Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ACN-USA News - Uganda - ‘God saved me from alcoholism

54-YEAR-OLD JESSICA Nansubuga, a Ugandan mother of five, lives with her family in Katanga, one of the biggest slums in Uganda’s capital of Kampala. For years, she struggled with her addiction to alcohol.
Today, she credits the Church with her sobriety. She told her story to Aid to the Church in Need:

“I was so addicted to alcohol that I would neglect my children; I also engaged in risky sexual behavior. I could hardly fall sleep without gin; I sold everything we had so I could buy more alcohol; my husband left me because of my addiction.
“Living in a slum only made my situation worse and my family more vulnerable. My children dropped out of school and started working as porters. I didn’t care about whether or not they had eaten; all I cared about was drinking. I even had sex in exchange for alcohol; most of the time, I was drunk and didn’t know who I was sleeping with. Nothing else mattered.
“In August of 2016, I became sick and lost weight rapidly. I assumed that it was a result of overdrinking and a poor diet, but I had actually contracted HIV/AIDS. I hated myself, and at one point I considered suicide.
“That is when local health workers urged me to stop drinking and referred me to the Serenity Center, a rehabilitation clinic that was started by Catholic missionaries to treat alcohol and drug abuse in the community.
“There, before I began my antiretroviral treatment to treat HIV/AIDS, I was counseled by a Catholic priest named Father Richard Kyazze. Brother Emmanuel Mubangizi, the Center’s executive director, encourages all HIV-positive addicts to return to Christ and pray for the Virgin Mary’s intervention.
“We struggled to stop drinking, but the Church was on our side and helped bring about our full recovery. Most Center employees are Catholic, and they educated us about living in harmony with spiritual principles, even as they respected our own views. We also learned about the many dangers of alcohol, including domestic violence, liver disease, cancer, and an increased risk of HIV exposure.

“I continue to benefit from the Center programs—like regular counseling and psychiatric evaluation, family education, detoxification, and post-treatment programs—which have reunited me with my family.
“What’s more, some of us have been trained to become a tailor, cook, or how to work with computers so that we can support ourselves and more easily rejoin society.
“Thanks to the Church’s intervention, my life has been restored, and I am able to fix what went wrong at home as a result of my drinking.”

In 2017, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Uganda with programs totaling some $1.3M.

—Hope Mafaranga


With picture of Jessica Nansubuga (© ACN)



Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Divine Mercy Conference Hawaii


Register yourself now and invite your families, friends, prayer group members, ministry members, neighbors and co-workers to theDIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE
                                                                 
Dates: May 24 – 26, 2019 (Friday – Sunday)
Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Oahu
Theme: Divine Mercy and the Message of Fatima

REGISTER EARLY; SEATS ARE LIMITED!
Why Attend the Conference?

Listen to Fr. Chris Alar of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
as he explains the urgency of Divine Mercy (click on videeo link):
Episode 14: Introduction to Urgency of the Divine Mercy Message

Our Lord makes it very clear to St Faustina that the need to proclaim His message of Mercy is urgent because the world needs it as a preparation for His Second Coming. 

Jesus said to St. Faustina:
“Speak to the world about My mercy ...
It is a sign for the end times." Diary 848  
 “You will prepare the world for my
final coming” Diary 429
 
Jesus is offering sinners the last hope of salvation. 
He wants us to come back to Him but we must
RESPOND NOW!

RESPOND NOW! REGISTER NOW!

We live in a very dangerous and evil world. Pope Benedict XVI said that “Only Divine Mercy is able to impose limitations on evil”. He also said that the message of Fatima is much more relevant and crucial now than it was in 1917. Our Lady gave us back then a
Peace Plan from Heaven. 

It's our hope that by attending the Divine Mercy Conference, you will help to appease the anger of
God by learning how to call on His Divine Mercy
for us and on the whole world and by carrying out
Our Lady’s Peace Plan.

Now more than ever, the Catholic Church needs
our help to bring more people back to God. 
Attend this conference and help to proclaim
  God’s mercy to everyone. Help Jesus to save souls.

We look forward to seeing you,
your families and friends at the
Divine Mercy Conference
on May 24 – 26, 2019
at the Hawaii Convention Center.


REGISTER EARLY; SEATS ARE LIMITED!
Our Lady of Fatima said in 1917:

Our Lady of Fatima said in 1917
“It is necessary that people amend their lives. 
Let them offend Our God NO MORE.
He is already much offended.”
That was more than 100 years ago and oh how we offend Our Lord so much more in our current times!
The world's sins are crucifying Jesus again.

Watch this movie trailer of the Hollywood 1952
version of The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. 
You will be moved to tears as you hear
Our Lady tells us to amend our lives
and stop offending God.
(the entire movie will be shown during the conference)
The Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima 1952 - Blessed Mother's Third Appearance

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Divine Mercy Crusade
October 2018 Report
Spreading the Message of Divine Mercy to
Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island
Be sure to add this eNewsletter email address (info@divinemercyhawaii.org)
to your contact list so next issues will go directly to your inbox. .

