Looking for a solid orthodox alternative to Flame 2? CARDINAL BURKE is speaking at the SPUC youth conference the very same weekend!!! (6-8 March 2015)

Youth Conference leaflet 2015 digital version

The embarrassing truth about the Flame 2 youth conference, CYMFed and Timothy Radcliffe continues to circulate around the world (see the major US sites: LifeSite News and Church Militant TV News at 1 min 10 secs.)

But in the mean time I would like to draw your attention to the SPUC  youth conference(6-8 March 2015) in Southport, for young people aged 16-35. This is happening the very same weekend as the Flame 2 conference. I know where I’d rather go…!

The annual SPUC Youth Conference has been very successful in recent years in educating and motivating the youth of today to engage in peaceful and effective pro-life work all over the UK. The Youth Conference is also open to attendees from other countries and young people from Spain and Malta have been welcomed in recent years.

Their AMAZING line-up of speakers will include:

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke!!! (I’m not kidding – he is really going to be there!!!) Cardinal Burke is one of the leading orthodox pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church today. He fiercely defended church teaching on sexuality, marriage and family at the recent Family Synod and was the main voice questioning the controversial mid-term report saying “a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable”. Recently almost 30,000 people signed a petition thanking Cardinal Burke for his service as the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura before he was moved by Pope Francis, becoming the new patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

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Cardinal Burke

Obianuju Ekeocha – founder of Culture of Life Africa who’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Life throughout Africa especially at a time when many western countries are choosing to redefine culture and civilization as we know it. Africa has to now stand firmly by what she knows to be Culture of Life and Civilisation of Love. Culture of Life Africa is endorsed by The Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Obianuju Ekeocha

Ira Winter – a member of the Life Fertility Care team, who provide help and information on  NaProTechnology – an ethical alternative to IVF, all aspects of NFP (Natural Family Planning) and how it relates to stronger marriages and families.

Ira Winter

Ira Winter

Fiorella Nash – a pro-life feminist and a specialist in the areas of international surrogacy, pro-life feminism and abortion in China. Fiorella is a researcher, writer and political assistant at SPUC. She is also an accomplished novelist, wife and a mother of three children.

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Fiorella Nash

Professor David Paton – a professor of Economics at Nottingham University and an expert in issues surrounding teenage pregnancy. His research on teenage pregnancy has been cited widely in the academic literature as well as being featured on numerous occasions in the national, on TV, radio and in Parliamentary debate.

Professor David Paton

Professor David Paton

Paul Tully, SPUC’s General Secretary, is an expert in legal and parliamentary policy surrounding pro-life issues. He has has worked for SPUC for 33 years and has been involved with many different cases, including leading the SPUC campaign defending the Glasgow Midwives, keeping abortion out of Northern Ireland, lobbies against euthanasia, assisted suicide and the human embryology act as well as branch development work. Paul was also vital in publishing the first ever Charities Bulletin which is still being updated and reproduced today.

Paul Tully

Paul Tully

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend workshops held by Ira Winter on the subject of NFP as well as Margaret Cuthill of Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH ), a post-abortion counsellor, and Janet Secluna Thomas of No Less Human, who worked alongside the late Alison Davis for many years and whose workshop will focus on how we talk about disability.

 

Margaret Cuthill

Margaret Cuthill

Rhoslyn Thomas – Youth & Education officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and one of the conference organisers says: “It is vital that the youth of today attend this conference to equip themselves with the knowledge needed to go out and carry out Pro-Life work in our schools, universities, homes and communities. This is the starting point from which we branch out and achieve the goal of defending and promoting the sanctity of human life. It is an opportunity that is not be missed!”

The conference will begin the afternoon of Friday the 6th of March until just after lunch on Sunday the 8th of March 2015. The price is £100, including all meals and accommodation and it will be held in the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport (near Liverpool) and is open to those from the age of 16 to 35.

For more information and booking forms please contact Rhoslyn Thomas on rhoslynthomas@spuc.org.uk  or call 020 7820 3140.

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Teach Kids about Advent using White Chocolate and Cornflakes!

So…. We’ve been busy! We have been making White Chocolate Advent Wreaths.

