9/20/14

Fr. Peter Mary Rookey Funeral-Our Lady of Sorrows 9-15-14


Published on Sep 16, 2014
Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, who served the Lord for over 73 years as a holy priest of the Servite Order, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 9-10-14. Thousands, all around the world, were healed by Jesus through his holy hands. Here is a video of a portion of his funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago held on 9-15-14. It was the actual feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows who, along with Jesus, he dedicated his life to serving. His favorite priest, Fr. David Simonetti, gives a beautiful homily, and his very close friend, Irish singer David Parkes, sings Shubert's Ave Maria in a heartfeld tribute to his beloved Fr. Rookey. We praise the Lord for touching the lives of millions through this faithful priest who we all knew was a living saint. Rest in peace, dearest Fr. Peter.
Fr. Rookey Funeral Clips  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNa8-fLtsmg 

9/19/14

GLOBAL LAY FAST FOR PRIESTS


NINTH, ANNUAL
GLOBAL LAY FAST FOR PRIESTS

DATE:   SATURDAY, 18 OCT. 2014
TIME:   DAWN UNTIL 3 PM
PLACE: WHEREVER YOU ARE
                                      Day of fasting and prayer for our priests -
                                      past, present and future.

TO JOIN THE GLOBAL ARMY OF FASTERS, PLEASE 
OR ONLINE AT:
http://www.annaprae.com/layfast2014onlinesignup.html

ARK MINISTRIES
PO Box 4093
Attleboro
Massachusetts 02703

16 September 2014
PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT:
Anna Rae-Kelly, Founder – Lay Fast for Priests
Email: layfastforpriests@gmail.com
Tel. (774) 204 1530


LAY FAST FOR PRIESTS 2014
Ninth, annual Lay Fast for Priests day announced

ATTLEBORO, MA – 16 September 2014 – ARK Ministries has announced that the ninth, annual Lay Fast for Priests will take place
on Saturday, 18 October 2014.  Lay Catholics from all areas of the world will unite in a common day of fasting and prayer on the
day. The  fast day will begin at dawn and conclude at 3.00 PM.

Fasting is praying with the body. In his general audience on 12 January 1994, St. John Paul II stated that “prayer united with
sacrifice is the most powerful force in human history.”  On this day again, as in the past seven years,  a global army of catholic lay
people will join together in a day of common fast and prayer to offer up these small sacrifices for our priests. “Millions of Catholics
pray every day for our priests. However, this Lay Fast allows us one common day each year when all our prayers aligned with fasting
can be offered for our priests in a joint sacrifice by the laity,” said Anna Rae-Kelly, Founder of the Lay Fast for Priests.

The “Lay Fast for Priests” annual event began in 2006 in the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and has taken place on the
third Saturday of October each year since then.  Thousands of lay Catholics join the common event from around the world.
In 2013, the Lay Fast was held in 54 countries.

We humbly ask that the spirituality of every priest will be strengthened and protected and that God will bless us with greater
numbers of holy priests through whose consecrated hands we will continue to receive the Eucharist” commented Rae-Kelly.

Information and advice on how to register to join the day can be found at http://www.annaprae.com/layfast2014onlinesignup.html
or by calling the Lay Fast for Priests publicity team at (774) 204 1530.   

