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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 73 - September 2017
Most Christians try to please themselves without
displeasing God too much.
Fr Benedict Groeschel
Message from the Manager
A warm welcome to all our readers to
our September 2017 Newsletter. It certainly is warm, in fact with
daytime temperatures reaching the mid-thirties and the numerous
reports of bushfires that are blazing this month one could be
forgiven for thinking we have skipped spring altogether.
At present Fr Tierney still lives in Goulburn but as soon as his new
accommodation is habitable he will relocate to The Rock, south of
Wagga. We will keep you posted.
The last of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three children of
Fatima will be celebrated on 13th October. Many pilgrimages are
setting out for Fatima in Portugal but for those who are infirm or
cannot afford the long journey many parishes and shrines, including
the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy at Penrose Park, are holding special
Masses and Eucharistic and Rosary Processions. We have included an
outline of the programme for Penrose Park for those who are
interested. Our Penrose Park centre will be open that day so please
pop in and meet Helen and Lisa who do a wonderful job there. Our
country and the world needs prayers desperately, especially the
Rosary, in these confusing and irrational times. Any extra prayers
and small sacrifices, including a pilgrimage, we can make that day
will help bring peace to our hearts, our homes, our parishes, our
country and the world.
There have been some extra Fatima prayer cards and holy cards printed
for 2017. Two more books have been published this year and our
supplies have finally arrived. Demand for copies of Sr Lucia’s Memoirs
Parts I & II has been so high that we have sold out several times
and have been waiting on a new ones since the beginning of June.
Though we have been assured they will arrive before 13th October we
are asking that you pray the books do hit our shores in time.
As Catholic parents and grandparents we have been given the first
responsibility of handing on the Catholic Faith to our children. It
is a serious responsibility given to us by God. It is, therefore,
very important that we keep ourselves informed of what is happening
as many Victorian Catholic schools and now some Catholic Schools in
some New South Wales Dioceses are introducing the Leuven Programme.
As Catholics we have a dogmatic Faith, a belief in the one true God,
transmitted through Scripture and Tradition. To disrupt that Faith,
by teaching a fluid religion based on our own feelings is a travesty
of justice. Those trying to milk our innocent children of the
Catholic Faith and replace it with their own secular humanistic
thoughts are denying children their right to Heaven. Christ said of
Judas who had betrayed Him, “The Son of Man will go just as it is
written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It
would be better for him if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24). We
urge parents and grandparents to find out if their school is teaching
or about to teach this programme to their children or grandchildren
and take action to protect them. There is additional information in a
"Q&A with Fr John Flader" item in the Catholic Weekly
- see here. All our
Catechetical Resources teach the one true Catholic Faith in its
entirety. They are available to everyone and are highly recommended
for parents who are teaching the Catholic Faith whether the children
are attending Catholic or State schools or are home-schooled.
It is good for children to have heroes and heroines. We have a large
number of Saints books including the full range by Mary Fabyan
Windeatt from Tan and Vision books from Ignatius Press. Marigold Hunt
has also written excellent books on catechesis, the angels, Our
Lord’s life and the first Christians. Our Children’s section now
includes CDs and books from Holy Heroes and please do not forget our
comprehensive range of Brother Francis materials. We would also like
to bring your attention to our excellent range of DVDs about the
saints. All of these resources will bring you and your children
closer to God.
Some of our Christmas Stock has arrived. Unfortunately, we missed out
on some items last year so we have ordered a little earlier this year.
Calendars are also available with some discounts for early birds as
we need to anticipate close to the right number to stock and order
accordingly. Please check the website for availability.
Be prepared early for November for the month of the Holy Souls. Our
stocks have been updated and are ready for sale. We must not forget
how much they need our prayers and how great an army they form if we
pray the Rosary for them. Please view our website or ring us
Wednesday to Saturday at our centre in St Marys for Spiritual
These are hard times and Satan is very active. We ask for your
continued support with prayers and financial help for the continuance
of our mission. May God bless you and your families.
