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STANISLAUS,
PATRON
SAINT OF
POLAND
Feast day
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PRAY FOR
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orld Youth Day started when St
John Paul II invited young people to join him in Rome in 1984
to celebrate Palm Sunday. Over 300,000
took up the call on that occasion, and the
first World Youth Day was held in its
present form in 1986. At the last World
Youth Day, over 3 million attendees gathered on Copacabana Beach, Rio de
Janeiro, for the Papal Mass.
One who attended said, ’His words to us
imploring us to go back to our homes and
countries to make disciples of all the nations showed me that God trusts us with
this mission …’
Pope Francis is scheduled to be in Poland
for the World Youth Day July 25-31 – the
first since the canonisation of St. John
Covered by His Mercy
Paul II in 2014.
man name for the Polish town of Oswiecim, was the concentration camp
where the Nazi's eliminated some 1.6
million people of 27 nationalities, including 1.1 million Jews, 150,000 Polish people, and 23,000 Roma.
This year WYD will be held in Krakow.
During this July visit to Poland for the
31st International World Youth Day, it is
probable that Pope Francis will follow in
the steps of his two immediate predecessors by traveling to the Nazi death camp
Auschwitz, the Vatican spokesman has
said.
Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, told journalists at the presentation of the book “We
were Jews” by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Alberto Mieli, that a summer visit
to Auschwitz for the Pope is ‘highly probable’.
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It is there as a reminder that
we are in a Year of Mercy
The Catholic News. March 2016
Just by the front door of Blessed Sacrament Church in Braunstone, Leicester,
there is a large picture of Pope Francis,
hands outstretched. It is there as a reminder not only to those who attend the
church, but to all who pass, that we are
in a Year of Mercy, a special year, a Holy
Year. Underneath the picture it says:
“Open Saturday: 10am to 12 noon”, as,
with a rota of volunteers from the parish,
every Saturday morning at least two people are ready to welcome all who come.
How many come? Well, so far they have
not been overwhelmed, but there is still a
lot of the Year to go and, when the better
weather arrives they hope to encourage
visitors by special events and personal invitations.
Entering fully into this Jubilee Year of
Mercy and using much of the material
produced by both the Diocese and the
wider Church, Blessed Sacrament has
been trying to provide many and varied
opportunities for its parishioners to benefit from involvement in all this special
Year offers. Recognising that many fewer
parishioners come with any regularity to
the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the
parish has increased the times of availability of the Sacrament, and also have
an Hour of Healing, a Service of Reconciliation, a special homily on confession, and
a Question Box into which people can put
their questions, problems or worries
about coming to confession.
In 2015 the Parish set up a new Justice
and Peace Group which has been active
in researching J & P issues locally. The
Parish now works with a local Foodshare
group, is in touch with both the Red
Cross and Leicester City of Sanctuary to
help with their work with refugees and
asylum seekers, and are committed to
carrying out the Corporal and Spiritual
Works of Mercy to the best of their ability. Through a Friday Pop-In, which has
been running since 1998, the Parish is
able to support local individuals, groups
and charities and also, through CAFOD,
those in need overseas. The Pop-in is
mainly intended as a meeting place for
people in the community around the
church, but with very reasonably priced
refreshments, good-as-new clothes, small
furniture, books, and bric-a-brac, each
Friday morning raises an average of almost £200. All of this goes to people in
need.
The Parish does not forget prayer, for
without it most of the work done would
be impossible. For the ’24 Hours for the
Lord’ called for by Pope Francis, Blessed
Sacrament teamed up with Mother of
God and St Peter’s Parishes in Leicester,
each parish taking on three hours during
the night and five hours during the day.
Lent was a busy time for prayer, but even
after Easter prayer continues with the
Thursday Holy Hours, Charismatic
Prayer, a monthly Novena of Santo Niño
of Cebu for the Filipino parishioners, a
Marian Prayer Group, and a pilgrimage.
