Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Lord into Your Hands, I surrender all ....



Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner and not perfect, I mercy on Sinner like me. Help me Lord, in my distress, rebuke the storm I am facing, and by Your will grant me the miracle that I seek, bring me back from my exile and restore my life to change new life. In Your mighty Name Lord, I pray. Amen to Your Holy will O' Lord.


Isaiah 41:10
do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.


Psalm 30:2
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.


Friday, 26 June 2015

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle ~ 3 July 2015



St.Thomas was on of the twelve disciples of Jesus, He earn the name "Doubting Thomas" due his disbelief about the resurrection of Jesus as in today's Gospel of John below. St.Thomas preached and founded early churches in Palestine, Mesopotamia, Parthia, Ethiopia and finally India. Preaching the Gospel earned Thomas a martyr’s death in 72AD at the Indian city of Meliapur (Mylapore), where he was stab by a spear (lance). Jesus’ spear wounds were the evidence Thomas needed to believe, but Thomas’ spear wounds are the evidence of his faith. 


Grant, almighty God, that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas, so that we may always be sustained by his intercession and, believing, may have life in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Gospel
John 20:24-29
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”


Monday, 22 June 2015

Saint Anne's Novena & Feast ~ St.Anne Sanctuary Bukit Mertajam ~ 2015

24 July 2015 to 2 August 2015



Transforming Our Lives by Living the 10 Commandments


St. Anne Sanctuary Bukit Mertajam
Jalan Kulim, 14000 Bukit Mertajam,
Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 604 538 6405
Fax: 604 538 7422
Parish Priest : Rev Father Henry Rajoo

Website 

Email
stanne@stannebm.org

Live Streaming URL
https://www.youtube.com/user/LiveOnlinePenang

01/08/2015, 8pm

*** Watching the Mass (LIVE) on the internet is no substitute for being physically present personally and does not fullfill Mass obligations. 
For those who are homebound and not able to attend, the Mass telecast spiritually connnects them with the Church at prayer.



Sunday, 21 June 2015

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist ~ 24 June 2015

John, the Lord’s forerunner is born
six months prior to the birth 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


God has brought John, 
the greatest of prophets, 
to prepare the way of the Lord.
His call to repentance and baptism 
formed a faithful remnant 
that awaited the coming of the Messiah.


The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, 
make his paths straight.
~ Mark 1:3 ~



I tell you, 
among those born of women 
no one is greater than John; 
yet the least in the kingdom of God 
is greater than he.
~ Luke 7:28 ~

The Church normally celebrate feast day of saints to commemorate their death, their birth into Heaven but to this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. John the Baptist. In Luke 1:41-42, when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. John was completely healed of sin in Elizabeth womb, therefore born without Original Sin, and he was then free of any serious sin throughout his life.


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your family may walk in the way of salvation and, attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged, may come safely to the One he foretold, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel
Luke 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbours,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.


Past Posting
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (Solemnity) - 2013

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles ~ 29 June 2015 (Solemnity)



The feast commemorates a solemn celebration in honour of Saints Peter and Paul, two of the great apostles and the principal Patrons of the Church of Rome. Peter, was one of the earliest of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus, and he also was our first pope. Saint Paul never met Jesus prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, but had a conversion experience with the risen Christ while on the road to Damascus which converted him from a persecutor of Christians to become “Apostle to the Gentiles.” Peter, preached of the Gospel among the Jewish people and Paul, the mission among the Gentiles. We celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.

Peter, prior to Jesus calling was known as Simon, a fisherman by trade. Jesus called Peter, along with his brother Andrew, James, and John, to leave everything behind to become His followers, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”(Matthew 4:19). Paul, prior to Jesus calling was known as Saul, an educated Jew and a member of the Pharisee, as well as being a Roman citizen. Saul persecuted the Christians savagely, but was converted by the risen Christ the one that he had been persecuting after seeing Jesus in a vision on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:4). Peter being martyred in 64 AD, by crucifixion upside down because he said he was not worthy to be sacrificed in the same manner as Christ. Peter was martyred in 67 AD, he was beheaded. Like St.Paul, we must always be on fire for the Lord, and proclaim Him to everyone and in every situation, no matter how difficult it can sometimes be to do so. St. Peter demonstrates to us how difficult discipleship can truly be, but is also an example of the Lord choosing the weak and making them strong in bearing witness to Him. 

Faith in Christ is the light of our life as Christians and as ministers in the Church. Let yourselves be consumed by love for Christ and his Gospel, to become all things to everyone. It is your task to hold nothing back, to go outside of yourselves in the service of the faithful and holy people of God.

The words in the passage from the Gospel of Matthew 16:13-23 below, shows us the confirmation of faith made by Peter in Christ, and the words from the reading from 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18, reveals to us Paul's confirmation of love in Christ.

