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.
ReflectionsIn today’s gospel Jesus told the crowds: “A sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and birds came and ate it up.” Reflection: God is working through us flawed instruments to bring about God’s plan for the world. There will be an abundant harvest, even if we don’t see it now. The parable encourages us to have hope, as we wait to see the seed come to fruition. So we ask ourselves: How do I sow the seed of the Word of God? How have I seen it bear fruit? Where?
“Permit her to weep and lament! Ye know not what is passing in her” St Mary Magdalen, Model of penitents (Saturday, 22nd July)Magdalen, the youngest child, was very beautiful and, even in her early years, tall and well-developed like a girl of more advanced age. She was full of frivolity and seductive art. Even as a child she was vain beyond expression, given to petty thefts, proud, self-willed, and a lover of pleasure. She was never faithful, but clung to whatever flattered her the most.
Magdalen was spoiled by her mother and her nurse. They showed her off everywhere, caused her cleverness and pretty little ways to be admired, and sat much with her dressed up at the window. That window-sitting was the chief cause of her ruin. I saw her at the window and on the terraces of the house upon a magnificent seat of carpets and cushions, where she could be seen in all her splendour from the street. —Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
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.