.

3. Brad Lifto - September 6, 2013

Well looking at teh cross of Jesus can help you a great deal. When the war going to start>?

4. JLM - September 6, 2013

Check this out – Fisher More College – a Traditional Catholic college right in your backyard.


tantamergo - September 6, 2013

We know about Fisher More. Taylor Marshall, whom I know, was the Dean over there until recently.

I know a number of young people there. It’s a very traditional school, but there are apparently some (totally non-faith-relate) issues there. Don’t have any real details.

5. David - September 6, 2013

Today, St. Rita’s sent out a request to encourage parishioners to spend time in prayer (the Eucharistic Chapel is open) tomorrow between noon and 4:00pm.

Parishioners are also encouraged to spend some time in prayer and fasting for a peaceful resolution to this crisis in Syria.

I don’t know about other parishes at this time.

David - September 6, 2013

Clarification: since Pope Francis I is holding the prayer vigil in Rome from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, that is noon to 4:00 pm Dallas time.

The Eucharistic Chapel at St. Rita’s is available all day tomorrow.

6. Steve - September 6, 2013

Each day this week I have checked St. Mark’s, St. Joseph’s and St Elizabeth Ann Seton’s web pages for information in regard to Saturday’s call from Pope Francis to fast and perform pennances.

None of the parishes I listed has posted information related to the above.

That is very disheartening.

What is the point of parishes maintaining web sites when they have failed to post any information related to Pope Francis’ important call to fast and pray this Saturday for world peace?

Unless I have overlooked something, the Dallas Morning News has not published one story related to Pope Francis’ major program for world peace.

However, a few weeks ago, the Dallas Morning News turned Pope Francis’ supposed “pro-homosexual” press conference remarks into a major front-page story.

The remarks in question were, of course, a non-story in the sense that His Holiness simply upheld the Church’s teachings in regard to sodomy.

The Dallas Morning News has been determined not to publicize the Pope’s important Saturday initiative.

Therefore, it was even more critical that Dallas’ Catholic parishes utilize the Internet to promote Pope Francis’ peace-related endeavor.

Unfortunately, the parishes in question have failed to promote the above via Internet home pages.

Saint Joseph’s main web page, for example, promotes its 5K fun run that will be held late next month.

But there isn’t one word on said web page to inform St. Joseph’s parishoners that Pope Francis has exhorted Catholics tomorrow to fast and perform pennances to beg God to deliver us from war.

Again, from I have encountered, our Catholic leaders in Dallas have failed to promote adequately Pope Francis’ call for peace.

Fr. Clifford Smith - September 7, 2013

Although it didn’t appear on the St. Mark website all 10 Masses this weekend are being offered in union with Pope Francis and the Church throughout the world for peace in Syria. It is in the introduction to the Mass, the Prayers of the Faithful and a prayer for peace in Syria at the end of every Mass … both English and Spanish.

7. Steve - September 6, 2013

From the Dallas Diocese’s web site:


“Bishop Farrell has called on all parishes in the Diocese of Dallas to answer Pope Francis’ call for special prayers for peace in Syria. Special prayers for peace will be offered in churches throughout the diocese this weekend. Several parishes will hold special prayer services on Saturday, September 7th.

“Pastors at the following parishes invite all to join them in praying for peace in Syria.”

St. Cecilia Catholic Church
1801 W. Davis St., Dallas
Special hour of prayer following 8:00 a.m. Mass

Prince of Peace Catholic Church
5100 W. Plano Parkway, Plano
Special prayers, Eucharistic Adoration from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
4015 S. Hampton, Dallas
Benediction, hymns, scripture readings and prayer from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.

St. Ann Catholic Church
180 Samuel Blvd., Coppell
7:00 p.m.-12 midnight
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Recitation of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
9:00 – 10:30 p.m.– Quiet Prayer time
10:30 – 11:30 p.m.– Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament
11:30 – midnight – Prayer Time

8. Steve - September 6, 2013

I appreciate greatly Pope Francis’ exhortation in question. His Holiness has offered us a holy alternative to the Culture of Death act of war policies that certain politicians and others wish to implement against Syria and, for that matter, in various parts of the world.

I wonder whether such Catholics as Vice President Joseph Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and John Kerry will unite themselves tommorow with Pope Francis’ Culture of Life peace initative?

I am disappointed that at least in regard to the Dallas parishes whose web sites that I have visited, that they have failed in the following:

1. To broadcast information in regard to Pope Francis’ Saturday peace initative.

2. To state their programs for Saturday.

Finally, God’s favor rests clearly upon Pope Francis as our Pope has demonstrated that he is man of peace and love. His Holiness promotes the Culture of Life.

The world is filled with men and women who wish to unleash bombs and missiles. They know the ways of war and destruction.

