The Bishopric of Santander and Garabandal
The note broadcasted by the Bishop of Santander on October 9, 1968 produced a wave of letters and articles that demonstrated an opposition to the Bishop’s conclusions about Garabandal.
This is serious because it suggests the state of feelings which were detrimental to the authority and credibility of the Bishop of Santander. This weighs everything down, and it is that which permits the awaited happenings to produce themselves. No one believes that the ecclesiastical authority will pass over the Bishop of Santander and support the happenings of Garabandal in the future.
As a result, it is much more useful as a good ending to everything we hoped, and for us to try to understand the bishops of Santander and the notes they have given.
It is certain that Our Mother in Heaven wants everything to arrive at a good end. The position of the bishops, though it seems contrary to ours, is not an impossible obstacle and has its explanation, which, once understood, fills us with faith and confidence as well as gratefulness to the bishops and the commission since we see their conduct as the immense prudence of the Church. In their conclusions, so different from those of the common feelings of others, we see the will of Providence, who has served as that exact instrument, as it has served the seers.
As a preliminary reflection, we should consider the justice that we can establish the charisma and effects in relation to the bishop’s notes, and we can see that there are two points of view.
If the note contains conclusions contrary to our convictions, we judge the intention of what has been written from this conclusion.
And that, by trying to understand the situation and intention of the writing, we deduce what the note produces. We can understand from this point of view when we have a favorable mindset, that we can’t extend the acceptance of the facts because of matters of form and conscience.
Also, everything that is said and written about Garabandal, whoever the author, is dependant upon the end of the matter, so they are only personal opinions, possibly very respectable, but none of them have the valor of knowing the resolution. The only thing that has weight or importance are the sworn declarations of the seers, witnesses, and official informants; facts given freely, without any physical, moral, or religious motive, because in these cases it would be null. Also, only official documents from the hierarchy, local or Vatican are valid.
With this preamble made, we’ll continue with the history of Garabandal, understanding that the notes have been written in these terms, which everyone knows.
San Sebastián May 4, 1963
Mr. Masimo Foerschler,
Dear Sir: I’m going to answer your letter to say that I won’t forget to pray for your son. How was the operation?
You told me that the one who saw apparitions (Lourdes) made a very beautiful grotto and that the devotion of the people is very beautiful as well, but that the other is only comercial and that you’ve seen it. Is this true? You say that you didn’t feel the emotion here, but that the faith of the people and the grotto were very emotional. I thought that it was something else. St. Bernadette’s home was very beautiful.
Well, I have no news from here since there are no apparitions. Regards to your wife and children. Loving salutations from
Pray so that the Virgin’s message will be completed.
The Virgin and her Child will reward you.
Note: The apparitions ended.
This message is clearly in line with the teaching of the Church and of great importance.
The visionaries acquired a profound desire to pray and offer sacrifices for priests and to foster this practice amongst the laity.
Our Blessed Mother many times told the children the necessity of sacrifices and prayer on for priest. She said that their true vocation is self sacrifice imitating that of Jesus Christ. The failure of a vocation concedes a lack of devotion on behalf of the laity spiritually obliged to uphold these men in their labors.
As Conchita expressed in a 1971 message, "Let us pray a lot for priests. We ourselves are to blame for many priests who are on the road to perdition, because we do not pray enough for them, because we do not sacrifice ourselves, and also because we should be giving an example to those priests who are consecrated to the Blessed Virgin...We have to help those priests...that they may rise and pursue their course."
When asked in 1966 what the Blessed Virgin desired of priests Conchita replied;
"What the Blessed Virgin wants from the priest first of all is his own sanctification.
-He should fulfill his vows through love of God, and lead many souls to Him through example and prayer, for in our time it is difficult otherwise.
-May the priest be sacrificed through love of souls in Christ!
-May he retire from time to time in silence to listen to God who speaks to him continually.
-May they think a lot about the Passion of Jesus so that their lives are more united to Christ the Priest and thus invite souls to penance and sacrifice, and also make more tolerable to them the cross that Christ sends to us all.
-To speak of Mary who is the surest one to lead us to Christ and also speak about and cause people to believe that there is a heaven, so too there is a hell."
San Sebastián de Garabandal—June 21, 1962
Dear Maximo and Araceli, I’m happy to say that when I received your letter we were all well, thank God. Maximo, this is to tell you that the Virgin has given us another message and it is this.
The Virgin has told us that we don’t await the punishment but that it will come without us awaiting it because the world has not changed and she has already told us this twice, but we don’t pay attention because the world is worse. We have to change a lot and we haven’t changed at all. Prepare and confess because the punishment is coming soon and the world stays the same and I say that the world hasn’t changed at all, and it is shame that it does not change soon because a very large punishment will come if the world does not change.
Maximo, now we have apparitions every day in the cuadro from 9 to 10 (PM). We had an apparition with the Angel last night at 11 and we had an apparition of the Virgin until 12. We didn’t go back to our houses until 6 in the morning because we were praying rosaries as the Virgin told us to do until the early morning.
Well, I don’t have anything more to say so I’ll say goodbye by saying I love you.
Tell your children hello and give Araceli a tight hug for me.
My parents send their regards.
Note: This was a sad, frightening night. The whole village prayed the whole night and at 6AM they confessed and received the sacrament, believing that the world was going to end. Two nights later, this fear was repeated. The girls went up to the Pines alone to pray, and while crying, they had apparitions.
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San Sebastián on June 20, 1962
Dear Maximo, only four words to tell you the message that the Virgin told us yesterday, June 19th. The Virgin has told us that we don’t await the punishment but without waiting for it, it will come because the world has not changed and no one is paying attention because the world is worse and we have to change a lot, but it has not changed at all. Prepare yourselves and confess because the punishment is coming soon and the world continues the same, the world has not changed at all, and it is a shame that it does not change soon because a large punishment is coming if we don’t change. Since you have changed, don’t be afraid. We have to say this to everyone even Fr. Andreu. This message was told to Jacinta and me. A very tight hug to Araceli and Rolf, and a loving salutation from—
María Dolores Mazón
(Continuing on another side of the same letter)
Dear Fr. Ramón, although you haven’t answered me, I’m writing to you because I think about you a lot and I would like you to come here. This that you see in Maximo’s letter is for the whole world, so that we will be better, and when you return I’ll tell you everything the Virgin has told us. A very tight hug from—
| "For me, it marks the 50th anniversary of having |
contemplated the greatest beauty in this world..." Conchita
Conchita in ecstasy, and the crowd on June 18, 1965
Dear Fr. Rolando,
I unite myself to the 50 years celebration since the events at Garabandal took place. For me, it marks the 50th anniversary of having contemplated the greatest beauty in this world. I give thanks to God for having been part of such an experience, impossible to describe, but which sealed in my soul a sure Faith, full of hope. Thank you, Fr. Rolando for having given me the opportunity of repeating the Message of Our Mother, there, in the village. The Angel said,
"Because My Message of October 18 was not carried out and made known, I will tell you that this is the last one.
Before the Cup was full; now it is overflowing. Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals are on the path to perdition and they are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. We must ward off the wrath of God with our efforts. If you ask forgiveness sincerely with all your soul, He will forgive you. I, your Mother, through the intercession of the Archangel Michael, want to tell you that these are the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation.
Pray to Us sincerely and We will give you what you ask. You must offer more sacrifices. Think of the Passion of Jesus.”
Fr. Rolando, I cannot tell you anything more important than the Message of Our Mother.
United in Prayer,
Conchita in ecstasy gives the
Crucifix for M. Masure to kiss.
Scenes from the ecstasy of June 18, 1965, recorded and televised.
Conchita received the Final Message For The World June 18, 1965
| By Father Jay Finelli a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese |
of Providence in the state of Rhode Island. June 27, 2012
A great "priest" goes to the Lord
|Rev. George F Almeida |
Born in Newport, R.I. on Nov. 23, 1931
He was ordaind a priest May 1, 1965
God called him home June 27, 2012
Will lie in state on Monday,
July 2nd from 4-7 PM
in Holy Ghost Church,
73 Linden Street, Attleboro, Ma.
Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated on Tuesday,
July 3rd at 11 AM in
Holy Ghost Church.
June 27, 2012 – I received the sad news that my dear friend Fr. George Almeida passed away suddenly this morning. Fr. Almeida celebrated the 7:00 am morning Mass at my parish, administered the Sacrament of the Sick to a parishioner before heading to another parish for a second Mass. After finishing Mass, he returned home to the Priest’s Residence. In the words of one of his fellow priests in the retirement home: “We had finished having our usual animated breakfast and we left the dining room about 10:30 to go to our rooms. The housekeeper found him on the floor in his room about 11 AM. He was already dead.” Since I arrived at Holy Ghost as pastor 10 years ago, Fr. George Almeida, a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, MA has been actively involved in the life of my parish. Fr. Almeida has covered Masses on my day off, and vacations, he has covered from funerals and assisted with Confessions. Not only was Fr. Almeida a great help to my ministry and the parish, but he served as my weekly confessor. He always had kind and encouraging words: “Your doing a great job, keep up your good work.”
