In the News: Feb. 26, 2017

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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"True Devotion to Mary" Study

All are invited to learn about Saint John Paul II's spirituality of Saint Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary. The Discussion Group will meet on Saturdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. from February 18 - March 25, 2017 at the Spirit Center of Saint Albert Church in Kettering, Ohio.  The book, Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary by Father Hugh Gillespie (New York: Montfort Publications, 2012) will be available for $8.50. Free coffee and tea hosted by the Legion of Mary. For further information, call Gloria Dodd at 937-229-1431.

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

Movie about Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions

Imaginew is a Portuguese company that is producing an animated movie about the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Click here to watch a 2-minute YouTube video from Rome Reports with information about this project and clips of the film.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha sent us the text below with the following comments: "Below are some thoughts about the Three O'clock Prayer to consider during Lent."

An Ideal Lenten Prayer by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

The Three O'clock Prayer has been popularized by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Marianist religious, laity, and schools since the early nineteenth century. The prayer has been slightly revised over the years, and the original author is unknown.  While intended for daily use, it is especially appropriate for Lent.

The Three O'Clock Prayer

Lord Jesus,

we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross

with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.

We ask your pardon for our sins

which are the cause of your death.

We thank you for remembering us

 in that hour of salvation

 and for having given us Mary as our Mother.

Holy Virgin, take us under your protection

and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Saint John, obtain for us

the grace of taking Mary into our lives, as you did, 

and of assisting her in her mission.   Amen.

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

be glorified in all places

through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. 


Marian Events

Event: Lenten Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Saint Albert the Great Catholic Parish, 3033 Far Hills Avenue, Kettering, OH 45429

In honor of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, this Lenten Series will feature a reflection of one of the Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every Tuesday in Lent. Father Chris Worland will give the first reflection on The Agony in the Garden.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope's Address to Congregation of Marian Clerics of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary (Zenit) February 20, 2017

Below is a Zenit translation of Pope Francis' address to participants in the General Chapter of the Marian Clerics of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday in the Vatican. The General Chapter is underway in Rome from February 5-25, 2017:

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Dear brothers, I am happy to meet with you on the occasion of your General Chapter and I greet you warmly, beginning with the Superior General, whom I thank for his words. In you I greet the entire congregation, committed to serving Christ and the Church in twenty countries of the world....

I entrust to your Mother and Patroness, Mary Immaculate, your journey of faith and growth, in constant union with Christ and with His Holy Spirit, who renders you witnesses of the power of the Resurrection. To you here present, to the whole Congregation and to your lay collaborators I impart my heartfelt Apostolic Blessing.

Click here to read the complete article.


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.

Notre-Dame de la Garde and Marseille filmed 360 ° thanks to a drone (Le Huffington Post) October 5, 2016

Superb images give a rare glimpse of Marseille. Filmed by the team of DroneCast, the aerial shots that you can see in this video were put online Sunday, September 8th.

One can see the Phocaean city from one of its most symbolic places, the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Better known as the "Bonne Mère" by the Marseillais, its golden statue offers a magnificent panorama on the Old Port….

Click here to watch the 2 1/2-minute video on Vimeo, here to read the complete article in the original French, or here for more information about the basilica in French.


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