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JOYFUL GIFT Your weekly newsletter from the Chapel of Penha de França in Funchal

Edition #2 #1 #2 Edition thth June 2011 Sunday Sunday 12 5 Sunday 12 June 2011


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 have been coming to Madeira to carry out apostolic duties however it was only in 1935, on Easter Sunday, that they founded the Franciscan Residence of Our Lady of Penha de França, with the request of Bishop D. António Ribeiro.

You are also more than welcome to the English Mass, a tradition that

Capela da Penha de França Funchal, Madeira

dates back to 1966, when Fr Rafael Andrade, having just returned from his first visit to England, complied to the Bishop´s request to start an English celebration. It was first held in the Church of Santa Clara but a few months later it changed to Penha de França. It was closer to Funchal and of easier access to the visitors. Fr Rafael presided this mass for over 20 years, until in 2007 Fr Bernardino took over the celebration, and still does today.

We also serve tea & coffee in the little house in front of the chapel (by the garden) so do come and join us! There is a Visitor’s Book if you wish to leave any comments, we look forward to hearing your thoughts! Have a lovely time in Madeira Island and we hope to receive your visit again soon. Subscribe by email [] or take a look at our Blog

Thoughts on the Scripture Readings Brought to you by Chris Oliver, UK 12th June – Pentecost


was less understood than the other two Jewish pilgrimage feasts of Passover and Tabernacles. The Dead Sea Scrolls showed that Pentecost was associated with God giving the Covenant on Sinai and at Pentecost new community members were enrolled. So the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost fits neatly with this Covenant feast: the formal birth of the Christian Church and the commitment and strengthening of the Apostles for their task. Acts tells us that "they were all together" - earlier verses imply that this included "some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers". The list of peoples who hear and understand the Apostles extends from the east to

west of the empire - effectively this is the mission programme now starting, and therefore the "table of contents" for the book of Acts. Paul instructs the Corinthians that Christians together make up the body of Christ on earth. He emphasizes that it is the one Spirit who gives the gifts each individual needs for the particular task God has given him. Just before the first ending of John's Gospel, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalen after his resurrection, and then to the disciples huddled together in a closed room "for fear of the Jews". Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on them, giving them power to forgive sins. Acts 2:1-11 Ps 103 1Cor 12:3-7,12-13 Jn 20:19-23 Further Information,


From My Heart to Your Heart Brought to you from Father Bernardino, Madeira People’s Stories is nothing more fascinating for me than to hear or read little people’s stories. Each person is a story of God working in him/her. That's why it makes it even more fascinating. A few days ago we received an email from one of our visitors asking us to tell them the story of the beggar (António) who Sunday after Sunday stands on the street by the Chapel of Penha de França. I promised I will have lunch with him, listen to his story and ask him permission to write about him.

Ronnie and Doreen used to visit Madeira and attend Mass at Penha de França. She fell in love with this chapel. In her memory Sir Ronald decided to fund a refurbishment of the chapel to be inaugurated on July 3, with a budget of about 6,000.00 Euros. We just received the first 3,000.00 and the work is on its way. He also gave a generous donation to the project People Helping People to help the poorest of the poor in our Madeira Island.

But today I will start with the story of Sir Ronald McIntosh or “Ronnie” as he likes to be called.



Ronnie had a very long and successful marriage for over 60 years until his wife died two years ago.

His friend Fr. Wilfrid, who buried Doreen, visited us recently and saw the beginning of the work. I asked him to write about Ronnie. That's what we are sharing with you today.

Fr. Bernardino Andrade []

“Dear Bernardino, Thanks for your welcome on Friday. Sir Ronnie was pleased to hear that the work was progressing well and will forward some money. He looks forward to being with you in July. Now some notes about our friend. Sir Ronnie is a distinguished person and has had a very full life. In 1939 because of the war rather than go to university he volunteered for the merchant navy and by 1945 was an officer. He then went up to Oxford and among his contemporaries was Roy Jenkins. Ronnie became a civil servant and in the 1970s was chair of the National Economic Development Council. He advised various prime ministers including Ted Heath, Jim Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. He also worked closely with the Trade Unions. I gather if Ted Heath had taken his advice the strike that led to the “Three Day Week” would have been avoided. His life centred around his wife Doreen and through her he became a Catholic. He was inspired by Cardinal Hume and was a friend of Lord Hunt the Cardinal’s brother-in law. As a Catholic he took an interest in promoting Vatican II and was a trustee of the Tablet. Sir Ronnie now lives in the country near Faversham and is a great supporter of his parish. Again best wishes Father Wilfrid”

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 kids & grownups!

