THUR-FRI-SAT-SUN     vol. 11, no. 91     May 11-14, 2000


May 11-14, 2000
"In the end,
my Immaculate
Heart will triumph"
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   This weekend, beginning with Thursday is mostly devoted to Easter Time except for Friday's Optional Feast of the martyrs Saint Nereus, Saint Achilleus, and Saint Pancras. Though it is not celebrated liturgically, Thursday is recognized by the Church as the commemoration of the first apparition at Fatima. Sunday is not only the Fourth Sunday of Easter, but also Mother's Day and,
Saint Matthias
though it is not celebrated because it is preceded by the Sunday liturgy, Sunday is normally the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on the martyred saints and see DAILY LITURGY.


  Taken from the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter:
"I am the Good Shepherd, and I know Mine and Mine know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd."
John 10: 14-16

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A fitting Mother's Day gift to the Blessed Mother: the Beatification of the children she chose to spread her messages at Fatima
Blessed JacintaBlessed FranciscoSister Lucia    What a fitting tribute to Mother's Day for the Blessed Virgin Mary! We're speaking of her beloved Pope-son John Paul II, whose papacy is dedicated to Our Lady - through Totus Tuus ("Totally Yours") - beatifying the two shepherd children who died shortly after the 1917 apparitions. Now, 83 years later they are being honored by Holy Mother Church and further fulfillment of all the Blessed Mother foretold at Fatima. The link between His Holiness and Fatima goes back nineteen years to the day when Mary interceded for the Holy Father in sparing his life after an assasin tried to take his life in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981. The bullet that was removed from his side was placed by the Pope himself in the crown that rests on the beatiful shrine statue in Fatima. He returns this weekend to further the Promise of Fatima and to elevate to the status of Blessed - the Marto children - Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco. In honor of this event we present in this special FATIMA WEEKEND ISSUE the story of Fatima in two parts of a feature entitled, THE PREMISE AND PROMISE OF FATIMA. For both parts, see PART ONE and PART TWO

PortugalIcon of the two newest Blesseds by Terry NelsonFatima comes full circle with the Beatification of the children in recognizing the young shepherds as truly holy and in this ceremony Fatima takes on a newer spirituality in response to Our Lady's request 83 years ago

Photos used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox

   We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on the Fatima shepherd children Jacinta and Francisco Marto who will be beatified on Saturday by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Our Lady asked for the conversion of Russia and we are humbled in obediently publishing his words in Russian as well as bringing you his articles that appeared in the April-June issue of the full-color magazine which Fr. Fox edits and publishes, Immaculate Heart Messenger. To find out more, go to Father Fox's bio Today he shares the words of the Bishop of Fatima on the significance of the Beatification of the Fatima Shepherds. . For his column on , see THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

Indulgences truly do have meaning if we indulge ourselves in what the Church directs

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astutobegins a fascinating and informative series on Indulgences in clearing up the confusion that has existed over the last three decades. As she indulges in the subject of indulgences, Sister points out in her series there have been misconceptions about "days" and "years" and explains what they really mean, as well as detailing the difference between "plenary" indulgences and "partial" indulgences and who can merit these indulgences, how, and why. For her column and the first installment of What are indulgences see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Events that happened this weekend in Church History
  On this date 19 years ago in 1981 Pope John Paul II escaped death by the intercession of the Blessed Mother to whom the Holy Father has consecrated his papacy. A bullet pierced him while he was waving to enthusiastic crowds in the packed St. Peter's Square. He was rushed to the hospital and the world prayed and God answered, preserving this holy Pontiff who will celebrate his 80th birthday next Thursday. Therefore, it is fitting that he returns to Fatima on the 19th anniversary of the shooting and honor Our Lady and her cause by beatifying the two Shepherd children who died shortly after the apparitions ended as the Blessed Virgin had foretold. She also foretold that Lucia would live long and see many of her prophecies fulfilled. Though she is a cloistered nun, she has been granted a special dispensation to be in attendance at Fatima this weekend to honor her childhood friends. For other time capsule events that happened this weekend in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenNever lose the ability to enjoy the joy in others
   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
    "The second aid to good humor is the spirit of joy. Joy is rejoicing in another's progress. This is one of the rarest virtues and the last to be won. Too often the progress of others is regarded as stolen from self. A man loses his good humor when he calls his wife 'dear' when they are out, and an 'ox' when at home. The wife loses her joy when she would rather spend her time mending his ways than mending his socks."

The Gospa's message for April April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

"Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide everyday to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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