Matthew 16:13-23
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare′a Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli′jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”


Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them you gave your Church the foundations of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reading 1
Acts 12:1-11
In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,
and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews
he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
–It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–
He had him taken into custody and put in prison
under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter thus was being kept in prison,
but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
to God on his behalf.

On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial,
Peter, secured by double chains,
was sleeping between two soldiers,
while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.
Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him
and a light shone in the cell.
He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,
“Get up quickly.”
The chains fell from his wrists.
The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.”
He did so.
Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”
So he followed him out,
not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real;
he thought he was seeing a vision.
They passed the first guard, then the second,
and came to the iron gate leading out to the city,
which opened for them by itself.
They emerged and made their way down an alley,
and suddenly the angel left him.
Then Peter recovered his senses and said,
“Now I know for certain
that the Lord sent his angel
and rescued me from the hand of Herod
and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”


Reading 2
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

The Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.


Gospel
Matthew 16:13-19
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

From all their distress God rescues the just


Psalm 34:1-6

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.


Friday, 12 June 2015

Prayer of Confidence to Saint Anthony


Most holy St. Anthony, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your heavenly care. Be with me, especially in life's troubles and difficulties. Intercede before the Lord for me, so that I may confidently know I do not face my problems alone.

I join my prayers to yours, O great Saint, as I ask God to give me consolation in times of sorrow, courage when I am afraid, and healing from all the ills that afflict me.

Obtain for me from God, Most High, the grace to accept whatever is God's holy will for me and my loved ones. Strengthen my faith so that I will never despair, but always have hope in God's healing presence and power in my life. AMEN.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Catholic Liturgical Calendar


There is 6 season in the liturgical calendar which are Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time. Advent (30 November or on the Sunday that is closest to this date) marks the beginning of the Catholic liturgical calendar and the Solemnity of Christ the King closes the liturgical year.

Advent begins on First Sunday of Advent through 24 December. Liturgical colours of Advent are Purple and Rose, with Rose being used only on the third Sunday of Advent.

Christmas begins on 25 December through The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The liturgical colour of Christmas is white. The liturgical colour of Ordinary Time is green, however, as in all seasons, other appropriate colours are worn on particular feast days.

Ordinary Time I (Ordinary Time after the Baptism) begins on the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism through Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). The liturgical colour of Ordinary Time is green; however, as in all seasons, other appropriate colours are worn on particular feast days.

Lent (inclusive Paschal Triduum) begins on Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday. The liturgical colours of Lent are violet or purple. the colour rose is used on Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday during Lent). The colour red is used on Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), and on Good Friday. White or violet is worn on Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday.

Paschal Triduum is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Easter begins on Easter Vigil though Pentecost Sunday. The liturgical colours of Easter are white, for most days, and red for Pentecost.

Ordinary Time I (Ordinary Time after Pentecost) begins on the Monday day after Pentecost Sunday through the Solemnity of Christ the King. The liturgical colour of Ordinary Time is green; however, as in all seasons, other appropriate colours are worn on particular feast days.


Advent ~ 4 weeks of preparation for Christmas.

Christmas ~ Birth of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
Holy Family ~ Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Nazareth the proper to the Christian. family.
Mary the Mother of God (1 January) ~ Divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Epiphany ~ Christ's manifestation of Himself to the world.
Baptism of the Lord ~ Jesus' baptism by John in the river Jordan.

Ordinary Time I

Lent 
Ash Wednesday
Passion (Palm) Sunday
Paschal Triduum (Easter Sacred Triduum)
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
Good Friday
Holy Saturday

Easter
Easter Vigil ~ The Resurrection of Christ.
Easter Sunday ~ Celebrate the Resurrection.
Second to Sixth Sundays after Easter
Ascension of the Lord ~ Seventh Sunday after Easter, the entry of Jesus’ humanity into Divine glory in God’s heavenly Kingdom, 40 days after His Glorious Resurrection.
Pentecost Sunday ~ Marks the end of Easter season, the fiftieth day after Easter. Commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, the Church's foundation, and the beginning of its mission to all nations and peoples. 

Ordinary Time II
Trinity Sunday ~ honouring the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, unite as One eternal God.
Body and Blood of Christ ~ recounts the events of the Last Supper when Jesus changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood.
Ordinary Time II (part 2)
Solemnity of Christ the King ~ the supreme authority of Christ over his creation especially human beings and their institutions.

Catholic dedication of weekdays and months

Weekdays
Sunday is dedicated to the Christ Resurrection and Holy Trinity.
Monday is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory and Holy Spirit.
Tuesday is dedicated to the Guardian Angels (Holy Angels), Holy Face of Jesus and Saint Anthony of Padua.
Wednesday is dedicated to Saint Joseph.
Thursday is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament.
Friday is dedicated to the Christ Passion, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Precious Blood of Christ.
Saturday is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Heart.


