Christ Has Risen!
“Christ Has Risen! Yes, He has truly Risen! Alleluia!” A greeting and statement shouted out by millions of Christians around the world this month! I pray you are having a blessed Easter season after a season of penance. It is a great time to celebrate our faith and remind people about the whole point of our existence and the power of the resurrection of Christ. There is always so much to share with you and I pray you are encouraged by another busy month in the world of Parousia. Let’s dive in.
Brand New Parousia Academy Course!
We are excited to release our eighth Parousia Academy course! This month’s release is Fr John Flader’s course, ‘Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church‘, which is from his ‘Journey into Truth’ video series. This is a very thorough, but easy-to-follow guide of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Like our other academy courses, it has approximately twelve hours of lectures, but this time in shorter lessons. There are twenty-four lessons at about thirty minutes each. It is very timely to have this now available, especially now that Fr Mike Schmitz has his ‘Catechism in a Year’ podcast. You can have twelve months access to this course digitally for only AUD$99 or own the videos and have the option to submit an assessment essay for AUD$149, gaining credit towards your ‘Certificate of Mission’, achieved with the completion of twelve Parousia Academy courses.
Above: Fr John Flader presenting his Introduction to the Catechism Course
Catholic Homeschoolers Camp 2023
Above: Charbel gave three different talks at the homeschooling camp
During the Easter Octave, I attended the Catholic Homeschoolers retreat. The retreat was full of incredible talks from some amazing speakers such as Kimberly Hahn, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Simon Carrington, and so many others. I also presented talks to three of the groups there. Each day began with Mass, which is always the best way to start to the day! The retreatants then participated in prayers and spiritual talks, which were all very inspiring. There was also a sports carnival, games, a concert, a bush dance and so much more. The retreat was filled with activities that everyone could enjoy.
Above: Kimberly Hahn & Deacon Harold gave live talks via zoom. Also one of the fun activities on the sports carnival with all ages participating.
Parousia had provided some resources for the families attending the retreat. Overall, the Catholic Homeschoolers retreat during the Easter Octave was truly an amazing experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended and to have met so many amazing people from all over Australia. If you ever get the chance to attend this retreat in the future, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to deepen your faith, connect with other Catholic homeschooling families, and have a lot of fun in the process. Feel free to contact me to learn more about it.
Charbel travels to Country Victoria
I recently travelled to country Victoria, to a town called Shepparton, to share my testimony on ‘How Islam Led Me Back to Christ’. From the moment I arrived, I felt a warm welcome from the locals. I spoke to almost a full lecture theatre and they were very engaged and enthusiastic about my testimony. I was encouraged by the engagement and thoughtful questions posed by the audience. After the lecture, I had the pleasure of signing books and spending some time with the locals. I hope to be able to return one day and continue to share and learn from their inspiring stories. We hope to do more events there in the near future.
Above: Event organisers Hayden and Winona catch up with Charbel after the talk
In the Parousia Podcasts this past month, several notable guests were featured, including Fr Chris Alar, who spoke about Divine Mercy and his upcoming tour; Doug Barry from the ‘BR Coalition’, and Mark Griffin, who conversed with Deacon Harold about the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. The podcasts offered engaging discussions on faith and spirituality, and the guests shared valuable insights and helpful tips on living a life grounded in faith. The Parousia team has also planned some very exciting interviews for the upcoming months, so stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations on the podcast. Some other exciting news is that the ‘Parousia Podcast’ and the ‘Speakin’ with Deacon’ series are now both available through the EWTN platform too! This is going to help expand our reach across the globe with our friends at the Eternal Word Television Network. To see this page of so many great podcast shows please visit the following page, www.ewtn.com/radio/other-podcasts, and subscribe to any of these podcasts you might be interested in.
