Showing posts from May, 2008

Some more baptism photos


Mum 2006 Birthday - 75!


Having a Good Time!




Varina and Mum



Hi Varina - hope you are having a nice day. Nice weather here today. Thinking of you when I went for my walk to the park today with Molly. Jenny just gone to Asda's.

Pro LIfe

Young woman’s tragic suicide illustrates mental health risks associated with abortion
Feb 22, 2008
A coroner in Truro, Cornwall recorded a verdict of suicide yesterday after considering the tragic case of a 30 year old woman who hanged herself because she could not cope with the fact that she had aborted her twin babies.'We have always been concerned about the effects of abortion, not only on the unborn lives that are so brutally destroyed, but also because of the mental health risks to women,' said Julia Millington of the ProLife Alliance. 'This heartbreaking story illustrates the tragic reality that abortion may have been taken out of the backstreets but it remains an unsafe procedure.'A study conducted in Finland examining suicide after pregnancy found that the incidence of suicide after abortion was almost six times higher than after birth. (1)'The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently before the House of Commons provides an opportunity for MPs to cha…

Pro Life


Will's Story: Born at 22 weeks and 3 days
Feb 11, 2008
"My son, Will, was born in 1998 at 22 weeks 3 days. I understand that he is Britain’s earliest surviving baby. Will wasn't treated for a long time because of his gestation. I held him in the delivery suite for 7 hours with no intervention as we waited for him to die.The hospital took him down to the Special Care Baby Unit at 7 hours old. But Will wasn't actively treated until he was 36 hours old and that was after I had been told that he really had no chance of survival and if he did survive he would be severely disabled.If Will had died as he was expected to he wouldn't have even been classified as a live birth but as a late miscarriage which meant that I wouldn't have been able to register his birth and death. Will is now nearly 10 years old, has no disabilities or after effects whatsoever and is among the brightest in his class. If he can survive, then…

Meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Chant - Music for paradise - Stift Heiligenkreuz

Try this one

Chant - Music For Paradise

Dismay at the News This Month on LIfe Issues

Raymond Arroyo, EWTN News Director expresses this much better than I could (Friday, May 23, 2008, EWTN): "THE PRESCIENCE OF HUXLEY
Four startling bioethical initiatives passed in the British Parliament this week. British scientists now have the government’s blessing to create human-animal hybrid embryos. Parents can also use in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to create genetic matches to potentially rehabilitate sick children or relatives. Lawmakers also removed the requirement for an “involved father” for women seeking a child through IVF. And lastly, attempts to reduce the legal limit for abortions from 24 weeks of gestation failed. Britain’s abortion law continues to be among the most permissive in Europe.

For those who might not know Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel, "Brave New World," it opens at Central London's Hatchery and Conditioning Centre in the 25th Century. Pre-born children are biologically manipulated there to fit the dubious designs of a hedonistic socie…

Another heroine - Florence Nightingale

Believing that she heard the voice of God, calling her to his service, she rejected marriage (including an offer from one persistent suitor, the writer and philanthropist, Richard Monckton Milnes), and decided that her destiny lay in nursing.She was graceful, slender, appealing to look at, and she could be charming when the occasion required; but underneath she had an unbreakable resolve, and also happened to possess one of the great administrative minds of the 19th century.
On BBC 1 on Sunday: 7pm

Florence NightingaleBased largely on her own words, the true story behind a most unusual woman - adored by the masses, hated by few, and credited by historians as the birth-mother of modern nursing. Also in HD. [AD,S]

Get Well Soon Shirley!

I see in the news that Shirley Bassey is recovering from an operation. I can't believe that she is 71! There is a video on You Tube of her singing Ave Maria - takes me back to those old vinyl records my mother used to play on the radiogram.

25 years married!

Hubby and I went to the Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage at Aylesford Priory on Bank Holiday Monday. 262 couples who are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary this year - with a combined total of more than 9,000 years of marriage - planned to attend the Mass in Celebration of Marriage at Aylesford Priory on Monday, 26th May 2008, though some were deterred by the atrocious Bank Holiday weather. Many were joined by members of their families. Every deanery in the diocese was represented.
Bishop John was the principal concelebrant, gave the homily and led the renewal of marriage vows.It was a beautiful service with the Right Reverend John Hine, Bishop in Southwark (Archbishop Kevin is still recovering from his operation). This is part of the message Archbishop Kevin gave all those attending - 10 years, 20 years, 25 years, 40 years, 50 years and 60 years married: "Your love and fidelity are a wonderful witness to God's generosity and love for his creation, a…

Facebook Song



Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Catholic Mom of 10

Don't forget to visit Jackie at her new site:

