Monday, 17 July 2017

Important Catholic Books: Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence

Mother Angelica died in 2016. She is most famous for founding the Catholic television network EWTN. After a miraculous healing as a young girl, she dedicated her life to God and chose to live as a nun. Though living behind the walls of a monastery, Mother Angelica reached the whole world with the message of Jesus Christ. It was her life mission to bring the joy of the faith into every household and into the hearts of human beings.

The last years of her life she spent in silence, suffering from severe illnesses, which she offered as a sacrifice to God. Her legacy lives on, as EWTN is still broadcasted in peoples homes all over the globe.
My children and I especially enjoy watching a series for children called The Friar

In his Book, Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence, Raymondo Arroyo tells us about the final years of this extraordinary nun. Arroyo is a TV reporter who worked alongside with Mother Angelica for several years. Her story is touching and inspiring. Most of all, it gives hope: there is nothing, that can hinder our love for God.

Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence
Raymond Arroyo: Mother Angelica, Her Grand Silence. To purchase, click on image.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

St. Maria Goretti

Saint Maria Goretti Prayer

Maria Goretti lived from October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902. She is an Italian virgin-martyr, and one of the youngest canonized saints.

Today, on the 6th of July, is her name day!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of the Saints Peter and Paul: 29th of June.

I love these powerful words of our lord, Jesus Christ:
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
(Matt: 16:18)

You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
(Matt 16:13-19)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Celebrating First Holy Communion

Our 9 year old son celebrated his First Holy Communion on Sunday a week ago. It was an occasion to get together as a whole family, including guests from Poland. Below are two images with all our 7 children (at last).

The First Communion children were together with their families in the Church pews and wore a red sash, so the congregation would recognise them. Seeing them walking in with rosaries between their folded hands, felt very Catholic. I am grateful for our Parish, which consists of a lively mix of the faithful of all ages and from all over the world.

Receiving Holy Communion, Jesus Christ in the holy Eucharist, for the first time was a very special occasion for our son. He has been attending preparation classes in the parish for over half a year. After Church we enjoyed a savoury meal in town.

















Saturday, 24 June 2017

John the Baptist

24 of June is dedicated to John the Baptist who has his name from preaching about the Messiahs and baptising the Lord. This date marks his date of birth. He is known to be a cousin of Jesus Christ.

Saint John, pray for us!



(Image by Mattia Preti - The AMICA Library, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18915662)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

This year, on the 23rd of June the Church celebrates the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Every first Friday is dedicated to the devotion of Jesus' sacred heart - but in June is the main feast of this devotion.

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

It is the feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus is God, who has become flesh. Jesus is also God, who has become bread - a holy gift for us humans on earth.


Corpus Christi Novena

Novena Honouring the Body and Blood of Christ

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy.
I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Yourself my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You.
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me.
I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation.
I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.
I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me.
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request).
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. Amen.

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
You have given them bread from Heaven.
Having all sweetness within.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

From: EWTN

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Childern's Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Walsingham is a lovely place of pilgrimage for Catholic and other Christians.
In the Slipper Chapel, the Catholic national shrine and Basilica of Our Lady, stands a replica of the famous Mary statue with Jesus on her lap. Many Christians have found answers to their prayers in Walsingham. In the middle ages, Walsingham used to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage.

We have attended this years' pilgrimage for Children led by the diocesan bishop Allan Hopes.
(The photos, that include members of my family, are taken from Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.)





Sunday, 11 June 2017

Trinity Sunday

On Trinity Sunday the Church celebrates the Holy Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Let us Pray to the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that our lives may bear witness to our faith.
Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Pentecost

Pentecost is the birthday of our Holy Roman Catholic Church! 


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary visists Elisabeth, her relative. They are both pregnant. Mary is pregnant with Jesus and Elisabeth with John the Baptist.
And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
(Luke 1:42–45)



Let us pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ascension Day

Ascension Day is on the 40th day of Easter, when Jesus ascended into heaven.

Let us pray that the risen Christ will lead us to eternal life.
God our Father, make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation, for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal)


Saturday, 13 May 2017

100th Anniversary of Apparitions in Fatima

The 13th of May is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. On this day, in the year 1917, she appeared the first time to three children, Lucia, Jacinta, Francesco, in Portugal. EWTN has set up a special page for the 100th anniversary of Fatima.

Here a part of the movie The 13th Day:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017

Joseph the Worker

On the 1st of May the Church celebrates Joseph the Worker. Joseph married Mary as a young man, even though he is often shown as an old man in paintings. He was a industrious worker and the nurturer and protector of the holy family.


 Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen.

(Composed by Pope St. Pius X)



Saint Joseph, pray for us!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

St. Catherine of Siena


St. Catherine of Siena was declared a Doctor of the Church. She died 1380. Her feastday is on the 29th of April. She is the patroness against fire, illness, of Europe, the United States, Italy, miscarriages, people ridiculed for their faith, sexual temptation, and nurses.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday

The divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. This devotion is based on saint Faustyna who received messages from Jesus about God's mercy. Pope John Paul II. announced a feast day for the Divine Mercy. Since then the Church celebrates this feast every year.
Within this devotion is an image of Jesus with beams of red and white coming from Jesus' wound. Read more about the Divine Mercy here.

Divine Mercy, Jesus, I trust in You


St. George's Day

England is celebrating St. George's Day on the 23rd of April. St. George was a Roman martyr who was killed around AD 333. He is known as the dragon slayer. In the Middle Ages a dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil.

Saint George is also Saint of a couple of other countries: England, Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Books about Saint George and the Dragon


Prayer to Saint George


Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter - The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ



Paschal greeting

"Christ is risen!"
"Truly, he is risen!"

Angelus During Easter Tide

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Getting ready for Easter - Part Two

We have been dying eggs for Easter Sunday. These eggs are going to be for eating! To get the golden-red-brown colour, we cooked them in onion skin. The eggs will be blessed by a priest during "Swieconka" - a Polish tradition that also occurs in English Churches.

Instructions for Colouring Easter Eggs with Onion Skin

Place leaves or flowers on raw egg and cover tightly with a piece of old, thin tights. Tie a knot on each end. Place the eggs in a wide pan. Add onion skin of about 5-6 onions. Cover the eggs with water. Bring to the boil and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Turn cooker off and leave in the pan for about six hours. Remove the tights and plants and dab the eggs dry with tissue paper.

Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
 Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Baskets, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Getting ready for Easter - Part One

In the last week of lent we have been doing pisanki - decorating eggs with the wax reserve technique. This art I have learned with help of the Ukrainian gift shop. Here is a brief instruction how to do pysanka. We have been decorating Easter eggs this way for over 16 years.

Easter eggs symbolise the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

We have hanged up some pysanky Easter eggs which we have created in earlier years.


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