The Parish of Blessed Sacrament is excited at the moment as they are having a
new shrine built in their garden. The
statue of Our Lady of Peace has arrived
and the start of work on the stonework is
imminent.
Reaching out to others, looking after the
‘inner man’, answering questions, providing opportunities – the work of a Parish
never stops. Luckily for Blessed Sacrament Parish, neither does the supply of
willing parishioners who come forward to
offer their time and talents to help build
God’s Kingdom in their little corner of our
Diocese.
Fr J J Maloney
BISHOP PATRICK
VISITS THE
SANCTUARY
Page 3
The Catholic News. March 2016
On Monday, 18th January Bishop Patrick celebrated Holy Mass with 39 trustees, staff,
benefactors, supporters and friends of the Mary Magdalen Foundation. Bishop Patrick
is our Patron in succession to Bishop Malcolm McMahon and Bishop James McGuinness.
We celebrated this happy occasion with a buffet luncheon after which the bishop met
all those present, and later spent a quiet time with our manager and counsellor who detailed the work that we do with those suffering from alcoholism and providing support
for their family members.
The Sanctuary opening its doors in October 1987 having obtained a Lease on the old
vandalised and derelict Radford Road police station.
Thanks to a devoted group lead by Sister Elizabeth of the Little Company of Mary, the
Sanctuary thrived, became a Registered Charity and from then on offered free counselling and support to those who need us.
Christians and non-Christians alike find solace in our chapel and garden. Visiting
groups of AA and EA (Emotions Anonymous) are supported in the evenings.
Wilf Doyle – Altar Server
During the early month of the Second
World War, Wilf was evacuated from his
native Sheffield and went to live in rural
Leicestershire. He started serving on the
altar at St. Gregory and Saint Alban’s in
Sileby during 1940. He must have proved
to be a bit too much for the rural community, because after a couple of years they
shipped him back to Sheffield where he
continued his ministry at St. Marie’s, now
the cathedral of the Hallam Diocese. In
1945 Wilf was enrolled in the Guild of St.
Stephen and remained at St. Marie’s for
twenty-two years. In 1964 he moved to
Leicester and served at the Immaculate
Conception until 1984 when he moved to
Markfield and became M.C. at the Sacred
Heart in Leicester. He remained there
until 1998 when he moved back to the
church where he had served fifty-eight
years earlier. Since then he has been responsible for training generations of altar
servers, providing as a glowing example to
the young servers of today, apart from the fact that he is a Sheffield United season ticket holder and a purveyor of toe-curling jokes. He is one of small select band of servers who have been awarded the gold medal of
the Guild of St. Stephen. On Christmas Day Wilf celebrated seventy-five years as an altar server. This must
surely be some sort of a record. We are certainly proud of Wilf and his achievements are documented on our
website.
Peter Fryer
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The Year of Mercy at
St Barnabas Cathedral
Page 4
The Catholic News. March 2016
During this Year of Mercy, we hope to remind ourselves of the Mercy of God and to
proclaim it to the people of the city of Nottingham. This involves us deepening our
own personal relationship with the Lord
and to bring that love to the people that
we meet.
To help us achieve this, we have decided
at the Cathedral to focus on two people
who brought God’s mercy to the people of
Nottingham and beyond;
Bishop Robert Willson
The Nottingham
Diocesan offices are
named after Bishop
Willson and he is
buried in the Crypt
of St Barnabas
Cathedral, but who
was he?
Robert Willson was
a priest of the Diocese of Nottingham
and was responsible for the building of
this Cathedral before going on to become
the first Bishop of Hobart in Australia.
While in Nottingham he showed a great
care for those in prison and lunatic asylums, with him being given the freedom of
the city of Nottingham for all the work he
did. On becoming Bishop of Hobart in
Australia, his care for prisoners continued. Norfolk Island in Australia was a
place that convicts were sent and had a
reputation for brutality and inhumane
punishment. In May 1846 Bishop Willson
saw Norfolk Island for the first time.
