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JOYFUL GIFT Your weekly newsletter from the Catholic English Mass in Funchal

Edition Edition#18 #1 #2 Edition #2 th th th June 2011 Sunday, 30 12 October Sunday Sunday 5 Sunday 12 June 2011

Welcome to the Chapel of Penha de França,

founded by António Dantas in 1622 and built on a “penha” or peak, by the sea. This soon became so famous a shrine that people came to it on pilgrimage from all parts of the Island, and in 1721 the chapel was restored and enlarged. When the Diocese of Funchal took possession of the chapel it was used for the bishops as a Country House or Summer Residence for many years. In the meantime, the Franciscans had been coming to Madeira to carry out apostolic duties however it was only in 1935, on Easter Capela da Penha de França Funchal, Madeira Sunday, that they founded the Franciscan Residence of Our Lady of Penha de França, at the request of Bishop D. António Ribeiro. The English Mass is a tradition that dates back to 1966, when Fr Rafael Andrade, having just returned from his first visit to England, complied with the Bishop´s request to start an English celebration. Fr Rafael presided this mass for over 30 years, when he had to stop in 1999 due to overlapping duties. For eight years there was no Mass in English in Madeira, until it began again on the first Sunday of Lent in 2007. Have a lovely time in Madeira Island and we hope to receive your visit again soon!

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Thoughts on the Scripture Readings Brought to you by Chris Oliver, UK 30th October – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time with them, and took care to work hard to support Malachi, which means “My himself. He is relieved that the Thessalonians’ faith Messenger”, was written about 500 is now strong even in the face of persecution. BC, after the return from exile and shortly before the reforms by Ezra and Nehemiah. After the last challenges to Jesus by the Jewish The Priests will be cursed because they despised leaders in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus has now the Lord’s Name by sacrificing imperfect animals. abandoned them. The Priests’ false teaching and They were allowing mixed marriages and divorce, bad example criticised by Malachi has returned. and leading the people astray by their bad example. No-one should follow their example. He now talks They have broken the Lord’s covenant of peace, to his disciples only, and goes on to direct seven truth, integrity and honesty. “woes” against the scribes and Pharisees, detailing After being treated “insolently” in Philippi, Paul, “with much struggle”, “drew courage from God” to speak the gospel to the Thessalonians. He portrays his preaching as neither flattering nor seeking praise or payment, but as gentle “like a nursing mother caring for her children”. So great was Paul’s love for the Thessalonians that he shared his life

their wrongdoing. He ends by lamenting the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Mal 1:14-2:2. 8-10 Ps 130 1 Thess 2:7-9, 13 Matt 23:1-12 Further Information,


From My Heart to Your Heart Brought to you by Father Bernardino, Madeira Love Them Anyway

I met Mother Teresa! Actually I didn't see her in person. The day before I was planning to see her I was told that the house was full. However it is needless to say what a big impact she has had in my life and continues having in the vision and the lives of the Promoting/Coordinating Team of People Helping People Project. With her we are learning how to spell "Love". When I was young I was taught that "Love" was spelled with an "F" meaning "Feeling". With

Mother Teresa we are learning that Love is spelled with an "S" that means S-E-R-V-I-C-E. We are also learning that love in order to be love needs to be unconditional. If it is conditional that means business. "You have to give me If you want me to give you". We are also learning that "Love is not love until it hurts". From my heart to your heart I want to share a piece of jewel from the Heart of Mother Teresa to the heart of each one of us. Only people completely soaked with the person of Jesus will be able to understand this message. "Lovers always look insane for the non lovers".

In Calcutta, India, there is a children’s home named Shishu Bhavan, founded by Mother Teresa. The Home continues to be operated by her community, the Missionaries of Charity. On the wall of the home hangs a sign which reads: People are unreasonable, ilogical and self-centered. Love them anyway If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives, Do good anyway If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies, Succeed anyway The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable, Be honest and frank anyway What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight, Build anyway People really need help but may attack you if you help them, Help people anyway Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth, Give the world the best you’ve got anyway

Food for Thoughts Retold by Bryan Montgomery, California

While walking along a beach, an old man saw someone in the distance. It seemed like the person was dancing on the beach near the water. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, who was reaching down, picking up something and throwing it into the ocean. He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." The old man smiled, and said, "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" The young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then he slowly bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean and said,... "I made a difference for that one.” 2

