Thought for the Day – 25 April- Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s passion

Thought for the Day – 25 April – Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Congratulations to those who entered
the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation,
(Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion)
at the Easter Vigil.
You are now members with us,
in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Welcome Home!

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Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s passion

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387)
Bishop, Father, Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from his Mystagogical Catechesis 3

You were led down to the font of holy baptism just as Christ was taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb which is before your eyes.   Each of you was asked, “Do you believe in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?”   You made the profession of faith that brings salvation, you were plunged into the water and three times you rose again.   This symbolised the three days Christ spent in the tomb.

As our Saviour spent three days and three nights in the depths of the earth, so your first rising from the water represented the first day and your first immersion represented the first night.   At night a man cannot see but in the day he walks in the light.   So when you were immersed in the water, it was like night for you and you could not see but when you rose again, it was like coming into broad daylight   In the same instant, you died and were born again, the saving water was both your tomb and your mother.

Solomon’s phrase in another context is very apposite here.   He spoke of a time to give birth and a time to die.   For you, however, it was the reverse – a time to die and a time to be born, although, in fact, both events took place at the same time and your birth was simultaneous with your death.

This is something amazing and unheard of!   It was not we who actually died, were buried and rose again.  We only did these things symbolically but we have been saved in actual fact.   It is Christ who was crucified, who was buried and who rose again and all this has been attributed to us.   We share in His sufferings symbolically and gain salvation in reality.   What boundless love for men!   Christ’s undefiled hands were pierced by the nails, He suffered the pain.   I experience no pain, no anguish, yet, by the share that I have in His sufferings, He freely grants me salvation.

Let no one imagine that baptism consists only in the forgiveness of sins and in the grace of adoption.   Our baptism is not like the baptism of John, which conferred only the forgiveness of sins.   We know perfectly well that baptism, besides washing away our sins and bringing us the gift of the Holy Spirit, is a symbol of the sufferings of Christ.  This is why Paul exclaims:  Do you not know that when we were baptised into Christ Jesus we were, by that very action, sharing in His death?   By baptism we went with Him into the tomb.we know perfectly weel that baptism - st cyril of jerusalem - 25 april 2019 easter thurs.jpg


Quote of the Day – 25 April – “Go into the whole world”

Quote of the Day – 25 April – Thursday of Easter week and the Memorial of St Mark the Evangelist

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

Mark 16:15-18go into the whole world - mark 16 15 - 25 april 2019 st mark.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 25 April – “It is I, fear not.”

One Minute Reflection – 25 April – Thursday of Easter week, Gospel: Luke 24:35–48 and the Memorial of St Mark the Evangelist and St Giovanni Battista Piamarta (1841 – 1913)

As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”…Luke 24:36

REFLECTION – “Rebellious people had chased peace from the earth… and thrown the world into its primordial chaos… Among the disciples as well, war was waging, faith and doubt fought furious assaults on one another… Where a storm was raging, their hearts could find no peaceful harbour, no calm port.

At the sight of that Christ who plumbs the hearts, who commands the winds, who is master over tempests and who with a simple sign changes the storm into a serene sky, strengthened them with his peace, saying: “Peace be with you!
It is I, fear not.
It is I, who was crucified, who was dead, who was buried.
It is I, your God become man for you.
It is I. Not a spirit clothed with a body but truth itself become man.
It is I, the living one among the dead, who have come from heaven to the heart of hell.
It is I, before whom death fled, whom hell feared. In its terror, hell proclaimed me to be God. Do not be afraid, Peter, you who denied me, nor you, John, who fled, nor all of you who abandoned me, who thought of nothing but betraying me, who do not yet believe in me, even though you see me.
Do not be afraid, it really is I.
I have called you with grace,
I have chosen you with forgiveness,
I have upheld you with my compassion,
I have carried you in my love and I am taking you today solely because of my kindness.”...St Peter Chrysologus (400-450) Father & Doctor of the Churchluke 24 36 peace be with you - do not be afraid it is i - st peter chrysologus 25 april 2019 easter thurs.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, let there be one faith in our hearts, one love for You, one Way in You, for You are the One Truth and the only Way.   We linger in Your light and beg Your unending kindness.   Grant that by the prayers of Your saints we may obtain Your strength.   St Mark, pray for us.  St Giovanni Piamarta, pray for us.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God for always and forever, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 25 April – Grant us Your Light, O Lord

Our Morning Offering – 25 April – Thursday of Easter week

Grant us Your Light, O Lord
By St Bede (673-735)
Father and Doctor of the Church
(From ‘On the Apocalypse’)

Grant us Your light, O Lord,
so that the darkness of our hearts,
may wholly pass away
and we may come at last,
to the light of Christ.
For Christ is that morning star,
who, when the night of this world has passed,
brings to His saints,
the promised light of life
and opens to them,
everlasting day.
Amengrant us your light o lord - st bede - 25 april 2019 easter thurs.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 25 April – Saint Giovanni Battista Piamarta FN (1841 – 1913)

Saint of the Day – 25 April – Saint Giovanni Battista Piamarta FN (1841 – 1913) – Priest, Teacher, Apostle of the Poor, Founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth.    St Giovanni established his congregation in 1900 in order to promote Christian education across the Italian peninsula.   He also founded the Humble Servants of the Lord.   Both of which he is the Patron and of giovanni battista piamarta-new-saints_j8chwu.jpg

Giovanni Battista Piamarta was born in Brescia on 26 November 1841 into a poor household, his father was a barber.

