On the 18th October each year Schoenstatt celebrates its ‘birthday’ – the day marked by the events on that day in 1914. The students at the college had been involved in two groups since 1912; one was more like a prayer group the other a group for action -‘ the Missionary Section’. On that fateful day Fr. Joseph Kentenich held a talk which afterward became known as the founding constitution of the Schoenstatt Movement. That’s why we are celebrating the centenary of the Covenant of Love in the year 2014. Continue reading “Covenant Mass in October”
The Marian Community of Reconciliation and the Christian Life Movement have brought a traditional Marian pilgrimage back to the streets of Manchester. Last Saturday’s event brought some 1,000 people to the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Rusholme for a procession with Our Lady of Reconciliation. “It’s been fantastic,” reported one participant, Damian O’Reilly of Greater Manchester Police. “I remember the old days and it’s nice to get something going again and show that we’re proud of our faith.
“This is just going to get bigger and bigger. This year we’ve had 1,000 participants, but next year we’ll have 5,000.” Local school children, teachers, parishioners of different ethnicities and eight priests came together to pray the rosary and sing songs. Joseph Martin McDonagh, one of the volunteers who helped carry the platform, decided to go barefoot. “Today has been the most fulfilling day of my life,” he said. “I regret the way I used to live and I’m so happy I was allowed to do this.” “I wish I was still carrying her now,” said the 37-year-old. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Mary. My mother had problems when she was pregnant with me and promised Our Lady to entrust me to her if I was born safe.” Mary Patricia Fehily, 75, from Hale, is one of the many who remember-ed her childhood years. “I had tears in my eyes when they lifted Our Lady and it all began,” she said. “I was walking in the love of Jesus and Mary. Bagpipes were played during the walk and 12 drummers from India performed in traditional Kerala dress in the park. The superior of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, Andrea Velarde, said it surpassed all their expectations. “We realized that the best way to evangelize in this country is through Mary so that’s what has happened,” she said. “It was very moving to see people’s piety. The volunteers didn’t even want to stop carrying her to switch turns as they were supposed to.”
Welcome to our Family Mass in October. This coming Sunday we celebrate the Taste and See Mass in October. Through out the year we have considered the graces of the Shrine: to find a home, to be changed and live in God’s presence and to become apostle of his Good News. We will continue our theme of spreading this Good News. When he first became Pope The Holy Father said: “There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ and to speak to others of our friendship with him”. (Benedict XVI, April 2005) Our home is the place where we tell our story and within our family and beyond we want to share this joy. I look forward to seeing you at our Mass. Mass at 3.30pm followed by a shared meal. To download the poster click here
The word Rosary means “Crown of Roses”. Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It’s a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It’s a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring us to true peace. With your prayer made together with Your heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change of hearts and conversion. Each day, through prayer you can drive away from yourselves and from your homeland many dangers and many evils. It can seem a repetitive prayer but instead it is like two sweethearts who many times say one another the words: “I love you”… The Blessed Holy Father John Paul II on October 16th, 2002 with the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae on the Most Holy Rosary has added 5 new mysteries of the Rosary: The Mysteries of the Light.
“Say the Rosary every day… Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners… I’m Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you. …In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Prepared by the Family Branch