The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia, USA

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Dear Family of Betania,

Soon the 8th World Meeting of Families will take place. It will be held from September 22 to 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, USA. The theme is:

“Love is our mission. The family fully alive.”

The World Meeting of Families is held every three years and was instituted by St. John Paul II in 1994, the Year of the Family.

Philadelphia s Archbishop Charles Chaput has pointed out that during this important event for the Church various issues related to the faith in the families will be addressed. These are the issues that affect families not only in the United States but globally as well.

The Holy Father Francis, God willing, will attend this important meeting.

Let us pray for the success of this meeting in which the Betania Foundation, Venezuela, will have its booth (No. 1108) to spread the message of Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of All Peoples and Nations, from Betania, Venezuela, a message of fraternal reconciliation and family unity.

http://m.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/letters/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20141210_lettera-incontro-mondiale-famiglie.html

We are a great family that tries to improve by all means, in order to truly be aware of the values of the men, women, and the children of today.  (Servant of God Maria Esperanza Bianchini)

The prime bases of a family are: unity, education, and to be straightforward with an exact conscience regarding each one s duties, in order to affirm those who are growing, that is, those who are coming behind us.  (Servant of God Maria Esperanza Bianchini)

The power of love is the prime basis of a family that knows how to respect each other, totally united.  (Servant of God Maria Esperanza Bianchini)

http://www.familiam.org/pls/pcpf/v3_s2ew_consultazione.traduzione?id_pagina=4306&id_lingua=2

 

Mensajera de la Reconciliación – No. 02

The Newsletter of the Betania Foundation

Mensajera de la Reconciliación
March – April 2012
Volume 01 No. 02

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Mensajera de la Reconciliación – No. 01

The Newsletter of the Betania Foundation

Mensajera de la Reconciliación
January – February 2012
Volume 01 No. 01

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Divine Mercy, our light in the darkness

Divine Mercy, Our Light in the Darkness

The conference called: “Divine Mercy, Our Light in the Darkness”, was held in Vandalia, Illinois, United States of America, from Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, 2014. It was organized by Debbie Pryor and Vanessa Keck, together with several members of the Community of Betania XVI.
The special guests in the conference were: His Excellency Bishop Thomas John Joseph Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, USA; Father Peter Prusakiewiccz of the Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel in Marki, Poland, a worldwide renowned expert on the devotion to the Divine Mercy and the angels;  Joseph Pierce, a British writer, biographer and teacher who converted to Catholicism in 1989; Sisters Susan Pieper and Loredana Mazzei, Apostles of the Interior Life, from Italy; as well as daughters of the Servant of God Maria Esperanza Bianchini, Mrs. Maria Gracia Bianchini Gebran, Maria Coromoto Bianchini Marrero and Maria Auxiliadora Bianchini Leon, accompanied by their husbands, some of their children, and members of the Betania Foundation. Ann Stock, a member of the organizing committee, was the Master of Ceremony.
For this occasion twenty-two traveled from Venezuela, most of them members of the Betania Choir, who shared their songs with the audience. Members of other communities of Betania located in the United States also flew in for the conference: Betania X, New Jersey; Betania XIII, New York, and Betania group in Louisiana.
Bishop Paprocki explained what comes after this earthly life, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Father Peter spoke of the absolute confidence people should have in Divine Mercy and explained how Jesus pours out his blessings upon those who every day recite the chaplet that was inspired to Saint Faustina. Joseph Pierce recounted his conversion to Catholicism after being a Nazi activist. Then, Sisters Susan and Loredana reflected upon how to build one’s inner life and practice “lectio divina” that Pope Francis states is: “The correct way of listening to what the Lord wants to tell us in his Word, and of letting us be transformed by the Spirit.”
Finally, the Bianchini family’s participation stressed on the theme of reconciliation, family unity, and loyalty to our Holy Mother Church. They shared the beautiful experiences they have had in the Sanctuary of Betania, located in Venezuela, South America, a beautiful green land, crossed by a river, where the Virgin has manifested herself to gather all of her children and lead them to Jesus; a place of shelter for souls, and of spiritual growth, where people transform their hearts. They explained the importance of basing their lives on the four pillars that were instilled in them by the Servant of God Maria Esperanza: prayer, meditation, penance, and the Eucharist.

 

Ten years after her passing, the servant of God Maria Esperanza is remembered for her great love for the Church

Ten years after her passing, the Servant ofGod MariaEsperanza is remembered for her great love for the Church

 

Bishop Georges Kahhale, the Greek-Melkite Catholic Exarch in Venezuela and member of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, celebrated Mass on August 7, 2014 at the chapel of the Eastern Cemetery. In an interview he said he had visited the Sanctuary of Betania since the 80s every first Thursday of each month to honor Our Lady Mary Reconciler of All Peoples. He asserted: “Maria Esperanza planted in every heart love for the Virgin. In the Eastern rite we call her the ‘Theotokos’, the Mother of God. So, it is enough to say this about her: She has helped us love the tenderness of the Virgin Mary so much, much more than anyone else we have met.”

