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Announcement of Novenas: ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January ST PAUL – begins 16 January ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

Announcement of Novenas:
ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January
ST PAUL – begins 16 January
ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

to ST FRANCIS de SALES CO OM OFM Cap (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church – begins 15 January.   St Francis de Sales is the Patron of Devotion so if there’s a Saint who might know what a Devout Heart is, it’s going to be him.   St Alphonsus Liguori said that the most useful practice of a Novena is to make up our minds at the beginning of the Novena to correct some fault we have been accustomed to commit.   Let us ask St Francis de Sales to stir our hearts toward greater devotion and love for God.ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST FRANCIS DE SALES BEGINS 15 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST PAUL – begins 16 January – We pray in honour of the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25 January.   St Paul is the MOST NEGLECTED IN PRAYER by Catholics – come on folks let us pray for zeal, for courage, for perseverence, for strength, for LOVE of God and neighbour, in fact we can pray to ST PAUL FOR ALL our needs!ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST PAUL - BEGINS 16 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST JOHN BOSCO “Don Bosco” (1815-1888) “Father and Teacher of the Youth” – He was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, Bosco was an ardent Marian devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Mary Help of Christians.   He later dedicated his works to De Sales when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco – begins 22 January.   St John Bosco is the Patron of Christian apprentices, editors, publishers, schoolchildren, young people, magicians, juvenile delinquents. Choose ALL young people or your own children.   Or simply Pray the 9 days for your own growth in love of our Mother, the Help of Christians or our own growth in faith and sanctity.

Don’t forget to pray Novenas each day for nine straight days…announcing a novena to st don bosco - begins 22 jan - 10 JAN 2018

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Thought for the Day – 10 January – The Memorial of St Peter Orseolo (928–987)

Thought for the Day – 10 January – The Memorial of St Peter Orseolo (928–987)

Like St Thomas More, St Peter Orseolo took his success very lightly and had a secret hunger in his heart for closeness to God.   He was somehow touched by the wonder of God, as are all great solitaries and that wonder drove him into the wilderness where he could be alone with God.   His example said a great deal to the people of his age and very much to this current time, pointing the way to the reality of God and the magnitude of eternal life and the complete worthlessness of worldly achievements.

St Peter Orseolo, Pray for us!st peter orseolo - pray for us - 10 jan 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – Speaking of Persecution

Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – Speaking of Persecution

“Know how to accept reproach
which the world often unjustly hurls
against the messenger of the Gospel,
the groan of the poor,
the candid voice of the child,
the thoughtful cry of youth,
the complaint of the tired worker,
the lament of the suffering
and the criticism of the thinker.
Never be afraid.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) -1975know how to accept reproach - bl pope paul vi - 10 jan 2018

“Let us not forget:
we are a pilgrim church,
subject to misunderstanding,
to persecution
but a church that walks serene,
because it bears the force of love.”

St Oscar Romero (1917-1980) The Violence of Lovelet us not forget - st oscar romero - 10 jan 2018

“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us.
There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered.
There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us
and does not now bear with us.
And on the far side of every cross we find the newness of life
in the Holy Spirit, that new life which will reach its fulfillment
in the resurrection.
This is our faith.
This is our witness before the world.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)there is no evil - st john paul - 10 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 10 January – The Month of the Most Holy Name

One Minute Reflection – 10 January – The Month of the Most Holy Name

And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.   If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it…John 14:13-14john 14 - 13-14 - 10 jan 2018

REFLECTION – The Holy Name of Jesus is, first of all, an all-powerful prayer.   Our Lord Himself solemnly promises, that whatever we ask the Father in His Name, we shall receive.   God never fails to keep His word.   Each time we say “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love, for, we offer to God, the infinite love of Jesus………….St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchthe holy name of jesus is first of all - st al[honsus - 10 jan 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, grant me the courage to confess my faith in the Name above all names and proclaim each moment the Holy Name of Your Son, thus giving You honour and glory.   Jesus Name above all Names, be my standard and my beacon! Amenname above all names - 10 jan 2018



