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22nd July is the Feast of St Mary Magdalen.

Here is a web link to prayers to St Mary Magdalen by St Anslem –

Patroness of Women, penitent sinners, pharmacists, prostitutes, sexual temptations, hairdressers.

St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.
My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.
It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.
Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.
This is my reassurance, so that I do not despair; this is my longing, so that I shall not perish.

I say this of myself, miserably cast down into the depths of vice, bowed down with the weight of crimes, thrust down by my own hand into a dark prison of sins, wrapped round with the shadows of darkness.
Therefore, since you are now with the chosen because you are beloved and are beloved because you are chosen of God, 1, in my misery, pray to you, in bliss; in my darkness, I ask for light; in my sins, redemption; impure, I ask for purity.
Recall in loving kindness what you used to be, how much you needed mercy, and seek for me that same forgiving love that you received when you were wanting it. Ask urgently that I may have the love that pierces the heart; tears that are humble; desire for the homeland of heaven; impatience with this earthly exile; searing repentance; and a dread of torments in eternity.
Turn to my good that ready access that you once had and still have to the spring of mercy.
Draw me to him where I may wash away my sins; bring me to him who can slake my thirst; pour over me those waters that will make my dry places fresh. You will not find it hard to gain all you desire from so loving and so kind a Lord, who is alive and reigns and is your friend.
For who can tell, beloved and blest of God, with what kind familiarity and familiar kindness he himself replied on your behalf to the calumnies of those who were against you? How he defended you, when the proud Pharisee was indignant, how he excused you, when your sister complained, how highly he praised your deed, when Judas begrudged it.

And, more than all this, what can I say, how can I find words to tell, about the burning love with which you sought him, weeping at the sepulchre, and wept for him in your seeking?
How he came, who can say how or with what kindness, to comfort you, and made you burn with love still more; how he hid from you when you wanted to see him, and showed himself when you did not think to see him; how he was there all the time you sought him, and how he sought you when, seeking him, you wept.

But you, most holy Lord, why do you ask her why she weeps?

Surely you can see; her heart, the dear life of her soul, is cruelly slain.

O love to be wondered at;
O evil to be shuddered at;

you hung on the wood, pierced by iron nails, stretched out like a thief for the mockery of wicked men; and yet, ‘Woman,’ you say, ‘why are you weeping?’ She had not been able to prevent them from killing you, but at least she longed to keep your body for a while with ointments lest it decay.

No longer able to speak with you living, at least she could mourn for you dead. So, near to death and hating her own life, she repeats in broken tones the words of life which she had heard from the living.
And now, besides all this, even the body which she was glad, in a way, to have kept, she believes to have gone.
And can you ask her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’
Had she not reason to weep?
For she had seen with her own eyes–if she could bear to look–what cruel men cruelly did to you; and now all that was left of you from their hands she thinks she has lost.
All hope of you has fled, for now she has not even your lifeless body to remind her of you.
And someone asks, ‘Who are you looking for? Why are you weeping?’
You, her sole joy, should be the last thus to increase her sorrow. But you know it all well, and thus you wish it to be, for only in such broken words and sighs can she convey a cause of grief as great as hers. The love you have inspired you do not ignore,
And indeed you know her well, the gardener, who planted her soul in his garden. What you plant, I think you also water.
Do you water, I wonder, or do you test her?
In fact, you are both watering and putting to the test.
But now, good Lord, gentle Master, look upon your faithful servant and disciple, so lately redeemed by your blood, and see how she burns with anxiety, desiring you, searching all round, questioning, and what she longs for is nowhere found.
Nothing she sees can satisfy her, since you whom alone she would behold, she sees not.
What then?
How long will my Lord leave his beloved to suffer thus?
Have you put off compassion now you have put on incorruption? Did you let go of goodness when you laid hold of immortality?
Let it not be so, Lord.
You will not despise us mortals now you have made yourself immortal, for you made yourself a mortal in order to give us immortality.And so it is; for love’s sake he cannot bear her grief for long or go on hiding himself. For the sweetness of love he shows himself who would not for the bitterness of tears.The Lord calls his servant by the name she has often heard and the servant knows the voice of her own Lord.I think, or rather I am sure, that she responded to the gentle tone with which he was accustomed to call, ‘Mary’. What joy filled that voice, so gentle and full of love.He could not have put it more simply and clearly:

‘I know who you are and what you want; behold me; do not weep, behold me; I am he whom you seek.’
At once the tears are changed; I do not believe that they stopped at once, but where once they were wrung from a heart broken and self-tormenting they flow now from a heart exulting. How different is, ‘Master!’ from ‘If you have taken him away, tell me’; and, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him,’ has a very different sound from,
‘I have seen the Lord, and he has spoken to me.’But how should I, in misery and without love, dare to describe the love of God and the blessed friend of God? Such a flavour of goodness will make my heart sick if it has in itself nothing of that same virtue. But in truth, you who are very truth, you know me well and can testify that I write this for the love of your love, my Lord, my most dear Jesus.I want your love to burn in me as you command so that I may desire to love you alone and sacrifice to you a troubled spirit, ‘a broken and a contrite heart’.

