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The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church, and an example, guide, and inspiration for all who seek to be the servant of God and an obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The month of May is especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady by the faithful. During this month, Catholics both in church and in the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration.

Celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Let us gather together to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Sunday, May 22nd before the Spanish 12 PM Mass. One Mother, many children from around the world will be represented. We will have a procession of statues of Mary from several countries at the beginning of Mass. Stop by our Courtyard table this weekend after Mass to sign up and for more information.

Celebración de Nuestras Patronas – Reunámonos en honor a la Virgen María,el domingo 22 de mayo antes de la misa del mediodía.“Una Madre, muchos hijos de todo el mundo estarán representados. Tendremos una procesión de estatuas de María de varios países al comienzo de la misa.


May is the Month of Mary!

As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved. (Lumen Gentium, no. 53)

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.” The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

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The Feast of the Visitation of Mary

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

This feast commemorates the three-month visit of Mary with her elderly cousin Elizabeth during Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus and Elizabeth’s with John the Baptist. The story appears in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel. It recounts Elizabeth’s Spirit-filled greeting, acknowledging Mary as “the mother of my Lord,” and Mary’s beautiful response, the Magnificat, which begins, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” Introduced by the Franciscans in 1263, the feast became universal in the 16th century.

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This Respect Life novena is in honor of this feast. Click here to pray the novena


How to Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.

The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group. – from usccb.org
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Watch these videos for more about our Mother Mary:

The month of Mary-Apostleship of prayer
 

Bishop Robert Barron on The Queenship of Mary

Dr. Edward Sri –Walking with Mary– Intro
Do you want to know the Blessed Virgin Mary better? This introduction to Walking with Mary considers what the Bible can teach us about Mary’s profound, interior journey of faith – and important lessons from Mary for our own walk with the Lord.

 Mary in 2 Minutes- Busted Halo
What’s the big deal with Catholics and the Virgin Mary? Do they worship her or just pray to her? What’s the Annunciation? What’s the Immaculate Conception? What’s the Assumption? All these questions and more are answered in this short video.