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Peace and prosperity in 2011 and beyond. From Matthew and Alyssa, children of Lisette and Peter De Luca.


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“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have.”  — Author unknown

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CAN’T afford to jet to Paris to worship at the famous shrine at Lourdes?

Or to Mexico for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal?

Worry no more.

Now, there’s a little chapel in Wisconsin where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been officially confirmed by the Roman Catholic Church.

It’s called Our Lady of Good Help, and it’s drawing a stream of visitors to pray coming from as far as New York by the busload.

The chapel in Champion, Wisconsin is situated among the dairy farms, and is one of only about a dozen sites worldwide, and the first in the United States where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been officially validated by the Roman Catholic Church.

This, according to Erik Eckholm of The New York Times.

He wrote that in 1859, the year after Mary is said to have appeared in Lourdes, a Belgian immigrant in Champion named Adele Brise said that she was visited three times by Mary.

The Virgin Mother hovered between two trees in a bright light, clothed in dazzling white with a yellow sash around her waist and a crown of stars above her flowing blond locks.

After decades of lengthy investigation by theologians, they found no evidence of fraud and heresy that Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay declared “with moral certainty” that Ms. Brise did have encounters of a supernatural character, worthy of belief considering the long history of shrine-related conversions, cures and other signs of divine intervention.

The Vatican gave its very rare Amen.

So, altogether now we pray:

“God of mercy, may the prayers of the sinless mother of God help us to rise above our human weakness and draw us closer to her son, Jesus our Lord.”

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Somebody who reads the daily horoscopes sent me this for the New Year.

Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20

You’re a compassionate person, which makes you a good friend.

These are qualities that others admire.

Sometimes, though, people disappoint you and can even take advantage of your benevolence.

Realize that there’s a line that you can’t allow people to cross in order to protect yourself.

This year, sort out once and for all who’s on your side and who isn’t.

Boyohboy, it hits the nail on the head.

How soooo true!

 

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New Year’s greetings from December birthday celebrants Marieta Lamar Tala-Tala (2nd from l.) and Cherique Loyola Po (2nd from r.). Also in photo is Marieta’s son Robert Lamar Tala-Tala (l.) and Dr. Frank Yuvienco.

 

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Greetings from the Althoff family: Oliver, Gail, Gracie and Addie.

 

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Happy New Year from our home to yours. From John, Lynette and Janlyl Lozada of California.

 

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Cheers from Drs. Cesar and Vivy Malantic and family.

 

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Wishing you a healthy and happy 2011! From the Uy family of New Jersey: Dr. Connie, Nestor, Lawrence, Darryl and Natalie.

 

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Drs. Philip and Farida Chua of Muncie, Indiana and Las Vegas, as well as their family of physicians wish you a Happy New Year.

 

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Wishing you a joyous holiday and a flatout fun year. From the folks at Elmsford Raceway: Danielle, Erwin, Zuliema, Brett, Barbara, Lou and Marielle del Rosario.

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