What he discovered had to be exposed, so
he travelled to London at his own expense. Before a committee of the House of
Lords he told a tragic story to men who,
for the first time, came to realise the
enormity of atrocities perpetrated under
the British flag. Many of the evils were
promptly remedied as a result of the
prelate's intervention. To verify the reforms he visited Norfolk Island again in
1849. A marvellous change had taken
place, but this time his suggestions for
further improvements were ignored by officials, and Norfolk Island soon reached
the lowest depths of its unsavoury history. When this news reached the bishop
in March 1852 he promptly revisited the
island. On his return he wrote to Bishop
Charles Davis: 'I am making a vigorous
effort by letter of forty-eight pages to induce Her Majesty's Government to abandon Norfolk Island as soon as possible.
They cannot resist the facts laid before
them. I will not rest until it be done'. Convinced by the bishop's letter, LieutenantGovernor Sir William Denison joined him
in the appeals to the British government
that helped to close the island prison in
1855.
Prayer for Prisoners
Father of Mercy, the secrets of all hearts
are known to you alone. You know who is
just and you forgive the unjust. You alone
are the Almighty Judge. We are not worthy of judging anyone. Your mercy is
enough for sinners. Hear our prayers for
those in prison. Give them repentance
and let them believe in you. Give them
patience and hope in their sufferings, and
bring them home again soon. Comfort
their near and dear ones. Let them trust
in Jesus Christ and live with hope. Amen
The Venerable Mary Potter
The Diocese of Nottingham is blessed
with the example of
many holy men and
women. One of the
greatest examples
we can follow is
that of the Venerable Mary Potter,
who is buried in the
Cathedral.
Mary Potter’s vision was that the members of the Little Company of Mary would
follow Jesus’ pattern of self-giving love on
Calvary for the sake of the Kingdom.
They would do this in union with Mary’s
maternal heart by bringing God’s love to
the world.
Her own experience of the transforming
power of the mystery of Christ, and the
maternal role of Mary in the economy of
salvation enabled Mary Potter to draw
others to share her vision. The infant
community came to birth in 1877, when
four companions joined her in a disused
stocking factory in the village of Hyson
Green, Nottingham. Their mission was
that none of those for whom Jesus suffered and died be lost and they responded
to contemporary needs by evangelising in
word and deed, through the ministries of
prayer for the dying, nursing, teaching
and other pastoral activities.
Prayer for the
Beatification of the
Venerable Mary Potter
O God to whose glory the Little Company
of Mary was founded by Venerable Mary
Potter, grant that she may be beatified
soon so that her work and spirit may benefit still more the suffering members of
Jesus Christ. Amen.
Quietly ask for the intercession of the
Venerable Mary Potter
Mary, Mother of the Church may this ardent apostle of your Maternal heart be
more widely known by special favours
granted through her intercession. Amen.
During the Year of Mercy we invite
groups to come and visit the Cathedral
and the Mary Potter Heritage Centre. We
are offering tours on Thursday mornings/afternoon during the year of Mercy.
To book a guided tour please email
[email protected] or call Fr
Neil Peoples on 0115 953 9839 Ext.8
Celebration of the Feast
of the Divine Mercy
St Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road,
Nottingham, NG1 5AE
On
Sunday 3rd April 2016
This Year as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it has been decided to celebrate
the Divine Mercy at St Barnabas Cathedral. As we pray for those souls in purgatory we
can offer the pleneary indulgence gained by walking through the Holy Doors at the
Cathedral for them.
2.30pm – Welcome
2.35pm – Opening Prayers
2.40pm – Talk given by Fr Neil Peoples
3.00pm – The 3 O’clock prayer
3.10pm – The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3.20pm – The Stations of the Cross
3.40pm – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with Benediction
4.15pm Close
6pm – Parish Sunday Mass.
The Sacrament of Confession will be available during the day and refreshments will be
provided in Cathedral Hall afterwards.
Nottingham Diocese Year of Mercy
Blessed Sacrament Procession with
Bishop Patrick McKinney
To pray for the Beatification
of the
Venerable Mary Potter
“How does God show His mercy?
