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The Adventure of Evangelisation


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/04/2013

The Schoenstatt Movement was originally called the “Apostolic Movement”. In this terminology, since 1919, Schoenstatt’s life and purpose was deliberately expressed. Father Kentenich founded a Missionary Society — called the Marian Congregation — which had as its ultimate aim apostolate or evangelisation – any time, anywhere. When Schoenstatt was founded in 1914, through the establishment of the original shrine, he commented: “We cannot achieve a greater apostolic endeavour”. Schoenstatt then experienced the founding of the “Apostolic Federation”, then the “Apostolic League”.

Historical background

Father Kentenich always understood any apostolate, organised by the Schoenstatt Movement, as a modern-day development of the charism of St Vincent Pallotti, who founded in 1835 the “Catholic Apostolate”. Pallotti’s vision was the full involvement of lay people in the mission of the Church. For Father Kentenich, the basic task of the Church in regard to evangelisation is to “permeate the world”, and to be the very “soul of the world” — nothing more, and nothing less. (more…)

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The Legend of the Starfish


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 22/04/2013

A businessman on holiday was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walked slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could find something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make a difference?” The boy looked up at the man, and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, “It makes a difference to that one.”

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Guidelines from God


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 15/04/2013

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life.  Please, follow these ten guidelines.

☛ QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you?

☛ PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me.

☛ TRUST ME: Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. All you have to do is ask.

☛ LEAVE IT ALONE: Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave Me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace.

☛ TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don’t forget to talk to Me – OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family.

☛ HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I’m doing. Trust Me; you wouldn’t want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me.

☛ SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encourage-ment. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

☛ BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect.

☛ BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

☛  LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only — to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbours. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget…..

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Sleeping in Church!!


by frreginald on 12/04/2013
A man sobering up from the night before is sitting through the Sunday sermon, finding it long and boring. Still feeling hung over and tired, he finally nods off. The priest has been watching him all along, noticing his apparent hangover and is disgusted. At the end of the sermon, the preacher decides to make an example of him. He says to his congregation, “All those wishing to have a place in heaven, please stand.” The whole room stands up except, of course, the sleeping man. Then the preacher says even more loudly, “And he who would like to find a place in hell please STAND UP!” The weary man catching only the last part groggily stands up, only to find that he’s the only one standing.

Confused and embarrassed he says, “I don’t know what we’re voting on here, Father, but it sure seems like you and me are the only ones standing for it!”

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Taste and See Family Mass in April


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 08/04/2013

Our Taste and See Family Mass falls in the Easter Season – we want to celebrate as a family the gift of Christ’s Resurrection and his gift of new life to us. Our Mass on Sunday 12th April  starts at 3.30pm at the Shrine and will be followed by a shared meal. Please bring something to share. Then we will have the chance to reflect on our faith and the children will have their own programme. The election of our your Pope Francis inspires us to want to reach out and bring many to live a life of faith. You may also want to take part in our Faith in Action and bring canned or non-perishable goods which we will pass on to the Brothers of Charity. We look forward to seeing you

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Covenant Mass in Easter Time


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 08/04/2013

Welcome to our Covenant Mass in Easter Time. During this year of Faith we are looking at what helps us to develop a dynamic faith and how can we grow in our life of faith. God is a God who reveals himself in history as a forgiving God of mercy. He wishes to lead us to a deeper friendship and shows himself to be understanding, caring. God who goes out of his way to win our hearts. Our Covenant Mass highlights the great gift of Easter, in Christ we receive redemption, through Christ God shows himself as the God of mercy. We look forward to seeing you at Mass on Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm at the Shrine. Join us for light refreshments afterwards. Faith in Action. The Brothers of Charity have written to thank us for the gifts of non-perishable and canned goods we we have collected as a sign of Faith in Action. Please bring a donation for our food bank which we pass on to the Brothers of Charity.

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The Easter Butterfly


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 08/04/2013

As a butterfly soared overhead, one caterpillar said to the other, “You’ll never get me up in one of those things.” Yet for every caterpillar the time comes when the urge to eat and grow subsides and he instinctively begins to form a chrysalis around himself. The chrysalis hardens and you’d think for all the world that the caterpillar is dead. But one spring morning the life inside the chrysalis begins to writhe, the top cracks open, and a beautifully-formed butterfly emerges. For hours it will stand stretching and drying its wings, moving them slowly up and down, up and down. And then, before you know it, the butterfly glides aloft, effortlessly riding the currents of the air, alighting on flower after gorgeous flower, as if to show off its vivid colours to the bright blossoms. Somehow, the miracle of the butterfly never loses its fascination for us. Perhaps because the butterfly is a living parable of the promise of resurrection. On Easter morning the disciples saw Jesus’ graveclothes lying on the cold slab still wrapped round and round his body. Only the body was gone, much like an empty chrysalis deserted by a butterfly who has left to soar free. “He is risen as He said,” an angel told the incredulous disciples. Later that day he appeared to the disciples, and then, over the course of the next few weeks, to as many as five hundred people at one time. Even “Doubting Thomas” didn’t doubt for long that Jesus was really risen from the dead. What do we Christians say in the face of death? There are many mysteries. But two things we know for sure. First, death is an enemy. Away with the sentimentality that vainly seeks to disguise death’s insult! But second, and more important, Jesus’ resurrection from the grave is God’s proof to us that death is not the end. The empty tomb and Jesus’ Spirit within us testify that Easter morning is God’s triumph over death. And ultimately, Jesus promised, God will raise from the dead us who believe in His Son. Why do Christians gather on Easter morning? To show off their fine clothes or give a ritual tip of the hat to religion? God forbid! Rather we gather to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death itself. For since He is our Lord and our Saviour, His victory is our victory. In celebrating His resurrection we celebrate our own assurance of ultimate triumph over death. Join us this Easter as we celebrate Life! And if you look closely on this Easter morning, you might even see a butterfly alight on the flowers.

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