Rosary Devotion - First Sunday of the Month

Beginning August 1, on the first Sunday of each month at 7:30 a.m. there will be a Rosary Devotion for a special intention. The first intention will be Vocations.  Deacon John will lead us this month.

 

No sign-up is required. We ask that you consider 20 minutes before the 8:00 a.m. Mass to participate in this special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary.

Journey with the Pope 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021

“Let us try to read a page of the Gospel every day, to pray with the psalms, to read the prophets! We will be comforted by the Lord's faithfulness. The Scriptures will also help us to understand what the Lord is asking of our lives today… I was called to become the Bishop of Rome when I had reached, so to speak, retirement age and thought I would not be doing anything new. The Lord is always – always – close to us. He is close to us with new possibilities, new ideas, new consolations, but always close to us. You know that the Lord is eternal; he never, ever goes into retirement.”
Pope Francis   FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY ~ JULY 25, 2021
 

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021

“Even at the darkest moments, as in these months of pandemic, the Lord continues to send angels to console our loneliness and to remind us: “I am with you always.” He says this to you, and He says it to me… As a long period of isolation ends and social life slowly resumes may every grandfather, every grandmother, every older person, especially those among us who are most alone,
receive the visit of an angel!”
Pope Francis    FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY ~ JULY 25, 2021

  LPI CONNECT! Sunday Reflection

LPI - Connect! Sunday Reflection

A LONGING FOR FULFILLMENT

Draw near to your servants, O Lord,
and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness,
that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide,
you may restore what you have created
and keep safe what you have restored.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

— from The Roman Missal

Honoring St. Joseph and Celebrating the Family

Ever-Present God,

you know how much we love our children,
because you, too, are a parent.

We are all your daughters and sons.

Bless them with your joy and simplicity-

as we share happy times of family love with them.
From We Gather Together: a Family Retreat with Activities to Prepare for First Eucharist

 

Saint Joseph: Slaughter of the Innocents

 a weekly reflection from the editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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No matter how long we’ve been participating in the Mass, there is always the possibility of seeing it in a new way, with fresh eyes.
Celebrate Jesus, The Bread of Life, whenever you break bread with family or friends this month. This printable placemat can be used a meals and gatherings.

 

Part 2
In April of this year, the St. John Bosco Ensemble recorded some favorite songs (Part 1) that they played at Mass through the years. They have now released Part 2 of the musical celebration. Although they have returned to 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays, you don't want to miss this celebration! 

 

Beautiful musical celebration ! Each and everyone did such a fantastic job with solo and ensemble. Thanks Clare and Jodi especially. You have been using your musical talents and voices for many years ! Great !
 
Indeed, God is great and worthy to be praised. We thank God for the gift of faith and for our St. John Bosco Faith Community. Thank you Jodi and co for the heart uplifting songs. Beautiful!!!
Blessed be God
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Catholic Digest: The Blessing Of A Forgiving Heart

When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.

(Mark 11:25)

 

In silence, let’s all think … of a person with whom we are annoyed, with whom we are angry, someone we do not like. Let us think of that person and in silence, at this moment, let us pray for this person and let us become merciful with this person.

(Pope Francis, Angelus, Sept. 15, 2013)

 

Nothing is clearer in the Gospel than our call to forgive life’s hurts, and yet nothing can be more difficult than acting on this command of Jesus. Many Christians do not even try because the forgiveness of some hurts seems impossible. Yet all of us know of Jesus’ inspiring examples of forgiveness: forgiving his disciples who betrayed, denied, and abandoned him in his hour of greatest need; forgiving his executioners from the cross.  Keep Reading . . .

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This unique retreat experience encourages readers to profoundly reflect on five key questions that Henri Nouwen himself wrestled with. 
Celebrate the "Grands" in your family and the special role they play in sharing their faith: Grandparents Pray, Play and Proclaim!
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This book is a powerful compass for anyone interested in Ignatian spirituality and growing closer to God through contemplation and discernment.
On July 26 we celebrate the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. Use the activity pages of Thank God for Grandparents to strengthen the generational bond in your family this week.
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Bernadette Snyder brings laughter, love, and common sense wisdom to all of her prayer “mutterings” and helps us remember to thank the good Lord for treasures like old coffeepots and dear friends.
Summertime is great time to focus on Faith and Family.  Gather, reflect and pray with these family-focused messages from Pope Francis.
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This delightful book from a beloved writer is "just what the doctor ordered" to lift your own spirit or the spirit of someone you love.
This Independence Day, we thank God for our freedoms and pray for those in service and their families with the prayers in Keeping Watch.
 