Jesus with outstretched arms shedding
His blood his life”
Venerable Mary Potter
Sunday 10th April 2016
Starting at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church,
Goodliffe Street, Hyson Green, NG7 6FY
Finishing at 5pm at St Barnabas Cathedral,
Derby Road, Nottingham, NG1 5AE
For more information please email:
[email protected] or call 0115 953 9839
Mercy, Justice,
Peace:
Opening the
Door to
Asylum-Seekers
and Refugees
Page 5
The Catholic News. March 2016
This energy-filled event was held on Saturday 16th January at St Peter’s, Leicester. It was organised jointly by the Justice
and Peace group at Blessed Sacrament
Church, and the parishes of St Peter’s
and Mother of God. We chose the date to
tie-in with Peace Sunday. Asylum-seekers
and refugees have been so much in the
news recently because of the unprecedented movement of desperate people
fleeing violence and suffering in their
home countries. We wanted to raise
awareness of these vulnerable people, especially the 1000 struggling asylum-seekers living in Leicester and a few hundred
more who are now destitute here.
Information-sharing
We invited speakers from the Red Cross
and other Leicester parishes, and were
privileged to hear directly from a woman
who is an asylum-seeker currently living
in Leicester. There were children’s activities, information stands from the Red
Cross, Pax Christi and Aid to the Church
in Need. Sister Margaret led us in a
prayer and reflection time. Then a simple
lunch was provided.
More than 60 people attended, which was
wonderful. Some people had lots of experience in this area, some people had none at
all.
We heard about how traumatised many
people are by their terrible experiences.
We heard about how people struggle
with the legal system that they must
navigate to be granted leave to stay here
in safety. Asylum-seekers are usually
not allowed to work and must survive,
and perhaps support a family, on a very
low income. We asked questions. We
prayed and sang.
Taking action
We invited people to pledge to do something new as a result of all we had
learned and shared. Many names were
signed to the pledges: ‘I will smile at
strangers’, ‘I will pray for refugees and
asylum-seekers’, ‘I will contact the Red
Cross and volunteer my time’, ‘I will write
to my MP’. People thought of better
pledges and wrote those instead: ‘Get my
school involved in action for refugees’.
After all that, we enjoyed soup and bread
rolls and cake and talked some more. It
was not a fundraising event but £100 was
generously donated to help local organisations working with asylum-seekers and
refugees.
Moving forward
We hope our event helped those who attended to feel that they can do something
about the compassion and concern that
we all feel when we hear of people suffering, or people in need. Many wanted to go
back to family, friends and parishes and
encourage others to speak up for asylumseekers and refugees too. We plan to
keep in touch.
Theresa Alessandro
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St Mary’s School Children Visit
their Local Church
Page 6
The Catholic News. March 2016
F
oundation Stage 2 children from St
Mary’s School in Derby visited St
Mary’s Church, Bridge Gate, on
Tuesday as part of their ‘Come and See’ Celebration topic. They worked in groups to
identify significant items inside the Church
including the font, altar, Sanctuary Lamp,
votive candles and water stoop. The children practised making the Sign of the Cross
with Holy Water and learnt to genuflect.
The morning ended with them listening to
the Gospel story of Jesus’ baptism. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and
their exemplary behaviour was commented
on by parishioners at the Church.”
“The Greatest Challenge”
Fran Wickes
There can be no doubt as to what is the
greatest challenge facing the Church in
our pastoral work in this country at the
beginning of the 21st century – the advent and rapid spread of the numbers of
people presenting with different types of
dementia. While this condition has always been present in society the incidence
of it and rate at which it is now spreading
over the last five years has reached what
might be called ‘epidemic’ proportions,
and has taken all of us, particularly those
people who suffer from it and their carers,
completely by surprise. Wonderful people
who previously played a leading role in
our respective communities such as reading, Eucharistic ministry, planning liturgies, cleaning and so on have now been
reduced to a state in which they appear to
recognise no one, even their nearest and
dearest. This is a huge frustration for
them as they begin to lose hold on what
they once had control of and then seemingly ‘withdraw’ into themselves, into another world where they have ‘switched off’
from any outside influence. For those who
love them most this is the beginning of
what we might call a ‘double bereavement’ – ‘losing’ the person they once knew
long before they actually ‘lose’ them again
in death.