Italian Cured From Multiple Sclerous


by Jakob Marschner
Gigliola Candian from Venice had multiple sclerosis and was confided to a wheelchair. In Medjugorje on September 13 she saw a great light, realized she could walk, and stood up. “To me, it is a miracle” says the 48 years old Italian who visited Medjugorje before, but never prayed for a healing.
Gigliola in March
Gigliola Candian in March
Medjugorje saw another inexplicable, spontaneous cure last Saturday when 48 years old Gigliola Candian from Venice, Italy, stood up from her wheelchair after 10 years, healed from multiple sclerosis.
“To me, it is a miracle. I felt a great heat in the legs and I saw a light. From that moment I realized that I could walk” Gigliola Candian tells the Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino.
Gigliola Candian on September 13, the day she stood up from her wheelchair
Gigliola Candian on September 13, the day she stood up from her wheelchair
In Medjugorje, the Lordspoke to me and I startedto stand upI was inside a small community, we wereat churchthere were other people and Jesusspoke to me” she tells the Venice newspaperCorriere del Veneto.
“I was praying and the Lord asked me, “Do you trust Me?”I replied that I trusted Him and He told me, “Then walk”I felt atingling in the legs, saw the light and got upwatched by everyone’s incredulous eyes. “
I was never rooted in faith but I often went to Medjugorje because there is a different feel there, I feel good there. I feel pampered by the Virgin Mary” says Gigliola Candian.
Gigliola Candian in April
Gigliola Candian in April
She tells that her illness was a tragedy for her, but one she had accepted with serenity.
“I never asked the Virgin Mary for my healing” Gigliola Candian tells Il Gazzettino.
In recent days, she haswalked on her own in herhousedone some short walks in her garden and, generally, improved day by day though muscles are still lacking in her legs. Visits from specialists are scheduled in the days to come, Venezia Today reports.
http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/

9/18/14

The Medjugorje Message: Another miracle at Medjugorje?

The Medjugorje Message: Another miracle at Medjugorje?: An Italian woman named as Gigliola Candian claims that she was healed of multiple sclerosis at Medjugorje last Saturday. The 48-year-old f...

9/16/14

The Medjugorje Message: God visits his people...

Photo by Bernard Gallagher
http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/
The Medjugorje Message: God visits his people...: Sons and daughters are brought back to life at Medjugorje – daily. Every day dead men and women sit up again and begin to talk, begin to w...

9/15/14

Fr. Jozo Zovko: He that can separate you from the alter is your only enemy.



Fr. Jozo Zovko speaks of the Holy Eucharist


Place your life upon this altar. You will witness how a priest will place a drop of water within a chalice full of wine. That drop of water intermingles with the wine and signifies you in the Holy Mass. You can become one, unite with and intermingle with Jesus. That is why the Holy Mass is called Communion ...union with God ...you and your God together ...that is the Holy Eucharist. All of us together and Jesus. That is the church, and that is where the one, holy Catholic apostolic church comes from.
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 "He who can separate you from the altar is your only enemy. There is no other" 
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Every time we come into the church and celebrate the Holy Mass, that is our embrace, our hanging onto Our Lord and saying, "Lord where would we go, for you are the Word of Life." Where did the martyrs gain so much strength from? In the Church, where did the witnesses gain their strength from? To date, in this year, 23 missionaries have been murdered around the world in four months. That is a lot. How can a man give his life for Jesus simply, with delight? It is the Holy Mass that does this within us, so that for you I'm able to give my very eyes, my arms and my life, my everything as Jesus gave His all; and the same way the Christian must give his all.

 Yes, once again, I must return to the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist. Why is it that churches and sects do not tolerate the Mass, do not respect Our Lady? Because they go hand-in-hand. Yes, they go together. Our Lady teaches to come to love Jesus, to fall in love with Him, and that is why she places us before the Holy Eucharist, and pleads with us to pray before this holy, blessed Sacrament, so from Jesus we may learn to become bread for others; so that I not have fear to say, "Take this, all of you, of me, and eat of it."

I know a lot of Anglican and Protestant priests, ministers, that were in Medjugorje.

 I know of a Presbyterian bishop that I have met from Washington. He had sent a multitude of his priests to Medjugorje as well. When I was in Washington a few years ago, I visited him because he visited me and came to Medjugorje.

 He had a problem, a cross, that was inflicted upon him. His son was shot in Vietnam and became paralyzed. When his son returned from the war, he said to his wife, "Let us make a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. I believe Our Lady will hear us." And Our Lady gave a miracle. The son was healed and converted the parents. The bishop desired that all of his priests come to know Our Lady. Eight of those priests to date have become Catholic priests, without any shouts, without publication, without media. Our Lady works in miraculous ways. She was always the sign, the sign of a better world, the sign of peace and unity in the Church, the sign of our salvation. May it also truly be the same in your city or town. Let us commence this Holy Mass by preparing ourselves and involving this great grace.

