Fall 2013 - Episode 3: The Power of One
Highlighted Saint
St. Bernadette Feast Day is April 16th.  Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on Jan. 7, 1844. At the age of fourteen, near a cave at Massabielle she witnessed the first of 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary who identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. At twenty-two Bernadette chose to withdraw to the convent of Saint-Gildard, Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers. She stayed there until her death in 1879. She was canonized on Dec. 8, 1933 and usually depoicted in the dress of a shepherd or nun. Her name is of German origin and means “Brave as a bear.”

St. Joan of Arc 322 May 30th.  Joan was born at Domremy, France, around 1412. An illiterate peasant, from the age of thirteen she heard the voices of saints calling on her to free France, at the time involved in the Hundred Years War (1339-1453). She thus went into battle against the army of the English, for on the basis of holdings on French soil the English claimed rights to the throne. In fact, Joan succeeded in having Charles VII crowned at Rheims. Betrayed and tried as a heritic, Joan was sent to the pyre in 1431. Pope Cakuztys III ordered the trial annulled in 1455; Joan was fully rehabilitated and finally canonized in 1920.  She is depicted in armor bearing a standard.

Protector: Telegraph and radio operators

Patron: Joan is the patron saint of France

Name: Joan (John) is of Hebrew origin and means “Yahweh is gracious”.
Janet's Homework Assignment
1) Read about the life of St. Joan of Arc and St Bernadette.
2) Visit the Old Testament Readings on Ruth and Esther

Extreme Makeover
Extreme Makeover by Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the thoroughly modern, sexually liberated lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also powerful personal testimonies, Extreme Makeover shows that it is not the slogans of the sexual revolution and the women’s liberation movement that free and dignify women, but the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church.

Recall Abortion: Ending the Abortion Industry's Exploitation of Women

by Janet Morana

Janet Morana exposes the myriad ways abortion exploits women, and calls for a National recall of this deadly procedure.

Sign the petition to recall abortion.
The Kitchen Madonna The Kitchen Madonna:
Patroness of The Catholic View for Women

Mary was not only Jesus' Mother, but also a housewife. Her utensils are earthly and heavenly symbols. The key represents the safety in the house and also the way into heaven. The kettle symbolizes nourishment for body and soul. The broom represents cleanliness in the home and in thoughts and deeds. 
Available from EWTN Religious Catalogue

The Magnificat

Magnificat is a lavishly printed, easy-to-read pocket-sized worship aid, of more than 400 pages.

Magnificat can be used to follow the daily Mass and can also be read at home for personal or family prayer.
Available at Magnificat
Consider praying the Divine Office on a daily basis. 
The Divine Office provides psalms and prayers to be prayed at different times of the day. 
See www.divineoffice.org.