We in SPANNED (which stands for Supporting People with Additional Needs in
the Nottingham Diocese) who are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our work
with people who have learning difficulties
or limiting and disabling conditions in the
diocese, have noticed a remarkable similarity in the factors of care for our dear
friends all those years ago and what has
emerged in the situation of those with dementia and their carers today. 40 Years
ago, a person with learning difficulties
was officially referred to as ‘Educationally
Sub-Normal’ (ESN) or ‘Severely Sun-Normal’ (SSN), which now seems unthinkable, and certainly ‘mentally
handicapped’, a term in common use then
which we would never dream of using
today. At that time such a person and
their families were:
1.
Not taken seriously as ‘persons’, who
had responsibilities, rights and choices to
make of their own
2.
Often ‘hidden away’ by their parents
and isolated from Church and society for
fear of embarrassment or ridicule
Father Frank Daly (Director of SPANNED)
3.
Their carers, while struggling to
look after them, were anxious to have
some ‘respite’, even if only for a few
hours, but at the same time not willing to
‘let go’ of the person into the care of others, as they felt he or she was their responsibility.
4.
The carers were ‘angry’ with God for
the misfortune that had befallen them but
at the same time very possessive of the
child they had to care for
5.
Sometimes in what we used to call
‘the scapegoat syndrome’, the child was
blamed for the lack of opportunities families had to do the normal things that others did. However, this was also a way of
hiding behind the child and their difficulties if the parents had problems themselves or did not want to do those things
anyway.
You could transfer these observations almost exactly to the situation of people
with dementia today and their carers – it
is quite uncanny. We have also found that
this situation has impacted directly on
SPANNED and its work as many of our
group members have Down’s Syndrome,
a condition that years ago would have
meant that a person would not live beyond their 50th birthday. Now with the
advances in medical science, people with
Down’s Syndrome can live well into their
50’s and 60’s, but are also developing illnesses and conditions associated with the
ageing process including dementia. A
whole new area of work and concern has
been the result of this development. Since
in SPANNED, we try to address people’s
‘additional’ needs, there can hardly be an
additional need of more urgency than this
one, so we feel that we should at least
make some attempt to discover the scale
of the problem and suggest some means of
helping people who have dementia and
their carers, and maybe, with other agencies such as the SVP, form a sort of ‘umbrella’ under which the work that needs
to be done in the diocese can be carried
out.
Accordingly, every parish priest has now
been sent a questionnaire to ascertain the
numbers of people with this condition in
his parish, and their precise needs. This
is with a view to getting some idea of the
actual scale of the problem and the actual
needs of the people themselves and their
carers. We need to look at such matters
as:
· how many people suffer from dementia
in your parish?
· how are they and their carers supported?
· what official provision is made for their
care?
· what are the main problems that families encounter and would like help with?
· who might provide this help?
· what agencies and support services are
already in existence in your area?
· what help is provided by other Christian communities and how might we work
with them?
· what can we realistically do given our
resources of finance and personnel to
help?
Sometimes, finding out what happens in
one place may be a catalyst or encouragement to try to provide something similar
elsewhere. We are anxious to answer
some of the great needs that people have
at the moment in a practical and constructive way, so if anyone reading this
article has any information to give or
comment to make, please feel free to do so
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The wonderful service was presided over by Deacon John Wakeling. Canon Philipp
was joined in hearing confession by Mgr David, Canon Anthony, Fr David, Fr
Jonathan and Don Antonio. Our thanks to them all for their support and to Katy
Mersich who played the organ beautifully. Each of the children shared the Sacrament of Forgiveness with their family and lit a candle before gathering together on
the Sanctuary.