As Catholic laymen, our hearts can swell with joy as we know that our Pontiff knows only the ways of peace and love.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

9. Steve - September 6, 2013

I telephoned the following Richardson/Plano parishes in regard to Saturday’s Papal peace initative…namely that Pope Francis declared the following:

“I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.”

— St. Mark’s…parish was closed. As of a few minutes ago, the parish web site’s main page did
not even mention Pope Francis’ call that Catholics fast and perform tomorrow pennances and offer prayers for peace.

— St. Paul The Apostle…the parish informed me that they will not heed Pope Francis’ exhortation to “gather to pray for this intention.”

— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton…the parish informed me that they will not heed Pope Francis’ exhortation to “gather to pray for this intention.”

— St. Joseph…informed me that they will not heed Pope Francis’ exhortation to “gather to pray for this intention.”

Prince of Peace in Plano informed me that tomorrow from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., they will unite with Pope Francis to offer prayers for peace in Syria and the world.

Prince of Peace’s web site has information related to the above.


I give thanks unto God that at least one Richardson/Plano Catholic parish has the faith and determination to unite tomorrow in powerful and visible fashion with Pope Francis.

tantamergo - September 6, 2013

Thank you for the research. I found nothing on the websites for St. Anthony in Wylie, St. Jude in Allen, St. Michael in McKinney, and St. Gabriel in McKinney. St. Gabriel had an announcement about the Pope’s requests for prayers and fasting, but no programs, Adoration, or anything else was listed. So, I don’t think they have anything formal planned.

So, basically, it looks like one parish in each quadrant of the Diocese was assigned this duty. It doesn’t exactly correspond do deaneries.

I bet Fr. Weinberger has something planned for St. William tomorrow. He’s probably going all in.

10. Steve - September 6, 2013

Thank you. But who determined that each quadrant of the Diocese was assigned the duty in question? Bishop Farrell has called upon “all parishes” to respond to the Holy Father’s exhortation in question.

The Dallas Diocese’s web site stated that “Bishop Farrell has called on all parishes in the Diocese of Dallas to answer Pope Francis’ call for special prayers for peace in Syria. Special prayers for peace will be offered in churches throughout the diocese this weekend. Several parishes will hold special prayer services on Saturday, September 7th.”

“all parishes…”

Unfortunately, far too many Dallas parishes are not interested in promoting Pope Francis’ call to fast, pray and perform pennances for peace in Syria and throughout the world.

That is clear. That is sad.

The collapse of the Catholic Church continues.

11. Steve - September 7, 2013

How shameful it will be tomorrow when non-Catholics heed the Pope’s call while numerous Catholic parishes in Dallas and elsewhere blow off the Holy Father’s peace initiative.

12. KathiBee - September 7, 2013

Just to round out the Collin County area, Our Lady of Angels in Allen does not have anything on their website either regarding the Holy Father’s call & it appears they have nothing planned. I was surprised that Seton didn’t have anything, they even have an “office” of Peace & Justice & a staff person devoted to that end.

I did have to smirk when I saw on the Diocese of Dallas page detailing which parishes were having something for the day (And I did note the omission of what is going on at Mater Dei :(……”If you would like to help Syrian Refugee Children, please donate to Catholic Relief Services now!”

13. Steve - September 7, 2013

One Dallas parish after another claims to be “vibrant” in the Faith. Our parishes claim, in particular, that said vibrancy is reflected in the numerous lay ministries that they feature.

Where have the lay ministries been this week? Pastors may claim that they have been too “busy” this week to have organized special prayer programs this Saturday to unite with Pope Francis’ peace program.


But as our parishes are loaded with lay ministers, couldn’t pastors have tapped into said folks to have coordinate special programs for Saturday?

What excuse could so many Dallas pastors offer to explain as to why they ignored the Holy Father’s “urgent” and “forceful” (Pope Francis’ words) exhortation in question?

I have heard Richardson/Plano priests proclaim during sermons that Pope Francis’ election has thrilled them…that they cannot wait each day to read his sermons and declarations.

Pope Francis has set into motion a major initiative…a vital call for fasting and prayer set for September 7th.

If anything, our pastors should have expressed keen interest in the Pope’s initiative as it is The United States of America who will deploy bombs and missiles against Syria.

America is, if you will, in the midst of the action.

That alone makes it unbelievable to me that so many Dallas pastors have not demonstrated a bit of interest in transforming their parishes tomorrow into prayer centers united to Pope Francis and his peace initiative.

To be frank…the situation in regard to they above is disgraceful and pathetic.

It is sad that tomorrow within the Dallas Diocese, so many Catholics will, in a sense, be on their own in regard to Pope Francis peace initiative.

Good job, pastors.

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