|Dear FriendsI write today with some sad news. The mother of Louise Stocks, Helen Shades, died very suddenly last Wednesday 24th July and Mike Pastore’s Mother, Dorothy Patricia Pastore died last night, Saturday 27th July.
Brian and Louise had gone up to Glasgow to pick up Louise’s mum who was going to stay with them for a few weeks during the holidays. While packing their things for the journey Helen had a heart attack and died very suddenly. It has been a great shock for Louise and the members of her family. We include them in our prayers and pray for the repose of the soul of Helen Shades.
Michael Pastore called last night to say that his mother – always known as Pat Pastore – had passed away on Saturday early evening. Many of you will remember Pat from our Family Week in Germany. We want to remember all the Pastore family, Wendy, Michael, Paul, Terry and Dorothy and all their families in our prayers. Fr. Andrew has been in touch from Schoenstatt, Germany and will look for the nearest opportunity to return home. Pat was born and lived all her life in At Ann’s Fairfield. Michael is in touch with the Parish Priest and will let us know as soon as information is available.
We pray for Louise’s mum, Helen Shades and for the Pastore’s mum and grandmother, Pat Pastore, may they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Francis exclaimed his own joy and called Christians to be “never gloomy,” as he visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida today to entrust this week’s World Youth Day to Mary. Mary teaches the Church true discipleship, the Pontiff said, explaining that for this reason, “I too come to knock on the door of the house of Mary — who loved and raised Jesus — that she may help all of us, pastors of God’s people, parents and educators, to pass on to our young people the values that can help them build a nation and a world which are more just, united and fraternal.” He then went on to speak about what he called “three simple attitudes”: hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy. Regarding hope, he commented: “How many difficulties are present in the life of every individual, among our people, in our communities; yet as great as these may seem, God never allows us to be overwhelmed by them. In the face of those moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully: Always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you! Let us never lose hope!” He also called listeners to be open to “being surprised by God… God always saves the best for us,” he assured. “But he asks us to let ourselves be surprised by his love, to accept his surprises. Let us trust God! Cut off from him, the wine of joy, the wine of hope, runs out. If we draw near to him, if we stay with him, what seems to be cold water, difficulty, sin, is changed into the new wine of friendship with him.” Finally, the Pope urged “living in joy… Christians are joyful, they are never gloomy. God is at our side,” he affirmed. “Christians cannot be pessimists!” the Holy Father continued. “They do not look like someone in constant mourning. If we are truly in love with Christ and if we sense how much he loves us, our heart will ‘light up’ with a joy that spreads to everyone around us. As Benedict XVI said: ‘the disciple knows that without Christ, there is no light, no hope, no love, no future.'”
(PHOTO: You can just see Father Alexandre sitting behind Pope Francis. I’m sure he has a lot to tell us about.)
Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in certain churches. Church security identifies these as Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin. Their leader, Osama Bin Lucifer, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Catholics and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy the priests and the churches. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Workin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church today. This group appears to be very weak. It is easy to detect because it is the only group that is active in service to Christ. Unlike the true terrorist cells, the Bin Workin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin Workin visibly does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. We have noticed that the Bin Workin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Prayin, and Bin Longin for the Master, Jesus Christ, to return. Which cell group do you belong to? 2 Thessalonians 3:11: ”For we hear that there are some, which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” Or Mark 13:32-3: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, Take ye heed, watch and pray: For ye know not when that time is.” These same groups have been detected in other denominations. The Office of Home Church Security is coordinating its efforts with the Bin Workin group to expose the activities of the five terrorist cells now known to be active throughout many Bolton Catholic Churches. Report all sightings to proper authorities. By Father Duncan, alias Bin Readin – Edited by Marjorie Brady, alias Bin Thinkin
We have just received the wonderful news that Father Alexandre Awi Mello, a Schoenstatt Father from Brasil, has been chosen to accompany the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his first Apostolic Visit for the World Youth Day, beginning today, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Normally, the group accompanying the Pope would be chosen from the Vatican Diplomatic Corp, consisting of around ten people. Father Alexandre was chosen as a personal request from the Holy Father. Father Alexandre stayed for a few months with the Schoenstatt Fathers at Mount Carmel Parish some years ago to learn English. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide his words and support that he can be a good companion of Pope Francis as he brings the Good News to strength the faith of the Catholic Youth around the world. The XXVIII World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Tuesday, 23 July to Sunday 28 July, on the theme: “Go and make disciples of all peoples” (Matthew 28:19). Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, a member of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, is one of five bishops from Great Britain travelling to Brazil for WYD Rio 2013. On the eve of his departure Archbishop Bernard gave an exclusive interview: “The main hope and purpose of the World Youth Day is to strengthen and enrich the living faith of the millions of young Catholics around the world, even those who cannot make the pilgrimage to Brazil… It is to place Jesus Christ and faith in him at the centre of young people’s lives and to enable them to give a powerful witness to Christ that the world cannot ignore. In our global village this is the greatest gathering and festival of young people’s faith… I feel sure that Pope Francis will continue to emphasise the Way of Jesus Christ as the best option for any young person to take, and that that Way involves loving and self-sacrificing service of others. I think Pope Francis will encourage young Catholics to be people who care about others and are willing to give their time and energy to those in need because of their love for Christ… The catechesis in Rio over coming days is likely to reflect that awareness that we are forming young Catholics to be missionary in their outlook and enthusiastic witnesses who really know their Catholic faith and are equipped to explain and share it with others.”
Sr. Anna Dąbrowska brought nineteen students from her school to spend a week at the Kearsley Mount Cottage. Each year they spend time here at Kearsley. They have classes in English language and take the chance to visit places of interest and some of the families from St John Fisher’s. This year we put up tents for the boys group to use but they preferred the meeting room floor. However they did have the chance to meet with some of our Polish families who had organised the tents for us. The students took part in holy Mass each day, one of them usually acting as the reader for Mass. Sr Anna sent this photo to us letting us know that they had all arrived safe back home in Poland. No doubt we will see them again in the coming Summer. bardzo witamy u nas!
Last Thursday evening during the Covenant Mass the Schoenstatt Family said thank you to Stefan Lohrer who is completing his year of voluntary service at the Shrine. Today the Parish of St John Fisher’s celebrated their farewell with Stefan. Edmund Birch thanked Stefan and reminded us of the stages of his journey as volunteer at the Shrine Campus. Stefan was joined by Pablo Ibarra in January of this year and they are “well-kent faces’ both at St John Fisher’s as at St Ethelbert’s in Deane. Stefan returns home on Wednesday 24th July and he will be attending a preparatory course for his university studies where he will be studying Sport and Religion. Special thanks you to Stefan for his work at the centre and St Ethelbert’s and our best wishes for the next stage of his journey. Next year Stefan will take part in the Torch-Relay from Pompeii to Schoenstatt as part of the Centenary Celebrations in Schoenstatt. So we hope to see him visit us again. All the best and God Bless Stefan.
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. My grandfather does it for her all the time, even after his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca – age “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5 “Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him to make sure the taste is okay.” Danny – age 7 “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” Nikka – age 6 “Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy – age 6 “During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” Cindy – age 8 “My mummy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – Age 6 “Love is when mummy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine – age 6 “Love is when mummy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 7 “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4 “I let my big sister pick on me because my mum says she only picks on me because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister because I love her.” Bethany – age 4 “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” Karen – age 7 “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8