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Into My Vineyard Meeting of the Schoenstatt Family


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 10/11/2016

You are invited to an Into My Vineyard Meeting to discuss the programme for the Schoenstatt Movement for 2017.

We also want to re-launch our Schoenstatt Magazine.

Saturday 12th November 2016, We will start at 4.30pm and finish with Mass at 6.30pm.

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Covenant Mass in November


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 11/11/2015

Welcome to our Covenant Mass on Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm at the Shrine. The Mass is prepared by the Emmaus Group and the main celebrant is Fr David. Family is the place we learn how to love steadfastly and form a network of emotional bonds – a human network of mutual support. Home is a holy place in which we learn the value of family for the growth in Faith. We look forward to seeing you. In the month of November we also remember our loved ones and all the faithful departed and pray for them. Please remember to bring a contribution for our foo bank. Both non-perishable food items and warm hats, gloves and socks are welcome as a gift for the needy in winter.

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Taste and See Family Mass in November


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 04/11/2015

You are invited to out Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 8th November 2015 at 3.30pm. We will have a programme for adults and for the children and conclude with a shared meal. The Synod on the family has just concluded  and the Holy Father speaks of the importance of families for the growth of the Church in modern times. “The family is a place of discernment, where we learn to recognize God’s plan for our lives and to embrace it with trust,” the Pope said. “It is a place of gratuitousness, of discreet fraternal presence and solidarity, a place where we learn to step out of ourselves and accept others, to forgive and to be forgiven.” Family is the place where we learn the value of good healthy human relationships. We look forward to seeing you. For our ‘food bank’ we invite you to donate warm socks and gloves.This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and we will remember all those who have fallen in the fields of conflict. We remember also all the faithful departed in the month of November and pray for deceased love ones and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

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Taste and See Mass in November


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 24/10/2015

You are invited to the Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 8th November at 3.30pm at the Shrine, St John Fisher’s Kearsley. After Mass we have input and a programme for the children. We conclude with a shared meal. Throughout this year we have considered the mission of the family especially today. Love is our mission – the family fully alive! Central to the mission of family is the formation of the children and the development of a family atmosphere in our homes. We learn that we belong in a family and our home is determined by the people we love and care for. This belongs to one of the top values we experience in family. The secure and sacred space of family allows us to grow in a network  of personal bonds. We learn to value these bonds of love and how to develop our own network of those we love and care for. Anchored in love we are ready to go out and help many searching to build up the web of love in their own lives. This month and next we would be grateful if your donations for the ‘food bank’ was not food but  took the form of socks and gloves to keep the homeless warmer this winter. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you.

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Sharing Advent with Fr Kentenich


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 30/11/2014

Daily Advent Meditations

Welcome! Advent is a beautiful season of longing. The days before the Miracle of Christmas are days when the deepest longings of the human soul finally rise to the surface again. They inspire us to direct our attention towards the God of love who sends his Son to save us and set us free. The measure of our Advent longing will be the measure of its Christmas fulfilment. The following daily meditations are taken from the Advent and Christmas sermons of Father Joseph Kentenich, founder of the international Schoenstatt Family, held in Milwaukee, USA from 1962 until 1964. They make up a unique and powerful vision, coming from a deep faith and a well-tested love for the Lord and his Blessed Mother Mary. I have simply taken his witness and brought it together in a series of shorter meditations. The stories, prayers and examples used throughout are also exclusively from his sermons and preaching. At the beginning of each meditation there is a short passage from Holy Scripture that highlights the message of Advent and the growing joy because Christmas approaches. The four weeks of the Advent Season have different themes, starting with the Sundays: Anchored in Hope, our Advent Longing, becoming “Another Jesus”, and Mary, Dawn of Hope. I hope that these daily Advent meditations will keep your longing for God alive as we await his coming. He comes into our lives to the extent that we open the doors wide, clear out all the clutter and debris, and lift up our hands in joyful welcome. I wish you a very blessed Advent with great joy and love. May the Miracle of the Holy Night fill you with awe and a deep inner peace. May your hearts be touched again and again by the God of love. Father Duncan McVicar, Schoenstatt Fathers, Manchester, England

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The Magic Bank Account


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 27/11/2014

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit £86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules. The set of rules: 1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you. 2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. 3. You only may only spend it. 4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another £86,400 for that day. 5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!”. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one. What would you personally do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning? WELL ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL…  Shocked? YES! Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it. The PRIZE is *TIME*. 1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds God’s gift of life. 2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us. 3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost. 4. Yesterday is forever gone.  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING… SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in pounds.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”… and do something beautiful for God and for your loved ones!  DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD! SOME PEOPLE DON’T GET THE PRIVILEGE!

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Christmas Fayre at the Shrine


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 21/11/2014

Welcome to our Christmas Fayre at the Shrine. St John Fisher’s invite you to our Christmas Fayre and Craft Show. The Fayre falls this year on the First Sunday of Advent, 30th November 2014 starting at 1.00pm. Many beautiful things can be found here including handmade Christmas and greeting cards, hand decorated Candle, home baking and many things you can use for gifts for Christmas. There will of course be a Bottle Stall, Tombola and Spin the Wheel for the children. You can guess the weight of a beautiful Christmas Fruitcake, name the Doll and loads more. We are expecting a visitor from the North Pole and he is taking instructions how best children and parents can get ready during Advent  for the miracle of Christmas. Please come along and support us and bring some friends with you.

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