Many souls go to Hell
because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them. Our Lady of Fatima
Message from the
to our September 2016 Newsletter. There are a great number of
wonderful events happening in these delightful spring months and some
amazing people out there who are doing great things for the
community. Some of our readers are welcoming new members into their
families through the Sacrament of Matrimony and the Sacrament of
Baptism with so many becoming parents, grandparents, great
grandparents and one proud and excited lady welcoming her second
great, great grandchild. As well, there seems to be many more
children brought to the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation
this year. Sharing in the joy of these wonderful events gives us hope
We must not lose sight, however, of the fact that in our midst evil
is masquerading as good and good is being portrayed as being evil
especially in the media, in our schools and even by some members of
our parliament. Compassion is not about accepting sin; it is about
loving the sinner and helping them overcome their sin and bringing
them to the Sacrament of Confession. In most cases it will not mean
confrontation but it will mean an extraordinary amount of prayers and
Gabriele Kuby whose book, The Global Sexual Revolution, exposes the
very real forces behind the evil agenda to destroy the family,
visited Australia recently and many people came to hear her speak.
Her book is available from us. People who stand up for God and for
His Glory will suffer much. We must therefore support her by urging
our friends and neighbours to pray hard that many who are indifferent
or have been brainwashed will continue to be helped by her presence.
With this in mind, our reading and children’s reading should help all
to know love and serve God.
Thank you for your wonderful support and please continue as we rely
heavily on your prayers, voluntary help and financial sacrifices.
The Global Sexual Revolution by Gabriele Kuby Gabriele Kuby surveys gender ideology and LGBT demands,
the devastating effects of pornography and sex-education, attacks on
freedom of speech and religion, the corruption of language, and much
more. She documents in meticulous detail how the tentacles of a budding
totalitarian regime are slowly gripping the world in an insidious
stranglehold. Kuby’s courageous work is a call to action for decent
people to redouble their efforts to preserve freedom of religion, freedom
of speech, and in particular the freedom of parents to educate their children
according to their own beliefs, so that the family may endure as the
foundation upon which any healthy society is built. The Global Sexual Revolution by Gabriele Kuby
Flight of Faith My Miracle on the Hudson by Frederick
Berretta Recently attention has been given once more in the film Sully
to the accident involving theUS Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N106US which
performed flight US-1549 on 15th January 2009. Frederick
Beretta was a passenger on that flight and possibly the first to recount
what happened - his book was published in 2009. Berretta's perspective is
entirely different to that of the secular media and his description of
the profound call he had from God during the time it took the aircraft to
glide down to the Hudson River is very thought-provoking. Flight of Faith My Miracle on the Hudson by
Frederick Berretta $28
The Golden Princess and Moon by Anna Maria Mendell
Book review by Lucy Smith
The Golden Princess and the Moon is a book which I highly enjoyed reading.
From the moment I picked it up, I could hardly bear to put it down, and I
finished reading it in just one day. The engaging characters of the
Prince and Princess draw the reader into sympathy with them in a very
accomplished manner, and the characterisations are perfect. Anna Maria
Mendell gives Rosa and Erik the typical characterisations expected of a
fairy-tale Prince and Princess, but is unhesitating in also showing their
flaws, short-comings, weaknesses, bad decisions and mistakes. This allows
the reader to become far more engaged in the characters’ journey and
development, and along with other elements within the piece, gives the
audience a strong impression reminiscent of the works of C.S. Lewis, the
Brothers Grimm, and George MacDonald. The vision of the beauty and peril
of Faerie which Mendell presents shows the audience a magical world
which, in this reader’s honest opinion, is far more engaging and
fascinating than any audience could have ever hoped for. All in all, ten
out of ten, will definitely read again. The Golden Princess and Moon by Anna Maria Mendell
The Angels of Gum Tree Road by Sue Elvis Book review by Fr Tierney
The reader needs to know that the Angels are not the ones in Heaven but a
big Catholic family, living semi-rural and homeschooling.
This is a sequel to The Angels of Abbey Creek yet can still be read
first. The family are Mum, Dad, Edward 15, Kate 13, Joe 11, Celeste 8,
Lizzie 6 and Annie 3.
There are delightful episodes on various pets that run, fly or swim.