The service was followed by a party in the Parish Centre, organised by the parents,
it was a happy event and reflected the joy all the families felt in sharing this special
day as a community.
Louise Barlow
St Mary’s Chaplaincy Team
Visit Holy Door of Mercy
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Fifteen children from St Mary’s School
Chaplaincy Team In Derby made a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy at St
Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. They
were warmly welcomed by Fr Neil Peoples and Fr Jonathon Rose who showed
them round this magnificent building,
which was designed by the same architect, AWN Pugin, who designed their
parish church of St Mary's in Derby. A
tour of the Cathedral brought out its full
splendour for the children who were even
allowed down into the crypt to see where
the former bishops of Nottingham are
buried. They were fascinated by the huge
19th century prisoner leg irons that
Bishop Willson brought back from Australia to shame the House of Lords into
abolishing this cruel treatment. They saw
the tomb of the Venerable Mary Potter,
who founded the Little Company of Mary
sisters and did so much for the health and
education of the people of Hyson Green in
Nottingham. Sisters and Associates from
the Order then collected the children from
the Cathedral and took them to the Mary
Potter Heritage Centre. This is a delightful and spiritual place, which tells the
story of the Sisters and their work, as
well as having many artefacts from Mary
Potter's life. The Chaplaincy Team stayed
for the Cathedral's 1pm Mass and bought
items from the repository for the whole
school, including a new crucifix to be used
on the altar at Mass. The children gained
so much from the day, with the chance to
spend quiet time in prayer, reflecting on
mercy and praying for others.
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proud of the youth chaplains’ efforts.
He said: “We filmed the chaplains each
saying a line and at the end they asked if
they could have a Christmas Jumper Day.
Mr Gritton agreed and we are really
pleased with the amount raised.
“Staff and students took part and it was a
lot of fun and we would like to thank
everyone for getting involved. It was a
great effort by our youth chaplains and
they are already planning their next
fund-raiser.”
Gillian Sewell, chief executive at YMCA
Derbyshire, said the charity was extremely grateful for the donation which
would go towards its Safe Front Door
campaign, which supports young and vulnerable people.
She said: “Our campaign is about supporting the hidden homeless and young
people who perhaps don’t live behind a
safe front door. We feed them, house them
and get them involved in employment
programmes. The aim is to get them into
a position where they can contribute and
flourish indepently.
“The money donated is important but it’s
just as important that the people we help
know that students at Saint Benedict and
at other organisations and businesses actually care enough to make the effort to
raise that money.”
Kerrie said the campaign had been a
great success.
She said: “We had 25% more people to
feed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
and we extended the scheme out to the
elderly too. We also provided trips over
the festive period so some people went
bowling or to the cinema and we had a
games night.”
Youth chaplain Sneha James, 11, said:
“We wanted to organise a Christmas
Jumper Day because we knew that it was
something we could all be involved in. We
just thought that everyone deserved a
good Christmas.”
FRANKLY SPEAKING
Losing sight of what really matters
As the month of February commenced
the media had no shortage of news stories to report. The tragic status of
refugees who came to Europe began to
dominate the great argument over the
referendum which for the United Kingdom will probably take place in June
this year. On just one day some 6,000
arrived at the port of Piraeus in Greece
despite a perilous crossing in winter
seas from Turkey. For six years people
have been fleeing from terror in Syria
and the numbers seem to increase, the
bleak camp in Calais incorporates desperate people from other countries also.
A delegation of British and French
politicians prompted one MP from Manchester to comment “We need to remember they are human beings with rights
and dignity.”
The visit to Calais must have been an
eye-opener for the 3 MP's who made the
short journey across the channel and it
is to be hoped they will influence some
of their colleagues to focus on one group
who really do need help – the children
who have arrived without their parents
in Europe. If only some of our parliamentarians would show concern for
these thousands of children with the
same enthusiasm they express for a In
or Out vote in the referendum.
