St Clare of Assisi

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Feast of The Holy Family

Jesus, Mary, Joseph we love you, be in our midst and make us one with you.

Pope John Paul II states: “The Rosary is also, and always has been, a prayer of and for the family .... a spiritual aid, which should not be underestimated”

Pope Benedict XVI states: “The Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and His Mother Mary.”

On the occasion of the feast of the Holy Family, let us follow the words of our Holy Father and pray the Holy Rosary in the family and for the family that peace and unity may reign in our families by allowing Christ to be the centre of our family and our lives.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

World Mission Day

We are all called to be missionaries of love within our ambience ..... how shall I fulfill my mission today?
Hands that soothe a hurt with love

Are smiled upon by God above.

Helping hands, to show they care,

Always do their willing share

Hands of fine dexterity

Can tools of lasting beauty be

Hands that join in fervent prayer

Have appeal beyond compare

Reaching hands toward those in need

Bridge the gap of thought and deed

Hands that give their all and more

Lead the way to Heaven's door

Catherine Janssen Irwin

Faith in God, in this project of love brought about in Christ, is first and foremost a gift and a mystery which must be welcomed in the heart and in life, and for which we must always thank the Lord. However, faith is a gift that is given to us to be shared; it is a talent received so that it may bear fruit; it is a light that must never be hidden, but must illuminate the whole house. It is the most important gift which has been made to us in our lives and which we cannot keep to ourselves.
Extract from Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for World Mission Day 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Year of Faith 2012-2013 - The Creed

It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lips that you are saved.


From the Pastoral Aid for the Year of Faith

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recitation of the Rosary

The Rosary:    "It makes the Creed into a prayer"                                                      Blessed John Henry Newman

Join us every Tuesday for recitation of the Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Eucharist:

Tuesday 25th September 2012

Tuesday 02 October 2012

Tuesday 09 October 2012

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Living Together


Recitation of the Blessed Rosary

Join us every Tuesday  for recitation of
the Rosary in the presence of the

Blessed Eucharist:

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Tuesday 04th September 2012

Tuesday 11th September 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Feast of St Clare - 11th August 2012

We invite you to join us for the feast of St. Clare on Saturday, 11th August 2012.
Solemn mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm.

Prayer to St. Clare

God of Mercy, You inspired Saint Clare with the love of poverty. By the help
of her prayers, may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come
to the joyful vision of your glory in the kingdom of heaven. We ask this
through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Relating with God .....

Friday, July 20, 2012

Where greatness lies .....

As Mother Teresa says:  "None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love"

Monday, July 16, 2012



Join us every Tuesday  for recitation of

the Rosary in the presence of the

Blessed Eucharist:

Tuesday 17th July 2012

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Tuesday 07th August 2012

Tuesday 14th August 2012

For the rigorous but very rich work of contemplating the face of Christ along with Mary, is there a better way than the praying of the Rosary? However, we need to rediscover the mystical depth contained in the simplicity of this prayer, so much loved by popular tradition. This Marian prayer in its structure is in effect above all meditation on the mysteries of the life and work of Christ. 
(Pope John Paul II - General Audience 16th October 2002)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Join us every Tuesday for the recitation of the Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Eucharist
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Tuesday 26 June 2012

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Tuesday 10 July 2012

The most important reason for strongly encouraging the practice of the Rosary is that it represents a most effective means of fostering among the faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery which I have proposed in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte as a genuine “training in holiness”: “What is needed is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer”. Inasmuch as contemporary culture, even amid so many indications to the contrary, has witnessed the flowering of a new call for spirituality, due also to the influence of other religions, it is more urgent than ever that our Christian communities should become “genuine schools of prayer”.

