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"Beloved children, know and understand now, you are entering a great heavy moment upon Earth. The fury of God is kindled, yet through your prayers I can buy this moment for more time for conversion of many of My children that are astray. It is upon you I lay this yoke to pray for all your brothers and sisters, do not give up, there is hope always in God. I Love you dearly.
I Am The Mother Of God, The Mediatrix Of All Grace, Co- Redemptrix and Advocate in Heaven, The Immaculate Conception, by Whose power I will crush satan. Amen.”
Message given through Iveta at Batim, Goa on 15th October 2016

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE ECONOMY OF GOD'S MERCY & JUSTICE

AND THE ROLE OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN THESE TIMES

 

Our world is grappling with a new contagion – the Corona Virus Pestilence or the Covid-19 Viral Infection. The current priority globally is the Covid-19 disease 'containment and mitigation' and all of government efforts and resources are directed towards eradicating this scourge.


As God's people, saved through the blood of Christ where do we stand in all this physical and spiritual affront that has befallen us? Have we considered that the dispensation of God's Justice is near at hand and that we may be reaching our day of reckoning?  Do we read the 'signs of the times' that the world is going through?  Are we going through a period of shaking to bring us back to the Lord’s house? In Haggai 2:6-7 we read: For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.


In Matthew 24:7, we read: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. These are Jesus' own words regarding the signs of the end of the times. (Not to be confused with the end of the world).

ARE WE AT THE END OF GOD'S MERCY AND AT THE THRESHOLD OF HIS JUSTICE?

For us Christians who believe, we know that Christ was sent into the world, not to condemn the World; but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17). So humanity has had about 2000 years of God's Grace and Mercy in which to repent and be reconciled with Him through his son Jesus Christ. God is Loving, Merciful and Just. He is Merciful because as sinners we do not deserve Mercy, but He waits for us to repent and come to Him. He is also Just and Holy and doles out punishment for the wrongdoers: “For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25) for the “Lord God upholds justice for the oppressed…”. So in this balance of Mercy and Justice, where are we right now? When is God going to pull the rug from under our feet- be done with Mercy and execute Justice? Is the Cup of Iniquity already overflowing? Does the Cup not hold enough Grace, Mercy and Righteousness to offset the overflow of Iniquity? Surely as sin abounds, so does Grace abound - and abounds superabundantly (Rom 5:20). However consider the present state of the world - which has apostatised, justifying evil, promoting a culture of death, dismantling the biblical definition of marriage and living in the darkness of paganism – are we not living against the Will of the God and against Biblical values? Have we -the Nations, the Governments and the Medical Profession - been smote off our feet in one swoop? We - who thought had it all - are now scrambling desperately to fight this contagion - this unseen enemy! Isn't it time we make satisfaction to God's Justice? Is the current shaking with the Pandemic that we are going through beckoning us to look at ourselves in the light of God an examine our lives?


The continual spreading of sins and errors in our world brings one to the conviction that we are living the time of the Great Apostasy of which Saint Paul writes in his Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter two, verse three. If we continue unabated and unchecked with the current 'shaking', “humanity will reach the summit of corruption and impiety, of rebellion against God and of open opposition to his law of love. It will know the hour of its greatest chastisement, which has already been foretold to you by the prophet Zechariah. (Zec 13,7-9)-Message 539  from Marian Movement of Priests, Fr Stefan Gobbi + Impramatur

AS GOD'S PEOPLE HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND TO THIS PANDEMIC?

Since we live in this world – body, mind and soul - we owe a duty to our government and to our fellowmen. But remember we also have a spiritual side and first and foremost we owe a duty and service to our God, our Creator. So under the present pandemic, we follow the health directives of the government under which we live – to facilitate containment and mitigation. This is evidence-based and known to contain and reduce transmission of disease. The government is there for your security and welfare. Various governments have also been coming out with various measures to reduce the financial and psycho-social burden to their citizens and we need to appreciate and support these measures. However, in the name of containment and mitigation of disease we have had to close down our Churches - including suspending the sacraments and ceasing the very sacrifice of God that takes away sins. However God cannot be limited. The Church has taken great initiatives to ‘contain and mitigate' this contagion and has introduced measures through social communications to 'feed the flock' through online Mass, Adoration, Prayers...though limiting the sacraments, until  'the air' clears! For more information on attending Mass online and receiving Jesus in Spiritual Communion, please CLICK HERE.


