Friday, 23 February 2018

Relic of Saint Faustina

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy that we are able to announce that the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Krakow, Poland has granted the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center permission to have a relic of Saint Faustina. The relic will be placed and displayed at all times in the Divine Mercy Chapel in the Conference Hall for people on retreat and pilgrims to venerate.

Fr Elias Mary Mills FI petitioned the sisters in Krakow for permission to have a relic for our chapel. After meeting their criteria permission has been granted to us. Fr. Elias will be going to Krakow in February of 2017 to obtain the relic.

The preparation and other costs such as the reliquary in which the relic will be kept for veneration amount to $1,140. We are accepting donations from anyone who would like to help with those costs. You may send donations to:

Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center 8220 West State Road 48, Bloomington, IN 47404

Please put on your Memo of the check -- For Relic.

Thanks, Jim Wade

2016 End Of Year Thoughts, Reflections, and Requests

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The First Acreage Purchased by Mary’s Children Inc.


Above is a picture of the forty acre property acquired in the early 1990’s and properties have been purchased since that time which surround the original farm. On August 5th 2016, the Lord showed Ruth Ann 22 acres in a vision and said a pond is needed to be self-sustaining. Mary’s Children is in the process of accomplishing that request.

To complete this request the amount required will be over one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.

With your generous financial support in the past, we have been able to construct the chapel, a Friary for the Franciscans, the Guest House, residence for the Sisters and last year the Conference Hall requested by the Blessed Mother. Now we ask for your financial assistance to accomplish this current request. Previously we have received labor and material contributions, but we are in need of financial assistance again at this time. It has always been our goal “not to go into debt” but to rely upon the generosity of benefactors sent to us by Our Blessed Mother.

The Friars offer their Mass each “First Friday” for our many benefactors, their families and their special intentions.

Mary’s Children volunteers provide many services for the “FARM,” such as laundry and housekeeping for the Guesthouse, helping in the dining room and childcare for retreats, and working in the bookstore.

We print, provide and mail 2,300 messages each month without charge and depend upon contributions to offset the cost. We have committed volunteers that organize, print, fold, label and prepare them for mailing each month. Our expenses are the cost of the paper, ink and postage. Once a year we ask for your help.

We continue to have and use e-news capabilities and a web-site which have been generously contributed to us which makes information available to you on activities, schedules, religious functions. We ask that you take advantage of this program, go to our web site, www.Marys’schildren.com, to sign up for the “e-news free program”. You receive timely updates on current changes, programs and services etc.

If you wish to talk to someone about how you can financially assist in these opportunities, call or contact:

Jim Wade, 812-825-4642 Ext 3 You may also call these numbers to make an appointment.

We appreciate any contribution you would be willing to provide Mary’s Children.

** May we help you in any way? Call 812-825-4642 or Jim Wade or Bill Dunfee

If you would like to help in the Guest House or dining room contact Maggie Garst 812-825-4642

Join us as we give thanks to Jesus and the Blessed Mother

Join us as we give thanks to Jesus and the Blessed Mother for the 3 Sisters of the Franciscan Religious “Our Lady of Refuge” who arrived to take up residence at Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center on January 17, 2015.

They are working at the center helping in many of the various areas with this ministry. They, like the Friars who live and work here, the Sisters will be living off the providential hand of God through your donations to them.

This can be done by helping to meet their needs of food, items such as paper products, household cleaning supplies or monetary assistance. The Sisters list their needs on the bulletin board in the bookstore on a routine basis. You can call 812-825-4642 Ext. 2 to find out what they need should you like to donate to them. God will always reward you for your generosity.

December 2015 Year End Letter From Jim & Ruth Ann Wade

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Dear Friends,
It is that time of the year when we take a few moments to reflect and bring you up to date on the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center.

Before we do that we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry and Spiritual Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year. We do this not only from us but on behalf of Mary's Children Inc., the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge, all the volunteers both here and at Washington, IN who put together and mail the newsletter each month. Without all these different people just mentioned we would not be able to fulfill Our Lady's desire that this place be a "Haven of Peace and Prayer" to all those who come here to visit and pray.

When our Lady asked that our farm be turned into a retreat center her request was that only the true teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church be taught here. We have always tried very hard to carry out that request. As an example of attempting to do that His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke gave a week long retreat for priests in October about the priesthood. He also offered a Day of Reflection to the laity about marriage. That along with many other fine retreats was held here during 2015.