Fr Chris Alar, MIC and Anna Nuzzo Tour
We have been overwhelmed by the response for the upcoming tour with Fr Chris Alar, MIC and Anna Nuzzo. The full tour of Fr Chris starts on Saturday May 27 in Sydney and will feature the Parousia Fundraiser Dinner that evening at the ‘Waterview’, in Olympic Park. Fr Chris then goes on to Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne covering most major capital cities in Australia. The tour concludes on June 5, before Fr Chris travels to Rome to be part of the team that will look at the process of canonising St Faustina as a saint. Please pray for that and this tour, as we focus on the message of Divine Mercy. Venues will be full, so please turn up early. Also look out for some extra events with Anna Nuzzo, who will be here a week before Fr Chris arrives, speaking and singing at various events across Sydney. Hope we see you all there!
Above: Fr Chris Alar, MIC and Anna Nuzzo signing their CD set on the rosary which was recorded together. Excitement is building for this tour.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. If you are able to financially support the work of Parousia please consider a monthly contribution that will help keep this apostolate afloat and to continue to expand and reach more souls. I hope I get to meet many of you at the upcoming tour with Fr Chris Alar and Anna Nuzzo.
Wishing you a blessed Eastertide season!
May God Bless you and your family.
Charbel Raish – Director
Understanding Divine Mercy
– Fr Chris Alar, MIC (Paperback)
Pope St. John Paul II said there is nothing the world needs more than Divine Mercy, yet few people understand exactly what Divine Mercy is and why it is so critical for our times. Now there’s one book that summarizes it all in an easy-to-understand way! Have you ever wondered “What exactly is Divine Mercy and who is St. Faustina?” Would you like to know how to receive the extraordinary promise Jesus offers only one day a year, on Divine Mercy Sunday? Have you ever asked, “How could a merciful God allow so much suffering in the world?” If you answered yes to any of these questions, Understanding Divine Mercy by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, is for you. In this first volume of his Explaining the Faith series, Fr. Chris shares, in his engaging style, the elements of the Divine Mercy message and devotion and explains why Jesus told St. Faustina that Divine Mercy is “mankind’s last hope of salvation.”
With All Her Mind
– Edited by Rachel Bulman (Hardcover)
“The feminine genius,” a term coined by Pope St. John Paul II, has become something of a buzzword in the Catholic world. But has the fullness of femininity been exhausted?
This collection of seventeen essays, written by Catholic women of diverse backgrounds and vocations, is a call to pursue what is too often excluded from our picture of femininity: the intellectual life. Following Mary, the “Seat of Wisdom,” who “treasured” the words of the shepherds and “pondered them in her heart,” With All Her Mind shows how the feminine genius involves both affectivity and active intellectual engagement.
Full of practical advice and personal testimonies and featuring a foreword by celebrated scholar Tracey Rowland, this collection opens readers to the endlessly unique ways for a woman to follow the first and greatest commandment: to love the Lord with all her soul, with all her heart, and with all her mind.
Suffering: What Every Catholic Should Know
– Dr Mark Giszczak (CD)
Suffering is a mystery: an unavoidable reality of human life on earth, which disorients us and tests our souls. It leads us to ask questions about God and his goodness. Though we seek pain relief and comfort, suffering cannot be solved by human effort. Instead, Jesus invites us, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). As we accept his call to self-denial, suffering can become redemptive, conforming us to Christ in his salvific suffering. This talk will explain Catholic teaching on the redemptive value of suffering and show how it can go from feeling useless to transforming us to be like God.
The Older Brother Returns: Finding a Renewed Sense of God’s Love and Mercy
– Neal Lozano (Paperback)
The insights in this book helped form a foundation for Unbound Ministry. Journey with Neal into the human heart through the eyes of the older brother in the story of the Prodigal Son and uncover what has been hidden in your heart and the heart of the Father all along.
Reminders of God’s Love – Fr Mitch Pacwa S.J.
– (Parousia On Demand)
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. shares the signs of God’s Love through the Sacred Heart, the message of the Divine Mercy, and the life of Saint Faustina.
Fr. Pacwa takes you to Poland, showing you where Saint Faustina lived, prayed, and received the message of the Divine Mercy. He brings our Lord’s message alive in a time when God’s Mercy is most needed.