You - Consecrated!

Consecrated – is a very big word and also a bit of a mouth full, so what does this complicated word actually mean?
Well the dictionary tells us that to consecrate is to make or declare something or someone sacred. This means, that it/they are consecrated to God and need to be treated as holy, that is, very special.

A church is a consecrated building, because it is God’s house, God’s home. When you go into your church do you treat it like your own bedroom or worse a football ground, pushing and shouting? No! When we go into a church we prepare ourselves, we put on our nice clothes, brush our hair, wash our face and walk into church quietly, knowing that God is there. We bless ourselves with the Holy water and genuflect or kneel before we sit down in a pew to pray.

Well, just as we can consecrate a building and say, “this room, this area, these four walls are for God and God’s use only”, we can consecrate people too. When a building is consecrated as a church a Bishop, Cardinal or Pope will pray over the building and bless it with Holy Water, thus making it ‘Holy’ to God. Well, Guess what? This same Holy Water is used when we are baptised and became part of God’s family, God’s people! When we are baptised we are made over to God. So, we, the baptised, are consecrated and belong to God just as much as a Church. Isn’t that wonderful?

Are you baptised? It you don’t know maybe you should ask your mum or dad to tell you. There is a saying “your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” What this is really saying is “You are a church of God.” When you are baptised, God comes to dwell in you like He does in a church. I think that is so breathtaking, don’t you?

So who are the Consecrated? WE ARE! Can I hear you shout it out loud and proud with me                 
                       WE ARE!!!!!

Now that we know that we are consecrated people we can look at what consecrated life is. Be sure to tune in next week to discover what consecrated life is all about. 

Until then bask in the beauty of your own soul, knowing that your ARE holy and wholly belong to God, and remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka

St Colette

This coming Saturday is the feast of our Holy Mother St Colette, the 7th February Being a Poor Clare Colettine community it is a very important feast for us and it is also a day of great grace.
On the feast of St Colette each year we invite people to come here, to Ty Mam Duw, to receive a blessing with the relic of St Colette’s veil during Holy Mass.

When St Colette was alive a man came to her begging that she pray for his baby who had died, he was very sad because the baby had died before she could be baptised. St Colette wrapped the little baby girl in her veil and prayed, and the little baby came back to life. That little baby girl years later entered the religious house of St Colette and became a nun in St Colette’s community. Well, that very same veil has been handed down from generation to generation of Poor Clare’s and we are very lucky to have a piece of that veil here.

So around this great feast people come to have the veil containing the relic placed on their heads and our own dear Mother Damian will pray a blessing over them and their intentions, She will pray using the same words that St Colette prayed “May the Father in His mercy, the Son by His passion and the Holy Spirit the fountain of peace, sweetness and love, come down upon you and remain with you always.” 

Many people have been made well through the help of St Colette’s prayers, she is also the patron saint of mothers and babies, a lot of babies have been born through the prayers of St Colette. If you have any intentions you want St Colette’s help with, you could email us, and we will remember you at our Mass and put your name and intention under the veil of St Colette. If you live nearby you are most welcome to come to get your blessing in person. If you are unable to come, why don’t you ask someone in your family to lay their hands gently on your head and pray the Prayer of St Colette over you. St Colette is a mighty saint and prayer warrior, we are all safe within her arms.

Wherever and whoever you are she can help you and remember, we your little Poor Clare Colettines sisters are praying for you. Sr Anežka.