Heralds News

A Day with Mary in Orlando / Un Dia con Maria en Orlando

At St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, the Heralds hosted a “Day With Mary” gathering. The event gathered participants of the Immaculate Heart Shrine apostolate from 5 parishes in Orlando. The theme as “The Rosary: an efficacious instrument for the New Evangelization.”

En la parroquia St. John Vianney de la Diócesis de Orlando, Florida (USA), se realizó el 16 de Octubre, “Un Día con María”, con el tema del Rosario como instrumento eficaz de la Nueva Evangelización. Asistieron integrantes del Apostolado del Oratorio peregrino de 5 parroquias de ésta ciudad.

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Rosary for Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Houston

The Heralds of the Gospel participated in the Pro-Life rosary at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, on October 7, 2010.

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Relics of St. John Bosco in Miami / Reliquias de San Juan Bosco en Miami

On Sunday, September 26, 2010, the Heralds of the Gospel participated in a special veneration of the pilgrim relics of St. John Bosco that were being venerated at St. John Bosco Church in Miami, Florida. A mass was celebrated during the veneration by Fr. Juan Carlos Paguaga, pastor of the church.

El domingo, 26 de septiembre, los Heraldos tuvieron especial participación en la veneración de las reliquias itinerantes de San Juan Bosco, asistiendo a la misa celebrada por el Rev. P. Juan Carlos Paguaga, parroco de la iglesia, San Juan Bosco.

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Honoring Our Lady of the Rosary / Homenaje a Ntra. Sra. del Rosario

The Heralds of the Gospel participated in a special celebration on October 7, 2010 honoring Our Lady of the Rosary which was presided over by the Most Reverend Augstin Roman, Emeritus Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Los Heraldos participaron del especial homenaje a Nuestra Señora del Rosario, el 7 de Octubre; presidida por el obispo emérito de la arquidiócesis de Miami, Mons. Agustín Román.
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A Day with Mary / Un Dia con Maria

On October 9, 2010 the Heralds of the Gospel in Miami, Florida held a “Day with Mary” gathering. The event was for all the participants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrines in Miami, where there are currently over 100 shrine groups encompassing more than 1,500 families. The days lite motive was was on the efficacy of the Holy Rosary in the New Evangelization. El Sábado 9 de Octubre se realizó “Un Día con María” con participantes del Apostolado del Oratorio Peregrino de Miami, donde circulan más de 100 oratorios, visitando más de 1500 familias mensualmente. Se trató de la eficacia del rosario como eficaz instrumento para la Nueva Evangelización.

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Mass honoring Our Lady of Fatima

On October 13, 2010, in Houston Texas at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the Heralds of the Gospel help a solemn rosary and Mass to honor Our Lady of Fatima. The celebration was attended by over 1,400 people. Many Marian groups from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston also participated, as well as, a large number of the Knights of Columbus.[Gallery not found]


Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

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Join the Heralds of the Gospel on a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Lewiston, NY, for a family day of prayer and devotion to Our Lady under the guidance of Fr. Michael Carlson, EP.


Bus Departure: Saturday, November 13th, 6:30 AM from Lumen Veritatis Academy, Queen St S, Mississauga, ON

Return: Same Day, 9:00 PM

Cost per person: $30. A Passport is required.


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For inquiries please call 647-283-0310



The Two Pillars

Visit of the relics of St. John Bosco – Impressions of a Heralds Companion On the 5th October 2010 the relics of St. Don Bosco were on display at St. Benedict’s Church in Etobicoke. The relics; which included the bones and tissues of the right hand and arm were placed within a wax replica of St. John Bosco’s body; were on display from 7:30am till 11:30pm.

At 9:30pm after waiting in line for about 15 minutes I was let into the church to view the relics. Walking into the church was quite an experience. The Church was packed with barely a few seats at the back. On the left of the altar was the wax replica of St. John Bosco’s body containing the relics. Around the 3 walls of the church (excluding the altar wall) people were lined up to touch the relics. I sat down at the back of the church, while 2 youth cantors sang hymns of praise. A few moments later we were all asked to kneel down and the cantors sang ‘O Salutaris Hostia’ as youth of the Don Bosco Youth movement came in with candles to light the altar candles. The whole church, all of us, of different races, we were in one voice singing in the language of the Holy Roman church. It was as if for that moment the Tower of Babel never happened.

When all the candles on the altar were lit, a priest came in with the Monstrance containing the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Monstrance was placed on the altar and everyone silently venerated the Blessed Sacrament.

