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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

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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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Holy Spirit Soul of My Soul


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 29/05/2011

Flames of the Holy SpiritHoly Spirit Life of the World and Soul of my Soul

Our next celebration of Family Mass at the Shrine falls on Pentecost Sunday. As families we are invited into the ‘Upper Room’ to welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out for our time. Our Pentecost reflects the needs of our time. On the one hand, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI while in England encouraged us to take our place in the pubic square and bear witness to God in our lives. St John tells us: ‘Witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’ (Rev 19:10). This is the experience of the original Pentecost and the challenge to break out from the enclave of our own fear and reach out to many who are searching for God in their lives.

On the other hand we are given the gift of unity through the Holy Spirit. St Luke shows the universality of this unity by listing the number of different peoples present at Pentecost – all of whom understood the word of the Apostles in their own language. But he also knows the Holy Spirit effects the unity within the family and within the individual. The Apostles were united with Mary, the Mother of the Lord in expectation of the Spirit and founded a new community in the birth of the Church through the coming of the Spirit. (to download text: Click here ) (more…)

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Kentenich Talks – Garden of Mary – June


by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 26/05/2011

This coming June – 1st (7.30pm GMT), 8th (8pm GMT) and 15th(7.30pm GMT) Fr. Duncan will be introducing us to the theme of the Garden of Mary in this Year of the Father 2011. Here is what you can expect…

This year’s Kentenich Talks in June 2011 are about the “Garden of Mary” Vision – how it came about in Schoenstatt and its meaning for our spiritual lives today. The Garden of Mary is a symbol for a means of evangelisation, where the relationship to God and to each other becomes the platform for faith. It has a horizontal and vertical dimension.
The horizontal dimension is reflected in the symbolism of a garden that is full of every kind of tree, and flower, pathway and river. However, this great diversity does not diminish the unity of the Garden. The significance for living our faith today is that the Church is made up of very different and unique people, each bringing their own originality and talents, but together make up the one Body of Christ. (more…)
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