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Starting on Friday 20th February, we will be praying St Louis Marie de Montfort’s celebrated 33 Day Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, and we would like to share that journey with you.

A beautiful devotion with a long and respected history, these prayers and reflections have changed lives and transformed hearts and you too can benefit from this devotion which has deepened the faith of so many.

In the 33 Days leading up to the Feast of the Annunciation, people across the world will be praying this devotion, and we are inviting you to join them.

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

1: SUBSCRIBE FOR DAILY REFLECTIONS

Click here to join our special mailing list and receive prayers and reflections straight to your inbox each day for the duration of the 33 Day Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.


2: BUY THE BOOKLET

We suggest that you also buy a copy of the booklet, which is only £2.50 and will guide you through the consecration with prayers, reflections and readings for each day, giving you a physical companion for your spiritual journey.

Click here to order online or call us on 0207 640 0042. Why not buy an extra copy for a friend?

3: SPREAD THE WORD

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A Message from Joanna Bogle, CTS Author and part of the Catholic Women of the Year Committee 2015


Nominations are now open for the Catholic Women of the Year: any Catholic woman can be nominated and it only requires a letter listing the reasons why she should be put forward for this honour. We are looking for the “unsung heroines” – women who care for the frail and elderly, who teach children the Catholic faith in schools or parishes, visit prisons, raise funds for charity, or are involved in community projects… women who are good neighbours, who defend and uphold Christian values, who care for the common good…women who are married or single, or vowed in religious service, women in all walks of life. 

The Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon is a popular event, held now for over 40 years. The four Catholic Women of the Year are chosen by secret ballot by a committee drawn from representatives of Catholic organisations in Britain. There is no actual award – just a special welcome at the Luncheon, which seeks to celebrate and honour the contribution made by Catholic women to the life and work of the Church in Britain.

Nominations should be sent, by email to the Chairman, Mrs J. Woodford at mijamaajoje@ntlworld.com or by post to 22 Milton Road WARE SG12 0PZ  before April 10th 2015. The letter doesn’t have to be long or elaborate. Please make sure it includes your full name and an address/tel number at which we can contact you!

Joanna Bogle

Catholic Women of the Year Committee 2015

 


Of Related Interest:

Do830 The Special Gift of Women – We live in a world which has many confused ideas about gender and seeks to play down any difference between the sexes; yet it is by their very difference that men and women enrich each other’s lives. This beautiful booklet considers the gifts that God has entrusted to woman in particular, and the gifts which she can give for God’s glory, for the good of those whose lives she touches, and for her own happiness.

 

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All of us at CTS would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and holy Christmas, and every blessing for the new year.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to remember the wonderful words of Pope Francis at his first Christmas Mass as Pope, a year ago today:

“Together with the shepherds, let us pause before the child , let us pause in silence. Together with them, let us thank the Lord for having given Jesus to us, and with them let us raise from the depths of our hearts the praises of his fidelity : We bless you, Lord God most high, who lowered yourself for our sake. You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich and you made yourself poor; you are all powerful and you made yourself vulnerable. 
 
On this night let us share in the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us thathe gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness. To us the Lord repeats: “Do not be afraid!” (Lk 2:10), As the angels said to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid!” And I also repeat to all of you: Do not be afriad! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness”
 
~ (Pope Francis, The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, 24th December 2013)
 

This Christmas, let each of us take a moment to ‘pause before the child’, and contemplate the miracle that is God’s love for us.

 

A Quick Note…

Just a reminder that our offices and bookshop will close at 12.30 on Christmas Eve, and will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

Have a wonderful Christmas!!

 

prayer leafletsPart of our mission at CTS is to reach out to those who most need our ministry, and it was our pleasure this week to donate several sets of leaflets to the inmates of Portland Young Offenders Institution and Immigration Removal Centre.

We received this in reply, from Catholic Chaplain Yvonne:

“Almost a quarter of the men in the Prison I work at are Roman Catholic.  My role as RC Chaplain is only a part time role and this does not allow me sufficient time for pastoral work.  I am always trying to find ways to enable the men to have enough resources to support their faith, during times when I am unable to be with then.  Your kind gift will provide this and I am truly humbled by your donations. 

Working in a Prison is the most rewarding job I have ever had.  I work with men who make me want to be a better person, because they want to be better people too.  Doing this Ministry is sometimes sad and tough, but the spiritual rewards are astonishing, and it’s because of organisations like yours that I can spread the Word of the Catholic Faith.”

It is wonderful that our publications can make such a great difference, and it is through all the help we receive from our members and supporters that enables us to give the gift of faith to others in this way.

We remember in our prayers the inmates of Portland Prison, and pray that these leaflets may touch the hearts and lives of all who read them.


 Click here to find out how you can support the work of the CTS…

At eleven o’clock on Sunday, Britain will fall silent to commemorate the millions of men and women who have been lost to war. These deeply moving and inspiring titles, published for the centenary of the First World War, are a way to reverently honour the fallen at this time of remembrance.

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From the military chaplain who died saving the life of another to the Pope who fought valiantly for peace in a war-torn world, these booklets tell of the great sacrifices made by ordinary people to help keep the light of faith shining. Inspirational stories of courage, faith and forgiveness, they bring the powerful witness of the wartime faithful in to the modern day.

Benedict XV & World War I, by Fr Ashley Beck

Fr Willie Doyle & World War I by K. V. Turley

and Stories of World War I by Raymond Edwards (ed.)

are all available now for only £2.50 each.

Click the links to read an extract… 


“You don’t often hear the experiences of the everyday faithful who endured the gruelling years of World War I. This collection of testimonies illustrates how the Faith was lived with hope and constancy, often to the point of heroism!”
Christine – CTS Reader

The Cover for Paul VI CTS biography

This coming Sunday, Pope Paul VI will be beatified by his successor Pope Francis.

Doubtless there will be much discussion, about the timing of the beatification in relation to the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, of the achievements of his pontificate and these tend to focus on a few big events. How he brought the Second Vatican Council to a close after the death of his predecessor blessed John XXIII, or how he prophetically defended the Church’s ban on the use of artificial contraception.

To look only at these big moments can however lead to a picture of this man that is somehow out of focus. As Fr Anthony Symondson SJ’s CTS biography shows, he was a deeply modest man, a man of intense personal holiness who shunned the pomp of his office and spent his life serving the Church and the world.

As you can read in the extract below, he was the son of a northern Italian newspaper editor, who was heavily influenced by the Oratorians and as the text goes on to show he suffered spiritually in his desire to be faithful to the Church’s teaching and to his position as its guardian.

Blessed Paul VI, pray for us.

Paul VI by Fr Anthony Symondson , SJ is available now from CTS, priced £2.50. Read an extract below.


Of related interest:

Vatican II Documents Pack Vatican II Documents Pack - The Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council continue to have a profound meaning for the Church, informing how she sees both herself, and the world around her.
St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book – We have new friends in heaven. John XXIII and John Paul II were men of deep prayer, with a message about prayer and the spiritual life which can be learned and shared. This new prayer book helps and encourages the faithful to seek the intercession of these two new saints and to thus grow in their own prayer, holiness and virtue.
Humanae Vitae Humanae Vitae – Pope Paul VI’s momentous restatement of how love must, and must not, be expressed if it is to be marital love, true to the nature of human persons and of real marriage as a high and most significant calling.


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