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In this booklet Carole Eipers offers a compassionate and honest guide to talking with children about death, loss, and grief.
Continue your Father's Day celebration throughout the week with the devotions in A Father's Love.

Pope Francis and Prayer

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021

“Faith begins from believing that we are not enough for ourselves, from feeling in need of God. When we overcome the temptation to close ourselves off, when we overcome the false religiosity that does not want to disturb God, when we cry out to him, he can work wonders in us. It is the gentle and extraordinary power of prayer, which works miracles.”
Pope Francis
ANGELUS JUNE 20, 2021ANGELUS JUNE 20, 2021

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021

“A prayer that alienates itself from life is not healthy. A prayer that alienates us from the concreteness of life becomes spiritualism, or worse, ritualism… The time dedicated to being with God revives faith, which helps us in the practicalities of living, and faith, in turn, nurtures prayer, without interruption. In this circularity between faith, life and prayer, one keeps alight that flame of Christian love that God expects of us.”
Pope Francis      GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021

“Let us repeat the simple prayer that it is so good to repeat during the day. All together: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”… I invite everyone to grow in a spirit of constant prayer, capable of uniting our daily lives and making them a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!”
GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

“Little prayers: “Lord, have mercy on us,” “Lord, help me.” So, prayer is a kind of musical staff, where we arrange the melody of our lives. It is not in contrast with daily work; it does not contradict the many small obligations and appointments; if anything, it is the place where every action finds its meaning, its reason and its peace.”
GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021
 

MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021

“Even if our prayers were only stuttering, if they were compromised by a wavering faith, we must never cease to trust in Him: I do not know how to pray but He prays for me. Supported by Jesus’ prayer, our timid prayers rest on eagle wings and soar up to Heaven. Do not forget: Jesus is praying for me. Now? Now. In the moment of trial, in the moment of sin, even in that sin, Jesus is praying for me with so much love.”
Pope Francis      ANGELUS MAY 30, 2021
 

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021

“When we pray we must be humble, so that our words are actually prayers and not just idle talk that God rejects… I go to pray but You, Lord, convert my heart so that it asks for what is convenient, for what will be best for my spiritual health… On some occasions, therefore, the solution to the problem is not immediate… Then, over time, things have worked out but in God’s way, the divine way, not according to what we wanted in that moment. God’s time is not our time.”
Pope Francis    GENERAL AUDIENCE MAY 26, 2021

Bayard Faith Resources at Home

Must read articles for all parents 

Catholic Digest: The Great Leap

Catholic Digest: The Gift Of Imperfect Parents

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This recently revised, expanded edition answers the questions most commonly asked by both Catholics and non-Catholics. Also makes a great housewarming or wedding gift!
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus speaks "Peace, be still" to the storm, and peace comes. Reflect on this peace in the pages of Freedom: Finding Peace in Anxious Times.
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Marriage expert John Bosio offers couples a blueprint for happiness based on the wisdom of the Christian Tradition.
These prayers will help bolster your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, growing closer to her son as well, as we observe the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary this week.
 
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June 11th is The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Discover how devotion to the Sacred Heart can be revitalized in our day through a spirituality that is biblical and contemporary.
We celebrate The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ this weekend. Reflect on Christ's gifts and how we receive them with the thoughtful resource First Holy Communion All Over Again.
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This thoroughly Catholic summer activity book makes a perfect year-end gift for families in Catholic schools and parish programs.
As we near the end of May, reflect on your relationship with our dear Mother Mary in the pages of Pope Francis: Devoted to Mary.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Enjoy John Burland's new song for sending out from the “Gathered as Your People Lord” collection,

called “Go Out to All of the Earth”. "

...and they were sent out to all of the earth to proclaim the message of God's great love."

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Popular and beloved author Joyce Rupp offers us the spiritual assurance that God is always with us, a loving, enduring presence.
Use this collection of Pentecost prayers around your table this week as you celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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This inspiring book of prayers can help anyone who seeks to understand Mary or who wishes to deepen their relationship with this most powerful intercessor and true friend. 
Continue the celebration of Mother's Day throughout this week with a bright bouquet of devotions in Blessed Are You!
APRIL 28, 2021 Pope Francis GENERAL AUDIENCE April 14, 2021

“Do I pray, certain that I am in the Church and that I pray with the Church? Or do I pray a bit according to my idea  and then make my ideas become prayer?... Without faith everything collapses; and without prayer faith is extinguished. Faith and prayer together. There is no other alternative.

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From the Introductory Rites to the concluding Rites of the Mass, this illuminating booklet helps us explore the sacred mystery that is the source and summit of our Catholic life. 
Author, pediatrician and religious educator Pat Fosarelli's booklet, Let's Talk About Bullying, provides a faith-centered way for parents and children to open up with each other about bullying.
 