Programme for Fatima Day at Our Lady of Mercy Shrine, Penrose Park,
9.30am – Confessions until all heard
10.00am – Exposition & Rosary
11.00am – Solemn Mass
12.15pm – 1:30pm – Picnic lunch: Pack your own or Food & drink is
available from the Kiosks
1.30pm – Eucharistic Procession to Grotto with the Rosary
2.00pm – Grotto Devotions, Benediction and Blessing of pilgrims
3.00pm – Return to coaches and cars
Summer: A Children's Adventure Catechism by Marigold
I am Eve, the first woman God made. I have come to tell you about the
creation of the world and what happened in Eden.” So begins one of the
many exciting lessons in this surprising adventure catechism — lessons
taught by Abraham, St. Patrick, St. Cecilia, and, of course, Eve, the
mother of all mankind. Eve tells young Cecilia and Michael how the world
was made and how the Devil deceived her. She describes the sorrowful
events that followed. Abraham picks up the story, speaking of his own
life, of Moses, and of the saviour God promised the Jews. But this is an
adventure catechism, so in these pages there’s more than talk: Abraham
takes the children back in time to watch Moses save the Israelites by
parting the Red Sea. St. Patrick lets them see the Druids try to kill him
for his Catholic faith. And he takes Michael and Cecilia to Bethlehem,
where they stand with the shepherds in adoration of the newborn King.
Between catechism lessons taught by saints, the children travel back in
time to witness persecuted Catholics risking their lives to attend
furtive Masses in Roman days, in Reformation England, and in the Soviet
Union just a few decades ago. Through words and witnessing, deeds and
doctrine, adventurous Michael and Cecilia learn the central truths of our
Catholic Faith and discover how important they are, even today.
Other books for children by Marigold Hunt include: The First
Christians by Marigold Hunt $21.50 A Book of Angels
by Marigold Hunt $24.20
A Life of Our
Lord for Children by Marigold Hunt $22.50
Marigold Hunt begins with Adam and Eve and goes quickly through the Old
Testament to Jesus, whom she presents simply but not trivially, so
children encounter Him in His goodness, His suffering, and His majesty.
Speaking in words and phrases that young children understand the author
explains terms they may not know. She includes devotions from the Bible,
including the Magnificat, the Beatitudes, and the Canticle of Zachary,
along with many of Christ's parables which she details. A Life of Our
Lord for Children will make sense of Scripture for your children and help
them be more attentive during Mass when they hear the priest reading the
Other books for
children include: The Miraculous
Medal by Mary Fabyan Windeatt $17.50 Vincent de Paul,
Saint of Charity by Margaret Ann Hubbard on special for
$14.00 My First Catechism
by Rev. L Lovasik $3.00 Catholic Family
Catechism Apostles Edition II by Father James Tierney
$5.00 Bush Boys Books
(Set of 5 Books) by Father James Tierney $60.00 The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism by Bennett Kelley $8.50 The New Saint
Joseph Baltimore Catechism No.1 by Bennett Kelley $13.75 The New Saint
Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 2 by Bennett Kelley $15.95 Faith and Life
Series Books 1-8 (Catholic Religion) Text and Activity Books
All $19.95 each The Sacraments of
Penance / Eucharist / Confirmation (separate books) by
Father Peter Murphy $5.00 each
Devotions for the Holy Souls by Susan Tassone $13.90
The months following the death of a loved one are an especially difficult
time. Thirty-Day Devotions for the Holy Souls offers comfort to those who
are grieving and gives them a personal and powerful method of praying for
their departed family member or friend. Day by day, there are: Prayers
and meditations that console the one who mourns and assist the one who
has died, Scriptural passages, reflections from Church Fathers, saints,
and theologians and answers to the most commonly-asked questions about
Catechism Disciples Edition II by Father James Tierney $5.00
This is for use by all children over the age of 12 years as well as adult
instruction in the Catholic Faith. The questions and answers should be
memorised so that our beautiful Faith is in our hearts and minds. A
catechism is a book of echoes, echoes of the faith. Memorisation helps
the faith to ECHO in the minds and memories of all disciples, those of us
wanting to further our Faith and those seeking it. Its Questions, Answers
and Bible texts are a help to unite home, parish and school in "the
faith once delivered to the saints".