To learn more about Divine Mercy, visit our website.
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Important Message from Father Donald Calloway




Hawaii Residents, Father Calloway is scheduled to be a guest speaker at the upcoming Divine Mercy Conference in May.  Details to be provided shortly.

Hello everyone!  Fr. Donald Calloway here. 

Don't worry, I haven't put you on an annoying email list.  This is a personal email I send out to a select group of people once or twice a year. 

With this email, I want to let you know about 3 new items that will help my religious community promote Jesus, Mary, and the Rosary.  I also want to let you know about my upcoming pilgrimages, and a very special project I am working on. 

Before I go through the items, I want to let you know that none of the money made from these items goes to me.  I receive zip, zilch, nada, nothing from these sales (not one penny).  It all goes to my religious community, the Marian Fathers.  When you purchase any of these items through my website you are re-directed to my religious community's website (shopmercy) to complete the sale.  I state this because every purchase you make goes to help the Marians in our ministry, especially for the education and training of our 30 seminarians.  Yes, we have 30 seminarians! They are all orthodox, Marian, and madly in love with Jesus! 

Here are the 3 new items: 

1) 10 Wonders of the Rosary (book). (see attached image)
My new book on the rosary highlights the most prominent and powerful wonders of the rosary. The wonders in the book will amaze you and leave you in awe!  Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most zealous and inspiring bishops in the world, wrote the Foreword! You don't want to miss this book! We are selling it super cheap so everyone can get it. Here is the link to purchase it:  https://www.fathercalloway.com/books-and-gifts/10-wonders-rosary

2) Mater Misericordiae: An Annual Journal of Mariology (Volume 3). (see attached image)
This is the third volume of our annual Mariological Journal. All the articles are orthodox and pious. The theme for this issue is "Mary and Theological Anthropology." We only print 500 copies of the annual journal.  Get yours before they are all gone! Here is the link to purchase the journal: https://www.fathercalloway.com/books-and-gifts/mater-misericordiae-journal-vol-3

3) No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (book). (10th anniversary edition) (see attached image)
It's hard to believe that the book recounting my conversion story was published 10 years ago! This book has changed the lives of many people. In fact, 10 men incarcerated in a prison in northern California received a copy and, after reading it, all of them converted to Catholicism!  This is the perfect book for difficult spouses, troubled teens, and wayward youth. The 10th anniversary edition has been updated and contains a new Introduction and new pictures. Obtain a copy here: https://www.fathercalloway.com/books-and-gifts/no-turning-back-witness-mercy-10th-anniversary-edition

Now, about the pilgrimages! 

I now lead 3-4 pilgrimages a year to holy places around the world.  I go on each pilgrimage and we have a wonderful and very prayerful time. Many people have had their marriage restored, experienced conversion, and responded to a call to the priesthood!  I'm particularly excited about 2 of the upcoming pilgrimages for 2020: "The Camino in Spain" (May 2-12, 2020) and a brand new pilgrimage I designed called "The Cristero Saints of Mexico" (March 8-15, 2020). The pilgrimage to Mexico to visit the sites of the Cristero saints and martyrs is a bucket list pilgrimage! Sign up for a pilgrimage and walk with me where the saints have walked! Here is the link for all my pilgrimages:  http://www.pilgrimages.com/frcalloway/

Lastly, please pray for me as I work on a very special project.  I can't give the details yet, but when it is finished it is going to be a game-changer! Seriously, I'm not kidding. I've been working on it for a year now, and it will take another year until it is available.  It will be available on January 1, 2020.  It's so big and important that I plan to get back on Facebook sometime in Fall 2019 to begin promoting it.  I ditched Facebook 3 years ago because I wanted to focus on my prayer life and now I believe Jesus and Mary want me to get back on Facebook in order to get people ready for what I'm working on. It won't be a personal Facebook page. It will be one that deals with the project (I still like not having a personal page on social media).  Just you wait till you find out what the project is! It is going to be a mega-weapon for Catholicism!  I'll email you again in Fall 2019 to let you know the name of the project and the name of the Facebook page.  Until then, please pray for me as I do research and write. Thank you so much! 

Please do prayerfully consider helping my religious community by purchasing one or all of the items above, and pray about coming on pilgrimage with me! 

Thank you for your love and support of the Marians!  We love you! 

In the Rosary,
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
Vicar Provincial & Vocation Director
Marian Fathers


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Guardian Angels ~ Fr Ripperger

ACN-USA News - Central African Republic Catholic community comes back to life in wake of massacre

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE who have died as a result of the Nov. 15, 2018 terrorist attacks on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the Diocese of Alindao, Central African Republic, and on the refugee camp right next to it, continues to rise. The number of dead has now reached 80, including two priests and a Protestant pastor.

The local Church published a report to analyze the details of the tragedy, which marked an upsurge of violence targeting Christians in the south of the country.

