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Picture of Peace


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 14/11/2011

An artist was commissioned by a wealthy man to paint something that would depict peace. After a great deal of thought, the artist painted a beautiful country scene. There were green fields with cows standing in them, birds were flying in the blue sky and a lovely little village lay in a distant valley. The artist gave the picture to the man, but there was a look of disappointment on his face. The man said to the artist, “This isn’t a picture of true peace. It isn’t right. Go back and try again. The artist went back to his studio, thought for several hours about peace, then went to his canvas and began to paint. When he was finished, there on the canvas was a beautiful picture of a mother, holding a sleeping baby in her arms, smiling lovingly at the child. He thought, surely, this is true peace, and hurried to give the picture to the wealthy man. But again, the wealthy man refused the painting and asked the painter to try again. (more…)

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Christmas Fayre at the Shrine


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 14/11/2011

Christmas DecorationChristmas Craft and Gift Fayre

Schoenstatt Centre – St. John Fisher

Welcome to our Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre at St John Fisher’s. It falls on the 27th November starting at 1.00pm This is a Fayre with a difference – the members of our little community have pooled their talents and produced  a great range of Christmas Craft and Gifts which will save you going on the internet to buy. Of course Father Christmas will visit and every child will have the chance to let him know their wishes for Christmas. We have everything from hand made Christmas Cards, hand decorated Candles to hand made chocolates. Our cakes and jams could be put on show anywhere! Our Bottle Stall and Chocolate Tombola are always bringing up winners. You can feast on anything from light lunch to cream tea with mulled wine and Irish coffee. There is something for young and not so young to be found at our Fayre. All are welcome. To download the poster click here

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Searching


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 08/11/2011

Searching A Talk in AdventAdvent is a time of searching – following the star which leads us to the Saviour of the world. Advent is a time of shelter seeking- God wants to find a home in our hearts. Advent is a time of change – our God transforms the manger of our hearts into the temple of his sacred presence. Advent is a time of hope – a light in the darkness lighting up our way. Welcome to our Talk in Advent at the Shrine on Thursday 17th November. You are invited to Holy Mass at 7.30pm followed by light refreshments. Then Fr. Bryan will lead us in an Advent Meditation. To download the poster click here

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A New Pentecost


by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 08/11/2011

On Oct. 18th, Fr. Andrew and I found ourselves at the Focolare centre in Welwyn Garden City for a meeting of the New Ecclesial movements. Three questions probably spring to mind:

1. What is a New Ecclesial movement?

2. Why were you two there?

3. What happened?

Perhaps I should let Pope Benedict provide an answer to no. 1 when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he said:

‘Movements generally derive their origin from a charismatic leader and take shape in concrete communities, inspired by the life of their founder; they attempt to live the Gospel anew, in its totality, and recognise the Church without hesitation as the ground of their life without which they could not exist.’

Our Schoenstatt movement certainly fits the bill here.

To answer no. 2 we need to go back in time to May 31st. 1998, the eve of Pentecost, when Pope John Paul II invited members of the ecclesial movements to join him in St. Peter’s square. He certainly had a magnetic appeal for over 300,000 turned up on his doorstep (one of whom was our own Fr. Andrew!) This was the first time such a meeting between the movements and the Pontiff had taken place and was described by the Pope as a ‘truly unprecedented event’. He gave his passionate commitment and encouragement to the movements saying (more…)

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Year of the Shrine – A central text…


by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 08/11/2011

You can always find new ways to look at the Shrine. Thanks to Michael Davies we have received some wonderful photos of our Shrine in Kearsley. Looking at the Documents and talks that Father Kentenich gave when the Shrine began it’s life help us to look, not only at the building – but what the building wishes to achieve.

Fr. Andrew

 
Three months separated the appearance of the article in the “Allgemeine Rundschau”, with its report on the origin of the place of pilgrimage at the Valley of Pompeii and the first gathering of the newly founded Sodality in Schoenstatt. In the meantime the First World War had broken out, and the new College had been transformed into a field hospital.
During the summer holidays Fr Michael Kolb, the Pallottine Provincial Superior, agreed that the ancient Chapel of St Michael could become the Sodality chapel, and prepared it for this role. On 18 October Fr Kentenich gave a talk there, which has been called the “Founding Document” until today. In it he presented the Sodalists with a programme that had grown within him as a result of his faith in Divine Providence. He echoed their joy at having a new home, and presented his favourite idea to the young Sodalists.

 

Transforming the Chapel into a Place of Pilgrimage

First of all, I greet you again after a long time with the beautiful greeting, Nos cum Prole pia benedicat Virgo Maria. It is the first time that this Sodality greeting has been used in this place. May it sound and resound in all the time to come. (more…)

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I Will Go To God


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 07/11/2011

The stars shone more brightly then ever before and the moon hung ever so high in the black sky. I could hear laughter in the background and crying in the foreground. My mind was clouded and my palms a bright red from the bitter cold. It seemed like just yesterday I had sat with him laughing and smiling. I could still hear the slight crackle or his perfectly creased shirts, and smell the sweet aromas of cologne and dryer sheets. I remembered the brightness in his eyes and his glowing personality. I could hear his sweet voice and his assuring words. But now he was gone. It was only hours after I said goodbye, laid a single rose upon the ground, and watched his coffin slowly fade into the deep earth. I was confused, numb, and deeply depressed. He had been my mentor, my guide. He had been my life. The days went by ever so slowly and the nights were never ending. I kneeled beside my bed and prayed each night while drowning in my tears. I was lost without him, and felt as if I had no reason to live anymore. Finally, it came time for me to clean out his belongings. (more…)

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Taste and See Mass in November


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 03/11/2011

Welcome to our Taste and See Mass in November. In Baptism each of us is called to bring good news about Christ to many. The place where we bring this good news is first and foremost at home in our family. CelebratingInvite to Monthly Family mass at the Shrine Family Mass together at the Shrine encourages us to live in the joy of the Gospel and give support to other families in their search for God in their lives. In telling our own personal story we help others to express their journey of faith as an encounter with the living God. Mass starts at 3.30pm followed by a shared meal. Then Liz and Gerry will lead us in a time of reflection during which time our children will have their programme. We will finish for 6.30pm to download the poster Click here

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