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30 March, 201530 March, 2015 0 comments Lent Lent

Hello and welcome to all new members!

       
       We have (finally) reached Holy Week....well, if you have been busy, it does go by pretty fast, but sometimes with the weather and all , it can feels like it won't get here anytime soon. Hope everyone has had a good Lent. Maybe some of you have been on a five day Ignatian retreat. This period in the church's liturgical year is an excellent time for that. The topics discussed during the retreat brings us back to the reasons we are on this earth, and outlines the four or five main realities to consider...... namely heaven, hell and the devil, death, judgement, and also purgatory. We really should go one of these retreats every 5-10 years.....
        Heaven is real home...we want to get there but we need to make the effort to do so with God's help. Hell is very real no matter what people say ( like God is good and won't let anyone go there.) A person who dies in the state of mortal sin without repentance merits separation from God for all eternity. Our lady of Fatima warned that many souls go to hell because people do not pray or do penance for them. She also said that the sins of impurity lead so many to hell. So it is so importance for all of us to stay pure in heart and action, and offer up sacrifices (even if small) for the sake of others to get back onto the right track. 
        The devil is very real, being a fallen angel, and he is out there trying to lure souls away fro the heaven he too lost. Never let us underestimate his cleverness to deceive souls. (He has been doing it for centuries!)
        Death is an inevitable experience that everyone on this earth will go thru. We know it will happen, but we don't know when. We should always strive to live a good live and ask Our Lady to help us in that last hour on earth. Let's keep heaven in sight!     
       Judgement happens immediately after our death, where we will see the state of our souls and all our thought, words, actions, and omissions will be revealed before us. The truth will be shown. There is no jury that will decide, only God.
       Purgatory is the final topic. Purgatory, though temporary, is for those souls not quite ready (pure) for heaven but just missing the eternal pains of hell. The time in purgatory feels like an eternity and they say the pains of that place multiples any pains on earth by eternity. We can never imagine it, but they have the hope of heaven which hell never will. We need to pray for those souls and make sacrifices for them. They in turn will pray for us and remember us when they do get to heaven.

I look forward to reaching out to you all after Easter. 
Have a blessed Holy Week!
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6 March, 20146 March, 2014 0 comments Lent Lent

                                                            Hello and welcome especially all new members! 

Well, Lent has officially begun. Have you received your ashes yet? I believe may of you have. If not yet, then this Sunday it will be possible….For the next two months, we can make sure we pray and offer sacrifices, offering up things we crave, wether it be sweets, movies,smoking, Facebook …..to name a few. But is up to us. Giving up something we crave the most will be the most rewarding from God. To pray for our neighbors, our friends, our enemies is charity. Also we can tale the opportunity  to participate in  doing some corporal work of mercy, doing some charitable work.
Maybe we will meet someone during this time while we strive to cleanse and purify our soul. When and if we do meet someone special, don't forget to thank our God and Blessed Lady of this opportunity and endeavor to make this blossoming situation whole and pure. Let our minds rule our hearts in our search for "the one."
Let's not forget to meditate on the passion of Christ. Make an attempt to say the stations of the cross as least weekly ( maybe Friday) during this Lent, not forgetting how Jesus died for us with every drop of his Blood. Don't forget to give up meat on Fridays as well!
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28 March, 201328 March, 2013 0 comments Lent Lent

Holy Week

Greeting to all. Well It has arrived! Holy week is here and Easter is in just a couple of days. :) Hope your Lent went well. It usually seems so long; but with work and all, it actually went by pretty fast.

This past month, the Catholic church has a new Pope ...Pope Francis, which to me, he seems very open and reachable to the people, which is  a nice change. We all need to pray for the Holy Father ....why not during this Lenten season?

Have any of you seen The Passion movie by Mel Gibson ? I have watched  it on the big screen and I must say it is a good program to bring to light what sufferings Jesus went thru for all of us. I realize this is "Hollywood", but it does make us think and hopefully help  our meditation, when  we go thru the passion of Jesus or when we recite the stations of the cross.

I came across a new book out there, that I highly recommend to all of you... It is called The Price To Pay. It is about a Muslin who converted to Catholicism and what he had to go thru for the faith. His name is Joseph Fadelle .On the cover, there is a line from St. Matthew 10:39, where he says,"He who loses his life for My sake will find it." That is so true! I realize we have it so  easy here, with the mass available and all( and no great persecution); and usually the doors to the church swing open to accept souls thirsting for the truth. What price would you pay for your beliefs? This man was imprisoned and shot, left for dead; his wife didn't know if he was alive and some family treated him very poorly.I believe you can get this book on Amazon, and if you go to the Langeley chapel in British Columbia, they also sell it in the bookstore.

