Welcome to our October Day on Sunday 14th October prepared by the Taste and See Family Mass Team. We celebrate just at the beginning of the Year of Faith and it is the beginning of the Year of Mission in preparation for the centenary of the Covenant of Love with our Lady in the Original Shrine. The Holy Father invites us to join in this journey of faith which he announced in his letter Porta Fedei. His wish is that the whole Church will join together like those in the community of faith in the Acts of the Apostles: “…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith…”(Acts 14:27). We will start at 1.00pm and Holy Mass will be at 3.30pm. You are invited to bring some food to share in a meal after Mass. There will be a bookstall with newest books from the Good News Publishers so that you can find good reading material for the Year of Faith and New Evangelisation. We look forward to welcoming you.
Welcome to our Family Mass on October 14th 2012. The format is an extended afternoon since we join with those celebrating the Covenant Day in October. You are invited to come from 12.30pm onward. Programme will start at 1.00pm. There will be an input for the adults and a separate children’s programme. This is followed by workshop and discussion group. Holy Mass will be at the usual time of 3.30pm and we invite you to bring along some food to share in a meal afterward. Each of us in called to be apostles of the Covenant of Love. In the year of Mission we want to grow in being God’s Instrument in the world. In Dachau Fr. Kentenich said: “How do we build the Kingdom of God here?” In our October Day we want to ask how do we build God’s Kingdom here in our heart, here at home & Work and from the Shrine within the Church. We will conclude with a visit to the Shrine and expect to finish about 6.00pm. Look forward to seeing you there.(Click here for pdf of the invite)
I dreamed I had an interview with God “So, you would like to interview me?” GOD asked. “If you have time,” I said. GOD smiled. “My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?” “What surprises you the most about humankind?” GOD answered… “That they get bored with childhood, that they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.” “That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health.” “That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.” “That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived.” GOD’s hand took mine… and we were silent for a while. And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?” GOD replied, “To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.” “To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.” “To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.” “To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.” “To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.” “To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings.” “To learn that two people can look at the same thing, and see it differently.” “To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.” “Thank you for your time,” I said humbly. “Is there anything else you would like your children to know?” GOD smiled, and said… “Just know that I am here. Always.”
The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. Oh mummy, please, mummy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?” Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face. “£10. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself.” As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pence. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbour and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pull out the weeds for £2. On her birthday, grandma did give her £5 and slowly she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed-up and grown up. She wore them everywhere; school, Church, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a shower. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green. Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?” Continue reading “The Necklace”
Meeting of the Schoenstatt Family
Welcome to our ‘Into My Vineyard Meeting’. We have had a great year so far with the School Retreats bring more than 250 teenagers to the Shrine, the Parish Shrine days have been very well visited and the teams running them have been fantastic. The Celebration of Covenant Mass has greatly improved (especially with the Music Group from St Edmund’s helping us) and attendance has gotten better. Our Family Week in Schoenstatt Marienau was a great success. Mary Cole has started a small study group on Schoenstatt. Gerry Markland has started a men’s group. There are many more initiatives that are not mentioned her. During the year we have had a lot of work done refurbishing the cottage and the work on the mosaic is coming along. In this meeting we want to look at our October Day for 14th October which will be run by our Taste and See Team. We also need to plan ahead. We have to register and make the downpayment of a deposit by November 2012 if we want to attend the Jubilee celebrations in Schoenstatt in October 2014 and if we want to join in the Rome Weekend following. We have the possibility of a Family Weekend in Marienau 4th -11 August 2014. Again we need to make a decision if we want to go on this Family Week. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 22nd September. If you want there is Holy Mass at 12.00 noon The meeting will start at 1.00pm (Click Here for full programme)
The New Series of the Kentenich Talks from June 2012 are now available on DVD. You can collect your copy at the St. John Fisher Schoenstatt Centre. Please ask one of the volunteers or one of the priests for your copy. (Series of three DVDs – suggested donation to cover production costs £15.00) What is Divine Providence? It is the activity of God when he cares for you and me. He cares by realising his Plan of Love in our lives and he will see this plan through to the end. Believing in Divine Providence is not enough. The practical faith is a daily activity. It means we can trust in God above everything else and it means that God will care for us, he will look after us. Your spiritual journey needs, as a key element, a relationship to God that motivates you to discover his will. The person who can do this takes the presence of God in his life seriously.
On behalf of the Schoenstatt Ladies Group I would like to welcome you to the Covenant Mass on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm at the Shrine, St John Fisher, Kearslley. The theme of our Mass leads us into the Year of Faith which starts on the 11th October this year: “When God gives someone a mission, he first shows them their helplessness.” We have many examples of how God teaches us to trust him completely. We look forward to seeing you there. The DVD of the June Talks held by Fr. Duncan will be available.