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Bloom where I am Planted

Is this a foretaste of missionary life? Did God answer my prayer before? Actually it is my desire and I prayed for it even. I am now a missionary in a foreign land where I am of service in my own little way. It was over ten months ago when I was seeded on the ground of the Celtics. As I was newly planted, I experienced a lot of challenges. I exerted much effort in adjusting to the new environment because it was totally unusual; it was totally different! This is for real. There were lots of hesitations. I was too young. Questions started to pop out. Will I bear fruit here in Ireland? Will I make it to the end of my pastoral year? Fears and doubts crept in. But holding on to the faith that I am...

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October Weekend on the Eucharist

We will be hosting a team of Lay Eucharistic Evangelisers from Glasgow and Dublin who will present our programme Life  In The Eucharist (L.I.T.E). Life in the Eucharist Programme is specifically designed to introduce a faith community to Eucharistic spirituality and practice. It is presented by a team of trained lay people under the direction of a Blessed Sacrament Religious and Priest. This will be an opportunity to experience the programme and the hope is that from this encounter a team might be formed here in the shrine. Friday 17, early evening session, Saturday 18, day session, Sunday 19 afternoon session; participation  in all the sessions is recommended to get the full benefit form experience. Look out for poster and how to register for the programme towards the end of...

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INVOCATION FOR PEACE

Full English text of tonight’s Vatican prayer for peace with Israeli, Palestinian presidents   INVOCATION FOR PEACE Vatican Gardens, 8 June 2014 http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/06/07/0415/00948.html#Testi%20in%20lingua%20inglese...

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Lourdes:the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II viewed at the Sanctuary

Lourdes : les canonisations de Jean-Paul II et Jean XXIII vues du Sanctuaire   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dacoAA74IxU 14’48” Published on 27 Apr 201 Category Non-profits & Activism LicenceStandard YouTube Licence   Yes, dear sons and daughters, honour and celebrate him who was so perfect an adorer of the Blessed Sacrament; after his example, always place at the centre of your thoughts, of your affections, of the undertakings of your zeal this incomparable source of all grace: the mystery of faith, which hides under the veils the Author Himself of grace, Jesus, the Incarnate Word. From the homily by Saint John XXIII, Pope at the canonization of Saint Peter Julian Eymard December 9, 1962 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bishops, priests and lay people from different parts of the world have written to the Holy See earnestly requesting that the liturgical celebration of the priest, Saint...

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Rodin, Marble, Life Exhibition In Rome

Rodin in Rome: when marble comes to life Rome pays homage to French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition titled “Rodin. Marble, life” brings to the Eternal City 60 of his best works directly from the RodinMuseum in Paris. It can be visited until the end of May 2014. The curator of the exhibition said the French artist was one of the first to combine tradition with modern discoveries. ALINE MAGNIEN Rodin Museum in Paris “Rodin paved the way for the 20th Century. His procedures are very classic, but the way he uses them is quite modern; and so, he guides our attention to a lot of new paths, that where followed by artists in the 20th Century. “ The highlights of the exhibition include the famous “Kiss,” sculpted in 1882. All its details breathe life, and marble becomes flesh....

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Confirmation of Papal Master of Ceremonies

Confirmation of the Papal Master of Ceremonies His Holiness Pope Francis has confirmed Reverend Monsignor Guido Marini [49] in his current position as Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations of Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontif.                           domenica 13 aprile 2014 http://vaticanresources.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf%2FQUO_2014_085_1304.pdf Confermato il Maestro delle cerimonie pontificie Papa Francesco ha confermato il reverendo monsignore Guido Marini nel suo attuale incarico di Maestro delle Celebrazioni liturgiche pontificie....

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A Shrine for Eucharistic Adoration in Preston, Lancashire

A PASTORAL MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP OF LANCASTER TO THE PARISHES OF ST WALBURGE AND THE SACRED HEART & ST EDMUND CAMPION, PRESTON     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   You will know through your engagement with the Fit for Mission? consultation of just a few years ago – how the future of St Walburge church Preston came into very serious question in the light of much fewer people at Mass in this vast and yet most beautiful church. You will be aware how then – and at times since – there will be some priests and people in the Diocese who urge the Bishop to withdraw from inner Preston and to concentrate our resources and personnel on those parts of the Diocese with a greater Mass attendance. There are some voices – even now – who...

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Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis

Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis   Back in February, I wrote about the significance of the relatively few meetings over the years between British monarchs and Popes, not least The Queen’s own encounters with four different Popes since 1951. Each in its way has served as a milestone in the development of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. Today’s meeting between The Queen and Pope Francis, the fifth Pope Her Majesty has met personally, was no exception.Each is different, every such meeting is an event, and I felt privileged to be a witness to today’s encounter. In 2000, Her Majesty came to Rome to celebrate with Pope John Paul II the Year of the Great Jubilee, an unprecedented third meeting between them. In 2010, Pope Benedict was welcomed by The Queen and The Duke...

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Queen Elizabeth Meets Pope Francis

  Queen Elizabeth Meets Pope Francis Her MajestyQueen Elizabeth II has probably met more Popes than any other queen. She met Pius XII in 1951 when she was still a princess. Then John XXIII in 1961. John Paul II met her twice at the Vatican and once in the UK, followed by Benedict XVI’s visit in 2010.    Today, 3rd April, 2014, marks the first meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and entourage.   NIGEL BAKER British Ambassador to the Holy See “It will be an unusual visit, in one sense, at the Vatican because unlike her previous visits to Rome, protocol will be very light. This is a mutual preference.”   Despite the...

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