Fourth Sunday of Advent

The last Sunday of Advent has finally arrived! On this fourth Sunday, the Gospel recounts the story of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and her total openness to God’s Will. Our Lady shows her certainty that only by doing God’s Will can we find true joy and peace. How beautiful is Our Lady’s ‘yes’! […]

Third Sunday of Advent

The third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete” or rejoice Sunday and it takes its name from St Paul’s invite in the second reading to “Rejoice always” (1 Thess 5:16) As we draw closer to the coming of the Lord, we have a reason to be filled with joy. The Church shows her joy by […]

Prayer of the month – December

8th December – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Tota pulchra es Maria, et macula originalis non es in te. Tu gloria Ierusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri, tu advocata peccatorum. O Maria! O Maria! Virgo prudentissima, Mater clementissima, ora pro nobis, intercede pro nobis, ad Dominum Iesum […]

Second Sunday of Advent

The Gospel of the second Sunday of Advent takes the text from the Prophet Isaiah which spoke of, “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” to refer to the mission of St John the Baptist. He prepared his people for the coming of the Messiah by preaching a baptism of conversion for the […]

First Sunday of Advent

The first Sunday of Advent signals a time of waiting and preparation for the coming of Our Lord Jesus. The Advent wreath helps us to meditate on this ‘waiting’ period before the arrival of Christmas. It is circular to indicate the fact that God is eternal, without beginning or end. It is a crown made […]

Novena to the Immaculate Conception: Tota Pulchra es Maria

Tota pulchra es Maria, et macula originalis non es in te. Tu gloria Ierusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri, tu advocata peccatorum.O Maria! O Maria! Virgo prudentissima, Mater clementissima, ora pro nobis, intercede pro nobis, ad Dominum Iesum Christum. You are all beautiful, Mary, and the stain of original sin is not in […]

The Presentation of Mary in the Temple

The 21st November is the World Day of Cloistered Life —Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”). It was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1953 on the day in which we celebrate the liturgical feast of the presentation of Mary in the Temple. To honour this special day, we visit the Chapel of the […]

Why do we pray for the dead?

This year, 2020, is completely different to other years due to the ongoing pandemic that is gripping the world. It causes us to reflect more frequently on the meaning of death and the fragility of human life. Of course, thinking about the end of our lives can be disconcerting because we do not know how […]

70 Anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption

This year we celebrate the 70° anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption of the ever-Virgin Mary into heaven. Christians have always believed in this truth. In fact, from the first centuries of Christianity, oral accounts about the end of the life of the Virgin were handed down in the Judeo-Christian community. […]

The Hail Mary moves Jesus’ Heart!

The Virgin of Revelation told us the power of invoking her intercession by praying the Hail Mary saying, “The Hail Marys that you say with faith and love are like golden arrows to the heart of Jesus.” At Tre Fontane, as with the other Marian apparitions of the last century, Our Lady emphasised the importance […]