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Featured Saint
Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11

The Virgin Mother, Mary, appeared on February 11, 1858 to a sickly child named Bernadette who was 14 years old then. It is called the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes because it is in Lourdes, France that Mary appeared. 

Mary told the girl to drink of a mysterious fountain within the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign. On another occasion the apparition bade
Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and processions to be made to the grotto.

The grotto is being visited by many pilgrims especially those who are sick because it is believed that you will be healed. And many other miracles can happen after you visit the grotto.

What do you think about apparitions?

Our Lady of Lourdes reminds us all of one of the greatest apparitions of all times in the history of the Catholic Church and the intercession of Our Lady. In Lourdes she brought us the message of prayer and healing. Today as apparitions continues and yet so many do not believe. Are apparitions accompanied by Our Lady's tears a sign for all humanity? How about you, do you believe in apparitions? Tell us what you think. Bishops, priests and faithful have flocked to apparitions sights around the world. We live in an unstable world politically and economically. Our Lady has messages for the world: prayer, fasting, confession and conversion! 

Today, the weeping of statues of Our Lady continues, recently in Sacramento, California and in Naju, Korea. You can visit www.marys-touch.com and read Church Teachings on Marian apparitions. What do you think Our Lady is concern about? Is she trying to warn us and our children because of so much war and sin in the world?

St. Michael National Travel Ministry


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Year of the Consecrated Life

Pray and support Catholic Youth !

On January 31 the Church honors the Memorial of St. John Bosco-Friend of the Youth. He was called 'Apostle of Youth' because he dedicated his life to the young people by organizing youth clubs, hostels, and boarding schools where he taught them. He founded the Salesian Society for the boys in 1854 which was named St. Francis de Sales. In 1872 he also founded the Salesian Sisters called Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians to work for girls.

St. John Bosco had no formal system or theory of education. His methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. The educational philosophy of John Bosco can be condensed in three words: reason, religion, and kindness. The basic principle of his system was a deep understanding and love for young people and their problems.  

Saint of the Week
January 31

St. John Bosco is considered as the saint of the youth. Founder of Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales. His lifework was the welfare of young boys and girls, hence his title, 'Apostle of Youth.' His methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. Pope John Paul II named him 'teacher and father to the young.'

At age 14, he really wanted to be a priest because he wants the youth to understand their faith. He served a priest for its morning masses and the priest taught John Bosco Latin. But the young John Bosco needed to stop his lessons with the priest because he needed to work in a farm to help their family for a living. But he did not stop dreaming of becoming a priest until one day his uncle brought him to a school where he can fulfill his dream.

He is a patron saint of apprentices; boys; editors; young people; laborers; students and young people.

To know more about St. John Bosco, please click on the following links:


Novena to St. John Bosco



Novena In Honor Of St. John Bosco



About St. John Bosco



Vision of St. Bosco



St. Bosco Biography



St. Bosco Oratory Project



St. Bosco Dreams



St. Bosco Ressurection

Jan 31st is the feast day of St John Bosco and we dedicate our parish evangelization work to him because he is the saint of the youth ! St John Bosco loved the youth, that is why he built so many schools. St Michael Center chose this date to dedicate our work to this great saint.

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The Power of Prayer
  for Healing

http://cosmoservices.com/emailser/smc/smc_images/healing.jpgFebruary is the month of healing and suffering. Hearing the words suffering and healing, we often think of people who are sick and needed to be healed through prayers and medical assistance. But let us also remember that all people experience suffering though it is not through grave sickness. Emotional and psychological problems can be considered as suffering.

Pope John Paul II's constant attention to the poor is one of the characteristics of his pontificate. In his 1984 apostolic letter "Salvifici Doloris" he addressed the Christian meaning of human suffering.

February 11 is the Feast day of OUR LADY of LOURDES, the late Pope John Paul II who is very much devoted to Blessed Mother believes in the intercession of Mary. In line with this in 1992, the Holy Father instituted the World Day of the Sick, to be observed every year on Feb. 11, liturgical memorial of the Virgin of Lourdes. In 1993 he established the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.


(Click here for online novena)

Decree on Indulgences for 
World Day of the Sick

http://cosmoservices.com/emailser/smc/smc_images/pope_paulII.jpgHere are some Words of our Great Pope John Paul II and a Saint in Heaven

In Lourdes, France -- John Paul II visited the French "miracle shrine" town of Lourdes where he called himself a sick man among the suffering.

"With you I share a time of life marked by physical suffering, yet not for that reason any less fruitful in God's wondrous plan," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters who are sick, how I would like to embrace each and every one of you with affection, to tell you how close I am to you and how much I support you."

"With great emotion I wish to join the millions of pilgrims who come to Lourdes each year from every part of the world, in order to entrust to the Mother of the Lord the intentions which they bear in their hearts and to ask for her help and intercession," he said.

Many people go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France hoping to be cured and receive the Miracle of Our Lady through prayers. Here on earth there are living people who can perform Miracles. They can heal people by praying for or with them. The most prominent one is Fr. Peter Rookey, OSM.

For Novena Prayer for Healing, please click here


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Miracle Prayer by
Fr. Rookey
"Christ Healing the Blind." Artist: El Greco, 1570 AD

Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, l come before You, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me In Your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. l give You my entire self. Lord Jesus, now and forever, I invite You into my life Jesus, I accept You as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit.
Come Lord Jesus cover me with Your precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, I love You Lord Jesus. I praise You Jesus. I thank You Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen.

Quotable Quotes on Suffering or Healing

“Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering.” 
-- Padre Pio

Biblical Quotes on Suffering or Healing

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted." 
 Matt. 5: 3-4


Father Peter Mary Rookey Prayer Request



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