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 (Blessed Francisco and Jacinta) may be good opportunity to obtain plenary indulgence. More details on following website.
LentIn order to help us to focus our lives less on self and more on God and other people, Church prescribes additional prayer, small self-deprivations like fasting, and generous acts of love for others – almsgiving. St Augustine described fasting and almsgiving as ‘the two wings of prayer’, because they are signs of humility and charity.
The World, the Flesh and the DevilWe have three enemies to fight against; our soul has three dangers; for, as the beloved disciple says, all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life (cf. Jn. 2:16). By the concupiscence of the flesh is meant the love of sensual things, which covets whatever is agreeable to the flesh, and, when not curbed, draws the soul into unlawful pleasures. Concupiscence of the eyes expresses the love of the goods of this world, such as riches, and possessions; these dazzle the eye, and then seduce the heart. Pride of life is that confidence in ourselves, which leads us to be vain and presumptuous, and makes us forget that all we have, our life and every good gift, we have from God.
Every one of our sins comes from one of these three sources; every one of the temptations aims at making us accept the concupiscence of the flesh, or the concupiscence of the eyes (the world), or the pride of life (the devil). Our Saviour, then who would be our model in all things, deigned to subject Himself to these three temptations.
—Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B.
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.