"The people, who almost all fled into the forest, are now returning, hoping to be able to find a few grains of rice that they can eat and foraging among the ashes for any beans that have been only partially burned.” These are the word of Bishop Cyr-Nestor Yapaupa of Alindao.

The refugee camp, which once sheltered more than 26,000 people and was supervised by the priests of the diocese, has now been totally destroyed. "The elderly and the handicapped were simply burned alive—if they were not already shot dead or beheaded,” said the bishop.

He continued: "In their panic, many parents were forced to leave one or other of their children behind in order to save the others. The attackers simply fired indiscriminately on the people.”

“Fire tore through the reception center and several of the church buildings. The cathedral lost its roof. The terrorists stole cars, motorcycles, and solar panels, food from the storeroom, money and fuel."

There are more than 14 different armed groups scattered across the Central African Republic. The president of the country, Faustin Touadéra, does not have the resources to control the activities of these groups.

They are the remnants of the civil war that started in 2013, and which dissolved into clashes between the Seleka rebels—an almost entirely Muslim coalition—and the so-called "anti-balaka,” initially a self-defense militia, which ultimately degenerated into gangs of animist and nominally ‘Christian’ youths.

A Muslim militia, an offshoot of the Seleka, was behind the November 2019 attack. The group is ironically named "Unity and Peace in Central Africa" (UPC).  The UPC considered the assault a legitimate defensive measure, as anti-balaka militants had killed two Muslims in Alindao.

However, Church sources charged that the massacre was the UPC’s way to enrich its depleted coffers, with Alindao "a flourishing commercial center, and a cow to be milked.”

Earlier last fall, the UPC lost control of gold and diamond mines that provided the group’s funding. Local traders had begun protesting against being extorted by the UPC; the group was desperate for an alternative source of income.

"Organized and structured as she is, the Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the local humanitarian crisis,” Bishop Yapaupa explained. The Church maintains relations with the humanitarian agencies, with the president and the UN military mission, MINUSCA, in the country.

At the same time, however, said the bishop, the Church is an "object of covetousness,” and an institution that militants would like to bring down.

A source reported that "two days before the tragedy, the leader of the UPC was received by the Mauritanian UN contingent." The diocese considers this meeting as having been possibly one of "consensual planning” or outright collusion—the Mauritanian troops failed to intervene during the attack.

The leaders of the three main faith communities in the Central African Republic – Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, Protestant Pastor Guerekoyame Gbangou and Imam Omar Kobine Layama—have called for an investigation by the international community.

"We have lost everything, except our faith,” Bishop Yapaupa said. He added: "We can still look into the eyes of our enemy and offer him our sincere pardon, without giving way to a spirit of vengeance or fear."


Aid to the Church in Need is providing emergency funds to help the Catholic community, as well as Mass stipends to help the local clergy in this situation of total desolation.


—Emmanuelle Kaeser


With picture of devastation in the Diocese of Alindao (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ACN-USA News - Indonesia - Being faithful on Madura Island requires patience and courage



MADURA is an Indonesian island south of Java. Its population of some 7 million people is mostly Muslim; there are very few Christians. But one man converted to Catholicism,

Damianus Edi Rusmanto. Edi belongs to St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish in Sumenep. The parish has 500 members, most of them ethnic Chinese. As a person of Madurese descent who converted to Christianity, Edi has been harshly treated by neighbors and former friends; and his attempts to teach the community about tolerance continue to require great patience. Edi told his story to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN):


“When I was old enough to begin elementary school, my father sent me to a Catholic school in Sumenep, next to St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. There, I met the Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of the East; when I was in the Fifth Grade, I asked my father if I could become a Catholic. He did not forbid it. Instead, he supported me. He told me to take my faith seriously. I was eventually baptized, and my family soon followed.

“We are grateful to be Catholic and pray together, though we understand that we will face rejection. When my friends learned that I was Catholic, they mocked and stoned me, but I chose to be steadfast and forgive them as Jesus would; I’ve even tried to remain friendly with them. Jesus has taught me to love and forgive all, even those who do evil.

“Eighteen years ago, I married Yustina, and we have been blessed with two daughters, Maria Angela and Benedikta. Maria is in her third year of High School, and Benedikta is in the Fourth Grade. Again, because we are Catholic, some neighbors do not accept us. Even so, I try to be friendly and greet them whenever I see them.

“Christmas is always a happy time for my family. I decorate the house with various trinkets and prepare gifts for our neighbors, though I know that those who are prejudiced will refuse them. I do this because Christmas is a time of gratitude—Jesus gave His life for us.

“I hope that my family remains blessed by God, and that my children grow up to pray diligently and treat others well. It is not easy to be Catholic on Madura Island, and I pray that my children will keep their faith. My wife and I do our best to keep them close to God.”

In 2017, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Indonesia with projects totaling $300,000.


—Antonius Eko Sugiyanto


With picture of Edi and his family, including his mother, Supartinem (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org