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Join Me in Rome in June!


Rome Pilgrimage 2014

Rome Pilgrimage 2014

If you could not attend the canonizations, there is still an opportunity to go to Rome and visit the Shrines of our newest Saints: John XXIII and John Paul II–as well as being with POPE FRANCIS and the Catholic Conference at Olympic Stadium. Join me to Rome, Assisi and San Giovanni Rotundo from May 30 to June 11. Book NOW! www.selectinternationaltours.com or call 800-842-4842 DON’T MISS THIS!!!


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Deacon Harold and Colleen Invite You To Do Something Special for Your Marriage in This Year of Faith!

TGC Jamaica

Great Christmas present for your spouse!
Register for your trip by December 24th, 2012 &

ENTER TO WIN your trip PAID IN FULL by Deacon Harold!

Registration deadline is December 31st, 2012
For more information, see details below or contact Kristina Erdmann
What will the Couples Getaway do for you and your spouse?

·      Establish a strong spiritual foundation and deeper commitment to seeking God together.

·      Show more affection, reverence, and esteem for each other.

·      Develop loving habits that will become part of your everyday life.

·      Rekindle the love, joy, and passion you once felt in your relationship.

  • Event:                         Couples Retreat 2013
  • Dates:                         April 3rd – 8th, 2013
  • Location:                    Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Hotel:

Price Includes:           

Daily Couples Seminar with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

One-on-one sessions with Deacon Harold and Colleen Burke-Sivers

Round trip airport-hotel-airport transfers

Five nights of accommodations (Garden View Room)

All inclusive resort plan (meals, drinks, most non-motorized water sports)

To Register:   

1) Fill out the registration form HERE.

 –Please use Full Name as shown on passport.
2) Non-refundable deposit of $250.00 upon registration.
3) Contact Brenda for flight information and purchase.

 4) Make final payment of $2550.00 and $2850.00 (Ocean View) by January 15th, 2013

5) Secure a passport by January 31st, 2013.

Cancellation deadline: January 1st, 2013

Pre-Registration FAQ’s

What information will I need to book the Couples Retreat?
            Full Legal Name (as seen on your passport)
            Date of Birth
            Any health concerns we should know about
            Phone Number
            Email Address
            Emergency Contact Information
Who may attend the Couples Retreat?
Deacon Harold’s Couples Getaway in Jamaica is for married couples of any age.  The Couples Getaway is meant for couples who want to re-connect on a deeper level with Christ and each other.
What is NOT INCLUDED in the price of the Couples Getaway?
            Items of personal nature (phone calls, internet, laundry, etc)
            Spa and Salon
            Any meals off property
            Travel Insurance (this can be purchased separately)
Is it possible to book our own room and pay to participate in the retreat?
There are only 20 couples allowed into the program, and each couple needs to purchase the package deal in order to take advantage of this worthwhile event.
Pre-Trip Details
What day/time should we arrive?
Arrive on April 3rd, 2013.  First group meeting will be in the morning on April 4th, 2013.  Departure will be in the am on April 8th, 2013.
What kind of travel documentation will we need?
Proper travel documentation is required and is the responsibility of the guest.  U.S citizens are required to show a valid, up-to-date U.S. passport.  It is important the guest names on the travel documents be identical to those used during registration.
Can we purchase travel insurance?
  • Yes, you can for an additional fee.  If you would like to purchase travel insurance please contact: Brenda McClain  bmcclain@allseasonstravel.com
What should we pack?
Casual attire is the order of the day.  Casual shorts, jeans, tops and sundresses are welcome everywhere.
What about my medications?
Please carry your required medications in your pocket or purse so that it will be available when needed.  Checked luggage may not be accessible at all times.
What are the goals of the Couples Getaway?
As a result of the Couples Getaway, we pray that the couples will:
  • Establish a strong spiritual foundation and deeper commitment to seeking God together.
  • Show more affection, reverence, and esteem for each other.
  • Develop loving habits that will become part of their everyday life.
  • No longer take each other for granted.
  • Rekindle the love, joy, and passion they once felt in their marriage relationship.

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In Thanksgiving for My Wife

When God decided to take love—the very heart and essence of His being (1 John 4:16)— and place that love within Man, male and female made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27), that love first took root, first established a home and formed a foundation within the heart of the woman first. A woman is the very heart of God’s love.  Women, by their very nature, have a special relationship with the Holy Spirit as bearers and givers of life.

My wife gives life to me through her unwavering love and support of my work in the Lord’s vineyard, which sometimes keeps me away from home for long stretches of time.  Even though she doesn’t travel with me, we are a team and her role in evangelization is just as important as mine.  We are in this together!  While I am out preaching and teaching to the universal Church, she is taking care of things in the domestic church, the church of the home.        
Since the Holy Spirit speaks through her, I have come to learn the great value of listening to my wife—not just to her words but to her heart.  My wife’s wisdom has allowed me to become a better husband to her and a better father to my children.  Sometimes I’m so busy that I don’t take time to appreciate the great gift from God that she is.  Shame on me.  We’ve been through so much together during these past eighteen years and have not forgotten that Jesus Christ is the heart and center of our married lives.
So this Thanksgiving, make sure to tell your spouse how much you love and appreciate them … then have that second slice of pie!

