THE FATIMA NETWORK
Electronic Newsletter: April 2005
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NOTES FROM FATHER GRUNER:
The long, penitential season of Lent is nearly at an end and we will soon be celebrating the great feasts in which we recall the death and Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His glorious resurrection. Every Easter is a unique opportunity for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the great abiding truths of our Holy Faith and to the sacred traditions that are the foundation and wellspring of our salvation. As the Blessed Apostle reminds us in the Epistle of the Easter Mass, now is the time to "purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new dough, as you are unleavened: for Christ our Pasch is sacrificed." With all my heart, I pray that you and yours will have the happiest and holiest Easter, filled with joy and radiant with the eternal light of the Risen Christ. As always, I want to encourage you to use the link below to send us your special intentions so that we can remember them in all our Masses throughout the Easter Season.
Send us your Easter Intentions:
Our Lady's web site continues to attract many tens of thousands of visitors each month and, starting now, they will again have the opportunity to pray the Holy Rosary online. While we have offered an online Rosary for many years, we have a brand new Flash-driven interface that is not only extremely user-friendly, but is also very beautiful. The prayers of the Rosary are offered in both English and Latin and, with a click, you can also read specially-written meditations on each of the Holy Mysteries. This is a particularly convenient and easy way for all of us (no matter how busy we are) to pray the Rosary daily as Our Blessed Mother asked at Fatima and to unite our prayers with those of many thousands of other faithful sons and daughters of Mary.
And finally, I want to say again how deeply grateful we are for your visits to Our Lady's web site and how much we continue to depend on your prayers, suggestions, good wishes and, of course, your financial support. Please continue to pray for us and for the success of Our Lady's internet ministry. God bless and keep you always.
Support Our Lady's Fatima web site:
REACHING OUT TO OUR CATHOLIC BISHOPS:
The Apostolate is now in the midst of an important new campaign of outreach to our Catholic bishops. Father Gruner, Father Paul Kramer and other representatives of the Apostolate have begun a two-year-long process of personally visiting as many bishops as we can reach. During these encounters, we are discussing Our Lady's Fatima Message with our Church leaders and encouraging them to undertake the Consecration of Russia as She requested at Fatima.
Father Gruner has recently written all about this new campaign and explained the historic importance of this effort to bring the Church and the world under Our Blessed Mother's mantle. As Father notes in his letter: "This is obviously a difficult, time-consuming and expensive effort. We're talking about over 4,500 different bishops spread out across the face of the earth. But think for a moment what it would mean if we could convince a third or even a quarter of our bishops to actively promote the Consecration, especially at a time when the Holy Father is approaching the end of his pontificate."
Read Father's Letter:
LINKS TO NEW MATERIAL ON THE FATIMA NETWORK:
Beyond the new online Rosary, here's a selection of other new material you'll find on Our Lady's web site:
The Fatima Crusader, Issue 78 – see www.fatimacrusader.com/cr78/toc78.asp
Read about our pilgrimages for 2005 – see www.fatima.org/news/pilg2005.asp
Read the latest Fatima Perspective columns (by Christopher A. Ferrara) – see www.fatimaperspectives.com
FREE ONLINE GIFTS:
Need a Rosary? Want a Green Scapular for a friend? Looking for a prayer card of Our Lady? Now you can order all of these and many other items on Our Lady's web site. And best of all, they're absolutely FREE! Through the generosity of many faithful online friends, we are able to offer these special free devotional gifts as our way of thanking you for your visit to the Fatima Network and for all your prayers and good wishes.
OUR LADY SPEAKS:
"The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray."
FATIMA PRAYER INTENTION FOR APRIL 2005:
That in this holy season of Easter the sacred traditions and timeless truths of our Catholic Faith may be fully restored and reaffirmed throughout the world, that all heresy, schism and error may be eliminated and that all may be truly one in the fullness of Christ's love in His Holy Catholic Church.
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