The Rosary belongs among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation. Developed in the West, it is a typically meditative prayer, corresponding in some way to the “prayer of the heart” or “Jesus prayer” which took root in the soil of the Christian East.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jesus Christ - The Truth

Rosary on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 - Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

The image of Our Lady of Pompeii represents Our Lady of the Rosary as Queen of Heaven. She and Her Son, Jesus, are handing out Rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. The Pompeii portrait is derived from the Eastern icon style of the 6th century.
Present devotion to Our Lady of Pompeii owes much to Blessed Bartolo Longo, one of Her most zealous apostles. Bartolo Longo was born in 1841, the son of a doctor and a devout Catholic mother. His mother ensured from an early age that Bartolo developed a great love for Our Lady through praying the Rosary.
During his student days, however, his friends drew him towards the occult. Eventually he became a Satanic priest and condemned the Catholic Church, deriding the hierarchy and the established Catholic system.
A saintly priest with a deep devotion to the Rosary brought Bartolo back to the faith. With renewed zeal Bartolo vowed to work for the poor and needy and endeavoured to spread devotion to Mary through the Rosary.
On visiting Pompei in 1872 he aimed to evangelize the people using the Rosary. What he needed, though, was a suitable image of the Blessed Mother to aid his mission. Fortunately a Dominican sister supplied him with a painting of Our Lady of the Rosary, and after restoration this painting was exposed for public veneration. In 1883 a sanctuary was built for the image and consecrated in 1891.


To be recited on May 8 and the first Sunday in October

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O august Queen of victories, Virgin who reignest in paradise, whose mighty name causes heaven to rejoice and hell to tremble, glorious Queen of the most holy Rosary, we, thy happy children chosen by thy goodness in this century to build thee a temple at Pompeii, kneeling at thy feet on this solemn day to commemorate thy latest triumphs on the spot where idols and demons were formerly worshipped, pour out with tears the feelings of our hearts and with a filial confidence lay before thee our miseries.

From that throne of mercy where thou sittest as Queen, Mary, turn down thy pitiful eyes on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe, and the whole Church; take into pity the afflictions which overwhelm us and the cares which embitter our lives. Thou seest, O Mother, how many dangers of soul and body, how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.

O Mother, keep back the arm of justice of thy indignant Son, and conquer by thy mercy the hearts of sinners, since they are our brethren and thy children, redeemed through the blood of our sweet Jesus and through the wounds of thy most tender heart pierced with the sword. Show thyself to all in this day, as thou art, the Queen of peace and mercy.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
- Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, sacred Virgin.
- Give me strength against thy enemies.
- Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


It is but too true that we, although thy children, are the first who crucify Jesus in our hearts and wound anew thy heart by our sins. We confess it, we deserve the severest chastisements; yet remember how thou didst receive, on the top of Golgotha, the last drops of that divine blood, and the testament of our dying Redeemer. And this testament of a God, sealed with the blood of a Man-God, appointed thee our Mother, the Mother of sinners. Thus, as our Mother, thou art our Advocate and our Hope. To thee, amidst sighs, do we lift up our hands, crying for mercy!

Have pity, good mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, on our relations, on our friends, on our departed brethren, above all, on our enemies, and on so many who claim the name of Christians, yet wound the loving heart of thy Son. Pity, Mother, we now implore thee for pity on the erring nations, on all Europe, on the whole world, that they may repair repentant to thy heart. Be merciful to all, Mother of mercy.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
- Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
- Give me strength against thy enemies.
- Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


What does it cost thee, Mary, to hear us? What does it cost thee to save us? Did not Jesus entrust to thy hands all the treasures of his graces and mercies? Thou sittest as Queen at the right hand of thy Son, crowned with immortal glory, above all the choirs of angels. Thou extendest thy dominion as far as the heavens expand; the earth and all the creatures that people it are subject to thee. Thy power even reaches hell, and thou alone, Mary, canst rescue us from the devil's grasp. Thou art almighty by grace, and therefore thou canst save us. Now if you sayest thou willest not help us because we are ungrateful children and unworthy of thy protection, tell us at least to whom shall we have recourse in order to be released from so many evils? Oh! No, thy maternal heart will never bear to see the ruin of thy children. The divine Child we behold on thy knees, the mystical crown we admire in thy hand, both inspire us with hope that we will be heard. And full of confidence in thee, we throw ourselves at thy feet, we trust ourselves as feeble children into the arms of the tenderest amongst mothers, and today, this very day, we expect from thee the graces we are longing for.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
- Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
- Give me strength against thy enemies.
- Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us ask Mary for her blessing

