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YOU say – but GOD says…


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 11/07/2014

You say: “It’s impossible” God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired” God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me” God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: “I can’t go on” God says: My grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out” God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it” God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able” God says: I am able (2 Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it” God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself” God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

 

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Covenant of Love Day in Brasil – Not just World Cup


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 02/07/2014

Geraldo Alckmin, the Governor of the State of São Paulo, has officially instituted October 18th of every year beginning in 2014, as a commemorative date as the Covenant of Love Day.  Therefore, Law N° 15.462 is published in the official calendar of the State of São Paulo as “Covenant of Love Day”. “The Covenant of Love Day was established and it will be celebrated annually on October 18th in the State of São Paulo”.  This is the published text of Law 15462 in the Official Journal of the State, on June 20th, signed by Governor Geraldo Alckmin. In her report, Rita Passos, the state representative, justifies the influence of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Brasilian culture through the thousands of families who receive the visit of the Schoenstatt Picture of Mary, the Pilgrim Mother. The Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign has brought forth “true missionaries, an authentic campaign of evangelization integrated to the objectives and projects of the diocese and the Brazilian National Conference of Bishops – CNBB”. Moreover, she mentions the influence of the Schoenstatt Shrine in Atibaia, which is a centre of pilgrimage and of prayer and considered a holy place, visited by thousands of people who come to express gratitude, to ask for graces or simply to learn about it, since it is about a place “where it is good to be”. The favourable votes of the other representatives and the approval of the governor are the recognition of the reality that was presented:  the very positive influence of the Covenant of Love, that will be one hundred years old, is part of the Brasilian culture. In this way a commemorative date is added to the entire state that accommodates more than 21% of the total population of Brazil, more than 43.6 million people. The celebration of this date is an important contribution for the present and the future, the Covenant of Love exercises an important influence in the history and in the culture of all Brazil. It is worthwhile to recall that in some cities this date is already officially celebrated by public agencies, such as in Londrina for this year 2014, and the city of Confins, which has introduced a Public Holiday on October 18th, because of the influence of the Schoenstatt Covenant of Love among its population. [From Sister M. Nilza P. da Silva]

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Schoenstatt Hearts Afire


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 28/06/2014

Hearts Afire Unit 5Welcome to Schoenstatt Hearts Afire on Wednesday 2nd July at 7.30pm at the Shrine, St John Fisher’s Kearsley. This month we will have two units of Schoenstatt Hearts Afire. Unit Five of the programme of the Tree of Evangelisation concerns the first part of the roots of our faith, how each of us is nourished in the Faith and commissioned to help many to find Christ in their lives.

For evangelisation to be successful and to remain vibrant, it needs to draw strength from the “roots”. The deeper and stronger the roots are, the more alive the tree will be, and the healthier the tree will be. In a certain sense, you could say that the roots are the most important part of the tree. It is so important for our spiritual lives and for the process of the new evangelisation, that we have clarity what our “roots” are, as sources of life, and also that we make sure that the roots of our tree are genuinely strong and vigorous. Please invite family and friends to come along on Wednesday evening.

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Hope, Surprises and Joy


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 25/07/2013

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.)

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Terrorists in Churches


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/07/2013

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

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Schoenstatt Father accompanies Pope in Rio


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 23/07/2013

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.”

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Covenant Mass in July


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 10/07/2013

Thursday  18th July 2013 at 7.30pm at the Shrine. Welcome to our Covenant Mass in July.  Jesus gives us the gift of the Light of Faith so that in generosity we can see and strive to live our personal mission. In every way of life and on each step of the way we want to become joyful and credible witnesses to Christ our Saviour and friend. Holy Mass will be at 7.30pm followed by light refreshments. Remember too Faith in Action and bring along tinned and non-perishable goods which we will pass on to the Christian Bothers.

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