One of My Heroines

Someone I admired from the film 'Inn of the Sixth Happiness' starring Ingrid Bergman, was Gladys Aylward - despite opposition from the China Inland Mission as being unsuitable she followed her passion for the Chinese and made her own way to China to be a missionary. This piece is taken from Wikepedia which also has links to other sites on Gladys Aylward - her autobiography recounts an even more interesting background to the work she accomplished in China and the troubles over there at the time.
Gladys Aylward (Chinese name: 艾偉德, pinyin: (February 24, 1902January 3, 1970) was the Protestantmissionary to China whose story was told in the book The Small Woman by Alan Burgess, published in 1957. In 1958, the story was made into the HollywoodfilmThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman.
Aylward was born of a working-class family in Edmonton, London in 1978. Although forced into domestic service at an early age, she…

"America's Next Top Deacon"

Last Saturday was a Deacon Selection Day - it is a process like 'America's Next Top Model' for those of you who have Sky TV and daughters who watch such things! The judges have seven photos in their hand but only six can go through to the next final. And they hold six photos and each contestant's photo is then shown and evaluated by the judging panel; the one whose photo does not fit is not in their hands at the end and then they have to leave the building and go home. Twiggy is one of the judges on the TV show in one series and Tyra Banks fronts it and is exective producer. Perhaps they should televise the Deacon Selection - might make interesting reality tv!

Quote of the week

"The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great." G K Chesterton

Not Perfect

Philippians 3:12-14 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Pressing on Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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Useful if you are a manager and have a budget to look after and can do a spreadsheet or three on Excel as well as keeping the databases current for the funding applications! - Kev, you are awarded the "I love Maths" badge.

Book for Teenage Dads

Hanging On to Max. Margaret Bechard, $10.50"It's Sam Pettigrew's last year of high school. And he's spending it figuring out how, at age seventeen, he is supposed to care for his baby son, Max …Trading footballs for diaper bags and college brochures for feeding schedules, Sam gives fatherhood his best shot. Only no one told him it would be this hard. What if his best isn't good enough?"

Have the Panel been reading this?

'Working Classes Have Lower IQs'
By Sky News SkyNews - Thursday, May 22 09:22 am
A university academic has been criticised for claiming that working class people have lower IQs than those from wealthier backgrounds.
Boffin Bruce Charlton suggested the low number of poorer students at elite universities was the "natural outcome" of IQ differences between classes.
And he said less affluent students should not be expected to win places at the country's top universities.

And more pics!

Me again.


London day out!

Jennifer - you look nice!

Me, myself and I.

More pics of us

Christmas - my favourite time of the year.
25 years married!


Grandma & Varina


Kev and Vicky


Grandad and Lucas

Grandad and newborn (he is two now - can you believe it?!)

The newborn Lucas Paul - a very Biblical name and what a blessing!

Pictures of Us

Mum and newborn
Newborn and Dad

Migrant Support Group Christmas Party The Family

Local Links

Here is a picture of us when we opened the Early Years Resource Centre - a service for families and parents in Shepway and the area.

Jackie Parkes

Amazing Mom of 10 has moved to this site:

Feast of Corpus Christi

Next Sunday: Feast of Corpus Christi PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT For Dover Deanery25 MAY 2.30PM HYTHE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Kent
All are welcome and encouraged to come along

Church in Need

If you can visit this site - there is an amazing article about a Chinese Bishop, Bishop John Han, (I was struck as well to the similarity in name to our own Bishop John Hine of Southwark) who was in prison for 30 years for his faith (he died in prison) and some video clips of him. As well as other articles on the persecuted church.

Happy Birthday Victoria!

Vicky will be 20 on Sunday! Go Girl! Have a great year Vicky! We love you!

Blessed Be Your Name

You Tube Link:
Blessed Be Your NameBy Matt Redman- - -Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed Be Your name
Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me When the world's 'all as it should be' Blessed be Your name Blessed be Your name On the road marked with suffering Though there's pain in the offering Blessed be Your name Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your glorious …

Out of Egypt

What happened when God led the people out of Egypt? - they were in the wilderness for 40 years. Why does God keep us in wilderness years sometimes? Perhaps it's because He wants us to be free of all we carried, thoughts and beliefs, from a previous period in our lives - like the Israelites needed to be free of all they carried with them from Egypt in thoughts and ways of living. Because He wants a people for Himself. Because He wants it to be all about Him and not about us; that Grace may abound. So that He can do a new work, a fresh work, new wine in new wineskins. If we are still carrying our old mindsets then He cannot do things the way He wants to.
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