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Tale of the Three Trees


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 27/02/2012

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!” The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!” The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.” Years passed and the little trees grew tall. (more…)

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Into My Vineyard


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2012

The Original Shrine – source of Schoenstattʼs life, hub of the Schoenstatt Network

In recent times we have received the news that the Pallottine Fathers wish to transfer the responsibility for the Original Shrine to the Schoenstatt Movement. As we speak a contract of use is being drawn up with a view to a total handover before the celebration of Schoenstattʼs hundredth jubilee. Perhaps we register the impact of this development less since we are not living in Schoenstatt and probably initially there will be no great change in how things run. However in the scheme of things this could have great significance for Schoenstatt also in the development of its international outlook. (more…)

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Requiem for Win Dunn’s son Marc


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 24/02/2012

Oval shaped MTA

Please remember in your prayers today Marc Sutherland, Win Dunn’s son whose Requiem we celebrate today. Holy Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s, Albert Road, Whitefield M45 8NN, at 12.00 noon. We pray for Win and Bernard and Win’s family. We pray for Mark, may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Eternal rest grant unto him,O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace Amen

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FamilyWeek Holiday & Pilgrimage 2012


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 19/02/2012

Invite to the Family Week 2012FamilyWeek Holiday & Pilgrimage in Haus Marienau, Schoenstatt Germany from 4th August -11th August 2012 – inclusive. This year we will visit Schoenstatt 100 years after Fr. Kentenich became the Spiritual Director of the students in the Junior Seminary in Schoenstatt. He was to find himself with a job for life – he was called to be a prophetic educator for many, leading them in the Covenant of Love to the Heart of Mary and her beloved Son, Jesus. Later on he was to say that the appointment in the Seminary 1912 was not just a job for a young priest but the discovery of his life’s vocation. The modern world demands a new approach for young people to find God in their life. Fr. Kentenich wanted to help people find their way and put their trust in God and in response to His Love for them they would bear witness to Christ in the unspoken example of their lives, in the words of encouragement and challenge they say to others searching for God  and in the unstinting service to others, helping to build God’s Kingdom.(To download the Poster click here.)

Contact Konrad & Ann Ostmeier

e-mail: Konrad Ostmeier <kwaost1@aol.com>

A and K Ostmeier 12, Thorncliffe Ave., Royton  OL2 5RZ

 

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A Love Story


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 13/02/2012

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?” I answered, “Of course, Lord! You are my Lord and Saviour!” Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?” I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.” Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation. So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love you.” (more…)

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Into My Vineyard February 2012


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 11/02/2012

Meeting of the Schoenstatt Family

Welcome to our ‘Into My Vineyard Meeting’. This year we focus on the Shrine as a place of being in God’s presence, a place of grace and spiritual growth, a place for the New Evangelisation spoken of by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. We want to reach out to welcome new people. To download invite click here

We will change the dates and format of our Covenant Mass each month. A new initiative of Parish Shrine days extends an invitation to ten Parishes in Salford Diocese to spend a day at the Shrine. For this we need a new apostolic team to run the days. Our Taste and See Mass continues to invite especially young families to our Sunday Family Mass. This year we receive in the month of May/June a unique copy of the Pilgrim Mother Shrine from John Possabon which has been journeying in Europe and will be crowned as Mary Queen of the New Evangelisation in September 8th 2012. The Mosaic Prayer Garden is taking shape -  we look forward for an update in this gift to Our Lady for the year 2014. There will be time for the Branches to meet during the meeting to discuss and plan their programme  for the year. To download overview of programme towards 2014 click here

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Taste and See Family Mass February 2012


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 07/02/2012

Invite to Februar Family MassWelcome to our Taste and See Mass in February. Our Mass in on Sunday 12th February at 3.30pm followed by a shared meal. All are welcome. This year we celebrate a Year of the Shrine.Denis Shevlan Winter Birds In faith we say: God is here in the Shrine. God is near and God needs us. Our home is a secure place in which we want our family to experience God’s presence. Not distant nor estranged our God is near to us and knows the beating of our heart and the sound of our breathing. He is near to us because he loves us.  He needs us. Our children know of God’s love because they experience the love and care of their parents. His choice is to become dependent on us – that is why he invites us to join in his plan of love. Anchored in the heart of God we have the courage and confidence to reach out to many. To download Poster click here

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