We also need to inform the outside
world that the Church does speak up
for refugees, I am not sure the media
takes much notice of our Bishops but
the fact is that Bishop Patrick Lynch
did meet the Minister who has responsibility for refugees in January. The
Bishop surely spoke for all of us when
he said, “The Catholic community has a
responsibility to provide practical assistance and always to extend the hand of
welcome” as he responded to the refugee
crisis. Those words are surely appropriate to those children mentioned in this
article, if Britain is proud of its record
in helping vulnerable children now is
not the time to delay help to these
youngsters who are thousands of miles
away from what they used to call home.
It is now more important than ever that
the Christian message on the refugee
crisis is made crystal clear to our young
people. We can no longer rely on the
news media to convey our concerns and
in an “increasingly secular and materialistic society” our hopes of the future
can also be lost and “our young people
can so easily lose sight of what really
matters”. Those words in the last sentence are part of the speech to the
Catholic Association of Teachers,
Schools and Colleges by the head of OFSTED Sir Michael Wilshaw, he also
spoke of Christians suffering brutal persecution in the Middle East. We need to
hear much more from our politicians
like this not least from Catholic MP's
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Pope Francis is releasing a new book for
children next month: 'Dear Pope Francis'.
The book - published by Loyola Press
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mondo") - contains the Holy Father's responses to letters written by children
from around the world.
A new guidebook retracing the route of
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What did God do before creating the
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Why do my parents fight sometimes?
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Author Reverend Sandy Brown, from
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Animals and Environment' to produce a
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These are some of the questions put to
Pope Francis by children between the
ages of 6-13 from 26 countries, including
Albania, China, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
Fr Antonio Spadaro, SJ, director of 'La
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Casa Santa Marta several times, to give
the Holy Father a chance to respond to
the children's letters spontaneously.
presented to the Holy Father by several of
the children who wrote the letters on 22
February.
Drawings and questions of 31 children
were chosen for the book, which will be
It comes just after the release of the Holy
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Thousands of people waited hours outside
a Rome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold
Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for
the long hours they would spend hearing
confessions.
Pope Francis asked the Capuchins to
bring the relics of St. Padre Pio and St.
Leopold to Rome for the Year of Mercy,
particularly the Feb. 10 celebration of Ash
Wednesday and the commissioning of the
official "missionaries of mercy."
The hearse carrying Padre Pio's crystal
coffin was about 90 minutes late getting
to Rome's Basilica of St. Lawrence Feb. 3
because pockets and clusters of faithful
repeatedly forced it to slow down as it
drove from San Giovanni Rotondo, 235
miles to the southeast.
Posters pasted up all over the center of
Rome giving the detailed schedule for
Masses, prayer services and other devotions feature a large photo of Padre Pio
and a smaller photo of St. Leopold.
In the celebrations, St. Leopold "is given
the backseat, but that's been his life," said
Capuchin Father Clayton Fernandes, secretary-general of the order. St. Leopold
was a Croatian-born friar who ministered
in Padua, Italy, and died in 1942. Father
Fernandes said, "He was 4-feet-5-inches
tall," and was known to prophesy and to
levitate.
While St. Leopold is well known in Croatia and around Padua, his fame pales in
comparison to that of Padre Pio, who was
born in 1887 and died in 1968.
From 1918 to the very end of his life,
Padre Pio bore the stigmata, wounds similar to those inflicted on Christ when he
was crucified.
"For 50 years, he bore the marks of
Christ," Father Fernandes said, yet the
marks disappeared as soon as he died.
There were accusations that they were
self-inflicted, but the Capuchin said doctors examined them when he was operated on for appendicitis and said they did
not believe they were self-inflicted.
"People realized that this was not just an
ordinary guy; he had special gifts," Father
Fernandes said. His primary gift was the
ability "to read hearts, he could tell you
what you were going through before you
told him." He also was said to bilocate.
"Padre Pio is special for all these reasons
and more," Father Fernandes said. "Padre
Pio has won the hearts of the people because he spoke to their reality, the reality
of a family that struggles because of economic difficulties, because they have
someone who is sick."
