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January 2007

“This new year is full of promise and hope. It is an opportunity for us all to make a new beginning – a new beginning in our walk with the Lord, a new beginning in our journey with the Spirit, a new beginning in our relationship with the Father. We can choose to make a new
beginning with our families, a new beginning with our relationship to the Church, even a new beginning with our attitude toward ourselves.

However to make a new beginning we must also allow others to make a new start. This means letting go of the past and not holding on to past hurt and pain. If we let go of our own past and the past of others and place the past in the gentle hands of Jesus, then the Spirit can have new
freedom in all of us.” ~ CCRCC - Vine - Fr. Paul Burak

AVE MARIA!
January 2007

“Dear children! Also today I bring you the newborn Jesus in my arms. He who is the King of Heaven and earth. He is your peace. Little children, no one can give you peace as He who is the King of Peace. Therefore, adore Him in your hearts, choose Him and you will have joy in Him. He will bless you with His blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Medjugorje, December 25, 2006.

We, Mary’s children like all ‘kiddies’ constantly seek joy. Our Queen of Peace, on Her birthday of Jesus message, offers us Her newborn baby, King of Peace. “Adore Him.” Choose Him and you will have joy in Him. He will bless you with His blessing of peace.

Jesus bless you with joy who sent gifts of support for the International Compassion Ministry work. Some overwhelmed us with their large donations. Thank you and the “widows with their mite.” Jesus will say at Judgement Day: “As often as you did it to the least of My brethren, you did it unto Me.....enter into the joy of the Lord.”.....We say with the wee girl, overwhelmed with so many Christmas gifts; “I hope Jesus has birthdays often!”

Maria Esperanza’s - Betania, Venezuela this past month filled us six pilgrims from ICM with the Holy Spirit.
December 8th, Immaculate Conception Mass at the Shrine, Mary sent her blue butterfly through the assembly
announcing Her special presence! Geo Bianchini and family of eight feted us on this his birthday and marriage
anniversary at his extended estate both in Betania and on a high hill above Caracas. He works to make Betania a
model Catholic metropolis. We thank you Geo, Juliette Samson our leader and all the M.O.M. (Mary Our Mother)
Queen of Peace Ministry, North Hills, CA. T’was good to hear John and Carol Leary and his messages from the
Lord. We spoke with Allan Robinson, 24 year old, Philippino stigmatist.

We look forward in 2007 to the Supreme Court decision declaring abortion illegal!

BETANIA - VENEZUELA by Sara Zervos, ICM Volunteer and Pilgrim

We made the pilgrimage to the Church approved apparition site of Betania and the Eucharistic Miracle of Los
Teques in Venezuela. Our Lady appeared to many at Betania as Reconciler of all People and Nations. Our Lady
promised that the sign of Her presence would be a blue butterfly. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Mass in Betania, we were privileged to see the magnificent, iridescent Blue butterfly during Holy Communion. Our Marge was gifted with a healing on December 9th at the Mass Ordination of two new priests and three deacons in the Cathedral of Caracas. At Los Teques, we were awed with the Host which years ago miraculously bled during the Consecration. In the Chapel of the Miraculous Host, Mrs. M. Walker, a California pilgrim, walked for the first time in years. We were warmly greeted by the family of visionary, Maria Esperanza Bianchini. Father Geo and the adult children showed us how the Love of God makes a family holy like the Holy Family. At the grave of Maria Esperanza, Vicki of our o ffice had a vision: In ecstasy, Vicki saw the clouds open up, white rays came down surrounding the whole cemetery. To the side of the rays were five stairs leading to Heaven, a saint was on each stair, blessing all of the pilgrims present. Vicki felt the presence of Saint Pio and Maria Esperanza in the mist. We thank God for the holy priests, our fellow pilgrims and all the graces received.

Smiles: Lord, give me patience please right now!

When I told the doctor about my loss of memory,
he made me pay in advance.

Did you know that the term “Ringleader” refers to
the director of a bell Choir?

Blessed New Year 2007!

Love & health.

Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M.

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.

 
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St. Gabriel Prayer

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St. Raphael Prayer
 
PHOTO OF THE MONTH


Tour of the Relics of the Passion
(International Center for Holy Relics)
www.HolyRelics.org

 
REFLECTIONS

“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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