Explained by Leo J Trese $22.95
The Faith Explained is an all-in-one handbook to help you understand,
explain, and defend the great truths of the Catholic Faith. In brief and
readable chapters, it explains the purpose of human existence, God and
His perfections, the creation and fall of man, the Incarnation, the
redemption, the sacraments, sacramentals, prayer, the importance of the
Bible, and much more. Perfect for RCIA classes, this book is also a
magnificent refresher course on the Faith for Catholics and an
illuminating resource for non-Catholics with questions about the Church.
It has been described as one of the best and most commprehensive books
about the Catholic Faith.
Our Lady of
Fatima 100 Years of Stories, Prayers and Devotions by Donna-Marie
Cooper O’Boyle $29.95
To mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions, Donna-Marie Cooper
O’Boyle provides a guide to the tradition, history and spirituality of
Our Lady of Fatima, including the testimonies of those who have made the
pilgrimage and prayers for those who share this devotion. Donna-Marie
offers a mini-Fatima retreat. This collection of prayers, testimonies and
reflections will bring to life the events of Fatima and help you find
ways to apply Mary’s Fatima message to your daily life. Each chapter
begins with a quote by or about the Blessed Mother before delving into a
key aspect of the story of Mary’s appearances to Lúcia, Jacinta and
Francisco. A prayer, a simple reflection and a simple call to action
transform this book from a simple historical retelling into a practical
devotional. The Blessed Mother’s Fatima message is needed now more than
ever. The uncertainty of global events can create fear and anxiety in our
hearts but this book is a welcome remedy for that worry and a chance to
grow in faith and holiness.
Other items for
the Fatima Centenary include: Fatima Prayers
Folding Card by Catholic Truth Society $0.80 Holy Card – Our
Lady of Fatima (Novena Prayer) $0.30 Prayer Card &
Biography – Our Lady of Fatima $2.00
Fatima The First
Hundred Years by Barry R Pearlman $29.95
On 13th Coctober 1917, seventy thousand spectators in Fatima’s
Cova de Iria bore witness to the “most obvious and colossal miracle of
history”, the vision of the sun “dancing” in the heavens. In Fatima, the
First Hundred Years, Barry R. Pearlman provides an invaluable theological
and historical framework for understanding this “Miracle of the Sun,” the
apparitions that preceded it, and their implications for the present day.
Drawing extensively from the personal testimony of Lucia dos Santos and
others, this book reveals the story of three shepherd children and the
“beautiful lady from Heaven” who visited them as they tended their
flocks. While many books have been written concerning these events,
Fatima, the First Hundred Years is unique in that it highlights an often
overlooked feature of the apparitions: the centrality of the Lady’s
emphasis on her Immaculate Heart, which she described as “your refuge and
the way that will lead you to God.” By placing this devotion at the heart
of the Fatima message, Pearlman grants his readers not only a detailed
overview of the 1917 visions, but a concrete method for carrying out Our
Lady’s mission. Newly revised to coincide with the hundredth anniversary
of the apparitions, Fatima, the First Hundred Years is at once a
comprehensive guide for the uninitiated and an invaluable resource for
the historian, the sceptic, and the believer.
The Curé d'Ars by Abbe
Francois Trochu $33.00
The standard reference biography of the Curé d'Ars, a book you will find
hard to put down once started.
Other books for adults: The Benedict
Option by Rod Dreher $34.95 Strangers in a
Strange Land by Charles J Chaput $36.95 Surprised by Life
by Patrick Madrid $29.95
Christmas Baubles $22.70 per packet of 6
For those wanting to send a gift to relatives and friends overseas we
have some Christmas stock available. Each Christmas Bauble has a Nativity
scene and has a generous amount of red ribbon for hanging. There are six
75mm baubles per packet with each one designed to give Christmas its true
meaning. They make a wonderful Christmas gift.
AN EARLIER Handouts n.
58, ‘Shonky’, aimed to cheer-up lay apostles who were dismayed
by the many defects in churchmen, bureaucracies and faithful, of false
doctrine and false morals, and even immorality.
However, Satan is now extending his conquests. Dismay
sinks into gloom. He tempts new victims to new sorts of sins
against Faith, Hope and Charity.
Those who live in gloom are failing to look with the eyes
of the Lord Jesus, to think what He thinks, and to do what He wills us
to do about it.