A youth dressed up as St. Don Bosco, wearing black vestments and biretta, went to the microphone and read out one of the dreams of St. Don Bosco. The dream was the vision of the two pillars, where the battle ships are attacking a stately ship. The stately ship is commanded by the Holy Father and is surrounded by the flotilla of ships that protect it from the attacks of the warship. The Holy Father eventually gets wounded and dies and the enemy is rejoicing, but a new Holy Father is elected and he guides the ship safely and moors the ship to the two pillars, on top of one pillar is the Host and atop the other is the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was awestruck because in front of my eyes on the left was the relic of St. Don Bosco and on the right was the Blessed Sacrament. The two pillars! St. Don Bosco used to have a motto ‘to Jesus through Mary’.

We had a time of silent veneration of the Blessed Sacrament again, there was a stillness in the church and yet a kind of electricity a sense of something much bigger. The adoration of the Blessed sacrament continued on with 2 youths giving testimonies of their conversion. Their stories reminded me of yet another dream of St. Don Bosco, his vision of Hell. One night a guide led St. Don Bosco down the broad road to hell, it was a sloping road with many traps. But in between the traps providence had placed knives to break the traps, the knives were the Holy Eucharist, the rosary, devotions to the saints, holy confession etc. Can you imagine, here was Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and the relics of St. Don Bosco, all ways provided by providence to avoid the snares of the evil one. While adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continued, various priests were available for the sacrament of Holy Confession.

Towards the end of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, we sung ‘Tantum Ergo’ and the divine praises as the Blessed Sacrament was reposed. People were invited to come up to the altar and light their candles as the lights in the church were turned down. Oh how symbolic this was, ‘You are the light of the world, no one puts a light under a basket, you are a city built on a hill.’ We had received the light, from all the lives and teachings saints (St Don Bosco), and from Christ himself. It was a dark rainy night in the city and in St. Benedict’s church we were the light: a light to carry out to the dark world, a light bolstered by the two pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to Our Lady.

After the final hymns of praise, I lined up to touch my rosary to the relic of St. Don Bosco. So that each time I say the holy rosary, I am reminded of the beautiful grace filled evening and that i never forget the two pillars.


Devoción de los Primer sábados en Miami – First Saturdays Devotion

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Auxiliary Bishop visits the Heralds in Miami

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His Excellency Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez

On august 25th, the Heralds of Miami, FL invited His Excellency Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez to celebrate a Mass for the Companions and friends of the Association. In is homily, Bishop Estévez encouraged the Heralds to continue their evangelizing work and concluded with a special blessing for the youth present.

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Bingo de Beneficiencia

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Fundraising Dinner benefitting the Heralds of the Gospel in Houston, TX.

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Dinner benefiting the Heralds of the Gospel in Houston, Texas. Date: September 10, 2010


New Companions

18606_20100619_GKA new group of Companions of the Heralds of the Gospel was received in the association during a solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. François Bandet, EP at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Toronto.

According to the Statutes of the Heralds of the Gospel, these Companions are those who, “while they identify themselves with the spirit of the Association, due to their priestly duties, or because they belong to an institute of consecrated life or a society of apostolic life, or due to their professional or family obligations, cannot give themselves fully to the work of the Association” (Statute 9).

As married or single lay people living in the world, priests, deacons, religious, lay people of consecrated life or members of other associations or ecclesiastical movements, the Companions of the Heralds of the Gospel, besides observing the precepts and duties proper to their state in life, make an effort to live in conformity with the charism and spirituality of the Association, dedicating their free time to it and committing themselves to fulfill certain obligations.

They desire to apply to their daily life — in their family circles, during social activities and in the workplace — the spirit and teaching of the Heralds of the Gospel, being witnesses of Christ to their neighbor by both word and example.

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Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Houston, Texas

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On May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the date of the first apparition of the Blessed Mother to the three shepherds of Fatima, the Heralds of the Gospel commemorated the date with a solemn Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas.

The celebration began with a procession of the various Ecclesial and Marian movements present in the Archdioces of Galveston-Houston; such as the Legion of Mary, Cursillos de Cristiandad and the Knights of Columbus. Each group recited a mystery of the Rosary that was said before Mass.

Following the solemn coronation of the Statue of Our Lady, a large group consecrated themselves to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word by the hands of Mary, according to the method of St. Louis Maria Grignon de Montfort.

The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Italo Dell’Oro, of the Office for Ministry of Priest of the Archdiocese. Rev. Juan Torres, OP and Rev. Jesus Martinez concelebrated. The Companions of the Heralds of the Gospel participated actively in the celebration, and greated added to the solemnity of the event.