From the Hymn book… Entry Hymn = No. 574 Offertory Hymn = No. 159 Communion Hymn = No. 516 Final Hymn = No. 19


The World Seen from Rome Brought to you by ZENIT, the Catholic Church news agency Church in Europe Looks at Muslim “Fact of Life”

With 11 million Muslims in Europe, the coexistence of religions is a fact of life, but also a theme for discussion. Thus, a second Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) meeting of delegates for relations with Muslims in Europe was held in Turin, with the aim of considering not only the relations of Church, state and Islam, but also the theme of Islamophobia. Father Andrea Pacini, secretary of the Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Piedmont-Val d'Aosta episcopal conference, noted that Muslim life in Europe is an ongoing process.

Europe represents "a great occasion for Islam to enrich itself and to express again its purely religious identity, beyond juridical and social policies," he proposed. Unlike in nations that are defined politically by Islam, Muslims in Europe do not have to express a political dimension, but rather, "must be able to express themselves as religion." Father Pacini said this is a challenge for Islam, but he also noted the need for "relations between religious communities to be able to contribute in the best possible way to a peaceful and harmonious coexistence within all the societies." And dialogue occurs because of shared space -- such as "hospital, military, penitentiary and university chaplaincies," he observed. Further Information,

A Portuguese Treat To try at home – make it & enjoy it! Pasteis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts

This delicacy dates back to 1837 when it first started being sold by the clerics in a Catholic Monastery called Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém, Lisbon. The original recipe is still safe-guarded today, although you can find them at every coffee shop across the country. They are best served still warm, sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar. STEP BY STEP

1 Dilute the salt in the water and mix the flour until you have a pastry. Split INGREDIENTS Pastry 300 g of flour 250 g of butter Water & pinch of salt

the butter in three parts. Roll the pastry thin and spread one part of the butter over it. Then roll it like a mat, and repeat this step two more times until you have used all the butter. In the end, leave the pastry to rest for 20 minutes.

2 Next cut the pastry in strips about 2 cm thick (about 1 inch). 3 Put one strip inside a tart shell (or small muffin tray) and with your thumb

press the pastry down in one direction until you fill the shell all the way up.

Cream filling 5 dl of double cream 9 yolks 9 spoons of sugar

4 In the meantime, heat in a water-bath the beaten egg yolks with the sugar and cream. When the mixture gets quite thick, leave it to cool down. Then pour one spoon of this cream in each tart shell.

5 Take the tray to a preheated oven at 180o C for about 25 minutes until the Further Information,

tarts are cooked and a toasted. Some people like them a bit more burnt off, others enjoy just slightly golden. Discover your favourite way too! 3

Enjoying Funchal the Most Brought to you by Laurinda Machado, Windsor Travel

June is definitely the month for music and fireworks. And what a combination! On June 11th Madeira Classical Orchestra will be performing with Maestro Rui Massena on Madeira Tecnopolo at 9pm. Also, the Madeira Bandolin Orchestra will be performing at the English Church on June 17th at 9pm and on the 18th Cinco Ventos – Madeira Wind Quintet will be at CS Madeira Hotel at 9pm. In June there is also the Madeira Fireworks Festival 2011 (Atlantic Festival), a contest where three international companies dispute a trophy, so on Saturday stroll down to the harbour around 10.30pm and enjoy the Pyromusical firework show! Further Information,

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

Mother Theresa used to say that small things, done by small people, in small places can change the world. We are simply a small group of people in a very small island, trying to reach out for those who have lost all hope and love. Even more than feeding the hungry only once or many times over, our utopia is to take the poor from their condition of poverty by fighting injustices, supporting families, improving health, finding jobs and constantly fighting loneliness. Always with a helping hand and friendship, we try to meet the basic needs like food and rent. Afterwards we want to walk beside them until they get a job, recover their dignity and can stand on their own two feet. Maybe one day they can even help other people too. Our help is based on respect for human dignity and knowing that I have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. Jn 13:14


If you identify with People Helping People, 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 know more about the project, don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Bernardino [] and remember, If you can’t feed one hundred people, then feed just one. [Mother Theresa] Finds us online on facebook searching for People Helping People We would like to express our gratitude to 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 and all of you that, with your endless generosity, support this cause.

Editors: Laura Machado & Susana Costa © Funchal, 2011


Joyful Gift #2  

Second Edition of Joyful Gift - Your weekly newsletter from the Chapel of Penha de França in Funchal, Portugal