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BLESSINGS TO ALL THIS CHRISTMASTIME !
FOR THE HOLIDAYS, PLEASE THINK ABOUT HELPING THESE WORTHY CAUSES IN CHINA AND MADAGASCAR BELOW :
PLEASE HELP OUR CATHOLICS IN CHINA
Here is a message from our English community member Paul Yung about three Catholic people in China we can help support: Details on donating below.
Rose was born in 1975 and baptized in 1982 at a Catholic church in Yueyang City, Hunan province. She left the countryside at age 16 and became a worker in a factory until now. Her mother was abandoned by her parents when small and was brought up by the Sisters of Order of St. Augustine, Spain. Rose inhereted her mother's faith and love for God. She enthusiastically serves her parish as a volunteer, cleaning and decorating the church every week. She also helps old people in the parish with their daily lives. She always smiles and treats everyone with love. Because of her Christian faith, she has been discriminated against by the factory administration and her co-workers. She is single, has no children, and is living in a tiny utility room that she rents. S he earns only about 150 USD a month which hardly covers her basic living expenses. She lives in great difficulty.
Born in 1953 in Ping Jiang County, Yueyang, Joseph is a new Church member who was baptized at Easter this year at a Catholic church in Yueyang City. He and his wife had always lived in the countryside, so had personally experienced the horrible life in rural China. But all those sufferings have only brought him a desire to be closer to Jesus, Our Lord. A few years ago Joseph and his wife moved to Yueyang City, in order to be closer to their daughter, who works in a residential health center. Now, they are approaching their 70s, and do not have pensions (peasants in China do not get pensions). Currently, Joseph works as a temporary cleaner in a residential area to earn some money, which hardly covers living expenses for him and his wife.
Cecilia was born in 1960 and baptized at a Catholic church in Yueyang City in 1998. She is a very devout Catholic and a caring person, always ready to help others. She worked in a military factory all her life and is now retired with a very low pension. Her work in the factory damaged her health and she has suffered two strokes since she retired. She is currently in very poor health and l ives alone in a small, dark, damp utility room.
Thank you Paul for this chance to assist and serve our Catholic brothers and sisters in China!
To donate to these brave Catholics, please send your financial gift to Mr. Paul Yung, through his wife's account:
Mgr. Elena Hidvéghyová
IBAN: SK97 1100 0000 0026 1445 5375
In the bank Memo, write: “China Mission”
Dear English community friends and visitors,
The English Community's Father Benjamin has a former seminary classmate, Fr. Jaroslav Jasso CM, a Vincentian priest who is a missionary in Madagascar. He is asking us to support his mission.
Father Jasso recently sent a video clip (below) of Holy Mass on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, celebrated by Archbishop Ramaroson and Fr. Pedro Opeka, a priest who spent more than 50 years working with the poorest of the poor. On Sundays, attendance at Holy Mass is packed with thousands. Yet, because of continuing drought and extreme poverty, Fr. Jasso is asking for help. Every donation is greatly welcomed. To financially support this very worthy mission, please use this bank account:
Congregation of the Mission
P. Jaroslav Jasso CM
Iban: SK75 8330 0000 0020 0187 5043
In the bank Memo, write: “Fr. Jaroslav Jasso CM, Madagascar ”
Thank you for supporting this Madagascar mission and be assured of the gratitude of the priests and people there and monthly Holy Masses for you and all benefactors!
Madagascar Holy Mass Oct 31, '21
ST. JOSEPH, 9 DAY NOVENA BOOKLET
Father Mark Goring has a new book out, perfect for the "Year of St. Jospeh." It's the nine day novena prayer through St. Joseph. Copies are available at most international book sites online.
SPIRITUAL READING WHILE STAYING AT HOME
During this time of the virus and our staying at home, a good saint to reflect upon is Saint Edith Stein (pictured below), an intellectual and contempletive. This would be a good opportunity to imitate her virtues of patience, acceptance of our crosses, and disipline in spiritual reading and study.
In this context, Bishop Robert Barron has some recommendations for spiritual reading for us here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_VJhBBqE5Y
SAINT EDITH STEIN
PRAYER FOR HELP DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages 'curing every disease and illness.’ At your command, the sick were made well. Come now to our aid, during this global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus and help them regain their health. Heal us from our fear, which prevents neighbors from working together.
Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty. Be with those who are sick or have died from the virus and their families. Defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who seek to heal those affected and who put themselves at risk. May they know your divine protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of countries. Give them the grace to act with concern for the people. Give them the wisdom to support solutions to the crisis. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure, mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Hear us and heal us.
STAYING AT HOME REFLECTION
Who are we: yesterday and today
It all started in 1993, when a retired Divine Word missionary, Father Frantisek Sirovic SVD, started saying masses at St. Ladislav Church in English. Thereafter, we have been blessed to have diocesan priests serving us, as well as those representing the Divine Word, Jesuit, Redemptorist and Rogationist religious orders.
We in the English speaking community come from all corners of the globe. We are a mix of ethnicities, nationalities and sometimes even denominations and religions. And while you can see Slovaks, Africans, Americans, Asians, British, Dutch, French, Germans, Italians, Spanish, etc. among us, we all sing the same songs and share the same communion. Some of us are permanent residents of Bratislava, others are just passing through and grace us with their presence.
Whatever your circumstances, you are most cordially welcome to join us. Please "click" on the above icons for more information on our weekly programs or contact us at: info (AT) catholic.sk
Looking forward to seeing you!
DAILY MASS & READINGS
ENGLISH BIBLE GROUP
English Bible Group is meeting each Thursday, 19:00 at Dom Quo Vadis and also simultaneously online on Zoom.
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LEGION OF MARY
Did you ever wonder how to better share Christ with others?
The Legion Of Mary is an active lay community, responding to the Church's call for a "new evangelization."
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info (AT) catholic.sk