Hi everyone, we trust your Easter celebrations, school holidays and mother's day went well.
Pentecost—PRAYING WITH MARY:
I am writing this just before the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians and we are about to enter the feasts of the Ascension, Visitation and Pentecost. That got me thinking about what a blessing we have in Mary as women and mothers.
Acts Chapter 1 says the disciples "devoted themselves to prayer, together with Mary." Let's ask the Blessed Mother to accompany us as we move into Pentecost and beyond.
You may like to consider a Novena, the tradition of praying 9 times or over nine days in preparation. If you haven't been to confession lately, why not go before Pentecost.
We can also consider making some other effort as a way to "devote ourselves" more fully to prayer.
pray a decade or mystery of the Rosary each day for 9 days concluding with "Come Holy Spirit."
go to daily Mass for 9 days if available
Visit the Blessed Sacrament for a few minutes each day and pray "Come Holy Spirit."
A Novena to the Holy Spirit and prayer/hymn will be on your website-check it out!
Read the Ascension, Visitation and Pentecost stories as a family over several days and pray for the needs you become aware of around you.
Ask Mary to teach you how to pray as a mum and try some simple achievable prayer routine for 9 days e.g. "Mary, loving Mother, intercede for me that I may be filled with the love of the Holy Spirit."
We hope to see some of you on the 5th.
God Bless, Bev and Vanessa
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Beatification of Fr Colin SM
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We encourage you to spread devotion and prayer to Fr Colin.
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