There are lots of episodes with neighbours and excursions with relatives,
plus sport and accidents and scrapes the children get into. There's lots
of eating described in detail -- essential for children's fiction based
on real life. The children are not always good, and Mum and Dad have
their foibles.- sounds real, doesn't it?
Liturgical life from the parish overflows into the home without the book
being in any way "preachy". It simply presents normative
Christianity which is now so politically incorrect, even in fiction, with
hostility towards religion having any effect on life, which is, of
course, the whole point of religion.
In fact, there's a Confirmation and a Baptism in the family, and a
wedding in the extended family with the feminine interest in dresses and
the male interests in banquets. There are Lent and Advent details, with
eye-openers which might well be emulated.
I'm in the book as author of the Bush Boys and get two chapters of
several families combining for a day at a book launch of New Boys in the
Bush run by the parish priest who is a Bush Boys supporter.
The daughters in these families are fully catered for along the lines of
the bush activities of the girls in Bush Boys and Bush Rangers.
With The Angels of Abbey Creek and a further sequel promised in the last
chapter, these books are comparable to Hilda Van Stockum’s three books on
the Mitchells, both series drawn from real life experiences. They ring
Each chapter is introduced with a half-page line drawing, all beautifully
homely on scenes from the text.
Episodic chapters about 8 pp each are ideal for reading aloud at the
dinner table or bedtime. This book is a sheer delight: 2l6pp, A4 size,
and worth every cent of $20. The Angels of Gum Tree Road by Sue Elvis $20.00
Sixty Saints for Girls by Joan Windham
This book has been reprinted and contains all her stories of girl and
woman saints from her other books, with a number of new ones added. The
stores are arranged by date, beginning with Our Lady’s mother, St. Anne,
and finishing with another Anne, Anne de Guigne (this Anne, who died in
1922, aged 10, has not been canonized, but she was declared Venerable on
March 3, 1990 by Pope John Paul II). In between is a lovely mix of
saints, young and old, princesses and pilgrims, mothers and grandmothers
and nuns: a goose-girl and a horse-dealer’s daughter; a girl who was
kidnapped by pirates, a veterinarian, and (believe it or not) a
ventriloquist! These stories are ideally suited to inspire readers
to fall in love with virtue. No child reading them will ever suppose that
saints are all cut to one pattern or that holiness is less interesting
than bad behaviour. Anyone who wants to know what a saint is really like
will get a clear and beautiful picture by reading these accounts, and
they can be enjoyed over and over again by children of all ages, and by
adults alike. (We are awaiting the reprint of the boy’s book which we have
been informed is in the pipeline and will be available before Christmas.) Sixty Saints for Girls by Joan Windham $24.95
Go Bush Againis now on our website. Click link on the homepage
and you will find it in groups of three or four chapters at a time.
Printing is permitted. A print version is coming. First of all it is an
outdoor adventure. Its setting is politically incorrect: stable
marriage, big family, manners, mischief and daring-do.
Its appendices are a big upgrade on those in Bush Boys on the Move, especially the appendix on Home
Another project, partly a hobby, is writing more of New Boys' Bush Rescue, which is a sequel to New Boys Go Bush Again, on the Lawson family.
I’M up to my ears in work on so
many projects from which time is lost each day on peripheral phone
calls. Requests keep coming in for ‘demolition material’ to refute
trendy doctrine or morals or to support this or that worthy cause. Yet
my memory, hearing and sight are slithering downhill.
The project that suffers most yet of greatest import is
(sic) for parents and others who are teaching from the Catholic Family Catechism
Yet this is displaced by an immediate need for a new
edition of the 1982 Heart Speaks to Heart Revised Edition. It might be called the Millennium
Edition until something comes up with a better name. The Mass texts
need replacing and a better I want translation of the Psalms than the
Grail as used in the present responsorial psalms at Mass and throughout
the Liturgy of the Hours, i.e. the Divine Office).
The 1982 Heart Speaks to Heart itself replaced the original of 1979 (in a pamphlet
size), which in turn replaced Lift up your Heart which Father Brian Moore SJ produced in 1973 with a
reprint in 1974.
All these prayer books preceded my computer acquaintance
from 1986, so I have to scan in the earlier material — with lots of
correction from scanning mistakes, yet quicker than my typing.
Given my other duties I cannot hope to get in more than
three hours work a day and this is eaten into by phone calls (a least
an hour a day) or writing answers to letters, all of which eat into my
prime time 0900 to 1300 when my mind is not too tired. Sometimes I get
up early between 0200 and 0330 if 1 wake early (lights out at 2000).