As children of God we need to support the Church and not completely stifle the channels of access to God!  St. Thomas Aquinas once defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”


Remember for as long as we live on this side of Heaven, we will be engaged in a spiritual warfare. Let us not be deluded and live in deception as many of us have been doing so. The Bible is replete with examples clearly demonstrating the workings of an invisible spiritual realm around us. The Lord is with us and provides for us through His angels as He chooses. God loves us and protects us physically as He works out our salvation through our cooperation spiritually. Just as the agents of God exist in this invisible place, so do the agents of Satan – that are planning our spiritual demise and preventing us from reaching eternal life. So in these times we are exhorted to live by faith and common sense, engaging with the tools of spiritual warfare - for “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” - Ephesians 6:12

a)  A CALL FOR A WORLD DAY OF PRAYER AND ATONEMENT

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we read: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”


Let us thus utilize this time of Trial or Purification that we are going through to atone for our sins – for the sins of our families and for that of our nation. Let us reconcile ourselves to one another and to God. Following genuine repentance (Godly sorrow and not worldly sorrow) and conversion let us be found worthy to receive His Promises and Mercy. Maybe He will then relent and clear the pestilence around us as we retreat from our evil ways and begin to walk in His Ways. We need to urge Our Holy Father Pope Francis, our Priests, Pastors and our Government to declare a 'Day of Prayer and Fasting' to repair our relationship to God and to seek His intervention in these troubled times. Remember we are in debt to the Justice of God and we must reconcile with Him! Let us not be found wanting as the Israelites were during their exodus from Egypt when they were beseiged by 'fiery serpents' sent by God (Numbers 21:6). Let us not create an environment for making retribution to His Justice!

b) A CALL FOR THE PROCLAMATION OF THE 5th MARIAN DOGMA: "MARY, MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACE, CO-REDEMPTRIX  AND ADVOCATE”

All through history, one can testify to the powerful intercessory role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God - be it at the triumph of the Christians over the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the freeing of the Mexican people of idolatry, the reconciling of the Spanish and indigenous peoples through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe or through the more commonly remembered devotion of "Our Lady, Mary Help of Christians" when in 1572 Pope Pius V attributed to Mary the victory of the Christian armies over the expansion of the Islamic Ottoman Empire that intended to invade Christian Europe.


In 1916, the world was in the midst of a terrible war—the war that was to end all wars—World War I. Pope Benedict XV made repeated but forlorn pleas for peace, and finally in May 1917, made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Just over a week later, Our Lady began appearing at Fatima to the three shepherd children. During her apparitions she asked repeatedly for the prayer of the Rosary, especially for peace, and promised an end to the war, and indeed the war ended in 1918. These are just some examples of how whole nations and peoples have been spared because of the faithful willing to say “yes” to our Mother in Heaven and do what she asked us to do. She has given us the strategy to defeat all the evils of our times from the comfort of our own homes. Let us during these times of lockdown when we are confined to our homes confide ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Collectively, with our prayer beads, we are a powerful force!


To help us though these anticipated turbulent times prophesied at Fatima, Our Blessed Mother brings us a remedy: 'God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world…..  My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God.' She pleads with us to seek refuge in and consecrate ourselves to Her Immaculate Heart. To the Visionary Iveta Fernandes of the Batim Apparitions (Goa, India), Our Lady discloses on 11.8.2011: Be not anxious, be not troubled. Simply place all into My Immaculate Heart. Only I can help for I Am The Woman clothed in the Sun Who will crush the head of satan. The Triumph of My Immaculate Heart must be understood in this manner. This message given at Batim echoes the Fatima Message given more than 100 years ago.


The requirements for the Devotion to Her Immaculate Heart are as follows: (1) Confession, (2) Communion, (3) Five decades of the Rosary, (4) Meditation on one or more of the Rosary Mysteries for fifteen minutes, (5) Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady has assured us that She will obtain salvation for all those who observe the First Saturday Devotion in accordance with Her conditions. Remember all of this has merit only through the sacrifice of Her Son Jesus on the cross.


“Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from Her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to Her" - Our Lady of Fatima.


In an apparition to Ida Peeredeman in Amsterdam, Our Lady appears to her under the title "Our Lady of All Nations". Her messages to the visionary were generally apocalyptic warnings of dangers - such as communism and atheism - no different from that of Fatima and Batim. In her succeeding messages our Blessed Mother speaks of the "final and greatest" Marian dogma which would be a definition of the heavenly role of the Lady of All Nations under the titles of "Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate". These apparitions and the messages have been recognised by the Catholic Church.


Our Lady asked a prayer be said throughout the world: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen." 


A common thread underlying almost all the messages received at Batim (Goa, India)  is the ardent request of Our Lady imploring us to pray for and petition the Holy Father to Proclaim the 5th Marian Dogma: " Mediatrix of All Grace, Co-Redemptrix and Advocate"- that through this proclamation Graces necessary for all God's children will be dispensed to fortify us in these moments. Are the current times and the anticipated Great Tribulation and Apostasy that has been prophesied at Fatima, Amsterdam and Batim setting humanity up for another huge intervention of Our Lady under the title: “Mediatrix of All Grace, Co-Redemptrix and Advocate?”. The proclamation of this Dogma by the Pope will release the necessary graces required for these times. Our Lady implores us to pray for the proclamation of this dogma, for 'we are entering what has come to be known in the book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse, of the times predicted' (Batim, May 13, 2013).


Let us pray and prepare ourselves spiritually in these turbulent times. Let us petition upon our Holy Father to call for 'A World Day of Prayer and Fasting' and to proclaim the much-awaited 5th Marian Dogma: “Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, Co-Redemptrix and Advocate”.


Dr.Christopher Dias MBBS; FRACGP , the Editor of this Magazine is a  Family Medical Practitioner living in Australia. He is a graphic and web designer and maintains the websites: www.thebatimmessage.com , www.mediatrixofallgrace.com

"Now I desire to make known My desire that you pray and petition your Holy Father, My beloved Chosen Son, Peter My Peter The Rock on which The Church today stands, His Holiness Pope Francis I in union with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, the hidden Pope to proclaim My Blessed Mother as Mediatrix of All Grace, Co- Redemptrix and Advocate. It is then that Heaven will open and dispense the Graces necessary for all God's children to fortify you in these moments. I AM JESUS of Nazareth The High Priest, True God and True Man. I love you all My brethrens. Amen. Amen.” Message given through Iveta at Batim, Goa on 14th October 2016

The Veneration of the Replicas of 'The Holy Shroud' and 'Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe' to take place at the Church of Sts Simon and Jude on 25th March 2020 at Batim has not been authorized by the Local Church authorities and will not go ahead.  For more information about the Replicas (Click)

"Yes, it has sorrowed My Immaculate Heart that My request has gone unheeded..........."(Click)

The Veneration of the Replicas of 'The Holy Shroud' and 'Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe' to take place at the Church of Sts Simon and Jude, Batim on 25th March 2020 (Feast of the Annunciation) was not given permission by the Local Church authorities and did not go ahead.

"Yes, it has sorrowed My Immaculate Heart that My request has gone unheeded...........", Our Lady exclaimed in Message to Iveta on th 15 March 2020 and furthermore She says: "I love you dearly for responding in this manner. Pray, pray for your Bishop, pray for your Priests, pray for the Hierarchy in your Diocese ......................., pray and be diligent to always uphold the Truth, do not compromise".

To us, Her beloved Children, She adds: "Come, come in great numbers and pray the Holy Rosary, it is in this way you will keep the Solidarity and Communion with Me to fight against the forces of evil. Yes, you will be sorrowed to learn that I have not been permitted to bring forth what I have desired, yet know and understand, forgive those for the ignorance and misunderstanding in their decision, only pray for them.".

" Bring forth processions, it marks your Solidarity with Me, praying The Holy Rosary, it is the weapon against the assaults of evil. I Am with you through it all. I love you dearly. I Am The Mother of God, The Mediatrix Of All Grace, Co – Redemptrix and Advocate in Heaven, I thank you immensely for praying for this intention. Continue in this manner, I Am yourHeavenly Mother. Amen.”

