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LENT: VIA CRUCIS

The Stations of the Cross begin Friday, February 19th @ 7.30pm

Please refer to the parish bulletin for changes to service and program delivery.

Tradition tells us that our Blessed Mother daily visited the places of her son’s passion, and other Christians followed her example. After Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the fourth century, crowds of pilgrims began walking along Christ’s road to Calvary, as St. Jerome and other early Christian writers attest.

But with the spread of Islam in the ninth century making travel to the Holy Land impossible, Christians in Europe began to replicate the Via Dolorosa, or Sorrowful Way, so that they could walk with Christ without traveling to Jerusalem. This devotion spread throughout the Catholic world, and in 1686, Pope Innocent XI offered to those praying the Stations in churches the same plenary indulgence as those who go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

By walking the Stations of the Cross, you can receive the same indulgence as if you were to actually go to Jerusalem! We should not miss any opportunity to receive such a great blessing.

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

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All Saints Day Family Mass

All Saints Day Family Mass

Thank you to all the families that joined us last Sunday for the All Saints Day Family Mass. So beautiful and inspiring to see the children dressed as dearly beloved Saints.

OFS Fraternity Elective Chapter Newton 2020

OFS Fraternity Elective Chapter Newton 2020

Congratulations to our new OFS Newton Fraternity Council. “May the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His Face shine upon you and be merciful to you; may He turn His Countenance toward you and give you His Peace!” (Num. 6:22-27)

62nd Anniversary of OFS Fraternity @ Newton

62nd Anniversary of OFS Fraternity @ Newton

St Francis simply wanted to give everybody as much of God’s treasure as possible. If God gives us a gift which he did not give to another, he did it for just one reason: that we produce fruit with it.

Pax et Bonum!

The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi 2020

The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi 2020

Each year on the evening of October 3rd the Franciscan family throughout the world pauses to celebrate the solemnity of our Holy Father Francis’s Transitus, passing over from this life to the next.

Montevergine Feast 2020

Montevergine Feast 2020

On Sunday 27th September 2020 we celebrated 65th Anniversary Mass, Holy Mary of Montevergine Feast.

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

7pm Pro-Life Mass followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament until 9.30pm.

YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.

Daily Prayer to St Joseph

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.

Prayers

Litany of the Holy Cross

Holy Cross whereon the Lamb of God was offered, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Hope of Christians, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Pledge of the resurrection of the dead, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Shelter of persecuted innocence, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Guide of the blind, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Way of those who have gone astray, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Staff of the lame, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Consolation of the poor , Save us, O Holy Cross.
Restraint of the powerful, Save us, O Holy Cross.
Destruction of the proud, Save us, O Holy Cross.

The Holy Cross Prayer

Oh Lord Almighty! You have suffered death at the cross for our sins. Oh Holy Cross of Jesus! be my true light. Oh Holy Cross of Jesus! fill my soul with good thoughts. Oh Holy Cross! help me in my salvation. Oh Holy Cross! safeguard me against unholy thoughts and worldly dangers that I may worship the Holy Cross of Jesus of Nazareth crucified. Have pity on me. Oh Holy Cross of Jesus! be my hope. Oh Holy Cross have mercy on me forever and ever. Amen.

Novena to Saint Agatha

O Sweetest Lord Jesus Christ, source of all virtues, lover of virgins, most powerful conqueror of demons, most severe extirpator of vice! deign to cast Thine eyes upon my weakness, and through the intercession of Mary most blessed, Mother and Virgin, and of Thy beloved spouse St. Agatha, glorious virgin and martyr, grant me the aid of Thy heavenly grace, in order that I may learn to despise all earthly things, and to love what is heavenly; to oppose vice and to be proof against temptation; to walk firmly in the path of virtue, not to seek honors, to shun pleasures, to bewail my past offenses, to keep far from the occasions of evil, to keep free from bad habits, to seek the company of the good, and persevere in righteousness, so that, by the assistance of Thy grace, I may deserve the crown of eternal life, together with St. Agatha and all the saints, forever and ever, in Thy kingdom. Amen.

Novena to St Josephine Bakhita

Dear St Josephine,
you were so grateful to know God
and to be part of his Church
that you often kissed the baptismal font.
May we never take for granted
the faith we have been offered
and give us something of your humility
and gratitude for all God does.

The Chaplet of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Chaplet of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has 33 small beads, a center piece, Crucifix and a Sacred Heart medal. One side of the medal has the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the other has the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.”

The Litany of Humility

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

MARY, QUEEN OF FAMILIES

“I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.”

– The Blessed Virgin Mary Promised To Saint Dominic
Family Consecration To Mary

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

Our Community

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

Prayer to Mary

by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Give us a heart as beautiful, pure, and spotless as yours. A heart like yours, so full of love and humility. May we be able to receive Jesus as the Bread of Life, to love Him as you loved Him, to serve Him under the mistreated face of the poor. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Letter of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

From the book “Forget Not Love: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe”

Whenever you feel guilty, even if it is because you have consciously committed a sin, a serious sin, something you have kept doing many, many times, never let the devil deceive you by allowing him to discourage you. Whenever you feel guilty, offer all your guilt to the Immaculate, without analyzing it or examining it, as something that belongs to her…

My beloved, may every fall, even if it is serious and habitual sin, always become for us a small step toward a higher degree of perfection.

In fact, the only reason why the Immaculate permits us to fall is to cure us from our self-conceit, from our pride, to make us humble and thus make us docile to the divine graces.

The devil, instead, tries to inject in us discouragement and internal depression in those circumstances, which is, in fact, nothing else than our pride surfacing again.

If we knew the depth of our poverty, we would not be at all surprised by our falls, but rather astonished, and we would thank God, after sinning, for not allowing us to fall even deeper and still more frequently.

St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Community