Dear Friends The Pauline Fathers...

by michael

Dear Friends
The Pauline Fathers and Brothers welcome today the new chapel build by the Sri Lankan Community under the title of Our Lady of Madhu.
May many blessings and graces be granted by God through Our Lady's intercession.
Thank you to all
Fr. Damian

 
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Many blessings upon everyone who...

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Many blessings upon everyone who participated in the Corpus Christi Procession. Big thank you to decorators, musicians, altar servers and Brothers. May Our Lord Jesus Christ who stayed with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament be your very reward. God bless.
Fr. D.

 
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Almost ready for tomorrow's procession....

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Almost ready for tomorrow's procession. The fourth altar in progress. Many blessings upon all of you on the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ - Corpus Christi. We'll remember you all in our prayers. God bless.
Fr. D.

 
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Today in our Shrine we're...

by michael

Today in our Shrine we're celebrating the double Feast Day. Solemnity of Our Lady, Help of Christians and Solemnity of Anniversary of the Dedication of our Shrine Church.
During Mass we lit 12 candles on the walls of the church. The candles symbolise the 12 Apostles as they are the pillars of our faith.
We prayed for all the people of good will, who helped us to build the Shrine Church.

God bless you all and may Our Lady, Help of Christians be very gracious to you today and always.

Fr. D.

 
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Thank you Bishop Peter for...

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Thank you Bishop Peter for officially installing me as the Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy.
Thank you Bishop Columba for your support.
Thanks to all of you dear pilgrims, volunteers and friends for your prayers and continuous support.

Lord, let your mercy be on me,
as I place my trust in you.
Ps 32:22

Fr. D.

 
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The 13th May 2017 -...

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The 13th May 2017 - the 100th Anniversary of the First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Big thanks to everyone. It was quite a day. We have distributed 6000 Holy Communions which means we could host around 7000 pilgrims. WOW. We had pilgrims from near (from Southern Highlands) but also from very far (Geraldton, WA). May God bless you always.
Thank you Holy Father Francis for giving us the new Saints - Jacinta and Francisco. Please enjoy some of the photos from the celebration.
Fr. D.

 
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Just finished the Light Procession...

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Just finished the Light Procession and visited Our Lady at the Grotto.
We've prayed for all of you.
Fr. D.

 
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May God bless us as...

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May God bless us as we start our vigil in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. We pray for all of you as well. God bless.
Fr. D.

Today, the 3rd May, in...

by michael

Today, the 3rd May, in Poland is celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Poland.
On 1 April 1656, when almost the whole country, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was occupied by the Swedish Army, during a Holy Mass celebrated by the papal legate Pietro Vidoni in Lviv’s Cathedral (at present Ukraine), King John II Casimir of Poland, in a grandiose and elaborate ceremony, entrusted the Commonwealth under the Blessed Virgin Mary’s protection, whom he announced as The Queen of the Polish Crown and other of his countries. This vow made by the king was accepted and ratified by both houses of parliament.

These were the words of the king:
“Oh Great Mother of God-Man, Holy Virgin! I, John Casimir, king by the mercy of your Son, King of kings and my Lord, and your mercy, fall to your most holy feet. Today I take Thee as my Patroness and the Queen of my countries. Just as myself so as well my Kingdom of Poland, Duchies of Lithuania, Russia, Prussia, Mazovia, Samogitia, Livonia, Smolensk, Czernichow, and the armies of both nations, and all my peoples to your peculiar care and protection I recommend; In this disastrous and wretched defeat of my kingdom I humbly invoke Your help and kindness against the enemies of the Roman Church. Because I am compelled by your great blessings, together with my nation, I vow, on behalf of my senators and peoples, the new and ardent desire to dedicate ourselves to Your service. To you and to your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, I vow, that in all the countries of my kingdom the honour and devotion to you I will diligently expand. And since by your mighty intercession, and your Son’s great love, I will become victorious over my enemies, and first of all over Swedes, I pledge that I will apply to the Apostolic See, as a thanksgiving to You and to Your Son, this day be celebrated solemnly and to the end of time. I will do my best together with the bishops of my kingdom, so that what I have promised be fulfilled by my people. I confess with the great sadness of my heart, that the plagues, diseases, wars, and other misfortunes of these seven years fell on my Kingdom at the hands of your Son, because of the sighs and oppression of peasants and serfs. I swear furthermore, and vow, that upon the coming of peace I will earnestly strive, together with all the classes, that the people of my kingdom be liberated from all unjust burdens and tribulations. And Thou, O Most Merciful Queen and Lady, as You who have inspired me with the idea of this vow, so plead with Your Son for the grace of fulfilling it. Amen.”

And so it is today that in all Polish churches and in homes of Polish people scattered throughout the world, an Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa is to be found and Our Lady is honoured as truly the Queen of the country and of its people. She is Queen by vow, by act of parliament and by honour.

Regina Poloniae, ora pro nobis.

I have attached three images of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa adorned with different jewellery robes.

 
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Good Shepherd Sunday - 7...

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Good Shepherd Sunday - 7 May
As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday we would like to commend to your prayers our Seminarians: Brothers Zachary Lewis, Joseph Maria Buckley, Jeremy Santoso, Casimir Zielinski and our candidate Brendon Seeto. May the Good Shepherd fulfil in them what He has begun.
Please pray that the Father, the Master of the harvest, will send many more labourers, who will serve in our Order for the greater glory of God and honour of the Blessed Mother.

At Penrose Park in the Southern Highlands of NSW, there is a shrine dedicated to our Lady of Mercy, represented by a replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, known as the Black Madonna.  The Shrine is run by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit known as the Pauline Fathers.  The Pauline Fathers have been custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna since 1382.