Our Morning Offering – 10 January – The Month of the Most Holy Nam

Our Morning Offering – 10 January – The Month of the Most Holy Name

Prayer to the Holy Name
By St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

Name full of glory,
grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls,
the comfort of those who morn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those
who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil,
the healing of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires;
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus,
You are the glory of all the saints for eternity.
Amenprayer to the holy name by st bernardine of siena no 2 - 10 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 10 January – St Peter Orseolo O.S.B. Cam. (928–987)

Saint of the Day – 10 January – St Peter Orseolo O.S.B. Cam. (928–987).  Doge of Venice, Monk, Administrator, Governor. Apostle of Charity.    St Peter was born as  Pietro Urseolus (Pietro I Orseolo) in 928 at Rivo alto, Province of Udine, Venice, Italy  of a prominent Venetian family.   He died on 10 January 987 at Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa Abbey, Pyrenees mountains, France of natural causes.      Peter was the Doge of Venice from 976 until 978. He abdicated his office and left in the middle of the night to become a monk. He later entered the Camaldolese Order.

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Peter Orseolo’s life reads like a novel of adventure and intrigue, ending in the solitary wilds of the Pyrenees.   He was a Venetian nobleman and at the age of twenty became the commander of the Venetian fleet, conducting successful campaigns against the pirates who preyed on ships in the Adriatic.   He was married at eighteen and had one son.   In 976, there was a popular uprising in Venice;  the doge (or chief magistrate), Peter Candiani IV, was murdered and a large part of the city was destroyed by fire.   St. Peter Orseolo was chosen to replace the murdered doge and showed himself a remarkable statesman, one of the greatest to ever rule Venice.

He not only restored the city but began reconstruction of the cathedral of St Mark, promoted peace, built hospitals and created social programs to help widows, orphans and pilgrims.   He built a new palace for the doge and settled accounts with the murdered doge’s widow, whose suit against the city threatened to destroy it financially.

With these tasks completed, on the night of 1 September 978, he secretly left Venice and took refuge in the Benedictine monastery of Cuxa, on the borders of France and Spain.   For a long time, not even his wife and son knew his whereabouts.   He cut himself off entirely from his former life and placed himself under the direction of the abbot of the monastery.   Later, at the suggestion of St Romuald, founder of the Camaldoli monks, whom he had met at Cuxa, he retired into even greater solitude, after providing for and with the permission of his family.    Though married for thirty-two years and having an only son who was destined to become one of the greatest Venetian doges, there is early evidence that Peter and his wife had lived as brother and sister since their son’s birth.  For all his brilliant success, Peter seems to have thought about the move for over ten years and he spent the rest of his life in total solitude with God.

Portrait of Doges Pietro Orseolo II and Ottone Orseolo-Tintoretto
St Peter and his son, Ottone by Tintoretto

His break with the world was the sensation of the age and was the talk of Venice for decades.   He died in 987 and his tomb became a place of pilgrimage and miracles.   Forty years after his death in 1027, he was recognised as a Saint by the bishop of Elne, France and his cultus was confirmed by Pope Clement XII in 1731.   His major shrine Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France where the Statue below is situate.


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Memorials of the Saints – 10 January

St Aldo of Carbonari
St Pope Agatho
Bl Anna of the Angels Monteagudo
St Arcontius of Viviers
Bl Benincasa of Cava
St Dermot of Inis Clothrann
St Domitian of Melitene
Bl Pope Gregory X
Bl Giles of Lorenzana
St Marcian of Constantinople
Bl Maria Dolores Rodríguez Sopeña y Ortega
St Maurilius of Cahors
St Nicanor of Cyprus
St Paul the Hermit
St Peter Orseolo
St Petronius of Die
Bl Raymond de Fosso
St Saethryth of Faremoutier
St Thecla of Lentini
St Thomian of Armagh
St Valerius of Limoges
St William of Bourges