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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bahrain

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We have heard of the demise of an ex-parishioner Mr. Chevalier Francis Joseph, an active member of the Malayalam Community here at the Sacred Heart Church who passed away today, Wednesday 19th September.

He worked for Middle East Transport MET, Ahmed Mansoor Al Ali AMA, Bahrain and was the loving father of Reynold Francis (Reny), Ronald Francis (Rony), Romald Francis (Remy) and Sherine Francis.

Prayers will be held at home (No:11, Rose House, Alapuram Lane, Muttada) on Thursday, 20th September 2018 at 3:00 P.M. and funeral will be held at Holy Cross Church, Muttada,Trivandrum thereafter.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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As Pope Francis said : We help, we lead others to Jesus with our words and our lives, with our witness. I like to recall what Saint Francis of Assisi used to say to his friars: “Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words”. Words come… but witness comes first: people should see the Gospel, read the Gospel, in our lives.

Always start anew from Christ! You are part of the Church, the pilgrim People of God, and you accompany God’s People on that pilgrimage. Let us remain with Christ – abiding in Christ – and let us always try to be one with him. Let us follow him, let us imitate him in his movement of love, in his going forth to meet humanity. Let us go forth and open doors. Let us have the audacity to mark out new paths for proclaiming the Gospel.

Learn more by attending this talk at the Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium commencing tomorrow, Monday 17th September at 7.30pm.

See you all there!
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bahrain

Today, 15th September, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

This Feast dates back to the 12th century. Pope Benedict XIII added it to the Roman Calendar in 1727 on the Friday before Palm Sunday. In 1913, Pope Pius X fixed the date on September 15.

The title "Our Lady of Sorrows" focuses on Mary's intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. "The Seven Dolors," the title by which it was celebrated in the 17th century, referred to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary. The feast is like an octave for the birthday of Our Lady on September 8th.

This Feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. May the numerous tears of the Mother of God be conducive to our salvation; with which tears Thou, O God, art able to wash away the sins of the whole world.

As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung, the sword of sorrow Simeon had foretold pierced her soul. Below are the seven sorrows of Mary:

The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

Symbols: heart pierced with a sword; heart pierced by seven swords; winged heart pierced with a sword; flowers: red rose, iris (meaning: "sword-lily"), cyclamen.

Patron: people named Dolores, Dolais, Deloris, Dolorita, Maria Dolorosa, Pia, and Pieta.
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