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Mary in the News: June 29, 2020

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


The Legion of Mary, Mondays, 7:30 pm in the Spirit Center

The Legion of Mary resumes meetings on Mondays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Spirit Center of Saint Albert Catholic Parish in Room D to allow for social distancing.  Practicing Catholics over the age of 17 are invited.

Participants are asked to wear masks.  Come and see how the Legion of Mary safely serves Christ in our neighbors even during the pandemic.  Is Our Lady calling you to meet the spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ?

For more information call Gloria Dodd at 937-229-1431.

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

Book on Marian Apparitions

Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions, and the Catholic Church by Kevin Symonds is a fascinating study on how one should examine the various heavenly occurrences that have been reported to us over the past several hundred years, by using the proper guiding tools that Symonds has provided.  Don't miss Symonds' interview with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark.  Refractions of Light is available from the EWTN Religious Catalog.

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Marian Events

Title: A New World of Mary - Part II

Topic: Free online Marian conference, hosted by the Legion of Mary

Dates: Sunday, July 5, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Guest Speakers: Father John Harris, O.P.; and Father Pat Deegan

God has given Mary, Our Mother, a unique role in His plan for the world.  The apostles and the early Christians understood this, and the Church has always acknowledged Mary's special place in our redemption.  As the 21st century gallops along at an alarming rate, Mary continues to call us back to her Son.  In several church approved apparitions, she implores us to pray, pray, pray.  This conference will reflect on Mary's appeal to her children (that's us!) and how together we can build A New World of Mary.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Loreto Litanies: Three New Invocations to the Virgin Mary Desired by the Pope (Zenit), June 22, 2020

Pope Francis decided to insert three new invocations to the Virgin Mary in the “Litanies of Loreto” dedicated to Her: “Mother of Mercy” (Mater Misericordiae), “Mother of Hope” (Mater Spei) and “Comfort of Migrants” (Solacium Migrantium)

 In a letter to the Presidents of the Episcopal Conference, published on June 20, 2020, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stressed that prayer to the Virgin Mary is a "privileged and sure way of encounter with Christ."

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Letter of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

From the Vatican, June 20, 2020--Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary


The Church, on pilgrimage to Heaven's Holy Jerusalem--to enjoy inseparable communion with Christ, her Spouse and Savior--walks along the paths of history entrusting herself to Her who believed in the Lord's word.  We know, in fact,  from the Gospel that Jesus' disciples learned from the beginning to praise the "blessed among all women" and to count on Her maternal intercession.

One cannot name the titles and the invocations that, in the course of the centuries, Christian piety has given to the Virgin Mary, privileged and sure way of encounter with Christ.  In our time also, which is going through reasons of uncertainty and bewilderment, pious recourse to Her, full of affection and confidence, is particularly dear to the People of God.

Interpreter of this sentiment, the Sovereign Pontiff Francis, receiving the desires expressed, wished to establish that, in the formulary of the litanies of the blessed Virgin Mary, called "of Loreto," the following invocations be inscribed: Mater Misericordiae, Mater Spei, and Solacium Migrantium....

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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.

Maria Stein Shrine Art Show and Sale ( June 26, 2020

June 26-July 17, 2020, Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am-6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am-4:00 pm,  Sunday: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.  Due to social distancing, there will be an online as well as an onsite show.

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