Renounce everything that distances you from the Lord


Medjugorje Message to Mirjana of September 2, 2011

"Dear children; With all my heart and soul full of faith and love in the Heavenly Father, I gave my Son to you and am giving Him to you anew. My Son has brought you, the people of the entire world, to know the only true God and His love. He has led you on the way of truth and made you brothers and sisters. Therefore, my children, do not wander, do not close your heart before that truth, hope and love.

 Everything around you is passing and everything is falling apart, only the glory of God remains.

Therefore, renounce everything that distances you from the Lord.

 Adore Him alone, because He is the only true God. I am with you and I will remain with you. I am especially praying for the shepherds that they may be worthy representatives of my Son and may lead you with love on the way of truth. Thank you.

9/13/14

Parents release Photo of daughter...


Parents release photo of daughter born at 24-week-old abortion limit saying 'She's not a foetus, she's a fully-formed human being'

 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/parents-release-photo-daughter-born-4208157#rlabs=1

Again I call you to holiness

During a mission in Padua (Italy) on Aug. 21,
Ivan received his apparition and shared the following message: "Dear children, also today again I call you to holiness. Pray, dear children, for the holiness of the family. Pray, dear children, for prayer to enter your families and become a joy for you. Rejoice in prayer, so that with prayer, dear children, you can have this full and deep peace. For with prayer, dear children, you allow the Holy Spirit to descend into your heart and bring you new strength and light in your life. Pray, pray, pray, dear children, open yourselves and you will obtain this. I pray, and I ask my Son to grant you this gift. Thank you, dear children, because also today you have responded to my call."

9/12/14

Dear Family of Mary


 
 
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J.M.J

September 12, 2014
The Most Holy Name of Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Already for a long time I am giving you my motherly heart and offering my Son to you. You are rejecting me. You are permitting sin to overcome you more and more. You are permitting it to master you and to take away your power of discernment. My poor children, look around you and look at the signs of the times. Do you think that you can do without God's blessing? Do not allow darkness to envelop you. From the depth of your hearts cry out for my Son. His Name disperses even the greatest darkness. I will be with you, just call on me: 'Here we are Mother, lead us.' Thank you." (May 2, 2009)

On this beautiful Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, I want to share an excerpt from Fr. Don Calloway's testimony of conversion. He lived a very sinful life as a young man but received the gift of conversion through Our Lady of Medjugorje. He discovered Our Lady in a book about Medjugorje, and decided he needed to change his life. And right after this deep conversion, the devil came to take his soul before the conversion could be completed. Here is what happened:

[After hours of kneeling, crying and praying] I got up from kneeling. Then, at a loss for what to do next, I made the decision to go to bed. What had happened to me was so unbelievable that I just wanted to sleep. Then I would get up the next day and tell Fr. Callahan what I had experienced.

When I curled up on my couch - I didn't even have a bed in my room, only a couch - I was so at peace. But all of a sudden something below me and within me - this is very difficult to explain - knocked me out of my body.   I literally felt as if I had left my body. My physical form remained on the couch, but my soul or spirit had left.

I was paralyzed and in a state of shock. I couldn't move my hands or any part of my body. I tried to scream for my mother, but I couldn't make a sound.

For a moment, I thought I might be going to hell - as if everything I had just come to know was suddenly being taken away from me; I had been such a bad person that I wasn't worthy of God's mercy. I was going to go to this place of eternal separation from everything I had just come to know as being true and beautiful and good. I had no idea what to do.

Then, with every part of my being, I managed to interiorly scream. I spiritually cried out, "Mary!" It was so strong and penetrating a cry, it seemed to echo throughout to echo throughout the cosmos. It was like a little boy screaming for his mother after he's fallen and been seriously injured.