We now ask of thee, O Queen, a last favor which thou canst not refuse on this solemn day. Grant to all of us thy constant love and in a special manner thy maternal blessing. No, we will not leave thy feet today nor cease clasping thy knees till thou hast blessed us. Bless now, Mary, the sovereign Pontiff. To the first laurels of thy crown, to the ancient trophies of the Rosary, whence thou art called Queen of victories, add also this one, Mother, grant triumph to religion and peace to mankind. Bless our bishop, the priests and particularly those who promote the honor of thy Sanctuary; bless finally all those who are associated to thy new temple of Pompeii and who practice and spread devotion to thy most holy rosary.

O blessed rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love, which connects us with the angels, tower of safety against the assaults of hell, sure harbor in the universal shipwreck, never more shall we part with thee; thou shall be our comfort in the hour of agony: to thee the last kiss of our life; and the last word of our dying lips shall be thy sweet name, Queen of the Rosary of Valle di Pompeii. Mother dear, only refuge of sinners, supreme comforter of the afflicted, blessed be thy name, now and forever, on earth and in heaven. Amen.

Hail; Queen, Mother of mercy,
- Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
- Give me strength against thy enemies.
- Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Mass and Adoration - May 2012

Join us for Mass and Adoration on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 at 7:00pm to pray for unity and holiness in families and for the needs of the whole world.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep" John 10, 11

On the fourth Sunday of Easter we celebrate the good shepherd. Jesus is the good shepherd we need to accept in our lives. He who laid and still lays His life down for us so that we may live in Him and He in us.
“No longer servants, but friends” What is friendship? Idem velle, idem nolle – wanting the same things, rejecting the same things: this was how it was expressed in antiquity. Friendship is a communion of thinking and willing. The Lord says the same thing to us most insistently: “I know my own and my own know me” (Jn 10:14). The Shepherd calls his own by name (cf. Jn 10:3). He knows me by name. I am not just some nameless being in the infinity of the universe. He knows me personally. Do I know him? The friendship that he bestows upon me can only mean that I too try to know him better; that in the Scriptures, in the Sacraments, in prayer, in the communion of saints, in the people who come to me, sent by him, I try to come to know the Lord himself more and more. Friendship is not just about knowing someone, it is above all a communion of the will. It means that my will grows into ever greater conformity with his will. For his will is not something external and foreign to me, something to which I more or less willingly submit or else refuse to submit. No, in friendship, my will grows together with his will, and his will becomes mine: this is how I become truly myself. Over and above communion of thinking and willing, the Lord mentions a third, new element: he gives his life for us (cf. Jn 15:13; 10:15). Lord, help me to come to know you more and more. Help me to be ever more at one with your will. Help me to live my life not for myself, but in union with you to live it for others. Help me to become ever more your friend. (Pope Benedict XVI - Homily 29th June 2011, Solemnity of St. Peter & St. Paul)  For full text:

Pope Paul VI instituted this Sunday as a World Day of Prayer for Vocations by saying: “O Jesus, divine Shepherd of the spirit, you have called the Apostles in order to make them fishermen of men, you still attract to you burning spirits and generous young people, in order to render them your followers and ministers to us” (Pope Paul VI launching the 1st Word Day of Prayer for Vocations)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations ...” (cf. Mt 28:19f.) The Lord challenges us to move beyond the boundaries of our own world and to bring the Gospel to the world of others, so that it pervades everything and hence the world is opened up for God’s kingdom. We are reminded that even God stepped outside himself, he set his glory aside in order to seek us, in order to bring us his light and his love. We want to follow the God who sets out in this way, we want to move beyond the inertia of self-centredness, so that he himself can enter our world. (Pope Benedict XVI - Homily 29th June 2011, Solemnity of St. Peter & St. Paul) For full text:

Lord, You laid your life down for us and You continue to humble Yourself in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist so that we may receive You and experience You, as You continue to invite us to live in communion with You. Give us the grace to open our hearts to listen to Your voice as You speak to us and to be ready to seek Your Divine Will knowing that it is the best road for us. Mary, Mother of God pray for us that like you and with you and St. Joseph we may follow the Good Shepherd.  Amen.
Gen Rosso - Vieni e Seguimi

Friday, April 27, 2012

I Praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth ....

