Posted in DEVOTIO, DOCTORS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, NOTES to Followers, NOVENAS, The APOSTLES & EVANGELISTS

Announcement of Novenas: ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January ST PAUL – begins 16 January ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

Announcement of Novenas:
ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January
ST PAUL – begins 16 January
ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

to ST FRANCIS de SALES CO OM OFM Cap (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church – begins 15 January.   St Francis de Sales is the Patron of Devotion so if there’s a Saint who might know what a Devout Heart is, it’s going to be him.   St Alphonsus Liguori said that the most useful practice of a Novena is to make up our minds at the beginning of the Novena to correct some fault we have been accustomed to commit.   Let us ask St Francis de Sales to stir our hearts toward greater devotion and love for God.ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST FRANCIS DE SALES BEGINS 15 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST PAUL – begins 16 January – We pray in honour of the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25 January.   St Paul is the MOST NEGLECTED IN PRAYER by Catholics – come on folks let us pray for zeal, for courage, for perseverence, for strength, for LOVE of God and neighbour, in fact we can pray to ST PAUL FOR ALL our needs!ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST PAUL - BEGINS 16 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST JOHN BOSCO “Don Bosco” (1815-1888) “Father and Teacher of the Youth” – He was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, Bosco was an ardent Marian devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Mary Help of Christians.   He later dedicated his works to De Sales when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco – begins 22 January.   St John Bosco is the Patron of Christian apprentices, editors, publishers, schoolchildren, young people, magicians, juvenile delinquents. Choose ALL young people or your own children.   Or simply Pray the 9 days for your own growth in love of our Mother, the Help of Christians or our own growth in faith and sanctity.

Don’t forget to pray Novenas each day for nine straight days…announcing a novena to st don bosco - begins 22 jan - 10 JAN 2018

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Posted in CHRISTMASTIDE!, MORNING Prayers, NOTES to Followers, The WORD

Wishes for a Happy and Holy 2018!

My Wishes to You All
for a Blessed and Grace-filled 2018

May he give you what you desire
and make all your plans succeed.
Then we will shout for joy over your victory
and celebrate your triumph by praising our God.
May the LORD answer all your requests...Psalm 20:4-5

new year wishes 1 jan 2018

Posted in CHRISTMASTIDE!, MORNING Prayers, NOTES to Followers

Thought for the Day – 25 December  – The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Thought for the Day – 25 December  – The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

On this day, the Church focuses especially on the newborn Child, God become human, who embodies for us all the hope and peace we seek.  We need no other special saint today to lead us to Christ in the manger, although his mother Mary and Joseph, caring for his foster-son, help round out the scene.

But if we were to select a patron for today, perhaps it might be appropriate for us to imagine an anonymous shepherd, summoned to the birthplace by a wondrous and even disturbing vision in the night, a summons from an angelic choir, promising peace and goodwill.   A shepherd willing to seek out something that might just be too unbelievable to chase after and yet compelling enough to leave behind the flocks in the field and search for a mystery.

On the day of the Lord’s birth, let’s let an unnamed, “non-celebrity” at the edge of the crowd model for us the way to discover Christ in our own hearts—somewhere between skepticism and wonder, between mystery and faith.   And, like Mary and the shepherds, let us treasure that discovery in our hearts.

The precise dating in this passage sounds like a textbook on creationism.   If we focus on the time frame, however, we miss the point.   It lays out the story of a love affair: creation, the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, the rise of Israel under David.   It climaxes with the birth of Jesus.   From the beginning, some scholars insist, God intended to enter the world as one of us, the beloved people.   Praise God! (Fr Don Miller OFM)

In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this Child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.   In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God’s will.   Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.

Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God.   And in His presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: “Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation” (Ps 85:8).in a society - pope holiness - 25 dec 2017

And a Holy and Happy Christmas to All!  May the Christ Child live in your hearts!my-christmas-wishes

Posted in NOTES to Followers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Out of Town

Out of Town from 20 November for roughly 10 days – until the job is finished!out of town - 20 nov 2017

Dear friends and followers

I have to fly off tomorrow on a work assignment.   As soon as I am done I will start posting again.

In the meantime, I am pre-scheduling the Novena, the list of Saints for each day, a Morning Offering and a post for the beautiful Feast of Christ the King next Sunday 26 November.   On which day, I will be praying for you all to be abundantly blessed.

Stay well and be saints!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

St FrancisST FRANCIS PRAYER - MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

 

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Working at my Parish Spring Festival

Dear friends

I am organising, which of course means doing everything, for our Spring Festival this coming Saturday 28 October.

Please forgive my absence until after the weekend, I am absolutely run off my feet.

Your prayers for its success are entreated – our Parish is in great needs of Funds.

I’ll miss you…God bless

Ana

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