Plans are under way for some very good retreats for next year as well. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to attend at least one during 2016.

We welcomed the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge to the retreat center this year. Currently there are two sisters and a postulant ministering here. They are here at the invitation of His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Indianapolis. They are a very welcome addition to the retreat center and an excellent example for young people to be exposed to the consecrated life of sisters.

The Friary had a change in personnel this year as Fr Joachim F.I. was assigned to the friary at LaCrosse, Wisconsin; replacing him here is Fr. Ignatius F.I. Father Ignatius comes to us from the friary in Connecticut ; on your next visit to the "farm" be sure and introduce yourself and welcome Father to Indiana.

We completed the new conference hall and are using it for our retreats. It has a beautiful Divine Mercy Chapel in it where during retreats we offer Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to the people in attendance.

Our plans for 2016 include remodeling the former retreat center building into a bookstore and space for children's retreats to be held while parents are in attendance at their retreats.

We are very aware that none of the requests of Our Lady could have been carried to fruition without the tremendous generosity from all the many benefactors who have helped us throughout these past 20+ years. With your help, we have attained the goal to be debt free… Thanks!!

In this newsletter you can find a page explaining how you can help us in this ministry.

Please know that we pray for all the benefactors of the farm every day. The First Friday Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel is offered for all the benefactors of the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center; please keep us in your prayers.

May God Bless Us All,

Sincerely
Jim and Ruth Ann Wade

Free 2 Brown Scapulars

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Send a self addressed envelope with one (1) stamp

Whoever Dies Clothed in This Scapular

Shall Not Suffer Eternal Fire

This is Mary’s promise made July 16, 1251 to St. Simon Stock

Note:
Replaced Brown Scapulars do not need to be Blessed.

Send To:
Mary’s Children, P.O. Box 27, Washington IN 47501

Mary's Children Update December 2015

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Pictured above is the Old retreat center to be modified.

Many of you will remember the retreats that were first held in this building with the gravel floor that was upgraded periodically to a more “user friendly” facility. Maybe you remember the old “horse stalls” that were converted to a bookstore. Building codes and needs have drastically changed. Mary’s Children plans to upgrade the facility to accommodate the bookstore etc. This makeover of the old retreat center, a 5,000 square foot building, will allow us to increase the size of the Bookstore, the Annex and the Library; also it will provide public handicapped restroom facilities. The turn-key cost is $123,000.00.

With your generous financial support in the past, we have been able to construct the chapel, a Friary for the Franciscans, the Guest House, residence for the Sisters and last year the Conference Hall requested by the Blessed Mother. Previously we have received labor and material contributions, but we are in need of financial assistance again at this time. It has always been our goal “not to go into debt” but to rely upon the generosity of benefactors sent to us by Our Blessed Mother.

Once a year we use this opportunity to ask you to assist us. We are very grateful to the many skilled and dedicated laborers that God has provided during the past year. Your previous commitment of prayer and monetary support is appreciated by the Friars and Mary’s Children; be assured that we rely on the generosity and love of God to reward you.

The Friars offer their Mass each “First Friday” for our many benefactors, their families and their special intentions.

Mary’s Children volunteers provide many services for the “FARM,” such as laundry and housekeeping for the Guesthouse, helping in the dining room and childcare for retreats, and working in the bookstore.

We print, provide and mail 3,000 messages each month without charge and depend upon contributions to offset the cost. We have committed volunteers that organize, print, fold, label and prepare them for mailing each month. Our expenses are the cost of the paper, ink and postage. Once a year we ask for your help.

We continue to have and use e-news capabilities and a web-site which have been generously contributed to us which makes information available to you on activities, schedules, religious functions. To take advantage of this program, go to our web site, www.Marys’schildren.com, to sign up for the “e-news free program”.

If you wish to talk to someone about how you can financially assist in these opportunities, call or contact:
Jim Wade, 812-825-4642 Ext 3 You may also call these numbers to make an appointment.

With your prayers, help, and financial assistance we will accomplish these projects.

Ways You Can Help

Make a contribution for the New Bookstore
Contribute monthly over a 12 month period

Call us to talk about contributing a portion of the finances for labor & materials for the new Book Store.
--or--
To talk about a major contribution

Make a contribution for support of monthly message which I receive

We welcome any contribution you would be willing to provide Mary’s Chhildren.
May we help you in any way?

Call 812-825-4642 or Jim Wade or Bill Dunfee

If you would like to help in the Guest House or dining room
contact Maggie Garst 812-825-4642