Ave Maria Newsletter

January 2007

“This new year is full of promise and hope. It is an opportunity for us all to make a new beginning – a new beginning in our walk with the Lord, a new beginning in our journey with the Spirit, a new beginning in our relationship with the Father. We can choose to make a new
beginning with our families, a new beginning with our relationship to the Church, even a new beginning with our attitude toward ourselves.

However to make a new beginning we must also allow others to make a new start. This means letting go of the past and not holding on to past hurt and pain. If we let go of our own past and the past of others and place the past in the gentle hands of Jesus, then the Spirit can have new
freedom in all of us.” ~ CCRCC – Vine – Fr. Paul Burak

January 2007

“Dear children! Also today I bring you the newborn Jesus in my arms. He who is the King of Heaven and earth. He is your peace. Little children, no one can give you peace as He who is the King of Peace. Therefore, adore Him in your hearts, choose Him and you will have joy in Him. He will bless you with His blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Medjugorje, December 25, 2006.

We, Mary’s children like all ‘kiddies’ constantly seek joy. Our Queen of Peace, on Her birthday of Jesus message, offers us Her newborn baby, King of Peace. “Adore Him.” Choose Him and you will have joy in Him. He will bless you with His blessing of peace.

Jesus bless you with joy who sent gifts of support for the International Compassion Ministry work. Some overwhelmed us with their large donations. Thank you and the “widows with their mite.” Jesus will say at Judgement Day: “As often as you did it to the least of My brethren, you did it unto Me…..enter into the joy of the Lord.”…..We say with the wee girl, overwhelmed with so many Christmas gifts; “I hope Jesus has birthdays often!”

Maria Esperanza’s – Betania, Venezuela this past month filled us six pilgrims from ICM with the Holy Spirit.
December 8th, Immaculate Conception Mass at the Shrine, Mary sent her blue butterfly through the assembly
announcing Her special presence! Geo Bianchini and family of eight feted us on this his birthday and marriage
anniversary at his extended estate both in Betania and on a high hill above Caracas. He works to make Betania a
model Catholic metropolis. We thank you Geo, Juliette Samson our leader and all the M.O.M. (Mary Our Mother)
Queen of Peace Ministry, North Hills, CA. T’was good to hear John and Carol Leary and his messages from the
Lord. We spoke with Allan Robinson, 24 year old, Philippino stigmatist.

We look forward in 2007 to the Supreme Court decision declaring abortion illegal!

BETANIA – VENEZUELA by Sara Zervos, ICM Volunteer and Pilgrim

We made the pilgrimage to the Church approved apparition site of Betania and the Eucharistic Miracle of Los Teques in Venezuela. Our Lady appeared to many at Betania as Reconciler of all People and Nations. Our Lady promised that the sign of Her presence would be a blue butterfly. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass in Betania, we were privileged to see the magnificent, iridescent Blue butterfly during Holy Communion. Our Marge was gifted with a healing on December 9th at the Mass Ordination of two new priests and three deacons in the Cathedral of Caracas. At Los Teques, we were awed with the Host which years ago miraculously bled during the Consecration. In the Chapel of the Miraculous Host, Mrs. M. Walker, a California pilgrim, walked for the first time in years. We were warmly greeted by the family of visionary, Maria Esperanza Bianchini. Father Geo and the adult children showed us how the Love of God makes a family holy like the Holy Family. At the grave of Maria Esperanza, Vicki of our o ffice had a vision: In ecstasy, Vicki saw the clouds open up, white rays came down surrounding the whole cemetery. To the side of the rays were five stairs leading to Heaven, a saint was on each stair, blessing all of the pilgrims present. Vicki felt the presence of Saint Pio and Maria Esperanza in the mist. We thank God for the holy priests, our fellow pilgrims and all the graces received.

Smiles: Lord, give me patience please right now!

When I told the doctor about my loss of memory,
he made me pay in advance.

Did you know that the term “Ringleader” refers to
the director of a bell Choir?

Blessed New Year 2007!

Love & health.

Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M.