THIS Handouts is a sequel
to n. 58. We must not get embittered, nor weaken the work of Christ, by
stepping into the new snares of the Enemy — Father of
Lies and Prince of Darkness.
The sign of a “gloomer” is living in gloom, radiating
gloom and doom. They are depressed, even despairing. But a
Christian cannot be a pessimist.
The “gloomers” are forgetting:
* the triumphs of God Who does
nothing in vain;
* the glory of His creation
filling heaven and earth;
* the glory of the Incarnation of
the Son of God;
* His Public Ministry: tutoring
* His Passion and Death, a glory
veiled at the time;
* His triumphant Resurrection,
“they saw His glory”;
* His sending the Holy Spirit from
* that His Holy Catholic Church is
a miracle, despite all things to the contrary in her wayward members.
in dealing with those ignorant of the problems, some are failing
to see they must be as “subtle as serpents and gentle as
doves” (Matthew 10:16).
We must make prudential judgement. We must learn the
discernment of spirits. We must not miss opportunities nor
the right way to mend the mess.
CHRIST wants, wishes, wills for us a WIN-WIN outcome,
here-and-now, and hereafter.
SATAN has a counter plan: a LOSE-LOSE-LOST strategy of
darkness, difficulties, doubt and despair.
His detailed tactics are to:-
* by half-truths, hence half-lies;
* by prompting us to forget what
God is doing: concealment;
* by trading on those weaknesses
we should be remedying.
* weaken our Faith & Hope;
* destroy our inner peace;
* prompt ns to spread his
malevolence of gloom.
* enlisting us to spread
self-fulfilling rumours of defeat;
* by destroying apostolic action
to build Christ’s Kingdom;
* by weakening our Charity and
Christ’s Gospel agenda is still the same. What is more, it
really works! He has not failed, it has not failed, nor must we. We
must live and work to carry out the plan of our Lord Jesus Christ for
The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel. Mark 1:15
CHRIST’S MYSTERIES BECOME OURS
1.In meditative prayer, e.g. the Rosary.
2.In Holy Mass, the Sacramental Sacrifice.
3.In all the Sacraments.
4.In a weekly cycle of Sunday plus six days
5.In the Liturgical Year, a cycle of
seasons and feasts.
6.In daily life by an intention to live in
“in order that in everything God may be glorified” 1 Peter 4:11
which St Benedict took as his motto.
AMDG, ad maiorem Dei gloriam
“To the greater glory of God”
popularly presented as,
“All My Deeds for God.”
Coded Monograms (letters all on top of each other)
ÉÇÓ = IHS. The Greek ‘H’ is our E, so
in English it is JES, short for Jesus. It’s called the Divine Monogram,
and popularized in Latin as, Iesus Hominum Salvator,
“Jesus, Saviour of men.”
É×ÈÕÓ is ‘fish’, in our letters I-Ch-Th-U-S.
This can be code for a short creed, Ieosus CHristos THeou Uios
Soter, “Jesus Christ (is) God’s Son (the) Saviour” — hence the
stylized fish on car windows.
XP are the first letters of Christ in Greek where X (chi)
is our ‘Ch’ and Greek P (rho) is our ‘R’, hence a monogram for
the Holy Name Society. [See the PDF version if the Greek
letters have not rendered correctly in your email client]
Piety in English
JMJ Jesus, Mary, Joseph
SAG St Anthony guard.
NECESSARY & SUFFICIENT...
All we have to do to please God is to practise faith, hope
and charity according to our state in life. It’s a simple recipe, hard
to do, but it works.
ENTHUSE & ENCOURAGE
* those defeatedby gloom;
* and never spread gloomyourself!
* and HELP others cope with evil
in high places
* and to work out salvation in
fear & trembling:
... work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for
His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that
you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in
the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you
shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:12-15
WHO REALLY “NEEDS TO KNOW”?
A security agency only shares knowledge on a need-to-know
basis. So —
* Be wary in sharing details of
* DON’T engloom others!
* especially those who just
CANNOT COPE with it, or
* WON’T BECOME MORE VIRTUOUS for knowing it.
Beware of DETRACTION. It is
a sin against Hope.DON’T reveal the faults of others without
Beware of bad company, of listening to talk that does not
help us work for God with zeal; i.e. any talk, reading, viewing, which
tend to make us ‘give up’: “...no cowards in the Kingdom, (Apocalypse 21:8).
