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30 March, 201530 March, 2015 0 comments General Topics General Topics

Hello and welcome to all new members!

       
       We have (finally) reached Holy Week....well, if you have been busy, it does go by pretty fast, but sometimes with the weather and all , it can feels like it won't get here anytime soon. Hope everyone has had a good Lent. Maybe some of you have been on a five day Ignatian retreat. This period in the church's liturgical year is an excellent time for that. The topics discussed during the retreat brings us back to the reasons we are on this earth, and outlines the four or five main realities to consider...... namely heaven, hell and the devil, death, judgement, and also purgatory. We really should go one of these retreats every 5-10 years.....
        Heaven is real home...we want to get there but we need to make the effort to do so with God's help. Hell is very real no matter what people say ( like God is good and won't let anyone go there.) A person who dies in the state of mortal sin without repentance merits separation from God for all eternity. Our lady of Fatima warned that many souls go to hell because people do not pray or do penance for them. She also said that the sins of impurity lead so many to hell. So it is so importance for all of us to stay pure in heart and action, and offer up sacrifices (even if small) for the sake of others to get back onto the right track. 
        The devil is very real, being a fallen angel, and he is out there trying to lure souls away fro the heaven he too lost. Never let us underestimate his cleverness to deceive souls. (He has been doing it for centuries!)
        Death is an inevitable experience that everyone on this earth will go thru. We know it will happen, but we don't know when. We should always strive to live a good live and ask Our Lady to help us in that last hour on earth. Let's keep heaven in sight!     
       Judgement happens immediately after our death, where we will see the state of our souls and all our thought, words, actions, and omissions will be revealed before us. The truth will be shown. There is no jury that will decide, only God.
       Purgatory is the final topic. Purgatory, though temporary, is for those souls not quite ready (pure) for heaven but just missing the eternal pains of hell. The time in purgatory feels like an eternity and they say the pains of that place multiples any pains on earth by eternity. We can never imagine it, but they have the hope of heaven which hell never will. We need to pray for those souls and make sacrifices for them. They in turn will pray for us and remember us when they do get to heaven.

I look forward to reaching out to you all after Easter. 
Have a blessed Holy Week!
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15 August, 201415 August, 2014 0 comments General Topics General Topics
Today is the feast of Our Lady with honor of  her assumption into heaven. Having completed her earthly life ,the Catholic Church teaches that she was taken both body and soul into heaven. In many countries, it is a celebrated as a first class feast and a holy day of obligation. The Blessed Virgin spent the last twelve years of her life in the company of St. John and spent it in prayer and helping the early church. Most of  you know that when she died,which was most likely in Jerusalem, St. Thomas was not there and when he asked to see her once more, the apostles proceeded to her tomb, which, when they looked in , they  only found her graves clothing. It has been further acclaimed that to verify her leave of this earth body and soul, Mary  let go her girdle down to this apostle . This fact is often portrayed in many paintings of the Assumption. I myself have not seen one of these, even though I have toured Europe a few times, but I a certainly looking forward to it!
There has been some speculation on how Mary stepped into the next life. Did she merely fall asleep? We are pretty sure she wanted to be like her Son Jesus in going thru death's door. She was "full of grace," with no stain of sin.....therefore, she did not have to pay the penalty of sin. Most likely, she did not physically suffer like we do, but I am sure she was very happy to be reunited with her Son. Luckily for us, she has not forgotten her children back on earth and continually prays and intercedes for us.
Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recoursed to thee!
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6 March, 20146 March, 2014 0 comments General Topics General Topics

                                                     Hello and welcome especially all new members! 

Well, Lent has officially begun. Have you received your ashes yet? I believe may of you have. If not yet, then this Sunday it will be possible….For the next two months, we can make sure we pray and offer sacrifices, offering up things we crave, wether it be sweets, movies,smoking, Facebook …..to name a few. But is up to us. Giving up something we crave the most will be the most rewarding from God. To pray for our neighbors, our friends, our enemies is charity. Also we can tale the opportunity  to participate in  doing some corporal work of mercy, doing some charitable work.
Maybe we will meet someone during this time while we strive to cleanse and purify our soul. When and if we do meet someone special, don't forget to thank our God and Blessed Lady of this opportunity and endeavor to make this blossoming situation whole and pure. Let our minds rule our hearts in our search for "the one."
Let's not forget to meditate on the passion of Christ. Make an attempt to say the stations of the cross as least weekly ( maybe Friday) during this Lent, not forgetting how Jesus died for us with every drop of his Blood. Don't forget to give up meat on Fridays as well!
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10 February, 201410 February, 2014 0 comments General Topics General Topics
Happy Valentine's Day

Hello and welcome to all new members. Winter is going thru …Christmas season is over and Lent is on it's way. But is hard to prepare doe Lent when Valentine's day preparations are under way. I have put up some decorations, including the heart garlands and bells. My husband has to work on that day, so might not be going out for dinner, but can always go the day after.  I've got the prefect card for him….