The World Seen from Rome Brought to you by ZENIT, the Catholic Church news agency Vatican Voices Hope for Peace in Libya respect and dignity of the human person, but The Vatican rather on the prevailing affirmation of power." responded to Thursday's news of the death of Libya's dictator with a statement expressing the hope that Libyans will be spared further violence. The note, released late Thursday, said the news of the dictator's death "marks the end of a much too long and tragic phase of a brutal struggle to bring down a harsh and oppressive regime." The statement emphasized that "this dramatic event" leads to reflection on "the immense toll of human suffering which accompanies the affirmation and collapse of any system which is not based on the

The Vatican urged the international community to be generous in assisting Libya to rebuild and it also noted its own first contacts with the new leaders. Further Information,

From the Pastor’s Desk Brought to you by Father Gameiro, Portugal First the First Things

This slogan is very often used in AA meetings to make alcoholics pay attention to their main problem of giving up drinking and to postpone other problems. The 28th Sunday’s readings call our attention to what is the first thing in our faith. Jesus says (Mtt22:1-14) that his nuptial banquet with humanity, prepared by the heavenly Father, is more important than going to business or work in the farm. To leave God’s banquet and Jesus as the first thing of our life is idolatry. But worst is that many people pretend to be gods instead of God, to be first in the world and kill God’s servants. This is self-idolatry; to adore oneself. Somehow this is a picture of our time. We can read the sentence of Christ "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" as a call for Christians to put in first place the things of God. (Mtt22:15-21, 29th Sunday) He wants us to live in justice, law and due order. Otherwise, as Benedict recalled the sentence of St. Agustin in German Parliament: “without justice – what else is the State but a great band of robbers?”. Without

justice and order of values each one of us can also became robbers. Our time suffers from a terrible disorder. Money is being appropriated by a few who put themselves to his service but still put money before and as more important than God and people, and as a means to explore those who live in want (Ex22:2227, 30th Sunday). The usurious does not put God as the first thing in their life; nor his neighbours are to be loved as himself (Mtt22:34-40) or more than his money. He is an idolatrous who adores himself and money. The fact that first things are not respected as the most important ones, causes disorder and disharmony, which is another definition of disease and crisis; it is the disease we suffer from this moral crisis. More serious than the economic one. Only personal and spiritual therapy can reduce the hardships of this crisis. In time of crisis St. Paul teaches us, however, to be able to live as Christians in “abundance and want” as himself (Ph 4:12-14); and put Christ first in our life. Fr. Aires Gameiro, OH, Brother of Saint John of God []


Music for Everyone Brought to you by Larysa Makarova violin


was born in Ukraine but has been in Madeira island for 8 years now. She has been playing the violin since she was six years old. Having dedicated her life to her beloved violin, she now teaches children & grownups!

From the yellow book Catholic Hymns Old&New, Entry Hymn = No. 416 O Lord, all the world… Offertory Hymn = No. 528 Take our bread, Communion Hymn = No. 572 This is my body, Final Hymn = No. 574 This is the day,

People Helping People A small project founded in the Chapel of Penha de França to help those in need



Number of Active Volunteers



Number of Families Helped Local support, Anonymous contributors, English Mass collection, Foreign donations, Fairs and sales


Type of Help Given

Support and friendship, counseling and through other organizations and now we are also able to help with…  

If you wish to know more, please contact Fr. Bernardino and always remember that help has many forms (a kind word, a lift to the hospital, a birthday cake) and can be anywhere. Start your own People Helping People and lets create an international community that looks after one another.

If you wish to donate, please find bellow the details for PHP Bank Account NIB: 0038 0000 39527051771 85 IBAN: PT50 0038 0000 39527051771 85 BIC: BNIFPTPL

Address Book (Europe) Pe Bernardino Andrade Rua das Murteiras, 28 – 1E 9060-199 Funchal, Madeira (USA) Janice Contreras 60 Meeks Ln. Oakley, CA 94561

We would like to express our gratitude to restaurant FIGOS in Garajau for always providing a fabulous meeting point, Fr Rafael for all the information on the English Mass, Fr Nélio for kindly giving the booklet on the story of Penha de França, Sir Ronnie for all his dedication and friendship, Fr Bonifácio, Pablo & Ligia for all the help printing this newsletter, and all of you that, with your endless generosity, support this cause. Editor: Laura Machado © Funchal, 2011 []


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Edition no.18 of Joyful Gift (30-10-2011) - Your weekly newsletter from the Catholic English Mass in Madeira Island

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