"No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Dear loving children,

The world we live in today makes it very difficult for us to practise our faith. We might be taught things that are against our faith in our schools, through friends, through the media and so on. However, Jesus promised us that “those who stands firm till the end will be saved” (Mathew 24:13). So, my dear children, do not be afraid to proclaim the love of Jesus to all those around you. Do not be afraid or ashamed that they will make fun of you or even exclude you from their groups. Remember that Jesus will receive you with open arms regardless of what others say about you. When we tell others about Jesus and the eternal life He offers, He will speak of us in the Father’s presence and will raise us up on the last day when He will come again (Luke 9:26).
Lovingly,
Fr. Soji Olikkal

Second saturday Convention - Children's Ministry: 9th July 2012, Time: 8am to 5pm      Venue: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ (for SatNav - CV8 2LG).         Everyday Chain fasting for all children all over UK/Europe .      24 hrs Chain Rosary for children all over UK/Europe On Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  Prayer
Jesus is our greatest example about prayer. Jesus would rise early in the morning to pray. “And in the morning, rising up before it was dawn, He went out, and went into a solitary place, and there He prayed (Mark 1:35).” Jesus used to preach the Good News and heal all the sick during the day, but in the evenings, He would go to lonely places and pray all night to be in constant touch with His Father in Heaven.

King David prayed three times a day: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17).” St. Francis of Assisi, and so many other saints used to spend all night in prayer because they realised it was through prayer that one can find God.

The power of prayer…
The Bible teaches us in various sections about the power of prayer. Through prayer we are able to come into the presence of the Lord and request for whatever we want. Jesus promised us that whatever we ask in His name will be given to us (John 14:14). One of the examples is of King Hezekiah who was dying. Isaiah the prophet came to his deathbed and said, “Put your affairs in order. The Almighty has said you will not recover. You will die.”The king turned to God in prayer, tearfully pleading for more time. God heard Hezekiah and granted him 15 more years! (2 Kings 20:1-6)

Prayer is the key to happiness and joy in our lives. He is waiting for your prayer!

Prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, send forth your Holy Spirit and teach me to pray. Fill me with your divine power and grace that I may seek your face all the days of my life and lead a life pleasing unto you. This I ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
  Stories to Inspire You
Trials and perseverance
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

My 2 cents
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our present condition. We often fail to see beyond the obstacle. Problems are there in every person’s life but the way we look at the problem is what matters. We can make a mess of our lives or we can chose to handle our problem. We need to go beyond the problem to get the solution. Trials make us stronger. Life is full of challenges but God will help us to face these challenges and make us bold.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.James 1:12

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know thatsuffering produces perseverance.Romans 5:3

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  Saints of the Month
 St. Francis of Assisi

Early Life…
His father was a very wealthy merchant of Assisi. Francis was very joyful, soft-hearted and loving by nature, so he had many friends. All the noble men's sons were his companions. Brought up in great wealth and luxury, Francis spent a considerable portion of his wealth in extravagant pleasures. He used to drink and party with the young princes of the land.

Goodness in Francis…
One day while joking and laughing with his friends Francis was approached by a beggar who came along crying for alms. Francis, who was very compassionate, gave whatever he had in his pocket to the beggar. The sight of the beggar made him think about the poverty and misery of everyday life and he began to give much money to the poor.

When did God touch Him?
Francis went to Puglia with the army, whilst riding with them He had a vision in which he was told to return to Assisi. Living in a cave in the mountains of Assisi Francis spent his time in prayer and meditation for two years. After which He heard the voice of Christ again whilst praying at the San Damiano church which instructed him to, “rebuild my Church.”

His later life after experiencing God…
He started living his life nursing lepers and living like beggars. His old friends even pelted him with stones and mud. He bore all of these things with patience and began a life of simplicity wearing simple clothing and eating simple food. He loved all creation and saw them as his brothers and sisters. He wanted to spend all His time in prayer as he saw the importance of being consoled by the grace of God.

St. Francis of Assisi
Feast Day: October 4th
“Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.”
Hebrews 4:16
Second Saturday Convention-Children's Ministry
Venue: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ (for SatNav - CV8 2LG)
Date:14th July 2012
Led by Rev. Fr. Dominic Valamnal, Marian Retreat Centre, Anakkara; Rev Fr. Soji Olikkal and Team.
Time: 8am to 5pm

London Convention
Time: 18th August 2012.
Please bring your Bible, notebook and packed lunch.


July retreat for teens
Date: July 26, 27 & 28
Age: 13 – 17
Contact: Jitto (07501801219)
or Shirley (07837758479)

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24 hrs Chain Rosary for children all over UK/Europe On Tuesdays and Thursdays

Everyday Chain fasting for all children all over UK/Europe

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Elza Jijimon
Wolverhampton
Since I was 5 the tips of my ears used to swell up, bleed and create great pain. But during the adoration at one of the Second Saturday Convention's, Fr Soji Olikkal called out and said, "Someone who is having sore ears especially due to wearing ear rings is being healed". I immediately realised that it was me and claimed it in the name of Jesus. At that time I started to praise and thank the Lord. Ever since, I have had no problem at all with my ears. Praise the Lord.
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