Weleerwaarde Biskop Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia

Bishop writes...
Oudtshoorn, 3 May 201


A special invitation to ALL and especially our young people as we celebrate the canonization of the two youngest children ever!
  
Let us rejoice as the Church acknowledges that children can make a difference; that they are also called to holiness and can grow in virtue.


CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN AND HEARD!

And in the case of the new saints Jacinta and Francisco

their faith, commitment, humility and prayer

needs to be imitated by young and old.

 

Here’s an idea – At Francisco and Jacinta’s beatification in Fatima by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000, thousands of children came to the Mass dressed as little shepherds.   Why not encourage our children to do the same at Mass on 13th May?   Would it not make a clear statement that children are not only to be protected and cared for but that THEY also can be carers and protectors?

CHILDREN ARE NOT THE FUTURE CHURCH – THEY ARE THE CHURCH!


A Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta
will be held at St. Saviour’s Cathedral, Oudtshoorn,
on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 9.00am.

Rosary will be prayed at 8.30am.

This is also the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima and the day on which Pope Francis will canonize the two believing peasant children in Fatima.

Martyrs aside, Francisco and Jacinta will be the youngest children ever to be canonized.

And Jesus said:   “Let the children come to me
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

 

Blessed Jacinta said to her cousin Lucia:   “[When I am in Heaven] I’m going to love Jesus very much, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, too. I’m going to pray a lot for you, for sinners, for the Holy Father, for my parents and my brothers and sisters, and for all the people who have asked me to pray for them…”     

The patronal feast of the Diocese of Oudtshoorn is the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Text Box: Almighty Father, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression
of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart.
Direct each thought, each effort of our life, so that the limits
of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure
the vision of your glory or keep us from 
the peace you have promised.

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