As for correspondence, if I don’t answer at once, it gets
displaced by new arrivals and forgotten. And Cardinal Newman Faith Resources
Inc need a monthly Handouts for the internet version, while
still posted out, three or four, at a time every three months.
IN the Old Testament, the Witch of Endor
summoned up the ghost of Samuel for Saul.
She was called a ‘medium’, and means of access to the
occult. Our word ‘media’ is simply the Latin plural of ‘medium’. Are
today’s mass media and social media might be a form of witchcraft?
Mass Media(a sample of a minor apostolate)
To the Editor of the local paper:
BEST TO BET ON GOD
Some agnostics, atheists and other irreligious persons
would like everyone to convert to them and thereby ensure peace in the
world — an attitude not unlike that of converting others to God and
A good test of any religious or non-religious faith is
which is the most noble in its teaching and practical results. The more
noble the teaching, the harder it will be to practise and the more
shocking the failures. Not surprisingly, people struggle with
Christianity. We have to love our enemies and those who hate us, and
alas, sometimes we find ourselves hating even our friends!
Pascal, who lent his name to air pressure in tyres, was
given to gambling. He reckoned it was best to bet on God since we would
never know if we were wrong! At least, that’s a starting point for
Father James Tierney Catholic Family Catechism
(from press clipping service of Father Bernie McGrath This
sketch about Face Book probably came from it. Its grammar has been
edited to help those unfamiliar with its lack of schooling as displayed
in that medium.)
For those of my generation who do not and cannot
comprehend why Facebook exists, I am trying to make friends outside of
Facebook while applying the same principles: Therefore, every day I
walk down the street and tell a passerby what I have eaten, how I feel
at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later
and with whom, and give them pictures of my family, my dog, and me
gardening, taking the apart in the garage, taking thing apart in tire
garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving
around town, having lunch and doing what everybody does every day.
I also listen to their conversations, give them the
“thumbs up” and tell them I like them, and it works just like Facebook.
I already have four people following me: two police
officers, a private investigation, and a psychiatrist.
Father Tierney’s Comment (it isn’t on Facebook):
Is Face Book the ultimate in trivial pursuit —
or is it a means of evangelization?
Is it just good clean fun — or
psycho-manipulation by demagogues to lynch their enemies?
Is it a healthy develop of Pen Pals
— or a Stranger- Danger, corrupting thought, conscience and conduct?
Or it possibly all of these at
Is healthy caution required? Should
we apply the motto of Jungle Warfare, “Constant Vigilance and Eternal
Media Evangelism Again
ACCORDING TO the old Sunday School song, the
best book to read is the Bible.
So once upon a time a boy [guess who?] wagged Sunday School by pretending
to be sick, and offered to sit in the wintry sunshine and start reading
the Bible from Genesis, which means the Beginning.
Genesis was chock-a-block with good and evil, ranging from
the noble to the obscene, from God to the Devil.
Some was inspiring. Let there be light. Increase and
multiply and fill the earth. Tend the Garden and keep it. Not good for
man to be alone. Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed
but a few days because of the greatness of his love. Lots of parental
On the other hand there was murder, slavery, masturbation,
rape, sodomy, fornication, prostitution, incest, polygamy, theft, lies,
false witness, false pretences, sibling rivalry, jealousy. Wow!
And life in society. Big government, centralized economy.
A high-rise tower, fire, flood, famine. Tragic infertility. Remarkable
obstetrics and animal husbandry. Sharp bargaining, even with God!
Actually, it’s just like today. All that’s missing is
abortion and euthanasia, where we have sunk lower.
However we are also far better off, with a Saviour from
sin, His moral code and power-packages to live Godly lives.
It’s a starting point for enquiry.
Nothing is the same as matrimony.
While the word “marriage” comes from the making of a
husband, “matrimony” says more, for it means the making of a mother.
Only a woman can be a mother. Only a man can make her so.
One young man’s proposal of marriage was, “Can you hear the pitter
patter of little feet on the floor?”
No substitute is possible for matrimony. Nothing has
equality with marriage.
It’s one of God’s greatest inventions, a living symbol of
His union with creation, with humanity, and with His Church. It’s a
symbol which makes His purpose present from generation to generation.
Without such a vision, the people perish. Father James Tierney
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