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Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 06/10/2015

You are invited to the Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 11th October at 3.30pm. Family is at the centre of interest both in the Church and the world. Pope Francis has just returned from the World Conference for Families in Philadelphia and is now with the members of the General Synod on the mission and life of the family today. Throughout this year we have looked at the mission of the family in order to become a family fully alive.

Pertinent to this mission is that family means that  mother and father work together to create a space of love in which their children can grow. Working together as man and woman and using the complementing gifts and talents which fathers and mothers have, spouses and  parents create a world in miniature for their relationship to each other and fertile ground for their children to grow in love and happiness.

Mass will be at 3.030pm. Afterward Paul and Clare and big sister, Jessica, invite you to a shared meal to celebrate the Baptism of Lucy Martha Lyddieth Barnes. Please invite your friends to come and join us. Remember to bring donations for our food-bank. These are passed on to the Brothers of Charity to assist those in need.

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Covenant Mass in July


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 13/07/2015

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has urged us to develop a culture of encounter so that we increase our support for one another and those on the edges of society. He has said that Marriage and Family is one of the main schools for such and encounter. Throughout this year we have been looking at Marriage and Family from the point of view of our mission. From Philadelphia we hear: Our Mission is Love: Family fully Alive. Our Covenant Mass is this Saturday 18th July at 7.30pm celebrated by Fr David and prepared by the St Michael’s Group. The Mass will be at the Shrine with procession to the Mosaic and Shrine afterwards. You are invited to stay for light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you. Please bring a donation of non-perishable goods which Sandra Borg Fenech will pass on to the Brothers of Charity.

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Taste and See Family Mass in July


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 06/07/2015

You are invited to our Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine this coming Sunday, 12th July at 3.30pm followed by input for adults and a programme for children. We will conclude with a shared meal. The theme is our topic preparing for the Synod on the Family: Our Mission is Love. Family fully Alive. The topic for this input will consider Marriage as a Sacrament – Living in faithfulness and fruitfulness a new life in Christ. Our Taste and See team invite you to come along and bring your friends with you. Please bring a contribution of non-perishable foodstuffs which we pass on to the Brothers of Charity for their work caring for those in need.

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Covenant Mass in June


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 16/06/2015

June the Month of the the Sacred Heart. You are invited to the Shrine to celebrate our Covenant Mass this Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm at the Shrine. The Mass is prepared by the Anam Cara Group who will lead us into our meditation of considering the Sacrament of Marriage in the image of the Love of Christ. The St Edmund’s Music group will lead us in singing and Fr Bryan will be the main celebrant. You are invited to light refreshments following our procession to the Shrine. Please remember and bring non-perishable food stuffs which Sandra Borg Fenech will pass on to the Brothers’ of Charity for there work with the poor. We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends.

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Three questions… about Schoenstatt…


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/05/2015

[With sincere thanks to Schoenstatt.org] Hi, my name is Father Duncan McVicar, I’m from Scotland UK, fifty-eight years of age, a Schoenstatt Father, ordained in the “100th Jubilee of our Father and Founder” in 1985. I studied at the University of Muenster and Tuebingen, and also at Loyola University in Chicago, US. I’ve enjoyed working and living in different countries, including Poland, India, South Africa and Argentina. I was part of the team that prepared the 100th Birthday Celebration of our Father and Founder in 1985, and also co-ordinated with Sister Johanna-Maria the Youth Festival in 2005 in Schoenstatt before the World Youth Day in Cologne. I have been a Parish Priest in England for seventeen years, and presently, I am Parish Priest at St Ethelbert’s in Greater Manchester and Governor of two Catholic Primary Schools and one Catholic High School. The Schoenstatt Fathers at the Schoenstatt Shrine take an active part in the marriage and family pastoral care within the Diocese. One of the really interesting things that I could do last year, was to be the Chaplain to the Mayor of Bolton, which was really an exciting time, allowing me to catch a glimpse of local politics in action. •

What is my dream for Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, in the world, and in our mission?

My dream for Schoenstatt is that we become a much more dynamic Movement than up till now. My dream is that Schoenstatt doesn’t just talk and pray about being the “heart of the Church” but really is and really wants to be. Our Founder called this “mission awareness”. To use the words from Father Esteban Uriburu, an Argentinean Schoenstatt Father who has already been called home to the Lord: Imagine that we are an international football team, (more…)

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Miracle of the Ordination


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/05/2015

Even though additional tremors continue to rock the Himalayan nation of Nepal, the thousand-odd Hindus of Tarkerabari village in the nation’s Okhaldunga district are rejoicing over the April 25 ordination of Jesuit Deacon Tek Raj Paudel of their village. The ordination is credited with sparing the village from calamitous casualties from the massive quake that struck immediately after the ordination ceremony. “They are still excited with what had happened. They continue to share their joy with me,” said newly ordained Father Paudel. The village is 125 miles northeast of Kathmandu, near the epicenter of the earthquake that rocked the Himalayan country on April 25. The disaster that claimed more than 8,000 lives occurred around noon, 30 minutes after the two-hour ordination ceremony, which was led by Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal and attended by hundreds of the Hindu villagers. While dozens of people died in the neighbouring villages, he said that the escape of the entire village is hailed by the Hindu community as “a blessing due to the ordination.” “I heard even the MP, Ram Hari Khathiwoda [the Nepalese member of parliament from the area], thanking the Christians for holding the ordination in the village,” said Augustine Lepcha. Lepcha is a Catholic relief worker who returned to Kathmandu on May 6 after taking relief supplies to the village, where most families are living under tents. “All the people there are only speaking of the miracle,” she added. St. Joseph of Cluny Sister Angelica reached the village two days before the ordination, along with a dozen other Catholics, to prepare the altar decorations for the ordination. “The soil under my feet was throwing up. Only when people started screaming and running, I realized it was earthquake,” recalled Sister Angelica, who was packing altar decorations when the quake struck. The villagers were saying, “Because of the ordination here, we were saved,” Sister Angelica said. “A miracle has happened here.” Similarly, Jesuit Father Casper “Cap” Miller, who comes from the USA but has been based in Nepal for 57 years, said that he heard local women saying, “Because of the [ordination] ceremony here, we were saved. God has protected us.” Father Paudel, the ninth of 10 children in a Hindu family, came to Kathmandu in 1988 for his college studies. “Curiosity to read the Bible changed my life,” the Jesuit priest said during an interview after returning to Kathmandu. “After I heard about the Bible during English classes in the government college, I went to find out more about Bible.” “I visited several churches and finally landed at St. Xavier’s School (of Jesuits) in 1990,” he added. After four years of catechism, he was baptized in 1994. “I was keen to have my ordination in the village, as the entire village belongs to my clan. I am happy that the superiors obliged my request,” Father Paudel said. “Now it has become a blessing to my whole village.” He added, “Many of them are now very eager to know about the Church and are planning to visit Kathmandu and the churches.”

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Annual May Day Pilgrimage


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 25/04/2015

On Sunday 3rd May 2015 we invite you to the Annual May Day at the Shrine 1.00pm – 5.00pm. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 3.30pm in the St John Fisher Hall  This day of pilgrimage is an invitation to everyone to enjoy a day at the Shrine, celebrating Mary our Mother and our Covenant of Love. From the celebration of the Jubilee three aspects arise: Pilgrimage Renewal of the Covenant Our Mission For us we remember that our gift for the Jubilee was the completion and blessing of the Mosaic. During the day For Programme Details please click here

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