SONG OF THE WEEK
A new gathering song from the “Gathered as Your People Lord” collection, called “We Are Your People Lord”. As we gather one body, one spirit in Christ, we are strengthened together.
©2021 John Burland. John Burland is the National Music Consultant for Bayard.

Children’s Bedside Prayer

Bless me, Lord, as this day ends,
Bless my family and a

ll my friends,
Keep me safe throughout the night,
and wake me with the morning’s light

 

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.

 

Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

Canticle of Simeon

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
you have prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.

 

An Evening Family Prayer (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded to us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Amen.

 

Phos Hilaron

O radiant light, O sun divine
of God the Father’s deathless face,
O image of the light sublime
that fills the heav’nly dwelling place.

Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades,
as shine the lights of eventide,
we praise the Father with the Son,
the Spirit blest and with them one.

O Son of God, the source of life,
praise is your due by night and day;
unsullied lips must raise the strain
of your proclaimed and splendid name.

For more family prayers, get The Catholic Family Book of Prayers.

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Celebrate Arbor Day on April 30th!  Based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home), this user-friendly book presents 30 well-designed lessons and activities on what we can do to help make care for the Earth part of our faith lives. 
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we will hear Jesus compare his followers to branches growing from him, the Vine. Reflect on Jesus' metaphor through the pages of Wine and the Word.
 
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An essential reminder for moms of all ages, this little booklet is filled with the many ways we meet God in the daily moments of motherhood.
Focus on the familiar words of Psalm 23 as you prepare for Good Shepherd Sunday this week: The Lord is My Shepherd.
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Christ’s call to love thy neighbor has taken on new importance in our time. This little booklet presents an easy way  to integrate acts of mercy into daily life.
As we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday this week, let the words of Fr. Joe Kempf guide you to a deeper understanding of God's love and forgiveness in The Joy of Mercy.
 

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This bestselling way of the cross follows Jesus on his journey to Calvary through the eyes of his mother, Mary.
On Palm Sunday, we will hear Jesus' Passion story as he enters Jerusalem on his path to the cross. Reflect on this Holy Week journey with the devotions in From Palms to Passion.

From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has devoted much of his attention to the family. At World Youth Day in Brazil in 2013, he spoke often and profoundly to young people about faith and family, noting in one instance: "How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!"

 

With Pope Francis Celebrates Faith and Familywe honor family life and Pope Francis' commitment to the important role families play in nurturing our faith in God.

This wonderful booklet

invites teens

to consider the many ways we grow spiritually:

through the sacraments,

prayer,

and attentiveness to God’s presence in everyday occurrences.

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This beautiful booklet is filled with ways to keep the Easter spirit alive throughout the fifty days of Easter and beyond! 
This Sunday's Gospel reading includes one of the most beloved passages of scripture: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world..." Reflect on those words this week in For God So Loved.
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With a unique focus on the Lenten readings, this powerful booklet offers over 50 questions to explore our daily habits, choices, and actions throughout this penitential season and beyond.
Reflecting on the kindness and generosity of the Lord, the “Compassionate One,” through prayer can be nothing short of transformative. Allow the short but substantive prayers in Sr. Chris Koellhoffer's In Your Kindness to enrich you and accompany you this week.
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Best-selling author and spiritual writer Fr. David Knight fervently reminds us that to live a Christian life means actively embracing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
While Lent can be a somber time, it is also a celebration of what Jesus has done for us. Father Thomas Connery encourages us to observe Lent With Grace and Gladness. 
 
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Find comfort in these inspirational devotions written in the form of messages from Jesus as he speaks to a beloved and treasured friend.
As the season of Lent begins, commit to Practicing Love within yourself, your family, your community.
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On Thursday, February 11, we celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes. Strengthen your own devotion to Mary through thoughtful reflection from Pope Francis in Devoted to Mary.
This surprising and enlightening volume from the Threshold Bible Study series offers 30 lessons to help individuals and groups “open the door” to the heart of Scripture.
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Our Lord Jesus cures the sick in this Sunday's gospel reading. Learn the history and basics of the Sacrament, Anointing of the Sick this week with God's Healing Embrace
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Here is the video for John Burland's new song “I Forgive”.
It will be used to launch the “I Forgive Day” in Sydney on February 1, 2021 at Parliament House.

A great resource for Lent!

Wanting to pray better is the first step in praying better. In How to Pray, Fr. Thomas Connery couples wit, wisdom and practical storytelling with tips on how to improve one’s prayer life.
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In her imaginative and engaging style, Marci Alborghetti introduces us to a spiraling Pilate, a penitent Dismas, a brooding Roman soldier, and an agonized mother who bears suffering with uncanny strength.