Retreat at Our Lady of the Cape

During the first weekend of May, P. Julio Ubbelohde, EP came to preach a retreat for Companions and friends of the Heralds of the Gospel. The retreat was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape in the province of Quebec.

The group of retreatants came mostly from Toronto, Hamilton. St. Catharines, Quebec city and Chicoutimi.

During the retreat, there was a reception of the Scapular of Mount Carmel and a beautiful candlelight procession in the sanctuary gardens organized by P. Yoland Ouellet, OMI.

During the closing Mass, a new shrine was blessed to start visiting a group of 30 families.

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Lift Jesus Higher Rally 2010

Each year, the Heralds of the Gospel participate in the Lift Jesus Higher Rally at the Convention Centre in Toronto held on April 24. This annual event bring together thousands of people of the diocese of Toronto and surrounding area.

As usual, the Heralds opened the day with a solemn crowning of the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and participated in the Closing Mass celebrated this year by Bishop Vincent Nguyen.

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Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday – Houston, Texas

The Heralds of the Gospel celebrated in a special way Divine Mercy Sunday in Houston, Texas at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church. The church was full, and the consoling graces of His Divine Mercy, could truly be felt.

The holy Rosary was prayed followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet, part of which were sung in Polish. At 3:00pm Mass was celebrated by Fr. Leszek Wedziuk. Benediction was given at the end of mass, with a special individual blessing with the Eucharist imparted to all the faithful present.

Of course, a special thank to the pastor, Fr. Janusz Ichuatowicz for all his help and hospitality.

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Happy and Blessed Easter

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Tell us, Mary Magdalen, what did you see in the way?

I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ, and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one.

With these words from the Easter sequence “Victimae Paschali”, we wish you joy and consolation, and hope that you draw strength from the loving and incomparable presence of Jesus, who died for our salvation, gloriously resurrected, and remains ever willing to aid us with His love.

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Mission to Haiti: Before leaving

A group of missionaries from the Heralds of the Gospel will be travelling to Haiti on March 22, 2010 to bring support and consolation to the people who continue to suffer great affliction after the earthquake.

As we prepare to travel, Fr. François Bandet,  received this fax from the Secretary of State:

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From the Vatican, March 20, 2010,

Dear Father,

The Holy Father was informed of the visit of support organized on the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation and pray that its fruits of consolation and help will be abundant.

Confiding the solidarity efforts of Heralds of the Gospel to Our Lady of the Annunciation, he send you the apostolic blessing, and to members and friends and especially to Father François Bandet.

Please be assured, Father, of my heartfelt and dedicated sentiments.

Msgr. Peter B. Wells
Assessor


Catholic Youth

God grants His children some rest from arduous work and studies.While we can never stop advancing towards the goal, legitimate rest gives us energy to go forward with more energy than before, for His glory, in the service of Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Church.If we serve Him with all our heart and capabilities we will better know that joy of having fulfilled our duty and having that smiling gaze of Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary upon us.

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Sed fons ascendebat e terra, irrigans universam superficiem terræ


March 19 – Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.”  (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Litany of St. Joseph

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

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God, the Holy Ghost,

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph,

Illustrious Scion of David,

Light of Patriarchs,

Spouse of the Mother of God,

Chaste guardian of the Virgin,

Foster-father of the Son of God,

Watchful defender of Christ,

Head of the Holy Family,

Joseph most just,

Joseph most chaste,

Joseph most prudent,

Joseph most valiant,

Joseph most obedient,

Joseph most faithful,

Mirror of patience,

Lover of poverty,

Model of workmen,

Glory of home life,

Guardian of virgins,

Pillar of families,

Solace of the afflicted,

Hope of the sick,

Patron of the dying,

Terror of demons,

Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. He made him lord over his house,

R. And the ruler of all his possessions.

Let us pray.

O God, who in Thine ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may have him for an intercessor in heaven, whom we venerate as our protector on earth. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.


Happy Saint Patrick’s day

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The Lorica, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, and in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis)

The Heralds in Houston, TX held a Lenten devotion of the Stations of the Cross on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Houston. The parish has a beautiful replica of the grotto of Lourdes and the gardens have a life-size stations of the cross. Afterwards, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated in the grotto chapel.


Singing of the Office

The Heralds of the Gospel reunite every Sunday to sing the Liturgy of the Hours or the Divine Office.  It takes place in the church of the Seminary, Our Lady of the Rosary church.