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 indulgence 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.
Archbishop Peter asks to pray for:Christian Unity, especially 18-25 January;
Victims of trafficking and those who work to combat it, especially on 8th February;
The sick and those who care for them, especially on 11th February;
Justice and peace in the world, especially on 12th February;
The unemployed, especially on 26th February.
St. Maximilian Kolbe on Our LadyLet us entrust to the Immaculate our entire being, all the faculties of our soul, that is to say, our intellect, our memory and our will, all the faculties of our body, that is, all of our senses and each one individually, our strength, our health or our infirmity; let us entrust to Her our entire life and all of its events whether they be pleasing, displeasing or indifferent. Let us entrust to Her our death, in whatever moment, place or way it may happen. And lastly, let us entrust to Her all of our eternity.
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.