Hour of Grace - Rosa Mystica

DECEMBER 8TH – HOUR OF GRACE (12:00pm to 1:00pm)

(Acknowledgements: A very special Thank you to the Felician Sisters in general who printed this story in their AVE MARIA magazine and who so graciously translated this story from the Polish into English in order to comply with the request of the Blessed Virgin Mary that this message be sent throughout the world. Thanks also to Ethelyn David in Vancouver, BC for sending this.)

During the period of November 24, 1946 to December 8, 1947, the Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Pierina in a little church in Montichiari, Italy, eleven times.

On the first appearance the Blessed mother told Sister Pierina She wanted to be known as the “Mystical Rose,” and that an hour of grace should be kept at noon, December 8th, in all the Catholic Churches of the world. The Blessed Mother wanted this to be known through all of Italy, and the entire world.

It was November 16, 1947 when Sister Pierina was finishing Her Thanksgiving after Holy Communion when she saw a great light. She then saw a vision of the Blessed Mother as the “Mystical Rose”.

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The Holy Year Indulgence


The celebration of the Jubilee Year is not only an extraordinary occasion for benefiting from the great gift of indulgences which the Lord gives us through the Church, but it is also a fitting opportunity to recall the catechesis on indulgences to the attention of the faithful. The Apostolic Penitentiary is therefore publishing this sacred notice for the benefit of all who will be making Jubilee visits.

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Jubilee of Mercy Letter


To My Venerable Brother
Archbishop Rino Fisichella
President of the Pontifical Council
for the Promotion of the New Evangelization


With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.

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On Assignment From God

Therese Lorentz has been on assignment the past 23 years with God. 

Her first task was to gather the St. Thomas Aquinas Society, and the second was, with them, to bring retreat days, healing Masses and conferences to Colorado Springs.  Since 1991, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society has hosted 17 annual free conferences encompassing three days of speakers, Mass, healing services and Eucharistic Adoration. 

This year’s free conference, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs, includes a noted Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) host as well as a speaker on Eucharistic miracles. The theme of the conference is “Blessed Be God.”

Lorentz, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Colorado Springs, explains her involvement with the St. Thomas Aquinas Society and the conferences: “Back in June of 1991, I woke up with the name, ‘St. Thomas Aquinas Society’ clearly in my mind, and the understanding to start a prayer group. 

THE BISHOP'S VOICE: Fortnight for Freedom



[EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is the text from a video Bishop Michael Sheridan recorded to be played at all parishes in advance of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign which begins June 21.]

Bishop Sheridan My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to thank your pastor for allowing me to speak to you today on a most important matter.

As most of you know, the Catholic Church in the United States is engaged in a fight to preserve our first and most cherished freedom — our religious freedom. This is a fight that we did not start, nor is it a fight that we relish having to carry on; but the fact is that our federal government has made an unprecedented — indeed, almost unimaginable — intrusion into the mission and ministries of the Catholic Church, and we cannot and must not allow this intrusion to be sustained.

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