All of a sudden, I was violently slammed back into my body with what seemed like the force of the entire universe. It was so violent a thrust that I expected my mom to come running into my room to check on me. Yet nobody came because no one heard a sound.

After I got over the shock of the impact, a feeling of peace overwhelmed me, a peace that was tangible. Then I heard a voice, the most feminine voice I have ever heard and ever will hear. It was within me, it was outside of me, it was like liquid love being poured over me. It was pure maternal love. It said, "Donnie, I'm so happy." That's all I heard but I knew who it was. Nobody called me Donnie but my mother. Nobody. I knew this was the voice of Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was so at peace that I felt like a little boy snuggled close to his mother's breast. I was so at peace, so loved, and so at rest that I went into a deep sleep. I hadn't slept like that since I was a young boy. (Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. "No Turning Back". Marian Press. Stockbridge. p. 179-180)

The Most Holy Name of Mary!! The most powerful Name Mary!! Fr. Calloway knew instinctively to call on the name of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, she who had brought him conversion. We too can call on her name, she will come and help us in all our difficulties. She drives the devil away simply by her presence.  She can protect us.

To close, here is an excerpt from the Breviary for Sept. 12, Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary:

The Most Holy Name of Mary

O thou, whosoever thou art, that knowest thyself to be here not so much walking upon firm ground, as battered to and fro by the gales and storms of this life's ocean, if thou wouldest not be overwhelmed by the tempest, keep thine eyes fixed upon this star's clear shining. If the hurricanes of temptation rise against thee, or thou art running upon the rocks of trouble, look to the star, call on Mary. If the waves of pride, or ambition, or slander, or envy toss thee, look to the star, call on Mary. If the billows of anger or avarice, or the enticements of the flesh beat against thy soul's bark, look to Mary. If the enormity of thy sins trouble thee, if the foulness of thy conscience confound thee, if the dread of judgement appall thee, if thou begin to slip into the deep of despondency, into the pit of despair,think of Mary.  

In danger, in difficulty, or in doubt, think on Mary, call on Mary. Let her not be away from thy mouth or from thine heart, and that thou mayest not lack the succour of her prayers, turn not aside from the example of her conversation. If thou follow her, thou wilt never go astray. If thou pray to her, thou wilt never have need to despair. If thou keep her in mind, thou wilt never fall. If she lead thee, thou wilt never be weary. If she help thee, thou wilt reach home safe at the last - and so thou wilt prove in thyself how meetly it is said: And the Virgin's name was Mary. --Excerpts from the Breviary for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary (Sept. 12)

Mother come, Mary come!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

Fr. Joe Whalen of the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry Team Retires


Father John Welch will Continue with the Ministry

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Fr. John Welch...........................  Fr. Joseph Whalen
Father Joe Whalen retired from the ministry in June of this year. He turned 91 in July. He will continue to pray for all your intentions and we will continue to pray for his.
Father John Welch will continue with the ministry.
Fr. John Welch, M.S. was born in Clinton, Massachussets. He received his call early in life and went directly to the minor Seminary in Hartford, Connecticutt. After completing his years of education and training he was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1960 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Ipswich, MA. He celebrated his 50th Jubilee this past May. After a brief time as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford, Ct, he returned to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine in Ipswich, MA. He was appointed editor of Our Lady’s Missionary Magazine and became director of the Shrine until 1979 when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s in Jewitt City. He has been assigned to St. James in Danielson, Ct for 13 years, where he is noted for his inspiring missions and gift of preaching. He is also part of the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry team. His homilies have captivated countless numbers of Catholics. He has a special gifts for showing God’s love for each person.

9/11/14

Fr. Peter Rookey has gone to his eternal reward...





Dear Friends,
Our dear and holy Fr. Peter Rookey has gone to his eternal reward. Father passed away in his sleep last night at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago. Father is the reason Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry was born. It's necessary to get a bit of background information to help you better understand. Everyone has a Fr. Rookey story; this one is ours.
Our reversion journey was ramped up considerably when we began to care for Fr. Rookey as he came to St. Louis every month for First Saturday. We had attended a couple of his healing masses when we were approached by his worker at the time and asked if we take over her job as it was too much for her. She was getting advanced in age and just knew that we were the ones to fulfill the role.

