A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario
Fatima 100th Anniversary (1917-2017)For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began 27th November 2016, and will end 26th November 2017.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must fulfil ordinary conditions: go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, be detached from sin (even venial), pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (Our Father and Hail Mary would suffice); and complete prescribed indulgenced work, as stated in official document of the Shire of Fatima.
National tour (around England and Wales Cathedrals) of a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of two of the visionaries (Saint Francisco and Jacinta) may be good opportunity to obtain plenary indulgence. More details on following website.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) (Sunday 18th June)At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet “in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us”. CCC 1323
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday 23rd June)O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst wondrously open the unsearchable riches of Thy Heart to blessed Margaret Mary, the virgin: grant unto us, by her merits and our imitation of her, that we may love Thee in all things and above all things, and may be worthy to have our everlasting dwelling in the same Sacred Heart: who livest and reignest, world without end.
Five First Saturdays Devotion (Saturday 1st July is the First Saturday of the month)Our Lady of Fatima told Sister Lucia in 1925: I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.
Blessed Pope Pius IX’s testimony on his deathbed:The Rosary is a compendium of the Gospel, and gives to those who pray it those rivers of peace of which the Scriptures speak; it is the most beautiful devotion, the most abundant in grace, and the most pleasing to the Heart of Mary. My sons, let this be the testimony by which you remember me on earth.
Did you know?
St Joseph – the foster father of Jesus Christ is a remarkable man in many ways, but first of – did you know that – he was the vicar on earth of three Persons of the most Holy Trinity. As Pope, the prince of Apostles, is highly honoured for being the vicar of Jesus Christ upon earth so dignity of St Joseph was even greater. God, the Eternal Father appointed St Joseph as His vicar so His Only-Begotten Son, while on earth, is not deprived of a Father. God, the Son, appointed St Joseph as His vicar so St Joseph may represent interests of infant Jesus, allowing Child and His most Holy Mother Mary to live hidden life of prayer and contemplation. God, the Holy Spirit, appointed St Joseph as His vicar so Blessed Virgin Mary finds a Spouse and Protector in person of St Joseph.