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Secular Franciscan Order
Youth & Young
Community & Special Masses
This morning the Secular Franciscan Order had the privilege to celebrate the Legacy of 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia… Over 200 years, Catholic schools have educated millions of Australian students and have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) …
This year we explored “Fratelli tutti” the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled “on fraternity and social friendship”. We are all brothers and sisters and together we can build a better, more merciful, and peaceful world… And we are also grateful to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan for adding to the joyfulness of our special weekend retreat. Pax et Bonum!
Today, Sunday 25th April we celebrated the Good Shepherd Sunday World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We encourage everyone to pray for vocations to priesthood and consecrated life.
Today the Secular Franciscan Order at Newton welcomed two new members: Simona & Caterina! Congratulations!
We hope you all have had a blessed and meaningful Divine Mercy Feast today that has led you into a greater understanding of God’s ongoing, unfathomable mercy and presence in your life. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320)
Thank you to Radio Italiana 531 for broadcasting to our parishioners this year who could not attend Church Services in person. May God bless you in your work, now and in the future!
Monday – Friday
8am Mass followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament until 9.30am.
First Friday Of The Month
8am Mass followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament until 5pm.
7pm Mass (Italian) followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament until 9.30pm.
Fourth Friday Of The Month
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Church grants plenary indulgence for year of St. Joseph
The plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of St. Joseph on these occasions and manners indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary.
Our Lady never abandons her children, and the most unlikely places have been chosen by her to display the wonders she can perform for those who are devoted to her. The instrument she used for her conquest was Bartolo Longo (1841–1926), who would at first appear to be a most unlikely choice…. Bartolo arranged for the building of a magnificent church. While it was being built, three people were healed by outstanding miracles.
It begins twenty Saturdays preceding the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, 7th October. Our Lady Queen of Rosary blesses those who practice the 20 Saturdays Devotion with special favours, as evidenced by numerous testimonies…. This devotion spread all over the world mainly thanks to Bl. Bartola Longo (…)
Oh great Saint Peregrine,
you who have been called “The Mighty”
and “The Wonder-Worker”
because of the numerous miracles
which you have obtained from God
for those who have had recourse to you. (…)
O Holy Virgin,
to whose feet we are led by our anxious uncertainty
in our search for and attainment of what is true and good,
invoking you by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel,
we beseech you to come to our assistance,
when, along the road of this life,
the darkness of error
and of evil conspires towards our ruin
by leading our minds and our hearts astray. (…)
Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. (…)
O glorious St Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ. May you help us to know Him well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ. (…)
MARY, QUEEN OF FAMILIES
“I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.”
O Immaculata, Queen of heaven and earth, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, on this day we the (Family Surname) family come before you to consecrate ourselves to you as your possession and property. We praise God because he has brought us together to give ourselves to you our Mother. We do this because Jesus said on the Cross, “Behold your Mother.” We need you, Mother Mary, to help us to be a truly Catholic family. Enter into our family life. Repeat to us the words you spoke at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you.” Help us to overlook one another’s faults, to forgive as Jesus has forgiven us, and to love one another as Our Lord has asked us to love. Please use our family to crush the head of the serpent. Ask your Spouse, St. Joseph, Protector of the universal Church, to keep us one in mind and heart with your Son’s Vicar, Pope Francis. Today you have become the Queen of our hearts and home. May our home be a “City of the Immaculata,” where the Sacred Heart of Jesus reigns forever. Amen.
by St. Maximilian Kolbe
LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
with all your heart’
& ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’
Divine Mercy Message
Lord Jesus, reveal to souls that Your mercy is greater than all the sins of the world. Draw us to Your Sacred Heart, so our miseries may disappear in the depths of Your mercy. Have mercy on us all.
#1485 My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed Myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let My Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give Me pleasure if you hand over to Me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace
Diary #1273 “My daughter, do you think you have written enough about My mercy? What you have written is but a drop compared to the ocean. I am Love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it..”
“The Dark Night”
St John of the Cross
” God puts a soul in this dark night in order to dry up and purge its sensory appetite, he does not allow it to find sweetness or delight in anything… for the soul will be deprived of every satisfaction and concerned only about God… The first purgation or night is bitter and terrible to the senses. But nothing can be compared to the second, for it is horrible and frightful to the spirit…. Many of these beginners want God to desire what they want, and they become sad if they have to desire God’s will. They feel an aversion toward adapting their will to God’s. Hence they frequently believe that what is not their will, or brings them no satisfaction, is not God’s will, and, on the other hand, that if they are satisfied, God is too. They measure God by themselves and not themselves by God… When receiving Communion they spend all their time trying to get some feeling and satisfaction rather than humbly praising and reverencing God dwelling within them. And they go about this in such a way that, if they do not procure any sensible feeling and satisfaction, they think they have accomplished nothing. As a result they judge very poorly of God and fail to understand that the sensory benefits are the least among those that this most blessed Sacrament bestows, for the invisible grace it gives is a greater blessing. God often withdraws sensory delight and pleasure so that souls might set the eyes of faith on this invisible grace. Not only in receiving Communion, but in other spiritual exercises as well”
Padre Pio Letters
Letter to Raffaelina Cerase, December 30, 1915
Holiness means overcoming ourselves. It means having perfect victory over all our passions. It means truly and constantly disregarding ourselves and despising the things of this world to the point of preferring poverty to riches, humiliation to glory, and pain to pleasure. Holiness means loving our neighbour as ourselves out of love for God. With regard to others, holiness means loving even those who curse us, who hate us, who persecute us, and even doing good to them. Holiness means living a life of humility, detachment, wisdom, righteousness, patience, charity, chastity, gentleness, and diligence. It is a life of doing our duty for no other reason than to please God and receive our reward from him alone. In summary, Raffaelina, holiness has the power in itself, according to the language of the sacred books, to transform a human being into God.
Grace comes after tribulation
St. Rose of Lima
“Our Lord and Saviour lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: ‘Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven.’
Whoever does not meditate, is like someone who never looks in the mirror before going out, doesn’t bother to see if he’s tidy, and may go out dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.
– Padre Pio
Letter of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
From the book “Forget Not Love: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe”