Welcome. Celebrating Life Ministries has given birth to a new community called Celebrating Mary's Grace!
This new community, a subset of Celebrating Life Ministries, is modelled after Our Lady of Medjugorje, otherwise known as Mother Mary. Beginning in 1981 Mary has been appearing in a series of apparitions in a small village called Medjugorje in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. She tells us that God has sent Her to our world with a mission of prayer and peace.
Leading this new community will be Rev. Virginia Chapin-Sheff, an ordained minister with Celebrating Life Ministries. Rev. Virginia has had numerous personal encounters with Mother Mary and has dedicated her life to helping fulfill Her mission.
We welcome you to join our new Celebrating Mary's Grace Community. Plans call for a blog with the latest messages coming out of Medjugorje, an email list you can join, and possibly a worldwide prayer team designed to fulfill Her mission of Peace on Earth. Stay tuned for more to come...
Msg to Mirjana Soldo - Sep 25, 2019 (23) 09/26/2019 10:12:29 AM
Today I am calling you to pray for my intentions so that I may help you.
Little children, pray the Rosary and meditate the mysteries of the Rosary because, in your life, you are also passing through joys and sorrows. In this way, you are transforming the mysteries into your life, because life is a mystery until you place it into God's hands. In this way, you will have the experience of faith like Peter who met Jesus and the Holy Spirit filled his heart.
Little children, you are also called to witness by living the love with which, day by day, God wraps you with my presence. Therefore, little children, be open and pray with the heart in faith.
"Pray! Pray the Rosary every day - that wreath of flowers which, as a mother, directly connects me with your pains, sufferings, desires, and hopes. Apostles of my love, I am with you through the grace and the love of my Son, and I am asking for prayers of you. The world is in such need of your prayers for souls to be converted. With complete trust, open your hearts to my Son, and in them He will inscribe the summary of His words - which is love. Live in an unbreakable connection with the Most Sacred Heart of my Son.
My children, as a mother, I am telling you that it is high time for you to kneel before my Son to acknowledge Him as your God, the center of your life. Offer gifts to Him - that which He most loves - which is love towards neighbor, mercy, and pure hearts.
Apostles of my love, many of my children still do not acknowledge my Son as their God; they have not yet come to know His love. But you, with your prayer pronounced from a pure and open heart, by the gifts which you offer to my Son, will make even the hardest hearts open. Apostles of my love, the strength of prayer pronounced from the heart - a powerful prayer full of love - changes the world. Therefore, my children: pray, pray, pray. I am with you. Thank you."
Posted by Kerry Chinn
Msg to Mirjana Soldo - Aug 02, 2019 (21) 09/12/2019 04:51:25 PM
"Great is the love of my Son. If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him. He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He has never left you. Even when you tried to go away from Him, He has not left you.
That is why my motherly heart is happy when I watch how you - filled with love - return to Him, when I see that you are coming to Him by the way of reconciliation, love, and hope. My motherly heart knows that when you set out on the way of faith, you are shoots - buds. But along with prayer and fasting you will be fruits, my flowers, apostles of my love; you will be carriers of light and will illuminate all those around you with love and wisdom.
My children, as a mother I am imploring you: pray, think, and contemplate. Everything beautiful, painful and joyful that happens to you - all of this makes you grow spiritually, so that my Son may grow in you. My children, surrender yourselves to Him, believe Him, trust in His love, let Him lead you. Let the Eucharist be the place where you will feed your souls, and afterwards, will spread love and truth - will bear witness to my Son. Thank you."
"According to the will of the merciful Father, I have given you, and will still give you, evident signs of my motherly presence. My children, this is a motherly desire for the healing of souls. This is a desire that every child of mine may have true faith, to live to see wondrous experiences, drinking from the spring of the words of my Son—the words of life.
My children, my Son, by His love and sacrifice, brought the light of faith into the world and showed you the way of faith. Because, my children, faith elevates pain and suffering. True faith makes prayer more sensitive, and does acts of mercy—a conversation, a gift of alms. Those of my children who have faith—true faith—are happy despite everything because they live the beginning of heavenly happiness on earth.
Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, I am calling you to give an example of true faith, to bring light where there is darkness, to live my Son. My children, as a mother I am telling you: you cannot go on the way of faith and follow my Son without your shepherds. Pray that they may have the strength and the love to lead you. May your prayers always be alongside them. Thank you."
Posted by Kerry Chinn
Vatican's formal approval of Medjugorje (19) 09/12/2019 04:34:08 PM
May 12, 2109
Peace to all! We want to share an important announcement from the Vatican regarding Medjugorje. This is another step forward in the Vatican's formal approval of Medjugorje. For anyone not closely following the Church's position on Medjugorje, let me provide a brief summary.
A formal commission was launched on March 26, 2010, led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, to further investigate all aspects of Medjugorje. The commssion finalized its investigation late summer 2016. Recommendations were then given to Pope Francis by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in May 2017, in what is called the Ruini report. Pope Francis commented on the Ruini commission/report and said: "A commission of good theologians, bishops, cardinals. Good, good, good. The Ruini report is very, very good."
There were four important recommendations contained in the Ruini report. 1. That Medjugorje be placed under Vatican control. 2. That Church oganized pilgrimages to Medjugorje be allowed. 3. That Medjugorje be declared a pontifical shrine of the Church. 4. That the first apparitions be declared authentic and supernatural in nature.
We must realize that the Church moves slowly and cautiously. There have only been about 12 apparitions throughout history that have been approved by the Church. For Medjugorje, which is an ongoing apparition, to receive this level of support and approval by the Church, is truly rare.
So although the statement below cautions us that there has not been a full "authentication of known events", two of the recommendations of the Ruini report have now been realized.
May 2018. Pope Francis permanently assigned retired archbishop HenryK Hoser to Medjugorje to help oversee all aspects of pastoral ministries there. This esentially places Medjugorje under Vatican control.
May 2019. The following announcement was made by archbishop Henryk Hoser, and the Apostolic Nuncio, authorizing official parish and diocesan organized pilgrimages to Medjugorje:
The following announcement was made by the Apostolic Visitator, Henryk Hoser and the Apostolic Nuncio. Ad Interim Director Gisotti: "Attention given to favouring and promoting the fruits of good", but this does not mean "an authentication of known events".
Massimiliano Menichetti - Vatican City
Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case. The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Holy See's Special Apostolic Visitator.
Pilgrimages do not authenticate known events
The "ad interim" director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, responding to journalists' questions about the announcement, specified that the papal authorization must be accompanied by "care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid creating confusion or ambiguity from the doctrinal point of view regarding such pilgrimages. This also concerns pastors of every order and level who intend to go to Medjugorje and celebrate or concelebrate there even in a solemn way". Pastoral attention
"Considering the considerable flow of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant fruits of grace that have sprung from it - continued Gisotti - this authorization is part of the particular pastoral attention that the Holy Father intended to give to that reality, aimed at encouraging and promoting the fruits of good".
The apostolic visitator, concluded the ad interim director, "will have, in this way, greater ease in establishing - relations with the priests in charge of organizing pilgrimages to Medjugorje, as well as, safe and well-prepared persons, offering them information and indications to be able to fruitfully conduct such pilgrimages, - in agreement with the ordinary people of the place."
The Pope's decision comes a year after the appointment of Hoser, Archbishop Emeritus of Warszawa-Prague in Poland, as "Apostolic Visitator for the Parish of Medjugorje, on May 31, 2018.
Both that nomination and today's announcement do not, therefore, enter into doctrinal questions relating to the authenticity of the account of the six visionaries of what has happened in Medjugorje since June 1981, a phenomenon that has not yet been concluded. Of the six visionaries, at that time children or young people, three assure us that they still have a daily apparition of the "Queen of Peace", always at the same time in the afternoon and wherever they are: they are Vicka (who lives in Medjugorje), Marija (who lives in Monza) and Ivan (who lives in the United States but often returns home). A fourth visionary, Mirjana, says that she receives an apparition every month, on the 2nd, while for the remaining two visionaries, they receive an annual apparition each year.
Posted by Kerry Chinn
Msg to Mirjana Soldo - Jun 02, 2019 (18) 06/06/2019 09:27:39 AM
"Only a pure and an open heart will make it such that you may truly come to know my Son and that all those who do not know His love may come to know it through you. Only love will make you comprehend that it is stronger than death because true love conquered death and made it so that death not exist.
My children, forgiveness is the most exalted form of love. You, as apostles of my love, must pray that you be strong in spirit and that you could comprehend and forgive. You, apostles of my love, by understanding and forgiveness, are giving an example of love and mercy. To be able to comprehend and forgive is a gift for which it is necessary to pray, and to nurture it.
By forgiveness you are showing that you know how to love. Just look, my children, how the Heavenly Father loves you with a great love, with understanding, forgiveness and justice—how He gives me, the Mother of your hearts, to you. And here I am among you to bless you with a motherly blessing, to call you to prayer, to fasting—to tell you to believe, to hope, to forgive, to pray for your shepherds, and above all to love without limits.
My children, follow me. My way is the way of peace and love, the way of my Son. It is the way that leads to the triumph of my heart.Thank you."
Posted by Kerry Chinn
Msg to Mirjana Soldo - Feb 02, 2019 (17) 02/02/2019 06:00:36 PM
"The love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children—through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father—always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I—I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me.
My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love.
My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth—the Word of God which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone.
Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you."
"Dear children, my words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth - I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world.
The more that you come to know Him - the more that you come close to Him - all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son.
My children, pray - think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you."
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - June 02, 2018 (15) 06/05/2018 10:19:34 AM
"Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words, which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy - a light indescribable in human words - will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children.
Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me.
But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor's soul. As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love. My children, the Eucharist - my Son alive among you - His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breathe, His word brings about cognition of love.
Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you."
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - May 02, 2018 (14) 05/02/2018 07:24:35 PM
May 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana
"Dear children, all that my Son, who is the light of love, has done and does, He has done out of love. Also you, my children, when you live in love and love your neighbors, you are doing the will of my Son. Apostles of my love, make yourselves little; open your pure hearts to my Son so that He can work through you. With the help of faith, be filled with love.
But, my children, do not forget that the Eucharist is the heart of faith. This is my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. This is a miracle of love: my Son who always comes anew, alive, to bring life back to souls. My children, by living in love you are doing the will of my Son and He lives in you.
My children, my motherly desire is for you to always love Him more, because He is calling you with His love. He is giving you love so that you may spread it to all those around you. As a mother, through His love, I am with you to speak the words of love and hope to you—to speak to you the eternal words that are victorious over time and death—so as to call you to be my apostles of love. Thank you."
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - March 18, 2018 (13) 03/20/2018 10:54:23 AM
March 18, 2018 Annual Apparition to Mirjana
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary. The apparition lasted from 1:38PM to 1:42PM.
"Dear children! My earthly life was simple. I loved and I rejoiced in small things. I loved life - the gift from God - even though pain and sufferings pierced my heart. My children, I had the strength of faith and boundless trust in God's love. All those who have the strength of faith are stronger. Faith makes you live according to what is good and then the light of God's love always comes at the desired moment. That is the strength which sustains in pain and suffering.
My children, pray for the strength of faith, trust in the Heavenly Father, and do not be afraid. Know that not a single creature who belongs to God will be lost but will live forever. Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins there where all of my children come - where everything is returned. My children, your battle is difficult. It will be even more difficult, but you follow my example. Pray for the strength of faith; trust in the love of the Heavenly Father. I am with you. I am manifesting myself to you. I am encouraging you. With immeasurable motherly love I am caressing your souls. Thank you."
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - January 2, 2018 (12) 01/02/2018 05:31:28 PM
January 02, 2018
"Dear children, when love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found, I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love.
As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness, and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other. My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children. My Son used to say that he loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful. My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love.
Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you.
May your soul breathe in His spirit.
I am among you and am speaking about little and great things. I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me. As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you."
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - December 2, 2017 (11) 01/02/2018 05:26:53 PM
Message from Medjugorje, December 2, 2017. Apparition to Mirjana
“Dear children, I turn to you as your mother, the mother of the just, the mother of those who love and suffer, the mother of those who are holy. My children, you too can be holy-this depends on you. Those who are holy are those who immeasurably love the Heavenly Father, those who love Him above all. Therefore, my children, always strive to be better. If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so yourselves. If you think that you are good, you are not humble, and arrogance distances you from holiness. In this peaceless world full of threats, your hands, apostles of my love, should be extended in prayer and mercy.
And to me, my children, give the gift of the rosary, the roses which I love so much. My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips. My roses are your acts of prayer, faith and love. When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him. Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses, when, above all, you love my Son, when you pray with the heart, when you help the poorest.
Those are my roses. That is the faith which makes everything in life be done through love, not knowing arrogance, and always ready to forgive; never judging, always striving to understand one’s brother. Therefore, apostles of my love, pray for those who do not know how to love, for those who do not love you, for those who have done evil to you, for those who have not come to know the love of my Son. My children, I ask this of you because, remember, to pray means to love and to forgive. Thank you.”
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
Msg from Medjugorje - June 02, 2017 (10) 12/08/2017 08:55:25 PM
Our Lady of Medjugorje message - June 02, 2017
Posted by Virginia Chapin-Sheff
About Virginia and Celebrating Mary's Grace (9) 12/08/2017 04:31:51 PM
Rev. Virginia Chapin-Sheff, MA is Director of the Celebrating Life Education Program and now the Co-Director, with Padre Paul Funfsinn, of the Celebrating Mary’s Grace community. For 20 years, Virginia taught spiritually centered classes privately, in her office, and at Salve Regina University. Virginia was also trained in multiple holistic modalities and had a private practice for 29 years. Her true calling, however, came into formation, at the age of nine, when she had a near death experience during which she had an intimate exchange with Jesus, an experience that would shape her entire life.
Virginia’s devotion to Mary started in the 80’s when she was visiting the campus of Salve Regina University, in Newport RI, pondering whether to apply to the Graduate Program in Holistic Counseling. She came upon a large statue of Mary whereupon seeing it she fell to her knees and voiced “I will follow You.” She graduated from this program in 1992.
Her second experience came in 1998, when she was visiting a bookstore and was emotionally stunned by a small statue of Mary. She bought the statue for a friend who was going through an illness. When she presented the statue to her friend in the hospital, her friend opened up her hand and revealed the same statue, the only thing she had brought with her. Even though her friend would pass, both of them felt the presence of the Beloved Mother surrounding them in Love and Protection.
Upon traveling, in 2005, with Celebrating Life to the Casa of Dom Inacio, (John of God) in Brazil, Virginia was again mesmerized by a picture of the Beloved Mother that hung on the outside wall. This picture so moved her that while sitting in the “current room” of this spiritual hospital, she would focus on images of Mary for hours on end while meditating. This has continued and Virginia still stares at Mary’s image in her mind and heart while meditating in current.
In 2010, Virginia made her first (of many)pilgrimages to Medjugorje. On her second trip, six months later, Virginia felt an interior guidance to go to the house of Vicka, who is one of the visionaries who sees the Blessed Mother every day and is gifted with healing, where she miraculously received a private blessing on her head. The strange thing was Virginia did not know where Vicka lived, and was guided interiorly to the house. She experienced this blessing as a turning point. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a journey that deepened her dedication to give her life to Mary and Jesus. In January of 2014, she formally Consecrated her life to Mary.
Over the years, multiple trips to Medjugorje, and to John of God have continued to deepen her Love of the Blessed Mother. The Celebrating Mary’s Grace community is dedicated to helping the Blessed Mother fulfill her mission on Earth, which is peace, love of her son, Jesus the Christ, love of our neighbors, forgiveness, faith, and prayer.