CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
Published 09/06/2021 12:00
On Sunday the 6th of June, Our Lord Jesus Christ was accompanied through the streets and into the local park by the friars and faithful at St. Joseph’s Church, Portsmouth. This Corpus Christi procession was a public profession of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The reverence which the faithful (the young children especially) paid Our Lord throughout the procession was a beautiful witness and a clear sign to passers by that the Blessed Sacrament is not a mere piece of bread: He is the Way, the Truth and the Life: the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In this procession we prayed to Our Lord especially for those living in Portsmouth (and England as a whole), that they may be given the grace to understand and embrace our magnificent Catholic Faith.
Published 04/06/2021 11:00
Our Lady's cooperation with the Holy Spirit to form Christ in our souls is one of the many beautiful fruits of Marian Consecration. Read Fr Serafino's article to find out more!
St. Joseph is the model workman. His example teaches us the true dignity of work and the importance of using work as a means to glorify God by honouring the gifts and talents He has bestowed upon us. Read this article to find out more!
UPCOMING COMIC ON SAINT VERONICA GIULIANI
Published 12/01/2021 09:45
St. Veronica Giuliani was an Italian Capuchin Poor Clare nun and mystic who was born in 1660 and died in 1727.
Like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina she received the stigmata. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a model for those who want to belong totally to the Blessed Virgin. Our Lady called St. Veronica 'Heart of my Heart' and her Marian devotion would arrive at a mystical union with Our Lady.
The Marian Franciscans are embarking on a comic project (a picture book), to make this Saint better known as there is little knowledge of her in the English speaking world.
Please keep this project in your prayers and the friars' outreach apostolate through art and design.
Check out the images below to see how this project is coming along!
NEW TEA WITH MARY SERIES ON LECTIO DIVINA
Published 08/01/2021 11:17
The Diocese of Portsmouth has extended the 'Year of God's Word' into 2021 to encourage us to "get to love and know the Bible better as a library which brings us into union with Jesus our Lord and Saviour and inspires us by the Holy Spirit to conversion of mind, will and heart." - Bishop Philip Egan.
In commemoration of this Year of the Word, the Marian Franciscans have decided to dedicate a new Tea with Mary series to Lectio Divina (divine reading) which is a life-changing form of prayer which uses the Sacred Scripture to meditate upon God's Word.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that "All Scripture is but one book and this one book is Jesus Christ, because all Scripture speaks of Christ and is fulfilled in Him." (CCC 134). Praying with the Scripture, then, is to pray together with Christ, enabling us to enter into a more intimate union with Him.
Without a good understanding of the Bible, it is hard for us to have a good understanding of Jesus Himself. In fact, Saint Jerome writes that "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ". It is key, therefore, that we spend time reading the Scriptures so that we can know our Lord in a more personal way. All of this can be achieved through the practice of Lectio Divina.
In this new Tea with Mary series, the friars will guide you through the various steps needed to make Lectio Divina fruitful, and you will then have the opportunity to practice Lectio Divina with us live on the show. The friars will also be happy to answer any questions from the viewers. We advise you to have your Bibles and cups of tea ready for the first episode of this series at 5.00pm on Saturday the 16th January!