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.
How can teenagers lead a pure life in todays world?… “The Pure Life” is a series of 13 half-hour episodes devoted to teaching adolescents about chastity from a catholic point of view. The show is hosted by John and Crystalina Evert and also features teens and young adults. They take us through difficult, daily situations in a culture that promotes worldly values, influences, and priorities as opposed to a lifestyle of faith, fortitude, and virtue. As a teen myself, I really enjoy watching “the Pure Life” and recommend it to other teens.
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Author : Bernie
For all those mums out there I would like to recommend Marie Bellet’s music. A Catholic mum of 9, she has still found time to record a number of albums. The music is not my style, but the words are often amazing and oh so Catholic. She has a lovely voice and sings with a sort of country, sometimes jazz or blues style. She has appeared on EWTN, and her husband is a good Catholic psychologist who has also appeared on EWTN. I actually purchased her albums off Amazon, but you can order them straight off her web site http://www.mariebellet.com/ My favourite album Is “Lighten Up” Just a way to counter the culture that keeps creeping into my heart – if I’m going to listen to music it helps if it is something that builds me in my faith, and not a constant assault on it. hope it helps someone!