Many people were not happy with us for assuming this role as we were newbies AND we lived 90 minutes away. There were many long standing faithful followers of Fr. Rookey who had been attending the services for years who lived right in St. Louis. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask one of them...? But no, Our Lady and Her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, chose us through their servant, Geneva Davis. Every First Saturday Father would celebrate mass at the Basilica in Chicago in the morning and would then fly into St. Louis Saturday evening. He would then go to St. Norbert’s in north county and have another mass and healing service and then on Sunday go to Mary, Queen of the Universe in south county to celebrate another healing mass in the afternoon and then return back to Chicago. With that being said, we would go to St. Norbert’s on Saturday early evening and set up all of the items for sale from Father’s ministry; 7 Sorrows CDs, his books, rosaries, etc. We would be in the vestibule of the church greeting everyone who came for the healing mass and attending to their purchases and donations. Mass would be celebrated with a healing service and witnessing to the miracles that took place.  We would then try to protect Father from the throngs and whisk him off to south St. Louis to Seven Holy Founders Rectory for him to spend the night.  We would come home to Vandalia that night and then go back the next morning
and have coffee with him in the rectory.  From there, we started our rounds of the many people who had called to have Father come
and bless them, pray for them and hope for a miracle.  So off we would go to people's homes, hospitals & emergency rooms
for Father to anoint the many sick and suffering.  We would then take him to south St. Louis to pray the Servite Rosary and celebrate mass and have the healing service.  We would set up the same things in their vestibule to sell for Father’s ministry.  

After the healing service and witnessing was complete, we would scoop him up again and take him to the airport to fly back to Chicago Sunday night. Each time at the airport we would get out of the vehicle to say goodbye and afterward he would “tuck us in”(close the car doors for each of us)and then say to us, “You kids go straight home now!”  He would then stand at the drop off point at the departing flights and wave with two fingers until we were out of sight.
This was forever known as “Fr. Rookey Weekend”.  Our families knew that when the First Saturday of the month came, we were not going to be home.  In the years that we did this, we only missed one weekend due to a family emergency.
  
This ministry that we did for Fr. Rookey’s ministry was the greatest grace we could imagine.  As the years have gone on, we came to realize more and more what a miracle this was for us.
The miracles we witnessed and the love that Fr. Rookey embodied taught us more about ministry than we could ever hope to know.
He had a relationship with the Blessed Mother that was so powerful and so strong you could feel it emanating from his very soul.

We have loved Fr. Rookey since the first time our eyes fell upon his holy face of Love.
Even after Father’s ministry ended in terms of public healing services and his phone ministry continued, we were always in contact.  We would visit him regularly at his office and he would come to some of our retreats and  
our annual conference every year.  We also kept in contact by phone and he went on pilgrimage with us to the Holy Land in 2009.

Several years ago Father gave us many of the relics of his priesthood right down to his original habit and traveling mass kit he had worn and used for fifty plus years all over the world. 
Father was 97 years old and a priest for 73 years.  He would have been 98 in October.  How special that he was taken in the month of Our Sorrowful Mother, but who would be surprised by that? 

Our prayer is that the Servite Order will commit his soul to Heaven on the Feast of Our Sorrowful Mother on Monday, September 15th.  Please pray for this intention with us.
Father loved the Sorrowful Mother and the Church more than anything in the world.  He was completely faithful and was an obedient servant to a fault. 

