Stephen’s Martyrdom

July 21, 2017

Stephen’s Martyrdom

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 7, 54 – 60:

When the Jews heard what Stephen had said, they were infuriated, and
they ground their teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus
standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the
heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed
upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone
him.  The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of young man
named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud
voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”, and when he said
this, he fell asleep.

It has been a while since I wrote these messages. I had a friend
living  with me and each evening we went out so I had no time to
write. Now that he is gone, I hope I will write these more often. I
thank all those who send me names to put into the Book of Remembrance.
I keep busy offering Masses for these people every week. You know that
I will pray for them for a full year.

Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father
Melvin. This now is the message I received.

“I bless you My brother Melvin and all those who believe in Me and pray every day and love to go to Church at least every Sunday.
Above you find the martyrdom of Stephen which is taken from the Bible.
Stephen was a man of great faith and he was appointed deacon by the
Apostles. He was not afraid to tell the truth to the Jews but they did
not want to listen to it. Instead they cried aloud against him and at
the end they grabbed him and took him out of the city. Once outside
the city, they began to stone him. Some of them placed their cloaks at
the feet of a man called Saul, who later became a Christian under the
name of Paul and he became a great saint and he is known as Saint Paul
who was martyred in Rome. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out
saying, “Lord Jesus receive my spirit.” He then fell on his knees and
prayed again saying, “Lord,do not hold this against them.” After these
words he died.
Stephen is a great example for us. His faith was really perfect and he
had no fear of being killed. He is now in heaven and he is praying for
all of us. Let us all every day called on the many martyrs of the
church to pray for us so we too may never loose our faith. May the
Lord bless you all.”

Father Melvin

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Stephen’s Martyrdom

July 1, 2017

Stephen’s Martyrdom

A reading from Acts 7, 51 – 60:

Stephen said, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and
ears; you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your
ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. You received the
law as transmitted by angels, but you did not observe it.”
When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their
teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently
to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right
hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the
Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out in a
loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They
threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid
down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were
stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then
he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold
this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep.

We have beautiful summer weather. Every day now it is over 20 degrees
Celsius. We have rain at times but the farmers are happy as the
potatoes they sowed are now budding with the nice rain we have every
few days. I see that very few people are sending names to put into the
Book of Remembrance. You know that I offer three Masses a week for all
those whose names are in the Book of Remembrance and I will continue
to offer Masses for them for a full year. You can put the names of the
living and the dead in that book. It only costs $15 to enter one
person in that book for all the Masses for a full year. Please go to
my website under the name of Our Lady of PEI Inc. and on the next page
you will find Paypal and you can send your money by using paypal. Just
fill out the form that you will find there.

Below you will find the message  of Our Lord and Savior given to
Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,

“I bless you My brother
Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who have great faith in Me and
follow Me every day. The Bible message above is about the martyr Saint
Stephen. He lived in Jerusalem and he knew that the Jews were against
Me and that they were the ones who nailed Me to the cross and I died.
So Saint Stephen was not afraid to tell the Jews that they opposed the
Holy Spirit; that they killed the prophets I sent to them; they
received the law from God the Father but they did not observe it.
The Jews who were listening to Stephen became very angry and they
rushed at him and took him out of the city. Then they started to stone
him. One of those who was present with the Jews was Saul who had not
yet been converted. When he finally converted his name was changed to
Paul. When Stephen was about to die he shouted out, “Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit.” As he fell to his knees, he said, “Lord, do not
hold this sin against them.” After that Stephen died. He is one of the
first martyrs of the church. Right after his death, he was carried to
heaven and he is a great saint in heaven with God. I bless you all.”

Father Melvin Doucette

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The Need for Assistants

June 13 2017

The Need for Assistants

Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 6, 1 – 7:

At  that time, as the numbers of disciples continued to grow, the
Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were
being neglected in the daily distribution. So the twelve called
together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for
us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from
among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom
we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to
prayer and to the ministry of the  word.” The proposal was acceptable
to the  whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with
faith and the Holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor. Timon,
Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They
presented these men to the Apostles who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples
in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were
becoming obedient to the faith.

We had another beautiful sunny day today and the temperature was warm.
The farmers are still hard at work plowing the fields and planting
potatoes and certain grains. I thank all those who sent me money to
help me with my debts. There is still money on the way but I did not
receive it so far. I hope the money will come overnight. My feet are
still sore and I ask you all to pray that this pain will go away.
Thank you very much.

Below you will the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father
Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words, “I bless you My brother Melvin
and all My brothers and sisters who follow Me every day by praying and
reading the Bible. In the biblical passage above tells us the problem
that the Apostles came up against. The Christians came to them
complaining that their widows were neglected by the Jewish Christian
people. So the Apostles had a meeting and they came to the conclusion
that seven men should be appointed to distribute the food to the
Christians. All were very happy with this and so they chose seven men
to do that job. One of the most well known is Stephen, a man filled
with faith and the Holy Spirit. With this decision, the Apostles could
continue to pray and to spread the Good News. However, when the seven
were chosen, the Apostles prayed for them and laid their hands on
them. Today these men are called deacons. You should have deacons in
every diocese of the church. There are dioceses with deacons but
others do not have them. Pray that there be deacons in every diocese.
They will play a wonderful role for the diocese.
May the Lord bless you all.”

Father Melvin

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