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Open The Rose


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 30/04/2012

A young, newly-ordained priest was walking with an older, more seasoned parish priest in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older man. The parish priest walked up to a rosebush and handed the young priest a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. He looked in disbelief at the older priest and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know God’s will for his life and for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older priest, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact… It wasn’t long before he realized that it was impossible to do so. Noticing the young priest’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older priest began to tell him the following poem… (more…)

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The Sandbox


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 02/09/2011

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The lad dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With no little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy and the rock was very huge). When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the wall. Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed and shoved. But his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. (more…)

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Taste and See Family Mass


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/08/2011

Welcome Poster SeptemberWelcome to our September Family Mass on Sunday 11th September  at 3.30pm. The words of Pope Benedict to the young people in Madrid WYD give us encouragement for our task to build God’s Kingdom in our families. “The joy you are seeking has a name, a face; that of Jesus of Nazareth, who waits for you in the Eucharist.”  Announcing the next WYD in Rio de Janeiro the Holy Father said:  “It is not possible to find Christ and not tell others about Him. So, do not keep Christ for yourselves. Communicate the joy of your Faith to others. The World needs the testimony of your faith.” Benedict XVI Download Poster Click here

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Year of the Father – Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Joseph Kentenich Today


by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 08/07/2011

Father Josef KentenichIn this year of the Father we celebrate the Ordination Anniversary of our Founder. I would like to share an important text with you today – a talk he gave on the Silver Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination as a sign of our celebration today.

The text is adapted from P. Wolf, In Union With the Father

1935 was the year of our founder’s twenty fifth jubilee of ordination. He had always kept a low profile and as a rule avoided being photographed. Apparently, it took many by surprise when he actually permitted his jubilee to be celebrated on a larger scale. He availed himself of this jubilee in order to make the Family aware of the deep interconnectedness they had with him and among themselves in the Movement. He gave his followers a sense of being a family and gratefully acknowledged this interconnectedness. In a lively way he shared how he, on his part, was indebted to them; that, in fact, he could vividly remember who had contributed what to Schoenstatt. In this speech given on his silver jubilee of ordination, he spoke about a mutual, inner contact in which he perceived the fruitfulness of the spiritual community that had grown around him. The founder drew attention to this family interconnectedness for yet another reason; namely, in reference to the impending difficulties expected from the Third Reich (Nazi Germany). It is worthwhile to take note of this mutual connectedness unveiled in this speech. (more…)

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Taste & See Mass


by Shrine Office on 06/07/2011

Poster for family masses at the Schoenstatt Centre

July 10th, 3.30pm
Schoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre – St John Fisher

A mass prepared by families for families.

  • Gathering for Mass at 3.30pm we begin to look at our theme.
  • A shared meal helps us come together.
  • A time of reflection helps us open up in faith
  • Activities for children and young adults

For more information click here

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God Lives Under The Bed


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 04/07/2011

I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one night. He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, ‘Are you there, God?’ he said. ‘Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed…’ I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humour.  I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. (more…)

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Into My Vineyard


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 02/07/2011

Welcome to our ‘Into My Vineyard Meeting’. You are invited to join us for holy Mass at 12.00 noon in the Shrine and can enjoy  a cup of tea with your  packed lunch afterward if you wish. As we planned for our Tenth Jubilee  last October we formulated our vision for the next ten years of the Shrine: Our Shrine is about Family. Our Mission – to encourage young families and young people to come to the Shrine. Topics for the Day: Management Team; Calendar 2012 & 2013; Time for the Branches; Fun & Fundraisers; Year of the Shrine 2012. (Click here to download the poster). We look forward to the year of the Shrine starting in this October and we want to plan how we can bring more people to the Shrine.

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