Lent has begun!

Lent 2021 has begun! It is always a special time of year as it gives Catholics a season to give of themselves to a deeper level. I know for me personally, my faith went to that next level every Lenten season. It is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We would often think of giving up a certain type of food that we enjoy. This is a good place to start, however, I would encourage you not to stop there. What can you take on in regards to praying more and who can you offer almsgiving to? This year there is no shortage of programs that will help your Lenten experience. Many of our partners have exciting initiatives that you can adopt. Firstly if you have not yet downloaded the hallow app I invite you to do so as it has so many prayers and meditations on the app. Hallow are offering a 40 day lenten journey with guided meditations and readings for you to follow each day. Another new development is from our friends at Exodus 90 who are introducing ‘Exodus Lent’, which is a great concept to detach yourself from anything that enslaves us. Formed.org also have a lenten program you can follow and many of our other partners have their own guides. I’ll explain later in this article about other initiatives that correspond with lent that you can follow too, like the Parousia study by Scott Hahn, Consecration to St Joseph, and the Lenten Pilgrimage!

33 Day Consecration leading up to the Feast of St Joseph

We need St. Joseph now, more than ever before! 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! Marian Press is also offering the streaming, audiobook version of ‘Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father’. Join us on an immersive journey with the Consecration to St. Joseph Audio Experience. Also, 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! Visit StJosephNow.org and pledge your commitment now to take part in the world’s largest spiritual consecration on March 19! 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 now 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

The Parousia Podcast and exciting Bible Study!

Early this month, I again interviewed Dr Scott Hahn, which was such a blessing, as always. This time we talked about his latest projects. The first was the brand new book released called ‘It is Right & Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion’, by Emmaus Road. In It Is Right and Just, Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley challenge our idea of religion and its role in society. Hahn argues that to answer questions over religious liberty, justice, and peace, we must first reject the insidious lie perpetuated by secular-liberal culture: that religion is a private matter. We also talked about his exciting new study called ‘Parousia: The Bible and the Mass’. We discussed the question ‘”Why return to Mass?” and that our very lives depend on it. It’s the summit of God’s plan for our salvation. It’s time to wake Catholics up to the awesome power, the incredible gift, that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The alternative is unthinkable. Enter ‘Parousia: The Bible and the Mass’, launching Lent 2021.

In the latest Journey Through Scripture study, get ready to join host Scott Hahn to uncover how and why all of God’s action, in creation and redemption, is ordered to the Mass. We are very excited about this study and are pleased to announce that you can view the videos for free during lent and you can purchase a copy of the study guide from Parousia at our website store.parousiamedia.com. This study includes very high-quality cinematography with actors reenacting key events of the bible while Scott Hahn is giving teachings across ten lessons. There is the video component as well as the physical study guide. You can do this study as an individual or as part of a parish group. This is a study you don’t want to miss.

Online Study groups are back!

Online bible studies are back! Starting on Monday the 15th of February we are hosting the popular study by Jeff Cavins called ‘Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible’ and starting the following week on a Thursday evening is the Lenten study by Dr. Ed Sri called ‘No Greater Love: A Biblical Journey Through the Passion of Christ’. These studies are free to register so visit our main website www.parousiamedia.com and click on upcoming events or study groups to register. We will be having our discussions on zoom each week so anyone around the world can join in, as long as you can work out the local timezone difference. We are also offering these courses face to face so I will be facilitating the No Greater Love study every Wednesday morning at 11 am at Marymount Mercy Center starting February 24th. I also will be leading a live study at St Michael’s Belfield at 7pm each Tuesday of lent as well. There are more studies advertised on our website under the study groups link.

Virtual Conferences in February

Another two virtual conferences happened this month. The first was on Catholic Dating with Smart Catholics. I gave a talk on how to love your spouse the way they want to be loved. It was a great conference, with Anne DeSantis as the host, and the focus on relationships and how we are to see dating from a Catholic perspective. This conference was different in the sense that it was a one day only event with a back to back schedule for the day. Most of the sessions were live with some being pre-recorded. A great job by the Smart Catholics team. Visit www.smartcatholics.com to know more about this conference and many of the others they have organized. Also this month, our friends at the Virtual Catholic Conference have organized a Men’s conference, with Chris Stefanick as the host. A powerful line up of men is listed and I am honored to be among them. I gave a similar talk on how to love your spouse the way they wanted to be loved, but this time focused on the husbands. I pray they are both well received. As you know the Virtual Catholic Conference team specializes in these virtual conferences and we have been blessed to partner with them. There will be many more conferences coming up that are free online from both of these organizations. To know more about them, visit their website online at

www.virtualcatholicconference.com. There is a virtual conference for the women as well, organized for next month. More information on that soon.

The Lenten Pilgrimage with Steve Ray

On Sunday, March 21 we will begin the Lenten pilgrimage. It is a 15-day pilgrimage that will journey through the stations of the cross. We are blessed to welcome Steve Ray as the MC, who will be guiding us through each station. Steve Ray has a very powerful approach with regards to the stations and is actually featured for February’s CD of the Month. We asked Steve to record these meditations on video, which he has agreed to do, and we will make this available for free in the last two weeks of Lent. In addition, we have asked 15 other speakers to share a reflection on the Lenten season which we hope will inspire people in different ways to learn how others enter into this season. You will get ten minutes of Steve Ray on the stations of the cross each day plus ten minutes of another speaker sharing on various aspects of Lent. We will showcase these video reflections in our brand new ‘Parousia World’ social media platform, where we can have discussions and answer any questions during the event. It is free, so please go to our main website to register.

