Consecration to St Joseph is Here! Lenten Pilgrimage, Womens Conference & More

 

March 19 Worldwide Consecration to St Joseph!

Are you ready for the worldwide consecration to St Joseph in the year of St Joseph? As you may know, we have partnered with the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to help facilitate the world’s largest spiritual consecration on March 19th – the Solemnity of Saint Joseph! Please visit StJosephNow.org and pledge to take part in this spiritual consecration. The more people that can make this spiritual consecration on March 19, the better! We only have a limited amount of time to make this effort the largest spiritual consecration ever. Your participation today can change the world! We also have a large stock of the physical books of the St Joseph Consecration, that are available through Parousia for Australia and New Zealand. For all other countries visit the main website:

https://www.consecrationtostjoseph.org/introduction.html. Marian Press is also offering the streaming, audiobook version of ‘Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father’. Join the immersive journey with the Consecration to St. Joseph Audio Experience. If you miss out on March 19 there is feast of St Joseph the Worker to prepare for on May 1 and there are other key dates this year to make the 33 day preparation so its never too late.

 

Lenten Pilgrimage Starts March 21 and Ends on Easter Sunday!

We are getting ready for the next spiritual pilgrimage! This time the Lenten Pilgrimage. Instead of beginning this pilgrimage from Ash Wednesday and having a very long, daily video series among all the other exciting Lenten programs, we wanted to focus on the last 2 weeks. These two weeks will give us the perfect opportunity to reflect for 14 days, with Steve Ray as our guide, on the Stations of the Cross. We will not only meditate on the 14 Stations but, on Easter Sunday, Steve will offer a BONUS reflection on the Resurrection! We pray that this pilgrimage will help you to focus on Christ’s passion and death throughout the final weeks of Lent. In keeping with our Virtual Pilgrimage tradition, we will also be hearing from other expert speakers that you have come to know and love, including Dr Ed Sri, Matthew Leonard, Sonja Corbitt, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Allan Smith, Dr Robert Haddad, Deacon Peter Pellicaan and many more! Each will share a reflection on what Lent means to them.

We hope they will inspire you throughout the final weeks of Lent as we journey towards the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord! You can look forward to 2 reflections each day. Steve Ray brings you a reflection on a Station of the Cross an then one of our other speakers will then meditate on an aspect of Lent. Registration for this pilgrimage is completely free, and the videos will be available at no cost until the end of the first week of Eastertide. Afterwards, the entire video collection will be available for purchase for ONLY $19.99 AUD. This pilgrimage will be available via “Parousia World” (our alternative to secular social media platforms). All the live interviews, community discussion, prayer intentions, and updates will be shared there.

The pilgrimage will also be available on “Parousia On-Demand” for all those who have already subscribed (and for NEW Subscribers) to our online video platform. May we enter into a deeper appreciation of the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ! See you on the inside!

Women’s Conference was Very Popular

On the weekend of March 12 – 14, our friends at the Virtual Catholic Conference organised a Women’s Conference. This proved to be very popular, with tens of thousands of women around the world participating. Some of our favourite speakers featured, including as Kimberly Hahn, Sr Miriam James, Teresa Tomeo, Matthew Leanoard, Steve Ray and 50 others! The theme of the conference was ‘My Peace, I give you’ and it was completely free for the duration of the weekend. Many took advantage of the VIP pass which gave you access to LIVE events, plus ongoing access beyond the event. We really value our partnership with the Virtual Catholic Conference team and look out for more of these Virtual conferences in 2021.

Above: Sr Miriam was the Conference MC

The Parousia Podcast

Above: Patrick Novecosky featured on the Parousia Podcast this month

Earlier this month, I had the honour of interviewing Patrick Novecosky from Nova Media. He is the author of the brand new book “100 Ways that St John Paul II Changed the World”. It was fascinating to learn that he had personally met with the great saint five times! We discussed his faith journey, which included attending youth groups in California, followed by a great opportunity to work for the Marian Fathers, who promote the Divine Mercy. Thanks to that role, he was led to go to Rome and he had such an impact in promoting the religious order that he returned four more times! I highly encourage you to visit his website at www.patricknovecosky.com. Visit our website for all the other shows both in video and audio formats.  