Give me, 0 Lord, in this exile, the bread of tears and sorrow for which I hunger more than for any choice delights.Hear me, for your love, and for the dear merits of your beloved Mary, and your blessed Mother, the greater Mary.Redeemer, my good Jesus, do not despise the prayers of one who has sinned against you but strengthen the efforts of a weakling that loves you. Shake my heart out of its indolence, Lord, and in the ardour of your love bring me to the everlasting sight of your glory where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God, for ever. Amen.

LITANY to St. Mary Magdalene

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Saint Mary Magdalene, Pray for us. 

Sister of Martha and Lazarus, Pray for us. 

Who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus, Pray for us. 

Who didst wash His feet with thy tears, Pray for us. 

Who didst dry them with thy hair, Pray for us. 

Who didst cover them with kisses, Pray for us. 

Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee, Pray for us. 

Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins, Pray for us. 

Who before darkness wast restored to light, Pray for us. 

Mirror of penance, R Disciple of Our Lord,Pray for us. 

Wounded with the love of Christ, Pray for us. 

Most dear to the Heart of Jesus, Pray for us. 

Constant woman, Pray for us.

 Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb, Pray for us. 

Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen, Pray for us. 

Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master, Pray for us. 

Apostle of apostles, Pray for us. 

Who didst choose the “better part,”Pray for us. 

Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed, Pray for us. 

Who wast visited by angels seven times a day, Pray for us. 

Sweet advocate of sinners, Pray for us. 

Spouse of the King of Glory, Pray for us.

Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master

That we may share thy happiness in heaven.

Let us pray. May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalene, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee: for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. R. Amen.May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalene help us, O Lord : for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end. R. Amen.Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944



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The 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima that every Catholic should know.

Keep this at the top of your prayer list!

Summarised below:

1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,  save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.

2) The Pardon Prayer

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”

This prayer was given to the children by the angel that visited them in 1916, the year before Mary appeared to them.

3) The Angel’s Prayer

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

This is another prayer given to them by the angel. There was a Eucharistic host and chalice suspended in the air, and the angel led them in kneeling before it and praying this prayer.

4) The Eucharistic Prayer

“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

When Mary appeared to the children for the first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” According to Lucia, one of the children, a bright light shone all around them, and without thinking about it, they all started reciting this prayer.

5) The Sacrifice Prayer

“O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].”

Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June 13th, 1917. The prayer is meant to be recited when you are offering up suffering to God.



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holy_massI have heard many people complain that they dont like to go to Holy Mass as they are bored or distracted with noise, or just dont like the church and we hear many excuses to not attend! Its too hot to go out, or too cold, or its raining, or the seats are uncomfortable, etc.

The thought came to me in prayer one day – just a few weeks ago – that our church today needs a lot of prayers, every one of us are needed at church today to pray, especially when we are united as a community praying to our Heavenly Father with one voice at church. Jesus said ‘where two or more are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst’.

Think of it – we hear of so many world issues and we feel helpless! But we can help a lot just by praying! God is always listening to our prayers!

It doesn’t matter what catholic church we go to, as long as we give of ourselves, our time, our prayers, united at Mass, praying for the world, the current issues facing the world. Our united prayers are heard. We pray for Our Pope, bishops and priests, religious, missionaries, our government leaders and people working with social justice issues, the sick of our local parish, the grieving, the elderly, the needs of the church, the poor, the homeless, the starving. We pray as a community. We offer these prayers at the Altar of God, at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with the intentions of the Priest officiating at Mass. The prayers at the Offertory are offered to God our Heavenly Father.

If we pay real attention at Mass, to the Readings of the day, the Psalms and the Gospel, (lessons for every day life from the writings of St Paul, Psalms), the Offertory, the Consecration of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, a miracle happening, every minute of every day across the world … God present among us and received into our hearts. What a Blessing, what a priceless treasure!

