Archive for October 2017

Newsletter – 29th October





Light a Candle

Lord, may this candle be a light to enlighten me in my difficulties and decisions.  May it be a fire to burn out of me all pride, selfishness and impurity.  May it be a flame for you to bring warmth into my heart towards my family, my neighbors and all those who meet me.  Through the prayers of Mary, Virgin and Mother,  I place in your care those I come to remember.



I cannot stay long with you here in your church.  In leaving this candle I wish to give you something of myself.  Help me to continue my prayer into everything I do this day. Amen



Newsletter 22nd October







Newsletter – 15th October







Congratulations Sr.Goretti / Prayer for Vocations

Congratulations to Sr.Goretti, who this week celebrated 50 years in religious life as a La Sainte Union Sister.


As we celebrate her contribution to the religious life amongst us, we pray for vocations.

LORD of the Harvest,

BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.

INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.

INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.

UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.

— Pope Francis

National Day of Prayer for Children – 13th Oct 2017

O Lord God, who have made our love fruitful, we ardently recommend to your holy protection of our dear children.


Preserve them; make them grow as Jesus did, in grace before God and people. Implant in their hearts so great a love for you that they would prefer death to grievous sin. Teach them to put all their trust in you and to walk warily amidst the temptations of youth. Give them a filial devotion to your Holy Mother, that she may keep them free from sin.

We consecrate to you, O Lord, the children you have given us. If it pleases to call them to follow you more closely, give us enough faith to make the sacrifice of them with our whole hearts. Grant that our sins may not be visited upon them. Look upon our prayers and sacrifices on their behalf, and bless them all their days, so that together with them we may be gathered round your throne in heaven for all eternity. Amen

Newsletter – 8th October







Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer — a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights — has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists.


The church, with a statue of Jesus, his arms outstretched, near its entrance, became a different source of refuge after the deadly mass shooting took place Oct. 1 just across the street.

Its parking lot became an immediate place of shelter for concertgoers fleeing the barrage of bullets that showered down onto the country music festival.
And hours later, a member of the Metropolitan Police Department asked a diocesan official about using the church space — allowing some of the concertgoers to go inside and the police to set up a command post in the parking lot.
Father Bob Stoeckig, vicar general of Las Vegas, said a chancery employee went to the church later in the morning after the shooting took place and found various personal items in the parking lot including shoes, bloodied pieces of clothing and some personal items that people dropped as they fled.
“Near the doors of the church itself he found a few bullets that we believe ricocheted from the concert venue. None hit the building itself,” he said in an Oct. 3 email to Catholic News Service.
He also said the shrine had been closed Oct. 2 and 3 so it could be used as a site to aid the police in completing their investigation.
The shrine, which opened in 1993, can seat 2,200, making it the biggest church in the diocese. It is not a parish and is primarily there to provide a spiritual home away from home to Catholic tourists who come through the city.
A profile of the $3.2 million church in The New York Times a year after it opened said the shrine draws thousands of worshippers a week, 80 percent of them tourists, and unlike most churches, the congregants are invited to put casino chips in the collection plate.
The story said a church worker was designated to make a run every few weeks to cash in the chips at the casinos and a Franciscan friar who once had that role was called “the chip monk.”
The church is flanked by palm trees and the 30-story pyramid of Luxor Hotel and Casino is just behind it.
One statue on the front of the church property is a bronze statue of Jesus sitting on a rock surrounded by statues of children with his arms out as if he is playing with them.
Msgr. Gregory Gordon, pastor of St. Anne Church, about three miles north of the Las Vegas Strip, said the statue has a particular message in these trying days after the shooting that took at least 59 lives and left more than 500 people wounded.
He said Jesus is looking to the west, near the site where the shooting took place.
The priest said that when he recently saw the statue, he prayed that Jesus would look after all the children and bless those of all ages, since those attending the country music festival, that became the target of the deadly shooting, encompassed all ages.
“The group crossed many generations,” he said. “And they were enjoying a peaceful time that was interrupted at the last moment.”

We welcome 27 new servers this week

Alter Server’s Prayer 


Oh Jesus, my King and Lord,
by the grace of the heavenly Father
and the power of the Holy Spirit,
guide me in all righteousness
as I serve You today at the Altar
so I may be always worthy of Your presence.
If I happen to make an error,
may it be a lesson
so my service will be perfect tomorrow.
Jesus, I love you with all my heart.


Newsletter – 1st October