Roman Catholic Church
We are in St Joseph’s Church (El Saladillo), near Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club urbanizations (exit 17, RM 3 motorway).
Schedule of Masses:
Every Saturday: Mass is at 4.30pm (in English)
Every Sunday: Mass according to the extraordinary form (in Latin) is at 4.30pm
The first Sunday of the month, the Mass is the Traditional Mass in Latin – therefore, the first Sunday of the month there is no Mass in English
Schedule of Confessions:
Saturdays and Sundays from 3.15-4.20pm (also on request).
Month of May: month dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary.
The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – a Carmelite sister.
I often used to give alms to the beggars. One day we came upon a poor old man who dragged himself painfully along on crutches. I went up to give him a penny. He looked sadly at me for a long time and then shaking his head with a sorrowful smile, he refused my alms.
I cannot tell you what I felt; I had wished to help and comfort him and instead of that, I had, perhaps, hurt him and caused him pain.
He must have guessed my thought, for I saw him turn round and smile at me when we were some way off. Just then Papa bought me a cake. I wished very much to run after the old man and give it to him, for I thought: “Well, he did not want money, but I am sure he would like to have a cake.”
I do not know what held me back and I felt so sad I could hardly keep from crying; then I remembered having heard that one obtains all the favours asked for on one’s First Communion Day. This thought consoled me immediately and although I was only six years old at the time, I said to myself: “I will pray for my poor old man on the day of my First Communion.”
Five years later I faithfully kept my resolution. I have always thought that my childish prayer for this suffering member of Christ has been blessed and rewarded. As I grew older my love of God grew more and more. I often offered my heart to Him, using the words my Mother had taught me and I tried very hard to please Him in all my actions, taking great care never to offend Him.
(to be continued)