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God’s Embroidery


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 11/11/2013

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side.” I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother’s voice say, “Son, come and sit on my knee.” This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then Mother would say to me, “My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing.” Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, “Father, what are You doing?” He has answered, “I am embroidering your life. ” I say, “But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?” The Father seems to tell me, “‘My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.”

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Tree Planting Part II


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 06/11/2013

Group planting trees at the Shrine March 2013Some will remember that in Spring this year we planted trees. Following this success you are now invited to Tree Planting Part II: At St. John Fisher’s Schoenstatt Centre, on Saturday 16th November 2013 from 12.45pm until 2.30pm. A further 105 trees are to be planted. Donated by the Woodland Trust. A few will be used to replace the ones lost to abnormal spring weather and a batch for the wet area leaving some for sponsoring. BIFFA have donated stakes and protective spirals. Denis Shevlan invites you to turn up on the day and turn some soil and plat a tree!

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Tall Prayer Answer


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 05/11/2013

A girl went to a party, but she ended up staying longer than planned and had to walk home alone. She wasn’t afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few streets away. As she walked along under the tall elm trees, she asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger. When she reached the road, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the road she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God’s protection. A comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her, and she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the road, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely. The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young woman had been attacked in the same road just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to cry. Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station. She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the road the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked her for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the man one question. She was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, “Because she wasn’t alone. She had a tall man walking right beside her.”

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Taste and See Mass on 10th November


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 04/11/2013

Taste and See Mass falls on Remembrance Sunday this year, 10th November 2013 at 3.30pm. We would like to welcome you to the Shrine for Mass. After holy Mass we will take the opportunity to share a meal with one another. Many people wear poppies at this time of year to remind us of all those who have fallen in war or are the victims of conflict. Our time is one marred by conflict and war. We pray for peace. We also pray for those who suffer as a consequence of violence and war in their countries and think of those who have died trying to escape such conflict, only to find death at se in their journey of hope. Many families have become homeless. We pray for a just and fair society. November is also the Month of the Holy Souls.  We remember all our loved one who have gone on before us and pray that they may have their eternal rest. Resquiescant in pace. Let us pray in the intention of all those who have died:

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heartmand my soul.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breath forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.

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Meeting of the Movements in UK


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 04/11/2013

You are invited to the first gathering of the Ecclesial Movements and Communities taking place in Westminster Central Hall, Westminster, SW1H 9NH, on Saturday, 9th November, 10.30am to 5pm. More than twenty Movements and Communities are already committed to this important event, the first time we have all come together to celebrate our remarkable contributions to the life of the Church.The tickets are £12 and can also purchased by going on to the website www.manystreamsoneriver.org and clicking  ‘How To Book’.  This will take you to the process of ordering and paying for tickets. These will then be sent to you. Alternatively please contact Gerry Markland < gmarkland101@yahoo.co.uk> Tel 01613717661. To download the poster click here (more…)

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