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In the News: March 10, 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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The Bergamo Center in collaboration with Mount Saint John and the University of Dayton's Marian Library hosted a Christmas Posadaon December 11, 2016 at Mount St. John. Over seventy-five people participated in the single-day version of the centuries-old Mexican tradition of Las Posadas, a procession that re-creates the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.

The pilgrimage went from building to building at Mount St. John with exhibits of Nativity sets at each location. The event concluded at the Bergamo Center for a piñata and light traditional refreshments provided by Los Reyes Restaurant.  

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Brother John Samaha sent us the text below.

Appreciating Blessed William Joseph Chaminade by Marianist Affiliate Roger Bichelberger; Edited by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

William Joseph Chaminade is a man for our times. You may wonder how a priest who died in 1850 can be so considered. During the years of the French Revolution, the Empire, and the Restoration he was a man open to his times to bear witness to Jesus Christ our Redeemer. With the rallying cry, Nova bella elegit Dominus ("The Lord has chosen new battles."), he directed his collaborators not to put new wine into old wineskins.

Following the spirit of the Gospel, Chaminade forged ahead boldly into the world of his day. Defying the Reign of Terror and the oath required by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, he fearlessly pursued his apostolic mission in Bordeaux, assuming various disguises to celebrate the Eucharist clandestinely at the risk of his life.

When he returned to France in 1800 after exile in Spain, he faced reality squarely and envisioned another approach to rebuilding the Church, a less clerical way separated from all concern of caste or class.

Engaging lay men and women he developed a "new evangelization" based on the established Sodality model and centered on each individual's witness in his or her own milieu, person-to-person, worker-to-worker. In this he was a precursor of official Catholic Action.

He gathered the laity under the banner of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and of all people. Acting on the inspiration of Mary received at the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar and the interest of some lay followers, he collaborated with Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon to found the religious congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (F.M.I.) in 1816. A year later, he organized the men religious as the Society of Mary (S.M.). Their common objective was to animate the lay people in the Sodality, and to emphasize serving the young and the poor. Eventually they concentrated on teaching as the preferred and most influential apostolate. 

Solidly grounded in prayer and realizing that the Son is never separated from His Mother, Chaminade entered into an alliance with Mary to participate in her apostolic mission to bring Christ to all.

Today's Marianist Family is the lengthened shadow of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.


Marian Events

Event: Lenten Speaker Series

Date: Every Tuesday in Lent

Time: 6:30 p.m.

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

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, this Lenten Series will offer reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every Tuesday during Lent.  On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Deacon David Zink will speak about the Scourging at the Pillar and the Crowning with Thorns. Before this reflection from 5:30-6:30 pm, a soup supper will be available for a Free Will offering.


Mary in the Catholic Press

The USCCB has a "Unity in Diversity Scriptural Rosary" leaflet as part of their teaching about Migration (USCCB Committee on Migration) February 4, 2017

The vision of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is to create a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, tracked persons, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome, and a spirit of belonging. Click here to order the leaflet, or here for a free online PDF version.


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.

Zaragoza: A City of Romans and the Virgin Mary (Business World) March 10, 2017

The cultural treasures that are Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Bilbao are usually on a traveler's itinerary when visiting Spain. Add Aviles and Santiago de Compostella for the religious, and Ibiza for the party animals.

But spare a day to walk through the old Roman town of Zaragoza which has something to satisfy those searching for history, culture, religious significance, and, if you time your trip right, a grand (but still religious) party.

Built on the banks of the Ebro River and almost halfway between Madrid and Barcelona by train, Zaragoza is the capital of northeastern Spain's Aragon region. Its city center reflects all its rather long history which starts during the time of the Romans....

Earlier in the year, in the week of October 12, the plaza is host to a very different activity. That is when the Fiestas del Pilar are held in honor of the Virgen del Pilar. While many events are held during the fiesta, ranging from solemn masses, to shows, to the Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos (a procession of papier mache giants and big-headed characters), the highlight is the Offering of the Flowers. Throughout the week, devotees dressed in traditional Aragonese costumes lay their flower offerings on a huge pyramidal structure at the apex of which is found the statue of the Virgin Mary....


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