Linwood, New Jersey                                    Spring 2001                                                       Page 3

BEATIFICATION PROCESS NEARS COMPLETION FOR VEN. GAETANO ERRICO, FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY.


   On January 9, 2001, the Assembly of Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved the miracle attributed to Venerable Gaetano Errico, M.SS.CC. 
The last remaining step is the signature of the Holy Father John Paul II expected shortly after Easter,  and the assigning of a date for the solemn beatification ceremony at the Vatican.  

   Our Fall 2000 Newsletter shared the story of the Gaetana & Salvatore Caccioppoli, whose deep faith and reliance on the intercessory power of the beloved Fr. Errico brought an answer to their fervent prayer.  Salvatore, in extreme pain, was diagnosed with a perforated duodenal ulcer with peritonitis. Emergency surgery was arranged.  Gaetana, long devoted to Fr. Errico, placed his relic on the pillow of her husband and they both prayed for his intercession.  Almost immediately  Salvatore's life threatening condition improved and he was returned to good health.  An x-ray taken some days later confirmed that the ulcer, clearly visible in previous x-rays had disappeared.


   The beatification process follows a long and ardent investigation, by several panels of medical experts and theologians and ultimately proved that the effect of the miracle was granted through the sole intercession of Ven. Gaetano Errico.

"THE WIDOW'S MITE!"

   Remember the scripture story of the widow who offered a very small coin to God and how precious it was in His eyes because it was all she had?  This wonderful lesson is one we take to heart in our development office.  Each and every gift, large or small is truly precious to us and deeply appreciated.    And although we cannot know the measure of the charity behind each gift…our Heavenly Father sees and knows all.  So, please, please accept  an extra thank you for all your gifts…may God bless your generosity.