You and I
share something very special---
something so perfect, so right
from the beginning,
that it made me believe in destiny…

Bit tacky, right? However,  we have been married for 6 years… Maybe. you might someone here on this website like others have. IT may not happen overnight, BUT ……it can happen.

On another note, tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Blessed Virgin appeared at Lourdes , France,  in 1858 to a poor child named Bernadette, and asked that people pray and make reparation for sins.She also requested a chapel built and asked Bernadette to dig in the mud, where in a spring developed. The water( with no obvious unusual properties) is miraculous and many miracles have taken place. One of my favorite saints is St. Bernadette. She first saw the Virgin at age fourteen and when she grew up, she became a nun, later dying at the age of 35 away from the activities of Lourdes. Her body is still incorrupt today at the convent of Nevers and is open to the public. Let us turn to Our Lady and St. Bernadette for help in our daily lives and hopes for the future!

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11 January, 201411 January, 2014 0 comments General Topics General Topics
Hello and welcome to all new members! 
How was your christmas???? I spent the Christmas season in Winnipeg with my family for three whole weeks. Boy, did I eat a lot! Now, back to the usual grind and less fattening meals. :(  It was pretty cold up there, with temperatures ranging up to the minus 50 with the wind chill. I went outside only up to 25 degrees below. I had to borrow mittens, jacket, and winter boots, as what I had was too thin for this weather. But at least we got some sun…. I went to midnight mass, and it was actually snowing and warm that night….It was magic…. After coming home from church, my brother-in-law Matthew got melted cheese on nachos, and my sister Martina  warmed up spiced chicken wings and jalapeno  poppers. I finally went to bed around 4a.m. Who knows when the rest fell asleep. Then I was up by 8 and moving those gifts around while mom and dad went to mass. After they got back, brunch was well in progress, and it was time to open the gifts. I received more gifts than I anticipated, including coffee vouchers (yum, those salted caramel mochas!!!), and a nice blue sweater from The Bay. I have not been home in a few years, and it was nice to celebrate with the family. I feel bad for those who have none!

Well, this year has started and Lent is late, but it never too late to meet new friends ,hopefully lasting ones! Good luck and Happy New year!!!!


Melissa
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20 December, 201320 December, 2013 0 comments General Topics General Topics

Hello and a happy shootout to all members,especially the new ones this month. 

It has been a busy and fast month ,getting ready for the Christmas festivities  and last minute shopping. Today, I made chocolate blueberry scones for the first time with my cousin at their country villa. It was fun! Let me know if you would like the recipe. It is great idea for breakfast replacement and does not take too long to prepare. With only 10 minutes to prepare and  18 minutes in the oven, and then you are done. You can also add jam, but I feel they are rich enough(even better than at starbucks) that one could eat each one by itself and would taste just as good. 
This past week, I meet a couple who had met here on the website, and are already getting married next month! Congrats to Jessica and Tom ! With online communication, they had met, and without this website, I highly doubt they would ever have run into each other. I wish the rest of those looking will have the same success, and in the very near future.

God bless and Merry Christmas!!!!!!
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13 May, 201313 May, 2013 0 comments General Topics General Topics

May Newsletter

Hello and welcome to all especially new members! Well,May is finally here! I want to give  a special consideration to St. Joseph,as his feast was on May 1st as well as March 19th. St. Joseph was chosen as the first patron in the beginning stages of Canada. I hope all of you may one day go to the St. Joseph's Oratory in Quebec if you haven't been already. it is beautiful there! I don't think I need to remind all that St. Joseph is such an important person in the Catholic Church, being the foster father of Jesus and spouse of the Virgin Mary. He protected that Holy Family and now he protects the Catholic Church. Canada especially was consecrated to St. Joseph way back in 1624.It was so important to the Catholics back then....it should be so important for us to carry his dedication and devotion on today. St. Joseph,pray for us!

This month as well, we commemorate the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima...She appears to three shepherd children in the Cova de Ira in Portugal, not far from the city of Lisbon. She repeats the need for the Rosary daily. We especially need to keep that practice in our prayer lives asking her to help us and those who no one remembers to pray for.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!





Melissa
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28 March, 201328 March, 2013 0 comments General Topics General Topics

Holy Week

Greeting to all. Well It has arrived! Holy week is here and Easter is in just a couple of days. :) Hope your Lent went well. It usually seems so long; but with work and all, it actually went by pretty fast.

This past month, the Catholic church has a new Pope ...Pope Francis, which to me, he seems very open and reachable to the people, which is  a nice change. We all need to pray for the Holy Father ....why not during this Lenten season?

Have any of you seen The Passion movie by Mel Gibson ? I have watched  it on the big screen and I must say it is a good program to bring to light what sufferings Jesus went thru for all of us. I realize this is "Hollywood", but it does make us think and hopefully help  our meditation, when  we go thru the passion of Jesus or when we recite the stations of the cross.

