This year the Kentenich Talks held by Fr Duncan McVicar will be on Wednesdays 10th and 17th of July and on the 4th and 25th of September 2013. (Watch this space for detailed information to follow.) Fr. Duncan will talk about how Father Kentenich shows us a way to live our faith in everyday lives. He helps us to find an active prayer life growing through the Covenant of Love in binding ourselves to the heart of God with every fibre of our being. Father Kentenich had great interest that we should gain a deeper understanding of our faith and with this increase in knowledge, we could live the richness of our faith. He encourages us in a life of generosity to live our personal mission and reach out to others as apostles of the Covenant of Love. We welcome you to these talks and the chance to share and deepen our faith. Light refreshments will be available at 7.30pm and following this Fr. Duncan will hold one of the series of four talks with the chance of questions and discussion at the end. We aim to conclude each evening by 9.30pm.
When we speak about Crowning Our Lady it means that we recognise that she is our Queen in heaven: By virtue of her relationship to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and the Universal King, and by virtue of the mission that God gave her in life for the salvation of the world. In Holy Scripture, amongst those who receive the “crown of life and glory” (James 1,12; 1 Peter 5,4; Revelation 2,10), Mary is the first and the most prominent. Often she is compared to the woman with the “crown of twelve stars upon her head” (Revelation 12,1). In our Tradition of Faith, the role of Mary in our Salvation, was often described with the symbol of the crown and the title “Queen”. In past cultures where “kings” and “Queens” were common figures, it seemed much more obvious that Christ and Mary would be symbolised through “royal” symbols. The Crown of Mary became the sign for her care, her protection, her intercession and also her mission to bring us closer to God. Our Crowning today at the beginning of May is a consequence of our striving to be witnesses of Christ and instruments in Our Lady’s hands for a better world. Through recognising and celebrating Mary as a Queen, we can find it easier to celebrate Christ as our King and Lord. The Crowning of Mary should not be understood just as an expression of piety, it is also a sign of our efforts and striving to live and build the Kingdom of God here and now. When we crown Mary today, what are we saying? We are asking her to make us witnesses, we are asking her to give us the grace to build the Kingdom of Jesus everywhere, amongst our young people, in our families, in our homes, in our country, and we are asking her to use us as her instruments to establish more and more the “civilisation of love”. When we crown Mary, we are also seeing in her the ideal for women today. She is the woman who God raised up in an original way (see Luke 1,52). Crowning Mary means to value properly the “genius of womanhood” and the dignity of women in general, but also to recognise the individual dignity of Mary, the Mother of God. Mary’s mission is to take us to God and to help us experience God in our daily lives of faith. By Crowning Mary we are making a step towards God in our own lives, and we are becoming more aware of God’s presence in our lives and in our families. Is not our Church a Family? Doesn’t she have the mission to spread and grow more and more in the world? The Church has Mary as the great Mother of the People, but she is also a Queen standing beside Christ the King. Again today, we may look upon the Queen of the Universe. And shouldn’t that fill us with a great and deep joy? We are able to offer Mary again, as our Mother and Queen, a Crown. We want to crown her and we are allowed to crown her as the Mother and Queen of the world!”
You are invited to our Covenant Mass in May: Saturday 18th May at 7.30pm followed by a Pentecost Bonfire and light refreshments. In the beginning of Schoenstatt Father Kentenich said to the young students as he explained his dream of the little Chapel becoming a place of grace through the special presence of Our Lady: “I see that your hears have caught fire.” Will our hearts catch fire this Pentecost. Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our mother gathered the Apostles in the hope of the promised Spirit. She invites each of us to enter the upper room and open our hearts for the Holy Spirit. The Apostles were open for the Spirit because they had joined in Mary’s prayer. Their faith now called them to become bearers of the word of God to all. Our deepest desire in prayer is to become an apostle of the Covenant of Love. Through our deep love of Mary we grow in our love of her Son, Jesus – our Saviour and Friend.
Once again our Taste and See Team invite you to the celebration of our May Day. This is a day of pilgrimage in which we invite the Schoenstatt Family, the Pilgrim Mother groups our local Parishes especially those who have visited us for a Parish Shrine Day and the members of our Taste and See Group to join together for Mass at 3.30pm with a procession to the Shrine in which we can bring our flowers for Our Lady and also our Pilgrim Mother Shrines. There will be a meditation led by Liz and Gerry Markland on prayer in the days leading up to the great event of Pentecost. Our prayer should invite the Holy Spirit to change us and allow us to pray for many who look for God in their lives. We bring all our concerns and worries and our thanks for all the gifts we have received and we take time to beg pardon for opportunities missed. There will be a programme for the children and we will share a snack together before concluding with prayer in the Shrine. You are invited and you are encouraged to bring a friend.
Welcome to our Taste and See Mass in May, on Sunday May 12th. This Mass falls the week before Pentecost – within the Novena of the Young Church gathered with Mary in the Upper Room in the hope of the Promised Spirit. We start with Mass at 3.30pm with a procession to the Shrine. We want to reflect on that prayer of the Apostles and Our Lady which led to the great miracle of Pentecost. During this time the children will have their own programme. About 5.30pm we will have a shared snack in the St. John Fisher Hall and conclude our day in the Shrine We look forward to seeing you and joining with you in this prayer of the whole Church for the gift of Pentecost. To download the information on the day click here)