He was our father, grandfather, brother and dear friend, but most of all, he was just Love from head to foot inside and out.
Our ministry was borne out of his holy priesthood and we will be forever grateful and honored for this great grace that God chose to bestow upon us.
We love you Father now and always.  You go straight home now!
Dedicated to Father Peter Mary Rookey and the sacrifices and sufferings he bore for so many.
With abundant love and gratitude,
Debbie & Vanessa 
  
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Fr. Peter M. Rookey Has Died

Fr. Peter M. Rookey, OSM, passes away

9/10/2014 12:00 AM

Fr. Peter M. Rookey, OSM, died peacefully in his sleep in the overnight hours of September 9-10, 2014, at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery, Chicago, IL. The friars of the community had gathered around his bed to offer prayers.Born in Superior, WI, October 12, 1916, he was ninety-seven years of age. He entered the Order at Hillside, IL, in 1930 and was a priest for seventy-three years. 

Services for Fr. Peter are as follows:

Services for Fr. Peter are as follows:

Saturday, September 13, 2014:
4:00pm - A concert in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows in the Basilica
5:30pm - Visitation for Fr. Peter Rookey until 9:00pm.
8:00pm - Recitation of the Servite Rosary

Sunday, September 14, 2014
3:00pm - Visitation for Fr. Peter Rookey until 8:00pm
7:00pm - Recitation of the Servite Rosary

Monday, September 15, 2014, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
8:30am - Viewing until time of Funeral Mass
10:30am - Morning Prayer - Office for the Dead
11:00am - Mass of Christian Burial

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Private interment.

Fr. Peter Mary Rookey-The Healing Priest.


Fr. Peter Mary Rookey
Probably one of the most well-known priests of the Servite order is Fr. Peter Mary Rookey. Although a number of interesting books have been written about Fr. Rookey and his charism of healing, when asked about his gift, Father simply says, “It is God’s work, not mine - He does all the healing, I just pray.”
In 1948, after having been healed miraculously from blindness, Fr. Peter Mary Rookey formed the Servite Order in Ireland. Father has traveled the world using his charism, including many trips to Medjugorje. Although Father does not travel as much now, in 2006 at the age of 90, Fr. Rookey made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

In Medjugorje, Father was asked to bless a young boy in a wheelchair, and after having blessed the young boy, Father ordered the boy to stand up. The boy stood up and walked to Fr. Rookey and fell sobbing with joy into his arms!
Perhaps one of the most well known healings through Fr. Rookey was the physical and spiritual healing of David Parkes. 

Fr. Rookey shares what he calls a Miracle Prayer and tells us that if we mean each word fully with all of our heart, that we will experience something spiritually good.

THE MIRACLE PRAYER>>>
Lord Jesus, l come before You, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. l give You my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite You into my life, Jesus. I accept You as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit.
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Your precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I love You, Lord Jesus. I praise You, Jesus. I thank You, Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen.
Mary my mother, Queen of Peace, St. Peregrine, the cancer saint, all you angels and Saints please help me. Amen.

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word, with all your heart, something good spiritually will happen to you. You will experience Jesus, and He will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see. Medjugorje Spirit
Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsfwU6mHP0c

9/10/14

Mary's Image Has Lasting Impact..

9-9-2014

Excitement over Mary's image has lasting impact at Presentation Church

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The rush of fervent faithful was unlike anything ever seen in this town, backing up traffic for miles.
It's been a year since the claimed sighting of an image of the virgin Mary in a cross caused a days-long traffic jam from one end of town to the other, but the effects of that event a year ago are still being felt at the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Mineral Spring Avenue, according to its leader.
The Rev. Edward Cardente, who kept pretty quiet as the scene at the church unfolded, said this week that the fervor over the claimed image of Mary left a lasting impact on his church. The claimed image of Mary still looks exactly as it did a year ago, said Cardente, and visitors are still leaving candles out in front of the church, located just up Mineral Spring Avenue from the intersection with Rte. 146.
Cardente, who serves as pastor of Presentation Church and St. Anthony Church in North Providence, as well as St. Edward Church in Providence, said that many parishioners at St. Anthony ended up transferring just up the road to the Presentation Church after the events a year ago. Presentation Church didn't see a "big surge in attendance" from the outside after the sighting, he said, but did see a bump from parishioners switching churches "out of curiosity."
Since Cardente conducts Masses at all three churches, and all three are under the same leadership umbrella, he said the exodus from St. Anthony wasn't seen as a negative thing.
Cardente said he tried to minimize the sighting of Mary when it was first revealed, but maintained all along that "anything is possible" when it comes to God revealing himself. If God has worked in someone's life as a result of seeing the image, who is he to question that, said Cardente.
A Breeze story a year ago detailed how Presentation Church parishioner and employee Brian Trambowicz said he saw what appeared to be an image of Mary in the cross on top of the Presentation Church. WPRO talk show host John DePetro then helped fuel a rush from across the region, urging listeners to go see the image for themselves.
Many Catholics who visited the church saw the image on the cross as a sign that the mother of Jesus was watching over them directly, some saying they believed that she would heal them or provide them with a new job.
Cardente said many people both in his church and beyond its walls continue to be touched by the image on the cross. If they've been impacted by the image, he would "never say anything" to diminish that, said Cardente.
"God is in everything," he said. "I have nothing negative to say about any of that."
Source:  The Valley Breeze

The Medjugorje Message: A time for miracles

The Medjugorje Message: A time for miracles: When Artie Boyle, the father of thirteen children from Boston, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with deadly lung cancer, he and his family were ...

9/9/14

Paul, Do you not know

Do you not know? (1 Corinthians 6:3)
After confronting the Corinthians on immoral practices, Paul took dead aim at the lawsuits that were springing up between believers. Evidently, the members of the church there were finding it hard to resolve their disputes as brothers and sisters in Christ and were resorting instead to the Roman legal system. So Paul asked three times, “Do you not know … ?” to remind them of what life is supposed to be like when it is marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
What about you? Do you not know that the gospel is “the power of God for … salvation” (Romans 1:16)? Do you not know that you were “washed … sanctified … justified in the name of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 6:11)? Do you not know that you really can “put away” your “old self” and “put on the new self,” created to be like God (Ephesians 4:22, 24)?
Losing sight of the gospel not only waters down our experience of God’s presence; it also opens the door to other problems. One lapse can lead to another, until we wonder how it ever got so bad. Paul had to remind the Corinthians that they belonged to Christ not just so that they would have a more positive outlook but so that they would begin treating one another with respect. As far as Paul was concerned, if they started relying on the power of the Spirit rather than a secular legal system, they would find it much easier to resolve their disputes peacefully and lovingly.
This little episode from the Corinthian church tells us how much we need the Spirit. When we ask him to help keep us clear on the “Do you not know” truths of Christianity, our lives change. We develop a heavenly perspective that keeps us joyful in trouble. We naturally seek to be generous in our relationships. We find it easier to let go of grudges and to forgive as Jesus has forgiven us. The Holy Spirit wants to convince us that the gospel brings fullness of life, not just more of the same old life. So let’s lift our hearts to the Lord and ask for ongoing revelation of all that is ours in Christ.
“Thank you, Father, for revealing the gospel of power, of transformation, and of freedom. Give me grace to live in the fullness of this gospel and not wander from your promises.”
http://wau.org/meditations/current/

Conversion in Medjugorje


Young pilgrim Sean Hickey from Ireland: „I experienced great conversion in Medjugorje”

22.08.2014
Sean Hickey, 26 years old young man came from Killkeny in Ireland. This summer when he arrived for the Youth Festival was his eighth time. He said that he experienced great conversion during his first visit: „We decided to establish a prayer group in Killkeny and  we brought several hundred young people from Killkeny. We meet every Friday and we pray Rosary and finish with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The influence of Medjugorje at the young people is amazing, their lives are changing as well as lives of the people around them and in that way the whole society in Ireland is changing. I am saying this out of my own experience, how I was able to move, change and convert and how I received a guft of personal relationship with Jesus and Gospa. In the same way I look at tue other young people and how they are growing in their relationship to God. Young people in Ireland are distracted with various contents and it is hard to motivate and move them to these wonderful realities.
http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/