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Deacon Harold Down Under for the Year of Faith! Full Tour Schedule

Leaving today for Australia. Here is the preview video for my Year of Faith Australian Tour (October 11-23, 2012):

The Tour Dates (click on the event for details):

October 11-12: Perth (National Catholic Conference)

October 13: Perth (Catholic Men’s Retreat)

October 14: Perth (Homily at 5:00pm Mass)

October 15: Perth (Catholic Youth Rally)

October 16: Melbourne

October 17-21: Sydney

October 22: Brisbane

October 23: Sydney

Please pray for me and for all who will attend the events!

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Best-Selling Author, EWTN Icon, and Legendary Scripture Scholar Fr. Mitch Pacwa Reviews “The Mass in Sacred Scripture”

Catholic Apologist extraordinaire Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ph.D., a popular Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) personality and host of numerous series, including EWTN Live, Threshold of Hope, and the Open Line radio program, has published the following review of, The Mass in Sacred Scripture:

“Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers begins this booklet with an informative overview of the stages of the English translation of the Mass and its relationship to the Second Vatican Council, the debate over principles of translation, and the relevance of both of these to the Catholic worship within the context of the Mass. This overview helps the reader understand that the changes in translations are not arbitrary whims of taste but are rooted in important principles that give insight into the next stage of integrating worship into the whole of Catholic life in the modern world. Then, the bulk of the book links each liturgical prayer with its Scriptural root, line-by-line, prayer-by-prayer. The average Catholic will benefit from bringing this booklet to periods of prayer and meditation in order to contemplate the Word of God as the verbal source of the liturgy, which itself is the source and summit of the whole Christian life (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10; Lumen Gentium 11).”

–  Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ph.D., Author, The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics

Father Pacwa has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. Being a well-known biblical scholar, he has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world, and has appeared on and hosted international radio and television programs. Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.

In addition to his duties at EWTN, Father Pacwa is the Founder and President of Ignatius Productions, and had authored numerous books, including How to Listen When God Is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-day Catholics, Go In Peace: Your Guide to the Purpose and Power of Confession, Catholics And The New Age, Father, Forgive Me, For I Am Frustrated, and his latest work The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics.

Find out all about Fr. Mitch HERE.

Download The Mass in Sacred Scripture as an e-booklet HERE or purchase a hard copy at Deacon Harold’s store.

©2012 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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Renowned Dominican Scholar Reviews “The Mass in Sacred Scripture”

One of the world’s foremost Dominican theologians, a prolific author and host of numerous Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) series, Father Brian Mullady, O.P., S.T.D., has published the following review of my new booklet, The Mass in Sacred Scripture:

“The little book is a gold mine of scriptural verses applied to the ritual of the Mass.  The new ICEL English translation is used so that this book is of great practical aid for anyone interested in seeing the intimate relationship of Scripture to the sacramental ritual of the Church.  A helpful introduction together with a simple question and answer section at the end are of special importance to someone who does not see the need to attend Mass or who does not understand the depth and power of this attendance.  This is heartily recommended for clerics and laity alike who want to increase their devotion and appreciation for the Mass.”

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., S.T.D.,  Author, Both Servant and Free     

Father Mullady is a regular columnist for Homiletic and Pastoral Review and teaches at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT.  A highly respected and engaging preacher, he travels extensively lecturing and speaking at parish missions, retreats, and institutes throughout the United States.  Find out all about him HERE.

©2012 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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The Mass in Sacred Scripture

The Mass in Sacred Scripture

Throughout the history of the Church, the liturgy has been revised and updated so that the expression of the Church’s worship may reflect the Spirit-filled vitality and dynamism of the Church herself.  The liturgical reforms of Vatican II are intended to be instruments of catechesis and evangelization. The Council is clear that it “earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy … for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 14).

Blessed John Paul II, in reflecting on the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, challenged us to “enter more deeply into the contemplative dimension of worship, which includes a sense of awe, reverence, and adoration which are fundamental attitudes in our relationship with God”  (Pope John Paul II, “Authentic Liturgical Renewal”, 130). The Second Vatican Council, in instituting legitimate changes and revisions to the Eucharistic liturgy that are in harmony with Sacred Tradition, endeavored to make the Mass more open to full and active participation by the lay faithful, through which the People of God, “inspired by faith, hope, and love, offers to the Father, in, with, and through Christ in the Holy Spirit, a sacrifice of praise and self-giving” (Johannes H. Emminghaus, The Eucharist: Essence, Form, Celebration, 97).

This movement of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church led to the Roman Missal revision of 2000.  The revised Missal received recognitio (official approval from the Vatican) for use in English-speaking counties on March 25, 2010 (and in the United States on June 23, 2010 for implementation on November 27, 2011).

The Mass in Sacred Scripture was inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and its desire that “the treasures of the bible be opened up more lavishly, so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 51). The Mass in Sacred Scripture walks the reader through a brief history of the liturgical changes at Vatican II that led to the 2010 Roman Missal revision in English, presents the approved English texts of the Roman Missal alongside some of the Scripture passages from which the Mass texts were derived, and shows the intimate connection between the Mass and the Bible.  The booklet ends with a short question and answer section designed to root what happens at Mass within the fertile soil of our every day lived experience.

The Mass in Sacred Scripture clearly shows that, without a doubt, the Catholic Church fosters great reverence and respect for the Word of God, and recognizes the vital role Sacred Scripture plays in the lives of the Church and her children.

Order the E-Booklet for your Kindle HERE from Amazon.com for only $2.99!

Order the print version HERE for only $2.99!

©2012 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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