Parousia Academy Update

As you may be aware, we have been very busy in the background editing the foundational courses for the Parousia Academy. This academy is going to be amazing, with so many great teachers covering courses in various areas including philosophy, theology, Christology, apologetics, sacraments, liturgy, faith and science, bioethics, theology of the body, and more! Starting in the second half of April we will be launching this exciting new initiative and our aim is to raise future leaders of mission in our Church. Imagine the impact these graduates will have when they complete the 12 courses required for accreditation from lecturers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. John Bergsma, Fr John Flader, Dr. Robert Haddad, Christopher West, Fr Robert Spitzer, and many others! Next month, we will unveil the landing page with more information on this academy but I could not help letting you know what we have been working on over the summer. Get ready for a very exciting option to take your adult formation to the next level. This will be online only initially and we may include face to face classes in the future. Please continue to pray for this brand new project.

This wraps up another month at Parousia and some insights to so many exciting new initiatives planned ahead for Lent and beyond. With the year of St Joseph, the bible studies and Lenten programs, it is my wish that you take advantage of all these great opportunities to deepen your faith in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thanks again for all your prayers and support and please keep spreading the word about our work and may we keep reaching more souls for Christ and His Church.

Wishing you a Blessed Lent!

Charbel Raish

Director

Brand New Social Media Platform!

Don’t forget to check out our brand new ‘Parousia World’ social media platform! That’s right. This is going to be an alternative to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many others. We have invited some of the world’s best speakers to join and become moderators on this platform. So far, over 70 speakers/partners have accepted the invitation and more are expected to join. Hundreds of members have joined also and we expect thousands as this year gets underway. The idea of the platform is to highlight all the good that our partners are doing through their apostolates and it puts these great initiatives in one place for you to see. You can interact with Deacon Harold and Steve Ray among many others as well as join different groups that are focusing on particular topics of interest. It’s a great way for our Parousia followers and supporters to stay in touch and communicate with each other.

Join us in “Parousia World“, our NEW Catholic Community on Mighty Networks! 

Not yet a member? We and our partners cannot wait to meet you!

1. Follow the link to create your FREE Mighty Networks account.

2. Search for the “Parousia World” Network

3. Read ‘Welcome! Start Here’ article for an overview of our Catholic community.

4. Enjoy!

 

Above: A screenshot of what the discovery page looks like in Parousia World

 

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

 
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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.

‘Parousia’: The Bible & The Mass

Dr Scott Hahn

Paperback: $29.99

This full-colour study guide, which complements the video series, will inspire you with its beautiful imagery and life-changing message. Enter more fully into the study with saint quotes on the Eucharist, review notes, reflection questions, additional Scripture readings, and practical tips to delve deeper into the Mass. You’ll want to revisit it again and again.

*Featured Parousia on Demand*

Is Jesus Christ still King?

by Dr Robert M Haddad

When the laws of the country don’t reflect the laws of God, is Jesus Christ still King? In this presentation, Robert discusses why the laws of the country absolutely need to reflect the laws of God and how we can go about restoring our modern society to ensure that this is the case.

Visit ‘watch.parousiamedia.com’ to access.

*Featured New Release CD*

“The Stations of the Cross: Journey to The Holy Land” By Steve Ray

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$5.00

 

Have you ever wanted to travel to the Holy Land? Can you imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and following Him throughout His crucifixion and death? In this talk, speaker and pilgrim guide to Jerusalem Steve Ray vividly details the places and events of Christ’s crucifixion. Steve connects the dots between Scripture, the sacred sites, and the traditional Stations of the Cross, helping us more closely experience and appreciate the most profound act of God’s love for humanity.

Love and Mercy: Faustina

– Documentary

DVD: $20.00

In the 1930s, Our Lord revealed to an unknown religious sister a message for our times. To an age marked by conflict, despair, lack of respect for human life, and in need of His forgiveness and merciful love, He said, “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy” (Diary 300). The incredible true story of St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy is now documented in the critically acclaimed film Love and Mercy: Faustina, which follows the incredible call of St. Faustina, designated by Our Lord Himself as the ‘Secretary’ and ‘Apostle’ of His Mercy. The Lord told her: “You will prepare the world for My final coming” (Diary 429). With appearances by several Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception including Fr. Kaz Chwalek, Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, Fr. Joseph Roesch, and Fr. Chris Alar, this movie reveals previously unknown facts and recently disclosed documents that shed new light on the Divine Mercy message and devotion.

It is Right & Just:Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion
– Dr Scott Hahn & Brandon McGinley

Is religion a right given to us by the state? Is it an opium for the masses? Is it private opinion with no role in the public sphere? In It Is Right and Just, best-selling author Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley challenge our idea of religion and its role in society. Hahn and McGinley argue that to answer questions over religious liberty, justice, and peace, we must first reject the insidious lie perpetuated by secular-liberal culture: that religion is a private matter. Contrary to what political commentators and activists say, religion is not only relevant to justice and law, but is necessary for civilization to thrive. Recover the public nature of true religion, It Is Right and Just argues, and watch as a revolution unfolds.

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