A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario
Pope Francis message for World Day of Peace (Sunday, 15th January)Violence is not the cure for our broken world. Countering violence with violence leads at best to forced migrations and enormous suffering, because vast amounts of resources are diverted to military ends and away from the everyday needs of young people, families experiencing hardship, the elderly, the infirm and the great majority of people in our world. At worst, it can lead to the death, physical and spiritual, of many people, if not of all.
The New Wine of CharityA Feast is prepared (cf. Jn. 2): it is a Marriage-Feast; and the Mother of Jesus is present at it, for it is just that, having co-operated in the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, she should take part in all that her Son does, and in all the favours he bestows on his elect. But, in the midst of the feast, the Wine fails. Wine is the symbol of Charity or Love, and Charity had failed on the earth; for the Gentiles had never tasted its sweetness; and as to the Synagogue, what had it produced but wild grapes (cf. Is. 5:2). The True Vine is our Jesus and he calls himself by that name (Jn. 15:1). He alone could give that Wine which gladdens the heart of man (cf. Ps. 53:15). He alone could give us that Chalice which inebriated (cf. Ps. 22:5), and of which the Royal Psalmist prophesied.
“Do whatsoever he shall say to you.” Jn. 2:5Mary said to Jesus: They have no Wine. It is the office of the Mother of God to tell him of the wants of men, for she is also their Mother. But Jesus answers her in words which are apparently harsh: Woman! What is it to me and to thee? My hour is not yet come. The meaning of these words is, that, in this great Mystery, he was about to act, not as the Son of Mary, but as the Son of God. Later on, the hour will come when, dying upon the Cross, he will do a work, in the presence of his Mother, and he will do it as Man, that is, according to that human nature which he has received from her. Mary at once understands the words of her Son, and she says to the waiters of the Feast, what she is now ever saying to her children: “Do whatsoever he shall say to you.”
How to attend Holy Mass by Pope St. Pius XThe Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to hear Mass, as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words, and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.
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.