It was very unfortunate; that even in the current pandemic restriction, a limited service was not even held! Let us continue praying Our Rosaries as Our Lady has requested for it is the 'weapon against the assaults of evil' – the evil that is rising against us!

THE SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES: ‘NO EVIL SHALL SNATCH THEM FROM ME’.

At Batim, Our Beloved mother makes us aware of Her scapular and it’s message. On 31st May 2011, Our Lady speaks to Iveta: “…I desire that you bring forth this Scapular, just like the one I made known to Dominic My beloved Son" ..She then describes the design of the scapular...."In this way it shall be that in these times I shall protect and conquer souls for God. This promise is for those who wear it....they shall walk hand in hand and in My Shadow. No evil shall snatch them from ME, their Heavenly Mother. The two parts revealed shall be bound together with a white cord, to reveal that when you wear it, you are united to I WHO AM THE MOTHER OF GOD, Our Lady of Mt ( Mount ) Carmel, Mediatrix of All Graces. This is My Motherly promise to all My beloved children. I love you dearly and desire to bring you to heaven when your exile on Earth is completed. Amen…”

Further on October 13th 2014, Our Lady promises us that great graces would flow through this 'Garment' - 'The Garment of Grace, the Scapular under the title of the Mediatrix of All Graces, I Who am She..”..indicating that great graces would flow to those wearing the scapular following proclamation of the 5th Marian Dogma: "Mediatrix of All Grace, Co-redemptrix and Advocate".

There is a similar protection to the Mediatrix of All Grace Medal. The scapular is a sign of Consecration to Our Lady.  As we confront this Pandemic, let us make use of these 'sacramentals' given by Our Lady and may we be found worthy of the privileges and promise attributed to them, including warding off all dangers of all kinds. In these troubled times, let us take refuge in Our Blessed Mother and Consecrate ourselves and our children daily to Her Immaculate Heart.  To know more about the Scapular and Medal CLICK HERE

" I love you dearly I Am The Mother of God, The Mediatrix of All Graces,

Co-Redemptrix, I Am The Immaculate Conception, I Am your Mother,Amen.” Message of April 27th 2011

A simple way ot console Our Lady is to make Acts of Reparation, to make the First Five Saturdays and to offer our prayers and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners - St John Paul II

"One day, Brother Angelus, to your Order of Carmel the Most Blessed Virgin Mary will give a devotion to be known as the Brown Scapular, and to my Order of Preachers she will give a devotion to be known as the Rosary. AND ONE DAY, THROUGH THE ROSARY AND THE SCAPULAR, SHE WILL SAVE THE WORLD." - St Dominic

In conformity with the directives of Pope Urban VIII, we have no intention of anticipating the judgement of the Holy Apostolic See and of the Church on Apparitions, reported by us, but not yet recognized; indeed, we submit to, and accept her final decision without reservation

HELP US TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF 
OUR LADY OF FATIMA
WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF STS SIMON & JUDE
ABOUT OUR CHURCH

The imposing Church on the Ganxim hilltop was constructed by the Augustinian Archbishop D.Frei Aleixo de Menezes between 1596-1610 and was dedicated to the apostles St.Simon and St. Jude. The Church and cemetery stood lonely and rejected -utterly isolated for over 200 yrs since the infamous plague that struck the region more than 200 yrs ago. Church services have since begun since 1993 following an apparition of the Virgin Mary to Mrs Iveta Fernandes.

FIRST SATURDAY
SERVICES

1.00 pm: Stations of the Cross


2.00 pm: Most Holy Rosary, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Prayers, Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Confessions.


3.30pm: Holy Mass.

Services will be in Konkani and English

TRANSPORT

Transport by bus is available from:

(Please ring due to Pandemic Restrictions)

Margao: Petrol pump closest to Main Post Office 11am. Mrs Engracia Mob: 9420712310

Panaji: Near Post Office, Caranzalem at 11.45 am. Near Don Bosco at 12pm,

Tel: 08322456306

Mapusa: St Joseph's Chapel, Near Police Station at 1145 am, Mob: 9822167665

Calangute: Calangute Church at 11.30 am, Mob: 9421241248

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