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Bruised Apples


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 27/02/2013

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. Well, as such things go, one thing led to another. The sales meeting lasted longer than anticipated. Their flights were scheduled to leave out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and they had to race to the airport. With tickets in hand, they barged through the terminal to catch their flight back home. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table, which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding, all but one. He paused, took a deep breath and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his friends to go on without him and told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the floor. (more…)

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Into My Vineyard Topics


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 22/02/2013

Welcome to  Into my Vineyard.  In this meeting we want to take time for the Branches(to download info on the Family Week August 2013 click here) to plan and to look at events coming up, e.g, our May Day for 12th May  (both the May Day and October Day last year were a great success under the leadership our Taste and See Team). We also need to plan ahead. We have to register and make the downpayment of a deposit if we want to attend the Jubilee celebrations in Schoenstatt in October 2014 and if we want to join in the Rome Weekend following. 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 (to download invitation and Info click here)

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Into My Vineyard


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 16/02/2013

Into My Vineyard: You are invited to our meeting of the Schoenstatt Movement in England and Wales. Into My Vineyard is on Saturday 23rd February at the Shrine. If you wish there will be the chance for Holy Mass at 12.00 noon and  for a hot drink afterwards. This meeting gives us an opportunity to consider the spiritual goals we wish to set ourselves in the different Branches of the Movement. We will look at the meaning of the Year of Faith in the Universal Church and the Year of Mission in Schoenstatt as we prepare for the celebration of Schoenstatt’s Centenary. We will consider events  spiritual, social and educational for the coming year and plan some of those things. We will plan our Family Week in Castlerigg this year 5th-10th August 2013 and we will look forward to the Centenary Celebration in 2014. The meeting starts at 1.00pm and we will conclude by 5.oopm. I look forward to welcoming you.

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Let us Pray for Pope Benedict XVI


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 14/02/2013

Dear brothers, I have convoked you to this consistory, not only for the three canonisations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of bishop of Rome, successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a conclave to elect the new supreme pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the holy church to the care of our supreme pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the cardinal fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new supreme pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the holy church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

Benedictus PP XVI

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Covenant Mass in Lent


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 13/02/2013

Our first Covenant Mass in Lent will be on Monday 18th February at 7.30pm at the Shrine. We celebrate the Year of Faith and each time we pass through the Door of the Shrine (Porta Fidei – DoorShrine as Porta Fidei of Faith) we ask that our faith may be increased, our hearts changed for the better and that we have the courage to reach out to those searching for God, searching for meaning in their lives. During Lent we will take time with the Lord. Our Lenten Retreat theme is to become a better version of myself through prayer. We look forward to welcoming you to this Holy Mass prepared by the Liverpool Family Group.

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Lenten Retreat Mass


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 13/02/2013

During Lent we celebrate early morning Mass in the Shrine on Fridays. Holy Mass will be each Friday in Lent starting this Friday 15th February at 6.00am. We will follow the theme for Lent: To become a better version of myself and begin to change the world I take time to be with the Lord in Prayer. Following Mass there will be the chance for a warm drink and a slice of toast before setting off to work. We look forward to sharing this time with you.

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A Glass Of Milk


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 11/02/2013

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin penny left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?” You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said… “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words… “Paid in full with one glass of milk” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.” Like many top doctors of his day, Dr. Kelly, who lived from 1858 to 1943, charged enormous fees. However, Audrey Davis wrote that he often treated people for free. For every patient Dr. Kelly charged for his services, he treated three for free. There’s a saying which goes: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

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