Into My Vineyard

You are invited to the Into My Vineyard Meeting on Saturday 9th May 2015 starting 10.30am and finishing at 2.00pm.  We changed the date and time to suit most of those who want to participate. We want to look at our plans for the coming year following the celebrations of Schoenstatt Centenary and the Blessing of the Mosaic.  We want to consider the needs of the members of our groups and consider ways to serve the local Church. Please make this date in your diary free  and come and join us in this pastoral planning meeting.

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Taste and See Family Mass in Lent

You are invited to the Taste and See Family Mass in Lent on Sunday 8th March at 3.30pm. Following holy Mass we will have a programme for the children and for the adults and conclude with a shared meal. We will finish at 6.00pm. This year we celebrate family. Our theme is ‘Love is our Mission The Family Fully Alive’. This month we will consider our vocation. God has called us into Family and has entrusted us with the mission to love and help many to be able to love. Please join us on this lenten pilgrimage to the Shrine and pray that our family may fulfil its mission to become an ‘island of mercy’ a sanctuary of love. May I remind you to bring non-perishable foodstuffs which will be passed on to the Brothers of Charity for their work with the poor and needy.

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Lent: The Journey Of The Seed – Part 2

Sarah-Leah Pimentel. “The fruitfulness of a seed depends, as we know from experience, on its natural ability to germinate, the quality of the soil and from outward factors – the sun, rain and wind. …What applies to the seed in nature can be applied to the seeds of our spirituality and a universal apostolate. The good earth they need is the natural and supernatural readiness to be generous, but above all, to be chaste and to love. Normally only those who are generous are capable [of living our spirituality]…Chastity is necessary according to the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” The outward conditions for growth [which our spirituality needs] are all sorts and degrees of difficulties, continual inner and outward battles.” (Joseph Kentenich, 1954/55, Kentenich Reader Vol. II, p. 25) In Part 1, we reflected on how our spirituality is like a seed that has a natural ability to germinate when we are living according to God’s plan for our lives, following the natural rhythms of our unique personalities, character traits, the way we commune with God and relate to others. Continue reading “Lent: The Journey Of The Seed – Part 2”

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Lent: The Journey Of The Seed – Part 1

Sarah-Leah Pimentel. Schoenstatt enters its first Lent of the new century. Lent is a time of new beginnings, of spiritual rebirth.  Perhaps we can say the same for Schoenstatt.  In 100 years, Schoenstatt has matured, relationships in the Covenant of Love have deepened, and it has travelled to many new shores – both physical and spiritual. However, as the Schoenstatt Family of the new millennium we shouldn’t be content only with our past achievements.  In Schoenstatt’s second century, our Blessed Mother is asking us to go even further, calling us to even greater unity among ourselves and to bear abundant fruit for the Church and the world. So in many ways, we are like the new seed produced from the fruit of the parent plant.  There would be no seed without the fruit.  So too, Schoenstatt is a living force in our society today because of the sacrifices of many who yielded abundant fruit in the past. Over the next six weeks, I’d like to use Fr. Kentenich’s analogy of the spiritual life as a seed, reflecting both on our own spiritual lives, as well as the life of our Family:  “The fruitfulness of a seed depends, as we know from experience, on its natural ability to germinate, the quality of the soil and from outward factors – the sun, rain and wind. …What applies to the seed in nature can be applied to the seeds of our spirituality and a universal apostolate. The good earth they need is the natural and supernatural readiness to be generous, but above all, to be chaste and to love. Normally only those who are generous are capable [of living our spirituality]…Chastity is necessary according to the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” The outward conditions for growth [which our spirituality needs] are all sorts and degrees of difficulties, continual inner and outward battles.” (Joseph Kentenich, 1954/55, Kentenich Reader Vol. II, p. 25) Continue reading “Lent: The Journey Of The Seed – Part 1”

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Finding My Father

Rap artist Legin exploded onto the music scene in 2009, winning the best male rap artist at the Youth Gospel Entertainment awards. His distinctive rhymes interweave past pains with his restored faith in God. To his friends and family, he is simply known as Nigel Anderson. Growing up, Nigel was always in church, but his home life was far from peaceful. “My father was an alcoholic, he ended up getting addicted to drugs and some hard stuff, and my mother would shelter me from that stuff. I was never really exposed to those things, but he would come home drunk, high, and she was getting emotional abused because of that. She was trying to work her hardest to save her marriage. She stuck by him, but he just made a decision to stay with those things.” Despite her efforts to help, his mother decided to leave. Over the next 15 years, Nigel rarely saw his father. Anger and bitterness against began to build. “Most people that know me would say I was a good guy, good reputation, kind of chill, but on the inside, I was dying man. I was hurting. I was so hurt by dad not caring enough to be a man, I was like, ‘Whatever, I’m just going to do what I want to do.’ I had some sort of control over my life when I was doing what I wanted to do all the time.” One day, he received a surprise letter from his father inviting him to lunch. “I don’t know what I was going to do, but I know I wanted to cause him some pain. I wanted him to feel what I had been feeling for 15 years. I wanted him to suffer some. I remember walking up behind him to go meet this man who had caused me so much pain. At first it was like tears in my eyes and then it turned to anger. This was payback time. When I walk up to this man, I’m just going to punch him in the face. I touched him and he turned around. I saw a man in his 50s that looked like he was 80. He just said he was sorry. All that anger just turned to pity immediately. I said, ‘Dad, I forgive you.’ The beautiful thing about that moment was that was for the first time that I think I’d ever felt somebody else experience freedom.” A few months later his father passed away. Nigel began to ponder what happens after death. He began to seek God for answers. “I decided to know who this God guy was. I just cried out to Him and I told Him, ‘I need You. If You’re really there, I need You to talk to me.’ The funny thing is He began to talk back to me in my heart and prove who He was.” Nigel surrendering his life to God. Opportunities for music began to open up. “Doors opened. The Lord connected me with people. I met great people. I get to see God do for someone else what He did for me.” Nigel married and is expecting his first child. He says, “Without having a natural father, I know I am going to be a good father to my child because God’s been a good father to me.”

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