Making a Difference (continued from front panel)
200 people each day. That number might very well
increase… just the other day some Tartar refugees from
Crimea came to our Soup Kitchen to dine.
Starting in May 2014 there will be an 80% increase
in the cost of gas supply, and religious organizations
will now have to pay commercial rate. Already
in preparation for harder times to come, we have
purchased two generators, one for the Girls’ Home and
one for the L’Viv men’s community residence ($7,700
total); and repair of a broken sewage line at the Girls’
Home ($1,000).
Our Boys’ Home at Bortniky is probably one of the
most self-sufficient places on the planet with its own
generator plus ample food supply from the barnyard
animals and farm harvest of potatoes, buckwheat and
wheat to share with the Girls’ Home and Soup Kitchen.
Our men’s community in L’Viv also helps poor
families in various ways, and all is made possible
because of your donations. Please pray for the
Ukrainian people and help us continue our Miles Jesu
Missions there.
Please help Miles Jesu today! Your sacrifice of a large
gift, a monthly pledge or whatever you can afford, truly
makes all the difference.
In Miles Jesu we pray for our benefactors daily at
Mass and in our holy hours and rosaries because the
Miles Jesu Missions depend upon God’s help through
people like you.
Yours in Jesus through Mary,
Fr. Romeo Salcido, MJ
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tax-deductible stock investment gifts can be made to: Fidelity
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Miles Jesu Missions
•May 2014•
INDIA: ‘Udaya Nakshatra’
(Morning Star) Boys’ Home in Sirsi
with ‘Little Angels’ slum children
outreach in Mumbai.
NIGERIA: Needy Children’s
Program in Nimo, for their care
and education.
UKRAINE: Boys’ Home in
Bortniky, Girls’ Home in Birky, and
Soup Kitchen in the city of L’Viv.
S.O.S. to End Human
Trafficking in America:
Through education, resources and
emphasis on reinforcing Christian
Miles Jesu Education Fund
Miles Jesu Education
Fund: for consecrated
members of Miles Jesu, towards
their lay professions and
training in doctrine and social
teachings of the Church.
Making a Difference
Dear Friend in Christ,
With political tensions rising in
Ukraine, so are costs. In the western
region of Ukraine we continue to run our
Boys’ Home (Bortniky) with 26 boys; our
Girls’ Home (Birky) with 15 girls; and
our Soup Kitchen (L’Viv) feeding over
Growing In The Fait
The Lay Vocation
Fr. Christopher Foeckler, MJ • St. Josaphat Formation Center • Phoenix, AZ
Thomas Creen, MJ • Phoenix, AZ
totus tuus
With the Canonization of Pope John Paul II on the
Feast of Divine Mercy at the end of last month, the words
of the saintly Pope’s Episcopal motto “Totus Tuus” take
on even greater meaning than they already had during
his historic papacy. They represent the key that unlocks
the secret to the charisma, the energy, the joy and the
abundant fruit of the life and work of this successor
of St. Peter, whom many consider one of the “Greats”
among them. These two words are now immortalized in
the mosaic of the Madonna on the exterior of the papal
apartments in St. Peter’s Square and capture the very
essence of the act of total consecration to Jesus through
Mary by St. Louis DeMontfort that Pope John Paul II
made his own: “All Yours.”
St. John Paul II had explained the meaning of the
motto on many occasions during his papacy, the most
recent one being in his apostolic exhortation on the
Rosary in which he writes: “The Rosary mystically
transports us to Mary’s side as she is busy watching over
the human growth of Christ in the home of Nazareth.
This enables her to train us and to mold us with the same
care, until Christ is “fully formed” in us (cf. Gal 4:19).
This role of Mary, totally grounded in that of Christ
and radically subordinated to it, “in no way obscures or
St. Josaphat Formation Center
1925 E. Baseline Road / Phoenix, AZ 85042
602-276-6098 / [email protected]
Mass: Mon-Fri 7:00AM; Sat 5:00PM (Spanish); Sun 10:00AM
Confessions: Mon 10:00AM-12:00PM & 3:00-5:00PM;
Thurs, Fri & Sat 10:00AM-5:00PM
Adoration: Fri starting at 8:00AM; Sun 9:00AM
Men’s Formation Class & Boys’ Group: Every third
Saturday of the month, 10:00AM -Noon
diminishes the unique mediation of Christ, but rather
shows its power.”1 “This is the luminous principle
expressed by the Second Vatican Council which I have
so powerfully experienced in my own life and have
made the basis of my episcopal motto: Totus Tuus.”2
“The motto is of course inspired by the teaching of
Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, who explained
in the following words Mary’s role in the process of
our configuration to Christ: ‘Our entire perfection
consists in being conformed, united and consecrated
to Jesus Christ. Hence the most perfect of all devotions
is undoubtedly that which conforms, unites and
consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ. Now, since
Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus
Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which
most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is
devotion to Mary, his Holy Mother, and that the more a
soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated
to Jesus Christ.’ Never as in the Rosary do the life of
Jesus and that of Mary appear so deeply joined. Mary
lives only in Christ and for Christ!”3
(1) Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic
Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 60.
(2) Cf. First Radio Address Urbi et Orbi (17 October 1978):
AAS 70 (1978), 927.
(3) Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Community: Our community is in GREAT NEED of a
new or used vehicle for our use or resale. Please consider
donating your used vehicle!
Chapel: 7-day vigil candles, 15-hour votive candles, self-lighting charcoal
and long stem lighters
Household: liquid hand soap, liquid laundry soap, shaving cream,
toothpaste, floss, gift cards for groceries/household items, prepaid phone
cards/gasoline cards
Be assured of our prayerful thanks for your generous responses to our needs!
Mama’s Boy
Every morning on the way to work, I see a little
boy walking along the sidewalk with his mother. He is
on the way to school, and his mom is accompanying
him. Ever since I first noticed them, the thought always
comes to my mind, “What a mama’s boy.” The street
that they walk along is full of little kids on the way to
school, and several of them go with a parent. But there
is no other youngster who is literally leaning into his
mother while they walk like this one does. Don’t get
me wrong; he is probably only about six years old, so it
wouldn’t be strange for him to be a ‘mama’s boy.’
It is understandable. He is so young and small and
is on his way to a horrible place – school. He has to be
wondering why he has to leave the comfort and safety
of home with his mother and go out into the big, mean,
bad world of school with no mother. It reminds me of
the movie Napoleon Dynamite. The movie starts with
the first day of high school for Napoleon. When he gets
home, his grandma asks him, “How was school?” He
replies, “Worst day of my life, what do you think?” Yes,
school can be tough. So one can understand a little boy
getting the last moments of joy out of contact with his
mom as he heads for such a tough place.
This morning scene makes me think of our Blessed,
Heavenly Mother. We long for joy, but life can be so
hard sometimes. We long for the perfection of heaven.
As we walk along the sidewalk of life, we can lean on
Mary. She puts Her arm around us comforts us.