"We need more Padre Pios today: priests,
confessors, even laypeople who just take
the time to listen to another and say, 'I'm
interested in what you are going through.
Maybe I can't do much, but remember, I
think about you and pray for you.' This is
precisely what Padre Pio did and continues to do," Father Fernandes said.
At the same time, there are stories of
Padre Pio yelling at people and being
harsh with penitents. While Padre Pio
was not always gentle, Father Fernandes
said, he seemed to know what was needed
to bring each individual to conversion.
"He was tough," Father Fernandes said.
People would flock to him, expecting him
to work a miracle, "but they didn't want
to change."
"Conversion is a process that starts with
me," he said. Padre Pio or any good confessor, spiritual guide or friend can help
people on the path, but it takes a personal
decision.
"This is the secret to his success, you
could say: He was able to look deep into
people and say, 'Look, what you are asking for is not really what you need. You
need something more' or 'you need something different,'" Father Fernandes said.
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that sometimes what a child asks for is
not what the child really needs.
The Capuchin also insists that Padre Pio
"was not a one-man show." The other friars in his community and in his province
supported his work and assisted him, especially in replying to the thousands of
letters that would arrive each week.
"They believed that he had a special gift
from God, not that he was perfect."
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Francis wants Padre Pio and St. Leopold
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Understanding
the barriers facing
disabled people
Page 12
A former Paralympian has been helping
students at Saint John Houghton
Catholic Voluntary Academy to understand the barriers facing disabled people.
Workshops are being delivered at the
academy to students in Years 7,8 and 9 by
Martin Mansell, who won the 100m Backstroke at the Seoul Paralympic Games in
1988.
Mr Mansell is a nine times Paralympic
medallist having competed in two Games,
two World, two European Championships
and 15 other international competitions.
During the sessions students have
worked in pairs with one of them being
blindfolded and the other one guiding
them; talked about the difficulties facing
disabled people in their daily routines and
looked at the disabled access in school.
Mr Mansell also asked students to think
about what factors might prevent disabled people from getting involved in
their local community.
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He discussed discrimination and asked
students what they had learnt, what they
could do going forward and how they
were going to do it.
Student Emily Gilhooly, 13, said the sessions had made her think about the needs
of disabled people.
She said: “We talked about how we would
manage if we had a disability. The guiding was hard because we weren’t allowed
to touch the person; we could only talk to
them. It’s really interesting because it’s
made us all think about what’s involved
in doing every day things when you are
disabled.”
Mr Mansell, who is an advisor on disability and equality, said the students had responded well to the sessions.
He said: “Whatever they become in the future they need to have a better under-
standing of disability and how they can
change the way it’s dealt with. These students might be our architects and transport designers in years to come and
hopefully these sessions help them to
think about what their grandparents’ or
parents’ needs might be further down the
line.”
Andy Ritchie, Learning for Life co-ordinator at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk
Hallam, said: “This is a three-year pro-
gramme with a total of five hours over the
three years. The students look at their
perception of disability, correct and incorrect terminology and models of disability.
The sessions have been a bid success and
the students have really engaged in the
sessions. The Year 9 students have been
involved in a disability audit of the school
and this has really made them think
about how our school caters for people
with a disability both in a positive and
negative way.”
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THANK THE SCHOOLS ON
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SUPPORTING THE PAPER
St John Fisher
Catholic
Voluntary
Academy
Alvaston Street, Alvaston,
Derby DE24 0PA
Headteacher Dr E Field
Telephone 01332 572154
S St Mary’s
Catholic
Voluntary
Academy
Hastings Street,
Loughborough LE11 5AX
Headteacher
Mrs A Jones
Telephone 01509 212621
Piccadilly, Bulwell, Nottingham
NG6 9FN
Headteacher Mrs Celine Toner
Telephone 0115 915 0500
St Joseph's
Catholic
Primary School
Chesterfield Road,
Matlock DE4 3FT
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Headteacher Paul Scully
Saint Charles
Catholic
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