Happy Holy Week!
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4 March, 20134 March, 2013 0 comments Lent Lent

MARCH NEWSLETTER

HELLO AND WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS! March has finally arrived with not so cold weather for different parts of the country. How has your Lent been going? We got four weeks to go! Yay! Also this month we celebrate St. Patrick's day as well as St. Joseph's. If you are planning a novena to St. Joseph,I believe the nine days starts this Monday, the 11th. At least, that is what was told me at church. St. Joseph's feast day usually lands on March 19th.

Well, looks like we will be getting a new pope. A novena has been going around the parishes, where one sings or recites the Veni Creator followed by a short prayer to Our Lady and asking St. Pius V and St. Pius X to pray for us. I hear some people are wondering if this may be the last pope, according to St. Malachy. One does not know for sure, as the saint does not specify what popes will reign between Pope Benedict and Peter Romanus(which he calls the last Pope), nor does he say if any will. We shall see. But what we can do and it is our duty, is to pray for the pope, that we get one fit to rule the head of the church as it is a very grave responsibility.

Here is the Novena for the new Pope! I have included the English and Latin versions.

NOVENA FOR THE ELECTION OF A POPE 
from March 1st to 9, 2013
requested by Bishop Fellay,Society of St. Pius X, Superior General 

Veni Creator Spiritus, Mentes tuorum visita, Imple superna gratia, Quæ tu creasti pectora. 
Qui diceris Paraclitus, Altissimi domum Dei, Fons vivus, ignis, caritas, Et spiritalis unctio. 
Tu septiformis munere, Digitus paternæ dexteræ, Tu rite promissum Patris, Sermone ditans guttura. 
Accende lumen sensibus, Infunde amorem cordibus, Infirma nostri corporis, Virtute firmans perpeti. 
Hostem repellas longius, Pacemque dones protinus: Ductore sic te prævio Vitemus omne noxium. 
Per te sciamus da Patrem, Noscamus atque Filium, Teque utriusque Spiritum Credamus omni tempore. 
Deo Patri sit gloria,
Et Filio, qui a mortuis Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
In sæculorum sæcula. Amen. 

V/ Emítte Spíritum tuum, et creabúntur : R/ Et renovabis fáciem terræ. 


Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come. From thy bright heavenly throne! Come, take possession of our souls. And make them all Thine Own! 
Thou who art called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire, Sweet Unction, and True Love! 

Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace, Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand! 

O guide our minds with thy blest light, With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays, Confirm our mortal frame. 

Far from us drive our hellish foe, True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe Beneath thy sacred wing. 

Through Thee may we the Father know, Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both Thrice blessed Three in One. 

Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen. 

V/ Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created: R/ An Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. 


Oremus. Súpplici, Dómine, humilitáte depóscimus : ut sacrosánctæ Románæ Ecclésiæ concédat Pontíficem illum tua imménsa pietas ; qui et pio in nos stúdio semper tibi plácitus, et tuo pópulo pro salúbri regímine sit assídue ad glóriam tui nóminis reveréndus. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R/ Amen. 
V/ Cor Mariæ dolorosum et immaculatum. R/ Ora pro nobis.
V/ Sancte Pie V R/ Ora pro nobis
V/ Sancte Pie X R/ Ora pro nobis 


Let us pray. O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Christ Our Lord. R/ Amen. 
V/ Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, R/ pray for us who have recourse to Thee!
V/ Saint Pie V. R/ pray for us.
V/ Saint Pie X. R/ pray for us. 




God Bless!
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5 April, 20125 April, 2012 0 comments Lent Lent

Hello to all our members! How is your Holy week going? I wanted to give a quick note about the chapet of Divine Mercy, which starts tomorrow,Good Friday.

This feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in Saint Faustina diary, we can receive from Jesus the biggest promises of Grace in the Devotion of Divine Mercy. This feast day is on the Sunday after Easter,also called Low Sunday. Jesus states that the soul that goes to Confession around this time, and receive Holy Communion on that day, shall obtain the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Also, the Roman Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) with the recitation of some simple prayers nine days prior, and may include the daily rosary.

Now more about this feast......

St. Faustina Kowalska was a Polish nun who had visits and talks with Jesus Himself. He asked her to paint the vision of his Merciful Divinity being poured from his sacred heart and specifically asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be set on the first Sunday after Easter so people would turn to Him. He wished to be publicly venerated, so all would know about Him.Jesus also stated that humanity would not find true peace until all souls turn to trust in the Divine Mercy. This devotion was promoted by Pope John Paul, who canonized Saint Faustina on April 30th,2000, and put the date of Divine Mercy Sunday in the Roman Calendar. The following year, the Pope re-emphasized the feast. The Divine Mercy Image is often carried in processions,and later placed in the local church. It is interesting to note that John Paul II, who died in April 2005 on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, was himself beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011, by the next pope, Pope Benedict XVI .

For the daily prayers, please look towards the site about the Divine Mercy Sunday on the internet.Happy Easter!

Melissa

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29 March, 201229 March, 2012 0 comments Lent Lent

Hello to all subscribers! How is your Lent coming along? Just under a couple of weeks to go, and then there's the celebration of Easter. During this time, we focus on the Passion and death of Jesus and look for ways to make sacrifices, though smal,l are pleasing to God. Alms-giving is also very meritorious during this time in the liturgical year.