Months
January is dedicated to the Holy Name and Holy Childhood.
February is dedicated to the Holy Family.
March is dedicated to Saint Joseph.
April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and Holy Eucharist.
May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ.
August is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
September is dedicated to Mary’s Seven Sorrows (Seven Dolours of Mary).
October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory.
December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, Advent and the coming of Christ.

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.
The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.

Sundays are, of course, the day for renewing Christ's once and for all Sacrifice during the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Because Christ rose from His tomb on Sunday, Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sundays, or "the Lord's Day." On this day we fulfill God's Third Commandment, to "remember the sabbath day [which means "rest", not "Saturday"], to keep it holy." We refrain from unnecessary servile work and fulfill our "Sunday Obligation" to attend Mass.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary (optional memorial) ~ 13 June 2015

"O Mary, conceived without sin, 
pray for us who have recourse to thee."


"Everything in Mary leads us toward her Son, our only Saviour, by whose foreseen merits she was preserved immaculate and full of grace; everything in Mary lifts up our hearts to the praise of the Holy Trinity." ~ Pope Paul VI in encyclical celebrating the centenary of the apparitions at Lourdes.

But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. 
Luke 2:19

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth 
and was subject to them. 
And his mother kept all these words in her heart. 
Luke 2:51


"I will never leave you; 
my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, 
and the way that will lead you to God."
~ Our Lady to the Lucia at Fatima, 13 June, 1917 ~


Grant, Lord God, that we, your servants, may rejoice in unfailing health of mind and body, and, through the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, may we be set free from present sorrow and come to enjoy eternal happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Gospel
Luke 2:41-51
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ 12 June 2015


A solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. It falls on a Friday, 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. The faithful are reminded on this solemnity of Jesus’ love and are encouraged to make reparation for the many sins committed against Him. Jesus, the Son of God the fruit of Blessed Virgin Mary womb whose heart the same as any human but Jesus heart is pure, full of mercy and love., He is willing become the sacrificial Lamb of God on the cross and die for our salvation because He loved us. The Sacred Heart is depicted as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross and bleeding.



In the Heart of the Redeemer 
we adore God's love for humanity, 
his will for universal salvation, 
his infinite mercy, 
and adoring that Heart which, 
after having loved us to the end, 
was pierced by a spear 
and from high on the Cross 
poured out blood and water, 
an inexhaustible source of new life.


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who glory in the Heart of your beloved Son and recall the wonders of his love for us, may be made worthy to receive an overflowing measure of grace from that fount of heavenly gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


GOSPEL
John 19:31-37
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of him shall be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They shall look on him whom they have pierced.”


Litany to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy 
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, 
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father,
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother's womb, 
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, 
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
have mercy on us. 
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, wherein are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, wherein dwells all the fullness of the Godhead,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich unto all who call upon You,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
R. Make our hearts like unto Thy Heart.

Let us pray, 
Almighty everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy dearly beloved Son, and upon the praise and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners and for those who seek Thy mercy. Be appeased, and grant us pardon in the name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Purgatory ~ depth of God's mercy

Based on Catholic doctrine and teaching 'Purgatory' is a period of purification after death.

Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgement that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately, — or immediate and everlasting damnation. (CCC, 1022)

It is not exactly a second chance given for those who have not won the reward of kingdom of God (heaven). It is a transitional state for those who have merited heaven but still have aspects of their souls that still require purification. It reveals the depth of God's mercy whereby even those who are not yet perfect can attain the fullness of heaven.

All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (CCC, 1030)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; 
And let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

Eternal Father, I offer Thee 
the most Precious Blood of Jesus, 
with all the Masses 
being said all over the world this day, 
for the Souls in Purgatory.

Our Lord showed St. Gertrude a vast number of souls leaving Purgatory and going to Heaven as a result of this prayer, which the Saint was accustomed to say frequently during the day.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Saint Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor ~ 13 June 2015




Saint Anthony of Padua died on 13 June, 1231, the feast day marks our remembrance of his death. We specially honour him for all his pray, intercession and deeds. Saint Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints,. patron of lost things, a miracle and wonder worker, and patron for the poor and needy.

Saint Anthony was buried on a Tuesday. Tuesdays are special days of honoring him throughout the year. It is customary to pray a Novena to him on thirteen consecutive Tuesdays.

Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Anthony of Padua to your people as an outstanding preacher and an intercessor in their need, grant that, with his assistance, as we follow the teachings of the Christian life, we may know your help in every trial. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


St. Anthony Preaches to the Fishes (A wonder)
St Anthony began to preach to them most solemnly, saying: "My brothers the fishes, you are bound, as much as is in your power, to return thanks to your Creator, who has given you so noble an element for your dwelling; for you have at your choice both sweet water and salt; you have many places of refuge from the tempest; you have likewise a pure and transparent element for your nourishment. God, your bountiful and kind Creator, when he made you, ordered you to increase and multiply, and gave you his blessing. In the universal deluge, all other creatures perished; you alone did God preserve from all harm. He has given you fins to enable you to go where you will. To you was it granted, according to the commandment of God, to keep the prophet Jonas, and after three days to throw him safe and sound on dry land. You it was who gave the tribute-money to our Saviour Jesus Christ, when, through his poverty, he had not wherewith to pay. By a singular mystery you were the nourishment of the eternal King, Jesus Christ, before and after his resurrection. Because of all these things you are bound to praise and bless the Lord, who has given you blessings so many and so much greater than to other creatures." 

At these words the fish began to open their mouths, and bow their heads, endeavouring as much as was in their power to express their reverence and show forth their praise. 

St Anthony, seeing the reverence of the fish towards their Creator, rejoiced greatly in spirit, and said with a loud voice: "Blessed be the eternal God; for the fishes of the sea honour him more than men without faith, and animals without reason listen to his word with greater attention than sinful heretics." 

And whilst St Anthony was preaching, the number of fishes increased, and none of them left the place that he had chosen. And the people of the city hearing of the miracle, made haste to go and witness it. With them also came the heretics of whom we have spoken above, who, seeing so wonderful and manifest a miracle, were touched in their hearts; and threw themselves at the feet of St Anthony to hear his words. The saint then began to expound to them the Catholic faith. He preached so eloquently, that all those heretics were converted, and returned to the true faith of Christ; the faithful also were filled with joy, and greatly comforted, being strengthened in the faith. 

After this St Anthony sent away the fishes, with the blessing of God; and they all departed, rejoicing as they went, and the people returned to the city. But St Anthony remained at Rimini for several days, preaching and reaping much spiritual fruit in the souls of his hearers.

I need you Lord Jesus Christ ....


I have desired greatly to eat this Paschal supper 
with you before I suffer, alleluia.

Lord, you have given your people the food of angels, from heaven untiringly sending them bread already prepared, containing every delight, satisfying every taste.



I will go up to the altar of God, alleluia.
I will receive Christ, 
who renews my youth, alleluia.

Monday, 1 June 2015

St. Anthony of Padua ¬ Franciscan Priest

During his lifetime, God was pleased to work countless miracles in the life of the Franciscan Priest St. Anthony of Padua (born: 1195 - died: 1231) and his reputation for sanctity was universally acclaimed. Nearly everywhere St. Anthony is asked to intercede with God for the return of things lost or stolen. They pray to him saying “St. Anthony, St. Anthony, turn around. Something’s lost and must be found.“



Prayer of Confidence to St. Anthony

Most holy St. Anthony, Beloved Friend of Jesus, I place myself in your heavenly care. Be with me, especially in life’s troubles and difficulties. Intercede before the Lord for me, so that I may confidently know I do not face my problems alone.

I join my prayers to yours, O Great Saint, as I ask God to give me consolation in times of sorrow, courage when I am afraid, and healing from all the ills that afflict me.

Obtain for me from God, Most High, the grace to accept whatever is God’s holy will for me and my loved ones. Strengthen my faith so that I will never despair, but always have hope in God’s healing presence and power in my life. Amen.

The Chaplet of St. Anthony

The Chaplet of St. Anthony is composed of thirteen Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorys in honour of the thirteen favours mentioned in the ‘Miraculous Responsory’ above. The following invocation may be used before each Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1 Most gracious St. Anthony, keep me from sin and enable me to persevere in goodness.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

2 Great St. Anthony, keep whatever is uncharitable far from me.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

3 Dear St. Anthony, make mine a true, lasting and vibrant faith.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

4 Good St. Anthony, Banish from my heart all that would cloud God’s love.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

5 St. Anthony, encouraged by your gentleness, help me to grow in genuine conversion of heart.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

6 St. Anthony, heal me. Obtain for me true love of God and health of mind and soul.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

7 St. Anthony, with my Guardian Angel, guide me through the perils of this life and keep me safe.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

8 St. Anthony, protect me from the devil’s temptations and obtain for me God’s help.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

9 St. Anthony, healer of the sick, preserve my life and grant me blessings of good health.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

10 Saint of miracles, finder of lost things, help me to discover what is truly important in my life.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

11 St. Anthony, my helper and friend of God, be my defense and security in times of doubt.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

12 St. Anthony and friend of God, I ask your intercession at God’s throne for divine grace.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

13 St. Anthony, I join with your now and with the whole company of heaven in praising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

Pray for us, blessed Anthony. Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Friar Anthony, Your Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy for your people. May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards. Through Christ our Lord. Amen