"I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to the little children."  Luke 10, 21

But what does "being little" and simple mean? What is the "littleness" that open man to filial intimacy with God so as to receive His will? What must the fundamental attitude of our prayer be? Let us look at the "sermon on the mount", in which Jesus says: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5, 8). It is purity of heart that permits us to recognize the face of God in Jesus Christ; it is having a simple heart like the heart of a child, free from the presumption of those who withdraw into themselves, thinking they have no need of anyone, not even God.

In Matthew's Gospel, following the Cry of Exultation, we find one of Jesus' most heartfelt appeals: "Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Mt 11, 28). Jesus asks us to go to Him, for He is true Wisdom, to Him who is "gentle and lowly in heart". He offers us "His yoke", the way of the wisdom of the Gospel which is neither a doctrine to be learned nor an ethical system but rather a Person to follow: He himself, the Only Begotten Son in perfect communion with the Father.

Pope Benedict XVI - General Audience, Wednesday, 07 December 2011  
For full text visit:

Lord, we ask you to give us the grace to open our hearts to You and to our neighbour that we may experience the beauty of Your love like little children. Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit that with Jesus we too may call you "Abba". We ask this with the intercession of our Mother Mary and St. Joseph, whose pure hearts were always open to receive You and accept Your Divine Will.  Amen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Risen Lord

"In the present era, the risen Lord gives us a place of refuge, a place of light, hope and confidence, a place of rest and security. When drought and death loom over the branches, then in Christ we find future, life and joy. In him we always find forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again, to be transformed as we are drawn into his love".   (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Olympic Stadium Berlin, 22 September 2011)

Lord, give us the grace to open our hearts to accept your love and forgiveness through the sacrament of reconcilation, that we may experience new life through your mercy. Amen

Monday, April 9, 2012

Recitation of the Rosary every Tuesday

A number of historical circumstances also make a revival of the Rosary quite timely. First of all, the need to implore from God the gift of peace. The Rosary has many times been proposed by my predecessors and myself as a prayer for peace. At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, a millennium which witnesses every day innumerous parts of the world fresh scenes of bloodshed and violence, to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who “is our peace”, since he made “the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph 2:14). Consequently, one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling caught up in a clear commitment to advancing peace, especially in the land of Jesus, still so sorely afflicted and so close to the heart of every Christian. 

A similar need for commitment and prayer arises in relation to another critical contemporary issue:the family, the primary cell of society, increasingly menaced by forces of disintegration on both the ideological and practical planes, so as to make us fear for the future of this fundamental and indispensable institution and, with it, for the future of society as a whole. The revival of the Rosary in Christian families, within the context of a broader pastoral ministry to the family, will be an effective aid to countering the devastating effects of this crisis typical of our age.  (Apostolic Letter - Rosarium Virginis Mariae For full text:

Join us every Tuesday for the recitation of the 
in the presence of the Blessed Eucharist

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Tuesday 08 May 2012

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rosary every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Mindful of the inseparable bond between the word of God and Mary of Nazareth, along with the Synod Fathers I urge that Marian prayer be encouraged among the faithful, above all in life of families, since it is an aid to meditating on the holy mysteries found in the Scriptures. A most helpful aid, for example, is the individual or communal recitation of the Holy Rosary, which ponders the mysteries of Christ’s life in union with Mary, and which Pope John Paul II wished to enrich with the mysteries of light. It is fitting that the announcement of each mystery be accompanied by a brief biblical text pertinent to that mystery, so as to encourage the memorization of brief biblical passages relevant to the mysteries of Christ’s life.

Join us every Tuesday for the recitation of the 
Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful 
and Glorious Mysteries 
in the presence of the Blessed Eucharist

Tuesday 28th February 2012

Tuesday 6th March 2012

Tuesday 13th March 2012

Tuesday 20th March 2012