Monthly Archives: April 2012

Parish Mission Our Lady of Lourdes Bayswater


We have just completed a family mission held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bayswater. It ran over five nights from Sunday to Thursday night, and what an amazing five nights it has been. The church was full every night.

I can’t remember the last time I went to a mission. I do remember going to some when I was growing up but you just don’t hear very much about them these days.

Our Missionary was Fr. Wade Menezes and he was fantastic. He is such a dynamic and gifted speaker mixing in just the right amount of humour with some very funny stories. 

Every night he made some kind of reference to “the home schooling Mother of 8” and that heroic work that she is doing. Last night I made mention of this to him and he said he is such a “strong advocate of home schooling”. It’s great to know we have his support as well. 

You should invite Fr Wade Menezes to your parish for a Mission. Make no bones about it, you would love it!

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.

Having served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine. Both the Monastery and Shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also host of the EWTN segment series, The Crux of the Matter.

via Fr. Wade Menezes – The Fathers of Mercy.

More about the Parish Missions

40 Days for Life – Melbourne, Victoria


While we are too late to be involved with the 40 days for life this year we wanted to share this with you so we can all get involved now and for the 40 days next year, and to also share this beautiful song “The Call”.

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Touch hearts. Save lives. Pray to end abortion.

You can help save lives!

The 40 days for life ran from February 22 to April 1, 2012. Our community joined many cities around the world in a faith-filled, groundbreaking, coordinated pro-life movement.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

– 40 days of prayer and fasting

– 40 days of peaceful vigil

– 40 days of community outreach

We are praying that with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city and throughout Australia.

Since the first 40 Days for Life campaign was held in 2004, internationally:

– Over 5000 children have been spared from abortion (and these are just the ones we know about!)

– Over 60 abortion workers have quit their jobs;

– 19 abortion facilities have completely shut down; and

– Numerous women (and men too) are finding healing & forgiveness after having experienced an abortion.

There is much you can do, and this is where we need your help and involvement in the 40 Days for Life Melbourne campaign. Can you spare an hour, or two, or more, to pray for the life of a baby? The life you save through prayer will be made known to you in heaven.

Will you respond to “The Call”

Watch this heart moving clip with exquisite vocals by Majella McKendry.

via 40 Days for Life – Melbourne, Victoria.

More about the song

http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2010/2010318_446.shtml

Related post: Just what would you give to end abortion?

Courageous: The Movie


Honour Begins at Home

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honouring way? That’s courageous.

via Courageous: The Movie.

Bacchus Marsh – Stations of the Cross & picnic


Friday March 30, 2012

It was a fantastic day to visit the Stations of the Cross near Bacchus Marsh Melways ref: Map 334 H8. Each station has a beautiful large stone depiction of Christ’s suffering. There is also a chapel at the top of the hill. On the way back down to the car park we could view the numerous shrines that have been erected from different countries around the world.

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Afterwards, we visited Maddingley Park in Bacchus Marsh for a picnic — there is a fantastic wooden adventure playground at the park! Melways ref: Map 333 H9. Everyone had a great day.