In Peace Begins With Us, author Connie Clark offers  ideas, prayers and activities to help us start bringing peace back into our homes.
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Each of these 30 exercises provides preparation for prayer, a brief reflection, guidelines for entering the Scripture passage, and a beautiful closing prayer.

Reflection for SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021

“Saints remind us that holiness can blossom even in our lives, however weak and marked by sin. In the Gospels we read that the first saint to be “canonized” was a thief, and he was “canonized”, not by a Pope, but by Jesus himself. Holiness is a journey of life, of a long, short or instantaneous encounter with Jesus, but always a witness.” 

Pope Francis - General Audience - April 7, 2021

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How do you explain the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to teens?
Through the extraordinary stories of beloved saints in this wonderful book!

Jesus is truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is also our loving Good Shepherd. May the devotions in The Lord is My Shepherd guide you closer to the Lamb of God this week.
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Is it possible to carry on good conversations with people with whom we disagree?
Lorene Duquin's latest booklet can help!

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A prayer for the new year presented by Catholic Online.

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Drawing upon some of the most vital moments in the New Testament, Leo Gafney calls us into a life-changing conversation with Jesus in the gospels.

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This powerful encyclical is Pope Francis’ “cry from the heart” to all people of the earth

to see beyond their differences and begin to grow together to build a new and peaceful world.

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Chocked full of stories and questions to reflect upon,

this book is a must-have for any caregiver who seeks nourishment in their call.

 
SONG OF THE WEEK

People from 5 continents, professional or amateur musicians and singers, join together to sing and play Amazing Grace to give hope to those who despair, console those who mourn, and encourage those who are on the frontline!
#humansvscovid #virtualchoir

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In a world beset by the ugliness of war, greed, and injustice,

we all need to seek, find, and let our hearts rest in the experience of beauty.

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 Click on picture to read the compelling story of the man behind the beloved hymn. 

Each of us are called to be Witnesses to God’s love and “Arise and Go Out” and share the Good news with others. 

Official video for "Arise and Go Out" from John Burland's album "ARISE".

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This poignant and often humorous collection of prayers will keep Jesus "at your side" to help with the ups and downs of daily life!
Whether your loss is recent or not, reflect on these thoughtful Prayers for Time of Loss as you remember and pray for all those who have gone before us this month.
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Gerald Straub's dramatic story is a modern-day pilgrimage into the prayerful heart of St. Francis of Assisi.
In her booklet Modern Day Saints, author Amy Welborn writes that the saints help us understand the gospel and, most importantly, how to live it, even in the modern age.
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Fr. Tracy O'Sullivan explores how we petition God and what hinders our authentic prayer in this engaging booklet filled with stories and insights. 
Love God. Love my neighbor. These are the greatest commandments. In The Joy of Mercy, Fr. Joe Kempf provides a warm invitation to live out our love for God and neighbor each and every day.

 

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Sr. Melannie Svoboda is  just one of the many authors in this beautiful book where popular writers share their thoughts and reflections on a favorite Scripture quote.

 

Though our workplaces may look different this year, it is good to remember that we are able to keep (and share) our faith while engaged in our vocation. The brief reflections in Keeping the Faith in the Workplace provide inspiration to your work day.
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In a crisp, reader-friendly style, Sister Janet sets forth countless insights on aging drawn from Scripture, her own experience, and her rich interaction with others.
On October 7 we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary. Learn and reflect on the healing power of The Rosary with these insightful thoughts from Fr. Thomas J. Connery.
SONG OF THE WEEK

Amazing Grace, sung by Fr. Rob Galea feat. Maria Legayada.

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Meyer's insightful and down-to-earth stories are sure to bring joy, tears, laugher, and challenge!
Praying the Peace Prayer of St. Francis can be a valuable exercise, in October, in Lent, any time anxiety and unrest is present. These reflections help in that prayerful practice.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Liturgist and award-winning author Glenn Byer reflects on ways to deepen our experience of Eucharist whether we are present in Church or at home, in this webinar from the Living with Christ Webinar Series

For a limited time, save 20% off Glenn Byer's books and ALL Living with Christ resources on bayardfaithresources.com with promo code GLENNBYER.

Being a good worker in God's kingdom includes stewardship of time, talent and treasure. This book of prayers focuses on that good stewardship.
 
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Reassuring and full of wise and practical suggestions, this lovely book makes a perfect gift for newly married couples. 
SONG OF THE WEEK

Gratia Plena, sung by Andrea Bocelli (From The Soundtrack Of “Fatima”).
Learn more about the film, here.

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