FRANK SHEED, great Australian
Christ in the Classroom, FJ Sheed, Sheed & Ward 1973(!)
— section IV, What the World can do to the Faith; last subheading, The
Church, pp 93-94:
THE CHURCH as we meet it can be a trial to
the Faith, especially to the faith of one not rightly or deeply
grounded in it. Ecclesiastics from highest to lowest can strike us as
arrogant, power-loving, money-loving. To take a single instance: in
place after place we see the rich sought out and honoured by the Church
authorities as never by Christ. All this is true, but to be shaken in
Faith by it means not to have understood what Christ had in mind when
He entrusted his gifts of Truth and Life to the Apostles. By that
choice of His, healing is brought to us through men who themselves need
it; we are helped in the saving of our souls by men who have no
guarantee that they will save their own; we ask absolution in
confession from men who themselves ask absolution in confession. For us
and for them, Jesus is the whole point.
To complain that ecclesiastics are defective in
intelligence or idealism is naive. It was Jesus’ decision to work upon
humanity from within it, not some special humanity made for this
purpose, but humanity as it actually is: and His working in it is as
real as the humanity in which He works. Just after the Transfiguration
and just before giving the Apostles the commission to teach all nations
till the end of tune [Editor: “He upbraided them for their unbelief.. .’’Mark 16:14], He Cried Out to a group of
them: “How long can I bear with you!” He had said that even when they
had done all that was commanded, they should still see themselves as
“unprofitable servants” (Luke 17:10). Earlier in that same chapter He
had said: “Scandals are sure to come, but woe to him by whom they
My own feeling is that students should be prepared in
school for the unattractive elements they are liable to meet in the
Church. It is for schools to decide how much should be taught and at
what age. In my own teaching of unbelievers in parks and on street
corners, I never talk about the Papacy without telling of some of our
less admirable popes. So my hearers understand why I insist that
nothing a pope could do or say would make me think of leaving the Church.
I entered it by baptism in Christ (not in the Pope), I remain in it in
order to be in Christ’s companionship (not the Pope’s), a member of His
Body (not the Pope’s). If a given pope behaved badly, I should
sympathize with Christ, whose work among men the pope’s ill-behaviour
was damaging (which is an unhappy reminder of how often our own
behaviour has dimmed the face of Christ for those who know us).
Meanwhile, whether I agree or disagree with Papal or Conciliar policy,
I know that in the Church I have the possibility of union with Christ,
and so with Father, Son and Holy Spirit and ultimately with my
fellow-men, to the very limit of my own willingness.
WHAT TO DO
* Wake up to myself! The psalmist
was inspired to say:
All in vain have I kept my heart
clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have
been stricken, and chastened every morning.
If I had said, “I will speak
thus,” I would have been untrue to the generation of Thy children.(1)
But when I thought how to
understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into
the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end.
(1) in Grail version, “betray the
faith of your people”; in Vulgate, translated, “betray the generation
of Thy sons”. Psalm 73 : 13-17; see also Psalm 74 : 1-12.
* Read Jesus Christ’s words: 5 chapters, John 13-17;
* Read St Peter, St Paul, St John
— and holy Job: to build up resolve and never languish
* Don’t feed on internet reports
* Teach Creed, Catechism, Commandments,
* Not even sinful churchmen can
wreck the Church..
* An intercession list
pleases God and improves ourselves.
* Lift up your hearts! Let us give
* CHRIST IS RISEN! And He’s already sent the Holy
Spirit — but would anyone see that in me?
The Rosary is “Meditating on these
[Christ’s] Mysteries” in the 20 decades, usually 5 a day, in Mary’s
company, for He declared her our mother, and she lifts us up in Hope:-
Descent of Spirit
Death on Cross
1: some add, “and the Epiphany”
(for the Wise Men as well as Shepherds).
Saying the Ten Hail, Mary's
for each mystery:-
1.Minimal requirement: announce each Mystery.
2.Say the 10 Hail, Mary's in honour of that event.
3.See each Mystery through Mary’s eyes.
4.Look at a picture for each (cf. stations of the cross).
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