One priest from his diocese often told me: “Fr. Almeida is the happiest priest in the diocese.” Indeed he was a very happy priest! He was a delayed vocation, hearing God’s call “at the age of 37.” Having served in the Navy aboard the USS Midway. It was during a pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Catholic Chaplain and 30 other sailers that he heard the call. ”During my privacy in prayer, I felt Our Lady asking me to enter the priesthood, as I looked at her beautiful statue in the grotto.” Throughout the years, Fr. Almeida has had a deep love and devotion the Our Lady. Each year, he served as chaplain for a pilgrimage group to Garabandal, Spain and returned to Lourdes on several occassions.
Maria Saraco's Group - San Sebastian Church, Garabandal
Fr. George Almeida Far Right
The story of Fr. Almeida is so inspiring when we hear so much negative news about the priesthood. Like so many faithful priests, Fr. George Almeida lived his priesthood with all his heart, not seeking any recognition, yet, he light shined bright for all to see.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May they rest in peace. Amen. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
“Imitating Mary’s ‘yes’”
"I owe a great debt of gratitude for the Blessed Mother calling me to the awesome gift of the priesthood. She has protected me during my 44 years in the priesthood. Without her, I could not persevere. I dedicate this article to her. I pray that she continues to inspire me to be a faithful and humble servant as a priest, and helps me always to thank you, God, for the gift of the priesthood..."
True Cross of Jesus Crucifixion Monastery of Saint Toribio, Spain
While I was in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Midway, the Catholic chaplain, Father Mattiello from Lilly, Penn., invited the sailors to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. About 30 men signed up to go with him, and I was one of them. We left Marseille by train.
When we arrived at Lourdes the next day, Dec. 29,1952, we went directly to our hotel in the afternoon, and settled in before we had a nice dinner in the evening. We were supposed to visit the grotto the next day to attend Mass with our chaplain.
After dinner, however, I asked two of my buddies to go with me to see the grotto, because I couldn’t wait to see it. We brought along some empty wine bottles to fill up with Lourdes water to bring back to the States. I think that we were at the only hotel open during the winter and no religious stores were open.
We arrived at the grotto about 9 p.m., and we were curious to see what it looked like at night with all the candles burning. It was very quiet; no one was at the grotto when we arrived. So I asked my buddies if we could kneel down and say the rosary, and they agreed. It was now getting colder, so they wanted to return to the hotel. I told them that I would stay a little longer by myself before returning to the hotel.
During my privacy in prayer, I felt Our Lady asking me to enter the priesthood, as I looked at her beautiful statue in the grotto. I didn’t think I was worthy of such a calling. I also loved being in the Navy operating a teletype in the department of communications, since I was assigned to a rear admiral who was in charge of the fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. I belonged to the “Flag Staff” and had planned to remain in the Navy for 20 years, and retire at the age of 37!
As I contemplated the calling from Our Blessed Mother, however, I couldn’t refuse her request. She had said “yes” to the Archangel Gabriel when she was asked to become the mother of Jesus, so I consented to her calling with great humility. I had the privilege of serving at the altar in the grotto the next day at 8 a.m. It was so cold that I served with my peacoat. After Mass, the chaplain invited the men to go into the bath, but only two of us — another sailor and I — accepted. The others were afraid of catching a severe cold. We did not even catch a sniffle.
I went back to Lourdes in 2002 to give gratitude to Mary for my calling. I was the main celebrant at the grotto on Saturday, April 13, 2002 at the 7:30 Mass, almost 50 years to the day I was called to the priesthood on Dec. 29, 1952. What a jubilee!
I left the Navy with an honorable discharge on March 17, 1954. I began my preparation for the priesthood when I entered the seminary in September 1955. I loved the seminary, which gave me the chance to increase my spiritual life both intellectually and prayerfully.
I found out much later when I met Father Manuel Ferreira, who now lives with me at the Cardinal Medeiros Residence, that he was on the USS Midway at the same time I was aboard, though we didn’t know each other. He was assigned to the engineering department. He and I went to see the aircraft carrier on Sept. 18, 2007. It’s now a museum in San Diego. Our tour of the aircraft carrier brought back many memories.
I owe a great debt of gratitude for the Blessed Mother calling me to the awesome gift of the priesthood. She has protected me during my 44 years in the priesthood. Without her, I could not persevere. I dedicate this article to her. I pray that she continues to inspire me to be a faithful and humble servant as a priest, and helps me always to thank you, God, for the gift of the priesthood and for three wonderful parishes as a pastor: St. Elizabeth’s in Edgartown, 1981- 1988; Holy Family in East Taunton, 1988-1997; and Our Lady of Fatima in Swansea, 1997-2001.
My years as a pastor were exactly 20 years of love, service and joy leading God’s people toward the kingdom of Heaven. I ask God to bless them for being so respectful to me as a priest of Jesus Christ. They are forever in my prayers with a loving heart.
Father Almeida, ordained on May 1, 1965, is a retired priest of the diocese living at the Cardinal Medeiros Residence in Fall River.
Ed Kelly is standing in front of the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Garabandal while the old church was being repaired. This is where the Mass was being held every day.
Father Orlando is kneeling in front of the “pines” praying the Rosary.
Bishop Vincent Jimenez Zamora consecrated church San Sebastian in Garabandal May 6, 2012 with nine priest concelebrating.
Bishop Vicente Jimenez Zamora congratulated the people for their part in helping to restore the church.
Father Orlando who is a big follower of Garabandal apparitions is still taking collections to pay for the church renovations. Would you like to make a contribution to help pay for the church renovations? Contribution Information
San Sebastián de Garabandal—April 12, 1962
You don’t know how happy I am to hear that you’ve been baptized and are Christian. When I told the Most Holy Virgin she laughed. Now that you’re Christian, please pray to the Most Holy Virgin so that I will be very good and I won’t forget about you. I won’t tell you more now—please send my regards to your wife and a salutation from one who loves you—
The Tears and Message
In June of 1988, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger approved the Akita events as "Reliable and Worthy of Belief."
The Blessed Mother gave Sr. Agnes the following message on August 3, 1973:
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms that will remain for you will be the Rosary and Sign left by my Son. With the Rosary, pray for the pope, the bishops, and the priests."
The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them."
"With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and accomplish works of reparation."
Eucharistic Prayer of Akita
Our thanks to Brother George Roth, O.S.F. (now Father), for this outline and info.
Sister Agnes, seer of Akita, Japan, who saw Our Lady's statue weep 101 times and bleed from the hand.
1) Insert the Fatima Prayer (O' my Jesus...) after each decade of the Rosary.
In addition to the above is the graphic message of tears and blood and of Our Lady's use of a secular institute . . . a group of catechists . . . involved through the blood and tears as a community, a prayer group.
San Sebastián de Garabandal—October 2, 1964
I’m happy upon receiving this letter to find you well and in the company of your wife and children. I offer thanks to God.
Masimo, this is so you know that I think a lot about you even though I don’t always write. I always remember you in my prayers and I ask the Lord and the Most Holy Virgin to keep you well and living in your faith so that it grows more in your heart. Well, please pray for me as well so that I will be better. We also have to pray for the sanctification of the priests so that they will be holy. Masimo, there are many good priests but there are others who are bad and we have to pray for all of them so that the Lord and the Most Holy Virgin will make all of them very good. If they were all good, that they would give us a good example of the truth because they represent Christ on earth, and if they’re not then they give a bad example. We also have to pray for the missions and the Pope’s intentions and the success of the Council. We have to pray for the whole world, so that those who are good will be better and those who are bad will be good. You already know Our Lady’s message, that if the world doesn’t change a punishment will come, and it will come because the world does not change.
Masimo, on September 30th we went to see Fr. Andreu—my father, Ceferino, Loli, and I all went to Reinosa. You don’t know how happy Loli and I were to go to the house. We were sad to not be able to be with Fr. Andreu more; we were there for a very short time. It will be two years on January 13th, so you can understand how much we wanted to come.
Masimo, when you come (it will be a year in June), when you come, Masimo in the last letter you wrote to me you asked about my brother Marcelo. I can’t tell anything now because it’s been three months since he’s written to us, but we know that he’s in Gran Canaria because my mother’s cousin…well I won’t put down anything more because you’ll already be tired of reading my handwriting.
Say hello to Araceli and Ralf for me, and my parents and siblings send their regards.
When you come, we’d like to see you. Goodbye. Don’t forget us.
Conchita says hello because you did something as great as becoming Christian and receiving Jesus our Father and he loves us and we have to obey him. I won’t forget you before the Virgin and in my humble prayers—Conchita González