Our Mosaic Prayer Garden is starting to take shape. Last year we had all the preparatory work of paths being laid and the base for the mosaic being built. Now Paul Cooper has started on the first panel of the Mosaic. (For more information on the Mosaic Pryaer Garden click here) Paul had a very helpful consultation with Helen Smyth and the initial amount of small tiles and mosaic chips were purchased and Paul has started work. Reports from the Mosaic Group have also informed us that almost half of our target has been spiritually collected and offered up through prayer and good deeds of many people who want to make their spiritual contribution towards this project. On Friday, 15th March at 7.30pm we have a fund-raising concert for the Mosaic. Cost of the Ticket £8.00. We look forward to welcoming you. Drinks form the Bar during the Concert. Some of you have experienced the excellent band “Other Roads”. We are included in their UK tour this year and will be appearing at St John Fisher Hall. It is an excellent night of great music and the proceeds go towards the Mosaic Prayer Garden.
You can download the poster and use it to invite others to join us on this excellent concert. Please come along and support this venture and have a great night’s entertainment. (To download the Invite Poster click here)
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joe Farragher, who died suddenly at Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Blackley. Joe had driven his wife Rose to Church and as was his usual practice climbed into the Choir Loft to join his daughter, Patty Ganley, and the members of the Choir. It became clear that Joe was in distress and an ambulance had to be called. Please remember Rose and all the family at this time. Requiem Mass for Joe will be celebrated by Fr. Philip Brady at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Thursday 7th February at 1.00pm. For those wishing to write to Rose her address is 429 Victoria Avenue, Blackley M9 8PJ. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
A grandmother recently went to dinner at a restaurant with her son and two grandchildren. They were sitting at the table waiting for their food when the 5-year-old asked, “Grandma, what was your mummy like? “She was a very wonderful lady, Clare”, said Grandmother. “Your Daddy knew her, too.” The 5 year old looked at her Dad and said, “Did you, Dad?.” Dad responded, “Yes I did, Clare. She was very nice.”” “What was your Dad like, Grandma?” said Clare. Grandmother responded, “He was nice, too, but I didn’t know him very well because he died when I was only ten years old.” Clare’s Dad chimed in, “Isn’t it great that Grandma’s mum did such a good job taking care of Grandma even though her Dad wasn’t with them?” Clare didn’t say anymore right then. The next day, Sunday, Clare was just talking with her Dad. She said, “Dad, will people be able to see each other in heaven?” Her Dad said, “Sure they will, Clare”. Then she asked, “Dad, I guess, since you’re older than me, you’ll die first.” Her Dad responded, “Yes, I guess I will, Clare.” “She said, “I’ll sure miss you, Dad.” By this time Dad is having trouble keeping the tears from his eyes. After a moment of silence, Clare said, “Dad, will you please tell Jesus I love Him when you get there?” Dad responded with tears flowing down his face, “Sure, Clare, I’ll be glad to tell Him.” A wonderful story of a child’s search for the deeper meaning and mystery of death.
I cannot say OUR if my faith has no room for others and their needs. I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life and trust Him as His child. I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly and material things. I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I, who am called by his name am not holy and don’t try to be holy. I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the will and wishes of God in my life. I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I always do everything “my way”. I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now. I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of the people around me. I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone and refuse to forgive. I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted. I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapons of prayer and the sacraments. I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the King of my heart and life the joyful obedience of a loyal subject. I cannot say THINE IS THE POWER if I fear what my neighbours and friends may say or do if I truly follow God’s Plan. I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY if I am seeking my own glory and advantage first. I cannot say FOREVER if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs and forget the gift of eternity. I cannot say AMEN unless I can honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear, for I wear a thousand masks, And none of them are me. Don’t be fooled, for goodness sake, don’t be fooled. I give you the impression that I’m secure, that confidence is my name and coolness is my game, And that I need no one. But don’t believe me. Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, in aloneness, in fear. That’s why I create a mask to hide behind, to shield me from the glance that knows, but such a glance is precisely my salvation. That is, if it’s followed by acceptance, if it’s followed by love. It’s the only thing that can liberate me from my own self-built prison walls. I’m afraid that deep down I’m nothing and that I’m just no good, And that you will reject me. And so begins the parade of masks. I idly chatter to you. I tell you everything that’s really nothing and nothing of what’s everything, of what’s crying within me. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I’m not saying. I’d really like to be genuine and spontaneous, and me. But you’ve got to help me. You’ve got to hold out your hand. Each time you’re kind and gentle, and encouraging, Each time you try to understand because you really care, my heart begins to grow wings, feeble wings, but wings. With your sensitivity and sympathy, and your power of understanding, You alone can release me from my shallow world of uncertainty. It will not be easy for you. The nearer you approach me, The blinder I may strike back. But I’m told that Love is stronger than strong walls, and in this lies my only hope. Please try to beat down these walls with firm hands, but gentle hands, for a child is very sensitive. Who am I, you wonder. I am every man you meet, and also every woman that you meet. And I am you, also.
Covent Mass on the 18th January at 7.30pm at the Shrine.Welcome to our first Covenant Mass of the New Year. Holy Mass will be at 7.30pm at the Shrine with Fr. Pat Tansey as the Main Celebrant. Through our Covenant of Love we want to become credible and joy-filled witnesses to Our Lord in this Year of Faith. Schoenstatt’s Charism is living Faith as trust in God’s Plan of Love for each and everyone of us. We fall no further than into the hands of a loving Father. Our faith is searching to know and do the will of God in our ordinary lives. How we give witness to a true vision of marriage; how we educate our children to trust in God’s goodness and live for the Common Good in mutual respect for the equal dignity of the people we meet in our lives. Christians are good citizens through living their faith and leading lives according to their faith. Our Shrine is the Door of Faith to living our lives with and for love, justice and peace.
Faith in Action
As part of the Year of Faith we want to set a sign of thinking of and caring for others: We are collecting tinned and nonperishable foodstuffs which we pass on to the Brothers of Charity who give it to many in need. Please bring something for our Faith in Action.
On Saturday 16th June there was a meeting of 18 married couples from the Diocese of Salford interested in taking part in the second Holy Family Project, a training programme for married couples who want to work with other couples and families in the development of their family life and the growth of family spirituality. Many year ago Bl. Pope John Paul II said “Christians also have the mission of proclaiming with joy and conviction the Good News about family…” Bishop Terence Brain, who had supported the first Holy Family Project, invited the Schoenstatt Movement to start the next course. The course is a two year course in the practical development of the pastoral care of families. In the first year we look at “How to live Family” and in the second year, in developing the practical application of what we have shared, we consider “How to Teach Family”.