He lost his parents at the age of nine in 1840 and the orphanage was situate in the slums of the town, where he experienced the desperation of the street children.   His maternal grandfather helped him to keep afloat and alive and sent him to the Oratory of Saint Thomas.   His adolescence was difficult but thanks to the parish of Vallio Terme he entered the diocesan seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 23 December 1865 and he began his pastoral mission in Carzago Riviera (Bedizzole), spending his first two decades in intense pastoral work and is remembered as a priest “zealous, excellent, flawless in everything”.st giovanni_Piamarta.jpg

During that time he was appointed as the priest (and later director) of the parish of Saint Alexander and then as the parish priest of Pavone del Mella.   Brescia was in the process of industrialisation and Piamarta identified with the difficulties and hopes of disadvantaged adolescents, due to his own experiences as a child.

With the support of Monsignor Pietro Capetti and the Catholic Movement he started the Art and Crafts Institute for the vocational and Christian education of the poorest children and adolescents on 3 December 1886.   The “Workman’s Institute” grew and they were able to help and teach many adolescents to receive an adequate technical giovanni piamarta with children

In 1889, he and Father Giovanni Bonsignori began the Agricultural Colony of Remedello.   As a result, a range of the religious gathered around Piamarta who shared the ideals and labours of the mission.   In March 1900 he established the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth (“Piamartinis”) to continue the work of technical Christian education around the world.

This would, in time, include Italy, Angola, Mozambique, Brazil (from where the Canonisation miracle came) and Chile.   Piamarta’s work with the Brescian printing and publishing house, “Queriniana”, helped make Brescia a European centre of Catholic publications.

St Giovanni died on 25 April 1913 in Remedello after a life spent in the service of God and his fellow man.   In 1926 his remains were moved to the church of the workmen that he himself had built.

He was Beatified on 12 October 1997 by St Pope John Paul II and Canonised on 21 October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.canonisation snip st giovanni

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The Son of Man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (cf. Mk 10:45

“Giovanni Battista Piamarta, priest of the Diocese of Brescia, was a great apostle of charity and of young people.   He raised awareness of the need for a cultural and social presence of Catholicism in the modern world and so he dedicated himself to the Christian, moral and professional growth of the younger generations with an enlightened input of humanity and goodness.   Animated by unshakable faith in divine providence and by a profound spirit of sacrifice, he faced difficulties and fatigue to breathe life into various apostolic works, including the Artigianelli Institute, Queriniana Publishers, the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth for men and for women, the Congregation of the Humble Sister Servants of the Lord.

The secret of his intense and busy life is found in the long hours he gave to prayer.   When he was overburdened with work, he increased the length of his encounter, heart to heart, with the Lord.   He preferred to pause before the Blessed Sacrament, meditating upon the passion, death and resurrection of Christ, to gain spiritual fortitude and return to gaining people’s hearts, especially the young, to bring them back to the sources of life with fresh pastoral initiatives.”

Pope Benedict XVI on the Canonisation of St Giovanni, Sunday, 21 October 2012


Feast of St Mark the Evangelist and Memorials of the Saints – 25 April 2019

St Mark the Evangelist (Feast) Also known as John Mark (Born 1st century – martyred 25 April 68 at Alexandria, Egypt) – The Winged Lion (This year, 2019, as St Mark’s Feast falls within the Easter Octave, it is not celebrated in the usual way, as the Easter Solemnity, obviously takes precedence).
St Mark


St Agathopodes of Antioch
Bl Andrés Solá Molist
St Anianus of Alexandria
Bl Antonio Pérez Lários
St Callista of Syracuse
St Clarentius of Vienne
St Ermin of Lobbes
St Evodius of Syracuse
St Franca Visalta
St Giovanni Battista Piamarta FN (1841 – 1913)

St Heribaldus of Auxerre
St Hermogenes of Syracuse
Bl José Trinidad Rangel y Montaño
St Kebius
St Macaille
St Macedonius
St Mario Borzaga
St Pasicrate of Mesia
St Paul Thoj Xyooj
Pedro de San Jose Betancur
Phaebadius of Agen
Philo of Antioch
Robert of Syracuse
Bl Robert Anderton
Stefano of Antioch
St Valenzio of Mesia
Bl William Marsden

Martyrs of Yeoju – 3 saints: Three Christian laymen martyred together in the apostolic vicariate of Korea. 25 April 1801 in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
They were Beatified15 August 2014 by Pope Francis
• Ioannes Won Gyeong-do
• Marcellinus Choe Chang-ju
• Martinus Yi Jung-bae