POPE FRANCIS AND THE ROSARY
After reading the long quote above by then-Cardinal Bergoglio, I think we can have hope. Our new Holy Father does not seem to be interested in new methods or new clichés.
POPE FRANCIS LOVES THE SAINTS
He is attracted to saints like Saint Juan Diego and Saint Francis of Assisi. Small, poor, humble men with GREAT devotion to the Mother of God. No wonder: These two humble saints brought about the greatest moments of evangelism in the history of the Church.
EVANGELIZATION AND MARY
Evangelization, new or old, always depends on the mediating intercessions of the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy. Christ chose to enter the world through her, and He has established that we might come to Him most easily through her.
9 MILLION MEXICAN CONVERTS!
The greatest “New Evangelization” in the New World happened the Blessed Mother appeared to a humble and forgotten peasant named Juan Diego. The Virgin of Guadalupe rapidly converted 9 million natives!
ST FRANCIS REBUILDS THE CHURCH
Now the greatest “New Evangelization” in the Old World of Europe (after the time of Christ and the Apostles) was arguably the ministry of Saint Francis of Assisi who “rebuilt” the Church of Christ. Francis was so conformed to Christ, that he bore the wounds of Christ in his own flesh.
ST FRANCIS – MOST MARIAN SAINT
Saint Francis was probably the most Marian saint that ever lived. His entire life was consecrated to Mary. He is probably the first saint to identify Mary as the “Spouse of the Holy Spirit.” In a dream of Brother Leo, Saint Francis indicated to the friars that Heaven could not be attained by hard penance, but by trustful surrender to the loving mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
MOTHER CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS
Moreover, the mother church of Saint Francis, the “Portiuncula” or Saint Mary of the Angels, was revealed to him as a special “little portion” of Mary.
Francis desired that this “mother church” of Mary be a place of pilgrimage – equal in significance (bearing an equal indulgence) to Rome and Jerusalem.
ST FRANCIS WISH: TO DIE IN MARY’S ARMS
When Francis died, he wanted to be laid naked on the floor of that little Church of Saint Mary – so that he would die in the arms of Mary!
– from Dr Taylor Marshall, Catholic blogger. Check his site: Taylor Marshall.
Mass Intentions 25th Jan – 01st Feb
6.30pm Mass (Hilda Williams & Rippingale Fm)
8.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
9.30am Federation Service on Mound
11.00am Parade of massed Bands Sanger St
Monday 26th Australia Day
9.00am Mass (All Anzac’s, ATSIP,
All Lost in Desert)
10.00am Aus Day event Federation Gardens
9am Mass (Neil McDonald, Nicole Collins)
Wednesday 28th St Thomas Aquinas
9am Mass (Frances Tillett, Mary Smith,
12.00pm Mass (Pauline Kerr, Pat Seymour,
9am Mass (Gordon Willett,
Connie Barber Fms)
Saturday 31st St John Bosco
8.45am Rosary & Mass(Chris Hanrahan,
6.30pm Vigil(Will Hickey, Esma Downing Fms)
Sunday 01st 4th Sunday in Ordinary
8.00am Mass (All parishioners)
Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday 27th at 5.30pm Presbytery
Sunday Mass Roster 31st Jan – 1st Feb
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm A Norman R Packer
9.00am P & B Ridge
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar; N Warhust
6.30pm Sandral Fm
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm: W Seymour H Langford
9.00am O & S Atkin
Collection: B O’Shea
Counting: A & M Campbell
Remember in Prayer
Imelda Gauci, Vince Fitzgerald, John Lyons, Joan Sandral, Pauline Kerr, Cliff Broderick,
Bill Tunstall, Vera Petteit, John Hickey, Mark Fitzgibbon, Noel Houlihan, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly.
Would You Be a Scripture/SRE Teacher
Currently there are 15 classes and 7 SRE teachers. Please pray and consider joining other Christians in this special ministry. The schools are most helpful, and mentor is the way of training.
Contact Fr Hart for more information