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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"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? Read More »

Ave Maria

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.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA

Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma Read More »

JULY 2
ST. OTTO.

St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day..Read More »

JULY 3
ST. THOMAS

St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin." Read More »

JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL

St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. Read More »

JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died. Read More »

JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.Read More »

JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I. Read More »

JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter. Read More »

JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century. Read More »

JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful.. Read More »

JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh... Read More »

JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him. Read More »

JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk..Read More »

JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John. Read More »

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. Read More »

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.Read More »

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts. Read More »

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Read More »

JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra.. Read More »

JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy. Read More »

JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord. Read More »

JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the.. Read More »

JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the.. Read More »

JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother.. Read More »

JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Read More »

JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.Read More »

JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus. Read More »

JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy. Read More »

JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491. Read More »

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