I came across a new book out there, that I highly recommend to all of you... It is called The Price To Pay. It is about a Muslin who converted to Catholicism and what he had to go thru for the faith. His name is Joseph Fadelle .On the cover, there is a line from St. Matthew 10:39, where he says,"He who loses his life for My sake will find it." That is so true! I realize we have it so  easy here, with the mass available and all( and no great persecution); and usually the doors to the church swing open to accept souls thirsting for the truth. What price would you pay for your beliefs? This man was imprisoned and shot, left for dead; his wife didn't know if he was alive and some family treated him very poorly.I believe you can get this book on Amazon, and if you go to the Langeley chapel in British Columbia, they also sell it in the bookstore.

Happy Holy Week!
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4 March, 20134 March, 2013 0 comments General Topics General Topics

MARCH NEWSLETTER

HELLO AND WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS! March has finally arrived with not so cold weather for different parts of the country. How has your Lent been going? We got four weeks to go! Yay! Also this month we celebrate St. Patrick's day as well as St. Joseph's. If you are planning a novena to St. Joseph,I believe the nine days starts this Monday, the 11th. At least, that is what was told me at church. St. Joseph's feast day usually lands on March 19th.

Well, looks like we will be getting a new pope. A novena has been going around the parishes, where one sings or recites the Veni Creator followed by a short prayer to Our Lady and asking St. Pius V and St. Pius X to pray for us. I hear some people are wondering if this may be the last pope, according to St. Malachy. One does not know for sure, as the saint does not specify what popes will reign between Pope Benedict and Peter Romanus(which he calls the last Pope), nor does he say if any will. We shall see. But what we can do and it is our duty, is to pray for the pope, that we get one fit to rule the head of the church as it is a very grave responsibility.

Here is the Novena for the new Pope! I have included the English and Latin versions.

NOVENA FOR THE ELECTION OF A POPE

from March 1st to 9, 2013
requested by Bishop Fellay,Society of St. Pius X, Superior General

Veni Creator Spiritus, Mentes tuorum visita, Imple superna gratia, Quæ tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus, Altissimi domum Dei, Fons vivus, ignis, caritas, Et spiritalis unctio.

Tu septiformis munere, Digitus paternæ dexteræ, Tu rite promissum Patris, Sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus, Infunde amorem cordibus, Infirma nostri corporis, Virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius, Pacemque dones protinus: Ductore sic te prævio Vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem, Noscamus atque Filium, Teque utriusque Spiritum Credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Et Filio, qui a mortuis Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
In sæculorum sæcula. Amen.

V/ Emítte Spíritum tuum, et creabúntur : R/ Et renovabis fáciem terræ.

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come. From thy bright heavenly throne! Come, take possession of our souls. And make them all Thine Own!

Thou who art called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire, Sweet Unction, and True Love!

Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace, Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!

O guide our minds with thy blest light, With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays, Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe, True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know, Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both Thrice blessed Three in One.

Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

V/ Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created: R/ An Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oremus. Súpplici, Dómine, humilitáte depóscimus : ut sacrosánctæ Románæ Ecclésiæ concédat Pontíficem illum tua imménsa pietas ; qui et pio in nos stúdio semper tibi plácitus, et tuo pópulo pro salúbri regímine sit assídue ad glóriam tui nóminis reveréndus. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R/ Amen.

V/ Cor Mariæ dolorosum et immaculatum. R/ Ora pro nobis.
V/ Sancte Pie V R/ Ora pro nobis
V/ Sancte Pie X R/ Ora pro nobis

Let us pray. O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Christ Our Lord. R/ Amen.

V/ Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, R/ pray for us who have recourse to Thee!
V/ Saint Pie V. R/ pray for us.
V/ Saint Pie X. R/ pray for us. 

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5 February, 20135 February, 2013 0 comments General Topics General Topics

Happy February!!!!

Hello to all. This is a the month where many celebrate Valentine's day, one of my favorite holidays... :)
But also this month is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I would like to include the prayer here for anyone interested in praying.


O ever Immaculate Virgin,
Mother of Mercy, health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,comforter of the afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles,
my sufferings; look with mercy upon me.
By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes,
you were pleased to make it a privileged
sanctuary, whence you dispense your
favors; and already many sufferers
have obtained the cure of their infirmities,
both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with complete confidence
to implore your maternal intercession.
Obtain, O loving Mother,
the granting of my request.
Through gratitude for your favors,
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues,
that I may one day share your glory.

Her feast is February  11th. On this day in 1858, Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette and was to visit with her for eighteen times. A miraculous stream has arisen when St. Bernadette dug the soil under the Virgin's direction and thousands come yearly to pray and ask for favors from the Mother of God, while taking a sample of the water from the grotto and /or being bathed as so many pilgrims before them. It is one of the most visited  religious places in the world.

St. Bernadette, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, keep us under your protection!



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