Foto_9_salida_tierraSeveral priests came from Italy and the United States to honor her memory and concelebrated in the company of several Venezuelan priests. As always, the Betania Choir, directed by Prof. Maria Auxiliadora Bianchini de Leon accompanied the Eucharist with its music, sharing with so many family members, friends and acquaintances of the Servant of God. Attendance was massive with Venezuelans and sixty pilgrims from the communities of Betania Argentina, United States, Cayman Islands and Peru, that is to say, from Betania: I, II, III, V, VI, VII, X, XI, and XIV.

Father Timothy Byerley said that she always led a life in full conformity and obedience to the Catholic Church and that she could not consider being devoted to God without loving our mother Church. He also declared to the media: “The world is divided in many ways and here in Venezuela a flower called Maria Esperanza bloomed to announce the message of reconciliation which is the solution to the problems we find in families, in this country, and around the world. This is why the message of reconciliation is of great importance right now.”

Her widower, Mr. Geo Bianchini, reminded everyone that we are in the world to win souls for God and to evangelize.

With this purpose, the Mother of God invited us to follow the Lord in the Wedding at Cana and continues to do so in her apparitions in Betania: “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ (Jn 2:1-5).”

 

Doble arcoiris en el 10º aniversario de la partida de la sierva de Dios María Esperanza

Excellent news for devotees of Our Lady of Betania

Excellent news for devotees of Our Lady of Betania

 

The new vice-rector of the Sanctuary of Betania, father Jhonfer Camacho, has expressed his desire to devote himself full-time to this sanctuary and invites everyone, during these holy days, to look for reconciliation in this place of pilgrimage and prayer for the people of Venezuela and of all countries in the world, a place that has become a huge source of conversion and reconciliation of man with himself, God, and his neighbor.

The Sanctuary of Betania is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, but now Mass will not only be celebrated on weekends, the excellent news for devotees of the Virgin of Betania is that since Wednesday, April 30, Mass will be held from Wednesday to Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 m., and 2:00 p.m. In this way, all visitors will be able to draw closer to Jesus through Mary in the Eucharist.

This Holy Wednesday parishioners were inflamed after a beautiful Mass at 1:30 p.m. in honor of Jesus the Nazarene and a masterful concert of the Betania Choir, that performed the Popule Meus, a musical piece from the Venezuelan composer Jose Angel Lamas, among other compositions allegorical to the Lord’s Passion.

On Good Friday Confessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Stations of the Cross will recited at 10:00 a.m. The Seven Words will include the participation of the Betania Choir at 2:00 p.m. Followed by the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and distribution of Holy Communion.

In one of her messages, the Blessed Virgin exhorted her children to come with their problems and anxieties, and leave them in her sanctuary, so she bring comfort to everyone, regardless of their race, social level, or creed, because she had come for all of her children on earth.

On Holy Saturday Confessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and there will be catechesis at 11:00 a.m. Holy Week will culminate on Easter Sunday with Confessions at 9:00 a.m. and the celebration of three Easter Masses at 10: 00 a.m., 12:00 m., and 2:00 p.m., respectively.

On November 21, 1987, Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Teques, declared in his Pastoral Letter, which he submitted to the Holy See in Rome: “In consequence, after studying with determination the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Finca Betania and after assiduously asking Our Lord for spiritual discernment: I declare that in my judgment these apparitions are authentic and of supernatural character. Therefore, I approve officially that the place where the apparitions have taken place should be considered as sacred, and that it be kept as a site for pilgrimages, as a place for prayer, reflection and worship; where all liturgical acts can be celebrated especially the celebration of the Mass and the administration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, always in accordance with the laws of the Church and the norms of the Diocese for Pastoral Unity.

 

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Betania, a place to go in easter