But we can also focus on the sorrows of the Blesse Virgin...Look at the sacrifices she undertook when she gave her Son for us on the cross. She is not only a witness to His suffering on Calvary, but she also forsaw what would happen to Jesus, her Son, even before He was born. She knew He would suffer and later die on the cross. What Mother can go thru life knowing what is in store for Him for thirty- three years. She lived in obedience to God's laws and loved all of us sinners that she followed God's plan, even when it was so hard, for she loved Him so much. And after He died upon the cross, she held Him in her arms for a last embrace. The "Pieta" scene, as one can see in St. Peter's at Rome, you see the Mother of Sorrows holding her Son's lifeless body.... You can picture Mary looking over her Son, the gaping wounds of hands and feets,and a large cut in His side. His whole body is scared and torn. She thinks over His life and now where it has taken.She knows that the torture is over. She gives Him one last kiss before He is wrapped and placed in tomb. St. John will help her home;Jesus had asked him too. I don't think she slept that night.

So, I will leave you with these thoughts. Will try to write more next week!

Melissa

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12 March, 201212 March, 2012 0 comments Lent Lent

 

Well, Lent has started and will last until April 8th this year. Have you made any Lentin resolutions yet? It is not too late, still around 5 weeks to go. I know most people give up food, like chocolate (my favorite!) or injesting meat only once a day. The new canon law states that one needs to abstain from meat all the Fridays in Lent. All other Fridays through-out the year, it is a good practice to abstain from meat but it is no longer required under pain of sin. The stations of the cross is also often recited during this time of year, and very often on Fridays at the local parish church or even privately at home.

 

There  are other things we can do to help sanctify our souls. Repentance for our sins is one of them. Oftentimes a Ignatian retreat of 5 days is offered by diferent retreat houses or centres. I have been to the one in Phoenix, AZ , and it was excellent, with Father Burfett as the main preacher. Los Gatos and St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary are other locations. Go to the SSPX website for more information. Self-denial can also be praticed or at least an attempt to undertaking your daily duties without complaint. Alms-giving is again another practice for those who can afford to stretch out a helping hand to a neighbour or a parishioner who may need it. Prayer and meditation of the passion of Jesus is a good way to get ourselves in the mode of Lent.

 

Lent is forty days. For some of us, it seems like an eternity. My sister-in-law has already complained after a week that Lent is already

 affecting her in a food kind of way. (Maybe because I sent her pictures of my delicious meal of the day!What a tease!) Anyway, getting back to the number forty, Jesus was lain in the tomb for forty hours after dying on the cross. Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert before he was tempted. Jesus has recommended fasting to His disciples, so I am sure that also applies to us. Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai with God, as you can see from the book of Exodus. Elijah walked for forty days and night enroute to Mount Horeb, noted in the book of Kings. During the great flood, it rained for forty days and night. The Hebrews walked the desert for forty years while trying to get to the promised land.

Jonah gave forty days to the people of Nineveh to repent or die. So it is our turn to give forty days to work on our souls and hopefully give them to God!

 

Happy Lent!

 

 

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12 April, 201112 April, 2011 0 comments Lent Lent
This period of the church concentrates on the Passion of Christ, His Death, and His subsequent Resurrection on Easter Sunday. During this time, we can gain so many special graces when we meditate on His Passion, pray on each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross, and offer daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Many eat only one meal of meat daily with Fridays no meat. Others can fast with no eating between meals. The big days of fast and abstinence in the Catholic Church are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Anyone can fast, but those most encouraged are those between the ages of seven and sixty-five. St. Theresa says, " I wish to suffer everything that my Beloved wishes. I wish to allow Him to do with His little ball whatever He desires." Also ," I am no afraid to suffer for you." She further states that nothing is too great to suffer in order to win the palm of eternal life. So we should try to carry our daily cross, offer up little crosses and tribulations for our sins and the conversion of others who don't know the way to Him. According to one passage in the book of Hebrew : Let us run with persevereance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesu,s the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Lent is composed of forty days. That is approximate six and one half weeks, not including Sundays. It is such an important time in the liturgical year. This is the time when our Lord procures heaven for us by paying the debt owed to omnnipotent God for original sin. Have you watched the movie The Passion? I think it is very good to watch during this time of year, and it helps us think about what Christ went thru during His Passion, including how the devil tempts Him and how the disciples abandoned Him. I think it shows how God truly loved us. God truly showed how He loved us as He willingly died on the Cross for us, the ultimate sacrifice of His love. Envision the Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross; she says nothing but looks at Him sorrowful, but knowing that He is doing the will of the Father and praying for all of us, her children. Let us never forget what she does for us, continually pleading for us before God. Let us also consider why we were created, to love and serve God , and be happy with Him someday, in heaven.
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