As a Christian people, one of the primary messages that Jesus Christ gives us is a promise of hope of the life to come. Sacred Scripture is filled with this very message of hope, but the very last book in the Bible speaks of a time of trouble and concern. How does the book of Revelation assure us of the hope that Jesus Christ promises? Does it make the end of time something to dread or look forward to?
Using the tradition of the Church, and of the many saints she has nurtured, all those who have at least completed the junior year of high school and above (that includes all adults) are invited to take part in a Bible Study on the Book of Revelation with Deacon Ventura on four Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am:
July 12 and 19
August 2 and 16
The series will be held in the St. Mary School – Library on the 2nd floor of the main school building.
As our church building’s sesquicentennial anniversary of consecration approaches, enjoy the below article which helps us to understand the landscape and make-up of the Catholic Church in the 18th and 19th centuries in the early United States:
The Weekly Lancaster Gazette
Vol. 2 No. 18; 7 September 1854
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC POPULATION IN AMERICA
In 1790, there were about 40 priests in the entire country. In 1808, the system, in its organized form, comprised 1 diocese, 2 Bishops, 300 Priests, 80 churches, 2 ecclestastial institutions, 1 college, and 2 female academies. In 1854, it comprises 7 arch-bishops, 32 bishops, 1,574 priests, 1712 churches, 41 dioceses, 2 apostolic vicaries, 20 colleges with 2,147 students, and 112 female academies. It has 2 weekly periodicals, 1 monthly, 1 quarterly, and two annuals, published in English, French, and German. The entire Papal population of the country is about 3,000,000. From 1834 to 1844, the personal and material force of the [Roman] Church in the United States, increased at the rate of about 100 per cent. During the last 10 years, nearly the same ratio is observed, except the number of churches and priests. In these, the ratio of increase has been about 170 per cent.