In the News: April 25, 2016

By Michael Duricy


Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

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May 6-7 Women's Retreat with Teresa Monaghen, Mary: Mother of Mercy

Join a Women's Retreat in Waverly, Nebraska during this Jubilee Year of Mercy led by Teresa Monaghen, a consecrated woman with the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity Movement. She has been a happily, perpetually, joyfully vowed member since 1989. Teresa will share with us meaningful and simple ways of mercy, as the pathway to Heaven in daily life. The topic includes lessons of love and mercy from Our Lady, Blessed (soon to be Saint!) Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, St. Faustina and other Saints of Mercy, who will show us the way to mercy, that is, Heaven on Earth!

This retreat is open to all women, young and old, married and single. It is in honor of our Mother Mary, Queen of Mercy during this holy month dedicated to our Lady, and it would be a great Mother's Day gift for the Mom, Mother or Grandmother in your life! There will be times of silence and sharing, opportunities for prayer and preparing in order to live ever more fully this Holy Year of Mercy.

This two-Day retreat runs from 8:00 p.m. Friday night until 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening. The suggested donation is $100 but no one is refused for inability to pay. Click here to register. After this retreat Teresa plans to visit The Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio for study and research.

Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

A comedy about brothers who learn they have different mothers, a cinematographer's visual memoir, and a dialogue-less re-telling of the Virgin Mary's holy pilgrimage were among the winning films announced Saturday at the awards ceremony for the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival at the Sarasota Opera House....

The surrealistic film, Ma, which symbolically explores the Virgin Mary's trek through the American Southwest in movement and interpretive dance, earned the Independent Visions award for director Celia Rowlson-Hall, who also wrote the script and plays the lead role.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the article below with these comments: "The item below was published in the St. Joseph of Cupertino Flyer, our parish bulletin."

A Junipero Serra Vignette by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

July 1 is the feast day of Saint Junipero Serra, Apostle of California. The son of Antonio and Margarita Ferrer, he was baptized Miguel Jose and took the name Junipero as a Franciscan. Pope Saint John Paul II beatified him in 1988. Pope Francis canonized him in 2015.

Here is part of the documented legacy of Blessed Junipero Serra to the Church in California.

He walked an estimated 4,000 miles in California on his missionary journeys with an injured leg.

He baptized 98% of the adult converts at Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel.

He confirmed 4,076.

The records of The Early California Population Project indicate that his efforts supporting the 21 missions, the Los Angeles Plaza Church, and the Santa Barbara Presidio resulted in 101,000 baptisms, 28,000 marriages, and 71,000 burials.


Marian Events

May Crowning and Mass on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio will have a Mass celebrating the end of the CCD year. This will include a rosary and May Crowning in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will begin at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to, bring some flowers for Mary.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Holy Week Family Missions from Zenit April 20, 2016

... Father Ramón Arias, the parish priest in charge of Madera, asked the missionaries to visit all the houses of the town and to take note of the needs for the sacraments: baptisms, first communions, confirmations, as well as the sacrament of marriage for those not yet married in the Church, a surprisingly frequent phenomenon here. The missionaries also invited people during this week to a special program in the parish: daily talks for young people, adults, and couples, along with catechesis for children; then a community rosary procession and at 8 pm the evening Mass. In addition, at the end of Holy Week, there were the various liturgical celebrations and other events: a service with the anointing of the sick in the morning of Holy Thursday, then in the evening the celebration of the Last Supper with Eucharistic adoration lasting throughout the night; on Good Friday living Stations of the Cross through the dusty dirt roads, then the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ, and at the end of the day in the main parish of Madera a rosary for our Lady of Sorrows followed by a silent torch procession through downtown--they have the custom to carry a crucifix horizontally in front of the procession under the periodical strikes of a great drum, in order to call attention to the death of Jesus....

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Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Longtime Director of Family Rosary in Albany Set to Retire After Eighteen Years of Promoting Prayer (familyrosary.org) November 1, 2015

For eighteen years, she promoted the mission of Servant of God Patrick Peyton in Albany, N.Y. Over that time, Laetitia Rhatigan actively espoused the virtues of this American candidate for sainthood, a media pioneer who encouraged millions of people to pray the Rosary in an effort to unite families.

On Nov. 1, the longtime Mission Director of Family Rosary in Albany retires, knowing the memory of Father Peyton, C.S.C.--who began his pastoral mission to honor Mary, the Mother of God, in this New York community--is preserved and ready for recognition by the Catholic Church.

In addition to being the "face" of Family Rosary in Albany for nearly two decades, Laetitia Rhatigan tirelessly assisted with many events supporting Father Peyton's mission of promoting prayer. She was intimately involved in organizing the Diocesan Rosary Celebrations and collaborating with the Leonard family to hold the Annual Irish Gala, which attracted families who supported Father Peyton's ministry from the earliest days.

"We have been blessed with Laetitia's various efforts over the years and particularly with her passion for Father Peyton's work and spirituality," said Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization that continues Father Peyton's ministry today.

"She is incredibly committed to the mission. Laetitia earned her Doctorate of Sacred Theology in Mariology with her dissertation on The Writings and Works of Servant of God, Father Patrick J. Peyton, C.S.C., As They Reflect His Marian Spirituality. Now that's dedication!" ...

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