Saturday, December 2, 2017

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 Reading.

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.

Gai Smith

Programme for Fatima Day at Our Lady of Mercy Shrine, Penrose Park, 13th October:
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

Featured items

St Patrick’s Summer: A Children's Adventure Catechism by Marigold Hunt $22.50
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 Gospels.

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

Thirty-Day 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 purgatory.

Catholic Family 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".

The Faith 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
Nativity 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.


Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 4th August, 2017 — HANDOUTS n. 150
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
Christ Conquers Confusion & Corruption
and, with Him, WE CONQUER the Devil's malice in today's Church & World

"We must suffer with Christ in order that to be glorified with Him" (Romans 8:17)
Download as a PDF

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 the apostles;
* His Passion and Death, a glory veiled at the time;
* His triumphant Resurrection, “they saw His glory”;
* His sending the Holy Spirit from the Father;
* that His Holy Catholic Church is a miracle, despite all things to the contrary in her wayward members.
Further, 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 Contrition.
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 us:
* Contrition
* Faith
* Hope
* Charity
The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.  Mark 1:15
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 work.
5.    In the Liturgical Year, a cycle of seasons and feasts.
6.    In daily life by an intention to live in God’s Presence.
7.    Morning Offering: prayers, works, joys, sufferings.
8.    Almsgiving (mercy as needed), Prayer, Fasting.
Coded Mottoes in Latin and English
UIOGD, Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus:
“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.
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.
* those defeated by gloom;
* and never spread gloom yourself!
* 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
A security agency only shares knowledge on a need-to-know basis. So —
* Be wary in sharing details of wickedness;
* 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 necessity.
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’: “ cowards in the Kingdom, (Apocalypse 21:8).
FRANK SHEED, great Australian apologist
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 come.”
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.
* 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 [72]: 13-17; see also Psalm 74 [73]: 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 in gloom.
* Don’t feed on internet reports inducing gloom.
* Teach Creed, Catechism, Commandments, Prayer.
* Not even sinful churchmen can wreck the Church..
* An intercession list pleases God and improves ourselves.
* Lift up your hearts! Let us give thanks...
* 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:-
Jordan Baptism
Cana Wedding
Crown Thorns
Descent of Spirit
Carrying Cross
Holy Eucharist
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).
5.    Have Cross & 2 Candles (or 5 lit progressively).
6.    Make a mental picture of events within the decade.
7.    Silently recall a Bible text or just a word for each.
8.    If others all agree, read a text aloud for each Hail, Mary.
Soon I hope to list 200 Bible snippets, or just a key word, for nn. 7 & 8, for some future Handouts.
Father James Tierney

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