Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

31st of May: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus ...

Sunday, 27 May 2018

The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity follows on the Sunday after Pentecost. The Trinitiy is one God in three persons: God Father, God Son and God Holy Spirit.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest is a new feast of the Church, dedicated to the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

This celebration was instituted in 2018 and the added to the General Roman (Universal) Calendar. The Decree states'This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God' (Liturgy Office).

Read more here.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest


Jesus, our High Priest, only Mediator,
mercifully bringing prayers before the Father:
from every nation, justly we extol you,
singing your praises
Formed by the Spirit in the womb of Mary,
Son of the Virgin, your right arm embraces
all of creation, Sacrifice and Victim,
worthy of blessing.
Named by the Father Priest and King for ever,
you were anointed with the oil of gladness,
brought to high heaven and his throne of glory,
height of all honour.
God most exalted, mortal flesh assuming,
offering your life-blood, precious gift all cleansing,
you paid the ransom, price of our redemption,
death’s curse removing.
Christ, who uplifted on the Cross of sorrow,
drew all creation, piercing hearts with ardour,
grant we may ever praise you and the Father,
one with the Spirit.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Important Catholic Books: God or Nothing

Robert Cardinal Sarah, God or Nothing
In his conversation with Nicolas Diat, Robert Cardinal Sarah gives us a strong and inspiring insight of the Catholic faith. His book is certainly an important contribution to the New Evangelization which St. Pope John Paul II. proclaimed. Anyone looking for answers on contemporary issues such as abortion, euthanasia, gender, homosexuality and poverty in the context of the Gospel, will find the correct and truthful answers in Sarah’s book God or Nothing.

His book is not a book to read in one night, in fact it took me several weeks to finish. I also found it hard to read the book without a pencil in my hand, ready to mark out important phrases. Almost on every page I found a wise and enlightening expression.

Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in a small village in Guinea, West Africa, and became deeply connected with the Church, thanks to missionary priests from France. Their shining example of sacrifice and love towards God and people inspired him to become a priest himself. At the age of thirty-four he was ordained the youngest bishop of the Church, and later-on John Paul II. made him Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea. In the 70's his country suffered greatly under communist dictatorship; even Sarah was under threat of being assassinated.

John Paul II. appointed him to the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome and Pope Benedict XVI. named him Cardinal and appointed him Prefect of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Since 2014 Cardinal Sarah is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

God or Nothing has received numerous praise: among others, Archbishop of Denver commented: “An essential read for any person seeking an authentic witness to Christ in modern society.” and Raymond Arroyo of EWTN mentioned: “Cardinal Sarah’s voice carries the unmistakable ring of a prophet.”

Robert Cardinal Sarah about the Church:

The Church is like the moon. She does not shine with her own light but reflects the light of Christ. Indeed, just as the moon without the sun is dark, opaque, and invisible, so too is the Church if she separates herself from Christ, true God and true man. Ecclesiology shows that it depends on Christology and is connected to it.

Faced with today's moral crisis, in particular the crisis of marriage and the family, the Church can contribute to the search for just and constructive solutions, but she has no other option but to take part in that search by vigorously citing the unique and distinctive things that faith in Jesus Christ brings to the human enterprise. In this sense, it is not possible to imagine any conflict or rension whatsoever between matisterial teaching and pastoral practice.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Mother of the Church

Pope Francis has established a new feast day: Monday after Pentecost Sunday is now dedicated to the Mother of the Church. Read more about it here.

Mother of the Church
Mother of the Church. Image: Archdiocese of Cardiff

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Pentecost Dove Craft

Here some pictures of how we made the Pentecost dove:

Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft
Pentecost Dove Craft

Pentecost Sunday

Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
Et emitte caelitus
Lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,
Veni, dator munerum,
Veni, lumen cordium.

Consolator optime,
Dulcis hospes animae,
Dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,
In aestu temperies,
In fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,
Reple cordis intima
Tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine
Nihil est in homine,
Nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,
Riga quod est aridum,
Sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
Fove quod est frigidum,
Rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus
In te confidentibus
Sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,
Da salutis exitum,
Da perenne gaudium.

Celebrating Pentecost at home:

Celebrating Pentecost

Celebrating Pentecost

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Pentecost Holy Spirit Flame Craft

Pentecost activities! Here a nice Pentecost colouring sheet my daughter found. We've also been crafting the Holy Spirit dove again. For Pentecost we’ve been crafting paper flames which represent the Holy Spirit. And this is how it goes:

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba
  • Draw a flame on thick paper and cut out.
  • Separate the flame in three parts with a pencil for the colours yellow, orange and red.
  • Rip the tissue paper in pieces and crush to small balls.
  • Put glue on flame and stick balls on.
Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Holy Spirit Flame, Pentecost, Bernice Zieba

Monday, 14 May 2018

St Matthias, Apostle

St Matthias the Apostle is a feast day on the 14th of May. Read more about St. Matthias here.
O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among the elect. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Last Monday we took part in the annual diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.
We also walked the "holy mile" in a procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament, carried by bishop Allen. It was once again beautiful weather. The procession ended on the grounds where the original 11th century Shrine of the Holy House of Nazareth once stood, among the remains of the ancient church. Read more about Walsingham here.