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FIVE NEW MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY:  Pope John Paul II proposes five new mysteries.
ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: The union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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                                                      FIVE NEW MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

November 10, 2002
Pope John Paul II proposes that individuals and communities add five new mysteries to the rosary in an apostolic letter issued October 16. They are the mysteries of light and include Christ's Baptism in the Jordan; his self- revelation at the wedding feast of Cana; his proclamation of the kingdom of God, with his call to conversion; his transfiguration and his institution of the Eucharistic. The Holy Father believes the additions will help to "bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary." Adding the five mysteries is left to people's discretion. The Pope says that in the five new mysteries "we contemplate important aspects of the person of Christ as the definitive revelation of God…It is during the years of his public ministry that the mystery of Christ is most evidently a mystery of light." The apostolic letter's title is "The Rosary of the Virgin Mary." The letter announces a Year of the Rosary from October 2002 to October 2003.

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer," the Pope writes. "To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ." The Pope says  "the Rosary clearly belongs to the kind of veneration of the Mother of God described by Vatican II. While the Rosary's repeated Hail Mary "is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her," the Pope writes. He says that "the center of gravity in the Hail Mary, the hinge as it were, which joins its' two parts, is the name of Jesus." Calling the Rosary, "the Marian prayer par excellence," the Pope adds, "yet when the Hail Mary is properly understood, we come to see clearly that its Marian character is not opposed to its Christological character, but that it actually emphasizes and increases it."

The Mysteries of Light, or
 Luminous Mysteries.

  1) The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan;
            2) The wedding feast at Cana;
            3) The announcement of the Kingdom;
            4) The Transfiguration, and
            5) The institution of the Eucharist.

 What day do you pray them on?
 Well, PJPII has suggested this new schedule:

 Sunday: Glorious
 Monday: Joyful
 Tuesday: Sorrowful
 Wednesday: Glorious
 Thursday: Luminous
 Friday: Sorrowful
 Saturday: Joyful

 Remember you are free to
 pray the Rosary in any way
 you wish. It is a private devotion.

                                                                     ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
                                                                  Letter from the Bishops of Ontario

 October 2002

Dear Catholic People of Ontario:

Rooted in human nature, the Sacred Scriptures and the teachings of the Church, marriage and family are the cornerstones of our society, the natural environment in which most of us were raised and formed in faith and in humanity.

In our daily life, we see that in marriage:

A man and a woman support and nurture each other.
In the vast majority of cases, they have children.
They rear their children in security and enable them to develop their God given talents.
The married partners participate in God's plan for the world and contribute significantly to the good of the community.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1643) describes marriage in this way:

It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility.

All of these aspects of marriage are necessary. They are found in the unions of men and women in all civilizations in all of recorded history. To take away any of these aspects from the definition of marriage is to end with something, which is not marriage.

If you wish to see this fundamental part of our society preserved, the time has come to make your opinion known to your federal and provincial representatives. We urge you to do so in your own way and in your own words.

The Ontario bishops have put the case for marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others to the leaders of the provincial and federal governments.

                                                                                         Yours in Christ,

+Most Reverend A. Ambrozic
Archbishop of Toronto

+Most Reverend F. Colli
Bishop of Thunder Bay

+Most Reverend A. F. Tonnos
Bishop of Hamilton

+Most Reverend Anthony G. Meagher
Archbishop of Kingston

+Most Reverend Richard Smith
Bishop of Pembroke

+Most Reverend James Wingle
Bishop of St. Catharines

+Most Reverend Vincent Cadieux, o.m.i.
Bishop of Moosenee

+Most Reverend Marcel Gervais
 Archbishop of Ottawa
 +Most Reverend J. L. Doyle
 Bishop of Peterborough

+Most Reverend Cornelius Pasichny, o.s.b.m.
Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Toronto

+Most Reverend Jean-Louis Plouffe
Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie

+Most Reverend Paul-Andre Durocher
Bishop of Alexandra-Cornwall

+Most Reverend Andre Vailee, p.m.e.
Bishop of Hearst

+Most Reverend Paul Marchand
Bishop of Timmins

+Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London

+Most Reverend John Pazak, C.Ss.R.
Eparch for the Slovaks

Federal Representative:

                   Mr. Stan Keyes, MP
                   304 Main Street West
                   Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1J8
                   Telephone Number: 905 577-1070

Provincial Representative:

                   Mr. David Christopherson, MPP
                   554 King Street West
                   Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1J3
                   Fax Number: 905 529-1280

Federal MP:

               Beth Phinney MP
               5-25 Redmond Drive
               Hamilton, ON L8W 3K7

Provincial MPP:
                Dr. Marie Bountrogianni MPP
                2-952 Concession Street
                Hamilton, ON L8V 1G2

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