Betania, a Place to Go in Easter

SANCTUARY OF BETANIA, BRIEF HISTORY

betaniadecercaThe Blessed Virgin Mary told the Servant of God Maria Esperanza de Bianchini that she would give her a land in the north-central part of Venezuela that would be a shelter for her children, and a place where she would appear offering a message of peace and reconciliation to the world. So, she and her husband, Mr. Geo Bianchini, bought Finca Betania in 1974, located at 12 Km from Cua, on the road that leads to San Casimiro, Miranda Stat. On March 25th, 1976 the Virgin appeared for the first time to the Servant of God. Everything changed radically on March 25, 1984, when the Virgin made herself visible to 150 people. This group gave their testimonies to the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Teques, Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo, who began an investigation that took place for three years, which concluded with his approval. This was the fourth ecclesial approval granted by the Church in the twentieth century to apparitions of the Blessed Mother. In this case, the Bishop stated that the apparitions were authentic and of supernatural character.
Finca Betania, since its first apparition, has been a pilgrimage destination and place to worship God and venerate his Blessed Mother. After the ecclesial approval of the apparitions there have been several constructions on the site. At the present moment there is a beautiful chapel, the grotto where Our Lady appeared, a large square, a square dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, green areas that invite to meditation and prayer, a center to sit and eat with the family (however, on no food is sold at the site), walkways, and hundreds of thanksgiving plaques to the Virgin for the many miracles she has granted.
His Excellency Bishop Freddy Fuenmayor, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Teques, declared Betania: Diocesan Marian Sanctuary, Mary, Reconciler of Peoples. At the 38th anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin, this year 2014, on March 25, he ordered the constitution of a pastoral council chaired by him; which will also have a vice-rector, the pastor for the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Cua, father Jhonfer Camacho; the pastor for the parish of St. Martin of Porres in Cua, father Juan Mijares; and one of the sisters of the congregation Mother of the Savior, Eternal and High Priest.
Regarding the messenger of Our Lady, Mrs. Maria Esperanza, she left this world on August 7th, 2004, after a long convalescence due to a disease with symptoms that are very similar to Parkinson’s disease. On January 31st, 2010, at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey, USA, the opening of her cause of beatification and canonization was held.
The Bishop of Metuchen, Bishop Paul Bootkoski opened the process stating that there were sufficient reasons for the opening of the cause of Maria Esperanza, mother of seven children, who from the age of five had had heavenly revelations, visions of the future, the gift of healing, the ability to read hearts, bilocation, transfiguration, stigmatization, and the birth of a fresh and velvety rose from her chest, among other mystical phenomena. “Throughout her life, Maria Esperanza was an extraordinary example of humility, hope, and unconditional love,” he said.
Easter activities begin at Betania this Palm Sunday, only on Monday Chrism Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Los Teques
Sunday, April 13

8:00 a.m: Confessions

9:00 a.m: Blessing of palms at the main entrance and procession to the chapel

10:00 a.m: Solemn Mass of Palm

12:00 p.m: Solemn Mass of Palm

2:00 p.m: Solemn Mass of Palm
Easter Monday, April 14

10:30 a.m.: Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Los Teques

 

Holy Tuesday, April 15

9:00 a.m: Confessions

11:00 a.m: Mass
Holy Wednesday, April 16

9:00 a.m: Confessions

10:00 am: Catechesis

11:00 a.m: Mass in honor of Jesus the Nazarene
Holy Thursday, April 17

Holy Triduum

9:00 a.m: Confessions

11:00 a.m: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

11:45 a.m: Concert of the Youth Ministry

2:00 pm: Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper and washing of the feet
Friday, April 18

Ceremony of the Passion and Death of Our Lord

9:00 a.m: Confessions

10:00 am: Stations of the Cross

2:00 pm: The Seven Words

3:00 pm: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and distribution of Holy Communion
Holy Saturday, April 19

10:00 am: Confessions

11:00 a.m: Biblical Catechesis
Easter Sunday, April 20

The Resurrection of the Lord

9:00 a.m: Confessions and Holy Rosary

10:00 am: Solemn Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

12:00 pm: Mass of Resurrection

2:00 pm: Mass of Resurrection

 

 

“I Come with my Son in arms to reconcile all of you”

“I Come With My Son in Arms  to Reconcile All of You”

 

The thirty-eighth anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary in Venezuelan territory will be celebrated on March 25th, 2014 at the Diocesan Marian Sanctuary of Betania, Mary, Reconciler of Peoples, located between Cua and San Casimiro.

“I come with my Son in arms to reconcile all of you.” This phrase is part of the message that the Blessed Virgin gave to the Servant of God Maria Esperanza Bianchini on March 25, 1976.

Reconciliation in general means to repair a broken relationship. The American priest Timothy Byerley, vice-postulator of the cause of beatification of the Servant of God Maria Esperanza, said she had had a deep relationship with Christ through the Virgin. This exemplifies vertical reconciliation with God which leads to the horizontal reconciliation, that is to say, reconciliation among brothers. To achieve this, the person must take the first step, must have the desire to reconcile. This first step must begin with the family, which sometimes is divided and doesn’t even remember the reason for such separation, thus the importance to move towards reconciliation hastily. The Servant of God said that without reconciliation there could be no peace in the world, that brothers with different ideologies and beliefs needed to be respected through the love of Jesus, because love is the commandment He left. She urged to start reconciliation with a smile, a handshake, or a kind word.

Father Byerley recalled that Mrs. Bianchini asserted that the great moment of reconciliation was at hand. This is a message of great hope in these times.

Everyone is invited to take advantage of the supernatural dimension the presence of the Virgin in Venezuela brings, as Reconciler of All Nations, in order to achieve unity among Venezuelans, and all peoples and nations. If God has allowed his Mother to appear, it is because it is the moment of the awakening of consciences and for everyone to unite as children of God.

To celebrate such an important occasion, the activities in Finca Betania will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24th. Rosaries, an Hour of adoration, concerts, and other activities will be held during the morning. At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, Mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Teques, His Excellency Freddy Fuenmayor, accompanied by the music of the Betania Choir.

 

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