Catholic Apparel

Above: Andre Abouharb from Catholic Apparel shared his faith Journey

Have you heard of an exciting new Catholic Apostolate called Catholic Apparel? I, along with my co-host, Salwa Elias, had the honor of interviewing the founder, Andre Abouharb, earlier this month at the Voice of Charity Studios, to discuss the faith journey this young husband, father and soldier for Christ. After many months away, it was great to kick-started our live shows again with the Voice of Charity network and were glad to have Andre with us. I also had the honour of visiting Andre’s store in person and I am so glad to announce that the Catholic Apparel store, in Belfield, is giving away a free book on St Joseph to fathers who purchase the new design of the St Joseph jumper. To know more about this exciting initiative please visit www.catholicapparel.com.au or visit the store in Belfield!

Above: I popped into the store at Catholic Apparel in Belfield with owner Andre

Parousia On Demand Is Growing

Have you been enjoying Parousia On Demand? As you know, we migrated to a brand new platform during the Rosary Pilgrimage and this has proven to work very nicely. The number of users has been growing nicely and the number of videos has now tipped over 500! What can you expect from this platform? Well… you can access recordings of a large number of our live talks from over the years, as well as all of the virtual pilgrimages, documentaries and even a few movies. We will be adding courses and more video series to the range in months to come. Parousia On Demand is a combination of the Netflix style streaming service with the iTunes style purchase and rent options, giving you the best of both worlds. For all of our donors who donate $30 or more each month, free access is provided to this platform, along with the FORMED platform, from Augustine institute. Please let your friends know about this exciting platform. If you are not a donor, you can still use this platform, by purchasing individual videos, which you can srteam or download to your device.. I invite you to visit watch.parousiamedia.com to learn more.

 

Parousia Study Groups are back – both LIVE and Virtual

We’ve had such an exciting take-up of study programs, in both live face-to-face groups, along with virtual study groups via zoom. It is so good to see the enthusiasm out there to learn more about the scriptures and our faith. These studies will continue throughout lent and we are in the process of getting the advertisements ready for term 2, so look out for them. Our goal is to have as many people studying the faith as possible, so ask your parish priest if you can host a study in your parish. Get in touch with us and we can assist you in launching your first study. Also thanks to the COVID cases being so low, we have been able to start organising in-person talks again. I personally shared my testimony at the St John Melkite Church in Greenacre, Sydney this month. More talks are planned across the country. If you would like to host a speaker in your parish, please get in touch with us.

Above: No Greater Love study groups have been underway.

As usual, we will continue releasing numerous new resources, including books, bible studies, videos, audios, virtual conferences and more. We hope to have live events again, featuring international speakers, by the second half of the year. We are planning to bring back Deacon Harold and also host Sonja Corbitt and Jeff Cavins for the first time Down-Under! We also hope to confirm the rescheduled dates for Fr Leo, Dr John Bergsma and Dr Ray Guarendi soon! Finally, please pray for the Parousia Academy, as we prepare to launch very soon. We are very close now! All will be revealed next month! If you are in a position to support us financially with a donation, either as a one-off or monthly contribution, please pray and consider what you may be able to do to support this important work. Thanks again for all your prayers and support.

May God bless you and your family,

 

Charbel Raish
Director

Consecration to St Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father – Fr Donald H. Calloway, MIC (Paperback)

In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it’s time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons.

Saint Joseph – Catholic Truth Society (Booklet)

Explaining the effects of devotion to St Joseph over the centuries, this booklet is a practical and simple way for people to foster a devotional spirit and can be used individually or in parish groups.

*Featured New Release CD* The Woman at the Foot of the Cross – Part 1 – Dr Ben Akers – Lighthouse Talks (CD)

In this talk—Part 1 of a special two-part Lighthouse Talks presentation—Augustine Institute professor Dr. Ben Akers gives a meditative, Scriptural reflection on keeping vigil at the foot of the cross with Jesus’ mother Mary. Dr. Akers explains the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ confusing address of Mary as “Woman,” and illuminates the connections and foreshadowing between the biblical stories of Creation, the Wedding at Cana, and the Crucifixion. We learn profoundly, as Dr. Akers explains, that “everything Mary does points us to her Son.”

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II: The Gender Agenda (DVD)

Today’s society seems more confused than ever about gender and sexuality. Marriage and family are under attack, undermining centuries of Christian civilization and respect for God’s law. This powerful documentary sheds light on the philosophical and historical causes, and identifies how socialist and communist ideologues re-branded themselves as liberals and progressives to push a leftist agenda. These “wolves in sheep’s clothing” would reorder our traditional Biblical understanding of nature, marriage and family, unless we expose them for what they are.

1 disc / 2 hrs.

*Featured Parousia on Demand* The Cycle of Christian Life by Cy Kellett

In this presentation, Cy Kellet describes what the Cycle of Christian life is and explains that, as we go around and around in this cycle, we delve deeper and deeper into our own faith and then draw others into this faith too.

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