You will need…

White Chocolate

Cornflakes 

Mixed Chopped Nuts (optional)

Desiccated Coconut

Cherries

1 Birthday Candle

Plate or board

Cup

 

Q. What are real Advent wreaths made out of?

A. Evergreen leaves like Holly or Pine branches.

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1. Start by melting the white chocolate. Then add the Cornflakes, mixed chopped nuts (optional) and a little of the coconut. When it is mixed together it should look like this…

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Q. Why do we use evergreen branches?

A. To remind us of the Eternal Life we will have in heaven.

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2. Get a board or a large plate and put a cup faced down in the centre. Spoon your mixture around the cup to create your round wreath shape.

Q. Why are Christmas wreaths circle shaped?

A. Because a circle has no beginning and no end – just like God has no beginning and no end.

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3. Carefully remove the cup and sprinkle on some more coconut.

Q. How many weeks are there in Advent?

A. Four. 

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4. Place 4 cherries on your wreath and one in the centre. Stick a birthday candle in the centre cherry.

Q. Why do we light candles during Advent and Christmas?

A. To remind us that Jesus is the ‘Light of the World’. 

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5. Start feeling rather proud of yourself for creating such a beautiful edible Advent wreath!

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6. Share that feeling with those around you! Then place your wreath into the fridge to set. 

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7. Lick the bowl.

Q. Why do we have Advent?

A. To help us prepare for the coming of baby Jesus at Christmas.

For a more in-depth answer of Why do we have Advent? look here… http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/introduction-to-advent/

And now, while your baby does this…

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You can have one of these…

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And ponder why on earth that recent Vatican survey was written in such complicated language!

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday Faith in our Families!

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My Body is a Temple…

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in  you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought  at a price.  Therefore honour God with your body,” 

(1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Since the birth of my two children I have gained over 2 stone in weight and despite my best efforts – I have not been able to lose it. Unfortunately, God did not give me one of those bodies that just pop back into shape!

I eat junk to try to take my mind off of the stress in my life and it has worked, for the most part. Chocolate and crisps has got me through 2 rounds of post natal depression, the death of a family member, a very difficult patch in our marriage, the long lonely nights of the new-born feeds, the stress of un-employment and endless demanding screaming kids! Junk food is my best friend, my loyal companion, my rock in times of trouble, my comfort and pleasure.

So why am I about to end this love affair?

1 week ago I leaned over the bath to turn the taps off and BOOM! – My back went. It is not the first time it has happened (another result of carrying large babies and lifting toddlers!) This time it was really bad. I have spent all week on crutches and have to see the back doctor pretty much every month for ever now. The fact that I am 2 stone over weight and completely unfit and out of shape has contributed to this.

During the week we had no food at all in the house so I went with my daughter to the local supermarket. We walked through the door and the security guard felt so sorry for me he told me to use the electric mobility scooter to do my shopping!!! (Secretly I have always wanted to have a go on one of these!) Before I could politely decline, my 3-year-old daughter has already climbed into the driving seat! “I seriously CAN NOT do this!” I told the guard “I’m 32 years old!”. Anyway, I  estimated that the chances of seeing someone I knew were very slim at that time in the morning – and my daughter wanted to ‘have a ride on the special car!’ so we took it!

Actually it was such great fun! she sat on my lap and we whizzed along making terrified people jump out of the way! It was quite embarrassing when I was trying to reach some breakfast cereal and she suddenly grabbed hold of the controls and shot us into reverse at top speed sending us careering backwards into the Coco pops!

Anyway, the point of this post is for me to come to terms with the fact that my body and my faith are not separate things. It is a very common thing to think that they are. But didn’t Jesus use His body to serve God and mankind by dying on the cross? How much more physically/spiritually connected can you get?! God gave me this body as am opportunity to honour Him with it – and it is up to me to take care of it. It has served me and my husband and my children well so far, through work, sex and child-bearing, and it is my responsibility to keep it working.

The catechism puts it like this…

II. “BODY AND SOUL BUT TRULY ONE” 

364 The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit:232

Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity. Through his very bodily condition he sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the Creator. For this reason man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to regard his body as good and to hold it in honour since God has created it and will raise it up on the last day. 233

365 The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body:234 i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.

Used in accordance with His will, my body becomes a prayer to God – a way of acknowledging that what He wants for my body is better than what I want. It is a very hard and humbling thought and I know I am going to struggle with this one. I am going to have to give up and grieve for my beloved junk food, and face life stress depending on God now, not chocolate. But I know I am not alone.