Its even more beneficial if we prepare ourselves before we go to Mass with full intention of what we are about to participate in. We can prepare by reading over the Scripture Readings of the day – available online or can be downloaded on your mobile app. This alone has helped me to understand and appreciate the readings, what they mean to me – today, this very moment. It also helps if you are unable to hear the person who is reading from the pulpit, or even if you have a hearing impairment or there are children around you.

Our world is in great distress today and in need of a lot of prayers. Our local churches and parishes need our attendance and help even more today than ever, especially our united prayers.  Its also an opportunity to get to know your neighbours and local community at church and join in social activities or even volunteer your time.

“And it is in giving that we receive”.

Let us pray for one another!



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Yesterday i went to Holy Mass because it was All Saints Day. In walks two young ladies who moved in besides me. I couldn’t believe the noise they made, talking loudly, discussing their mobile phones, and the new accessories they had on. One of them held her mobile phone and kept looking at it for messages. It got too much for me. The Mass had started and I could barely hear the prayers. Should I tell them off and risk an argument and disturb the peace? I prayed silently. Came the time for the first Reading, the wonderful Book of Revelation. I thought I am not going to miss this for the world, and they are missing out too! So I gently tapped the girl next to me and gestured with my fingers on my lips ‘shhh’ . She didn’t say a word! Quiet from then on and I fully participated in this wonderful liturgy with thankfulness to God for a peaceful resolution.

Every day we need some quiet time, time to reflect, pray for a few moments, and we need to block out noise and distractions. This is the only time when we talk directly to God and He will gently comfort us, love us and even give us answers to complex life questions.

The church is one place where we can find peace.

So let us make a conscious effort to be quiet and allow other people to share in that quiet and peaceful time.

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Feeling sad and blue?

We all go through these times. We may be feeling wonderful one minute and the next we are suddenly overcome by feelings of sadness. It may threaten to get a lot worse, feeling overwhelmed and out of control. This can lead to feelings of self doubt too,

The only way to get out of this is by prayer and it only takes 1 minute.

Start this prayer – Lord Jesus I surrender to you these feelings of sadness and helplessness I am now feeling. I offer you my heartaches, my problems that I have no control over and I offer them to you Lord. Thy Will be done. Jesus mercy, Mary help.

You can say the rosary and ask Blessed Mother to help you. By meditating on the scriptural mysteries, it will give you true peace.


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The Eternal Word Television Network started by Mother Angelica. This TV network can be accessed on your computer via internet or on your TV by cable. Check Google to find an installer in your local area. 

Everything you need to know about your Catholic Faith, plus daily Holy Mass, Rosary, Benediction, Litanies, live Papal audience from Rome, the whole family can watch this show together, for those who don’t understand their faith, for the lost and lonely, there is something for everyone to enjoy (without the commercial ads ofcourse!). 

Whether you are homebound due to illness or unable to get to a church, you can hear Mass, say the family rosary together, learn about world issues from a christian perspective, pray for people together as a united catholic family.  There are great benefits for the whole family to grow in love and in their faith.


“We are all called to be saints, don’t miss the opportunity” ~ Mother Angelica

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How Many Chapels in Australia?

In Australia we know of 12 parishes that have Eucharistic Adoration available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Western Australia has 4 parishes – Belmont, Mirrabooka, Midland and Bluff Point in Geraldton. Bluff Point started perpetual adoration on July 16, 1988, Mirrabooka – August 15, 1988, Midland in the early 1990’s, and Belmont on April 9, 2002.  Click on this link and find your parish  http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/

Victoria has 4 parishes – East Brunswick, St Francis Melbourne (Monday to Saturday: 6:45 am to 5:30 pm (except during Masses) Sunday: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm).  St Augustine’s Bourke Street, Melbourne (Friday night vigil), Mitcham, Croydon, Geelong and Warrnambool.  http://www.cam.org.au/

New South Wales has 3 parishes – Wagga Wagga, Belfield and Merrylands. St. Michael’s, Belfield and St. Margaret Mary’s, Merrylands have perpetual adoration in front of the tabernacle. Both these chapels are very popular day and night. Their parish Priests are very committed to the program. http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/

The country parishes listed above break all the rules. They have an average of a few hundred Sunday Catholics yet they have established perpetual adoration. Almost everyone is prepared to give one hour a week in these parishes. When people learn about the value of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, they willingly give of their time. To most people the Holy Hour becomes their favourite hour of the week.

Children of Hope Read about Fr Antoine’s mission on teaching children Eucharistic Adoration, http://www.childrenofhope.org/index.html.

Fr Antoine video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6uZwD30aXI

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Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.  The 9 day Novena starts on Good Friday. Follow this link to learn more about Divine Mercy http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm.

Background:  On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of WWI. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter.

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind.

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