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No Apologies
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Marian Shrines

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #21: Our Lady of China

Friday, August 7th, 2015
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Join Fr. Andre in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” as he relates the story of Our Lady of China and the resulting Marian devotion – proving that Our Lady is not Underground in China.

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Aug 05 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: He Wants Our Faith

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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Homily #150805n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel reading, telling us that just as Jesus was looking for the woman’s faith, He is looking for ours; how do we respond? Do we really believe and live it? Father closes by commenting on the origins of the basilica St. Mary Major, who’s dedication we celebrate today.
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Mass: Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 18th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: num 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35
Resp: psa 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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Feb 11 – Homily – Fr Elias: Lourdes and Mary’s Healing

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Homily #150211b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Elias highlights the healing role of Our Lady of Lourdes on this her feast day and how this points to the power and goodness of God to draw people back to Him.
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Mass: Our Lady of Lourdes – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 5th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 2:5-9, 15-17
Resp: psa 104:1-2, 27-28, 29-30
Gsp: mar 7:14-23

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Video – Marian Shrines of the World #20: Our Lady of Andacollo

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Join Fr. Andre as he relates the story of Our Lady of Andacollo, Chile in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World”.

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Pope Francis speaks about Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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2013-05-31t193003z_1938558082_gm1e96109mq01_rtrmadp_3_pope[1]Pope Francis on vocations:  Christians need Mary, Church

On (a) Saturday evening, in the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis with a group of young people from the Diocese of Rome who are involved in vocational discernment.
He then proceeded to speak about the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. “I thank you for this visit, this visit to the Madonna who is so important in our lives. And she accompanies even in the definitive choice, the vocational choice, because she accompanied her Son in his vocational path, which was so hard, so sorrowful. She accompanies us always.”

Pope Francis said he feels said when he hears Christians say they do not seek the Mary or pray to Mary. He recalled a conversation with two young catechists in the seventies, a couple with young children, who spoke beautifully about Jesus:

“At one point I said, ‘And devotion to the Madonna?’ ‘But we have passed that stage. We know Jesus Christ so well, that we have no need of the Madonna.’ And what came into my heart and my mind was ‘Oh… poor orphans!’ … because a Christian without the Madonna is an orphan. And a Christian without the Church is an orphan. A Christian needs these two women, these two women who are mothers, two women who are virgins: the Church and the Madonna.
And to make a ‘test’ of a good Christian vocation, you need to ask yourself: ‘How is my relationship with these two mothers going?’ with mother Church and with mother Mary. This is not a question of ‘piety,’ no, it’s pure theology. This is theology. How is my relationship with the Church going, with my mother the Church, with the holy mother the hierarchic Church? And how is my relationship going with the Madonna, who is my Mamma, my Mother?”
Finally, Pope Francis led the young people in singing the “Salve Regina” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, before leaving them with a blessing and the request that they pray for him. 

The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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Pope Francis: “This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look!
Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say.
At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. And how does she look at us? She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.


Video – Marian Shrines of the World #19: Our Lady of Pukekaraka and Kapiti

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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Travel to New Zealand with Fr. Andre in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” as he tells us about Our Lady of Pukekaraka and Kapiti.

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Video – Visitations of Mary Pilgrimage – Variety 241

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Video highlights of the “Visitations of Mary” Pilgrimage with Fr. Joseph Michael McShane, FI.


Video – Timelapse – Variety 236: Star Timelapse Above Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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At Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin there is an outdoor pro-life shrine and this is the fountain statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe holding infant children.


Today’s Photo: Back Pew View

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


Just taking it all in…there’s a time to sit in the front pew and a time to sit in the last pew.

NCRegister | New York’s Marian Marvel

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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“People say, ‘Wow!’ when they walk in,” Father Walter Tonelotto enthused as we talked about the church he pastors, Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Church in New York City.

That jaw-dropping response happens upon entering the beautiful shrine-like church, which celebrates by its name what the universal Church has for centuries: the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is Oct. 7.

The date is particularly memorable for this church because it was dedicated on the Oct. 7 feast day 85 years ago, in 1928.

Located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Greenwich Village, the church is a lovely testament to Our Lady and the immigrants who have long worshipped here.


Immigrants’ Haven

Since its founding in 1892, this parish has served New York immigrants, always reminding them of the importance of the Rosary.

It was founded by a missionary from the Scalabrini Fathers, the order that has administered the parish for all these years. For decades, the parish was the anchor for Italian immigrants who settled in this section of the city, as well as their descendants.

The new arrivals were greeted with a touch of

via NCRegister | New York’s Marian Marvel.

1st Sunday of October: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii | Fr. Z’s Blog

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

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There is a beautiful tradition for this day (often right at 1200 noon).  Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by reciting the Supplication to the Madonna of Pompeii.  The other day for this is 8 May.

With the changes to the concessions for indulgences, according to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, there is no longer any plenary indulgence for this prayer, notwithstanding anything you might see in some old book or on a website.  For example, if you see something about Pope Leo XIII granting an indulgence, etc., that is null and void now.

However, the new Enchiridion says with concession #17, §3 that Marian prayers obtain a partial indulgence under the condition that the prayer is approved by competent authority and that it is recited with fervor in the state of grace (you don’t need confession and Communion within 8 days, nor must you recite the prayers for the Roman Pontiffs intentions for a partial indulgence). You can receive a partial indulgence, by maintaining this beautiful custom of the Supplication today.

For more about this, including the prayers, click HERE.

I included background on Bl. Bartolo Longo, a converted Satanic priest! John Paul II beatified Bartolo Longo in 1980.  Some of his writings form the basis of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

via 1st Sunday of October: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii | Fr. Z’s Blog.

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #18: Our Lady of Aparecida

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
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In this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” Fr. Andre takes us to the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil.

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The Connection between Our Lady of Knock and the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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At about eight o’clock on the Thursday evening of the 21st of August, 1879, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Beside them and a little to the right were an altar with a Cross and the figure of a lamb, around which angels hovered.

Not everyone is aware, however, that the marvelous appearance on the gable of the Knock Church came on the day when the parish priest, Archdeacon Cavanagh, finished offering, as he had promised, 100 consecutive Masses for the suffering souls in purgatory!  A few months before the apparition the Archdeacon began to offer 100 Masses for the poor souls whom Our Lady wished most to release. It was on the day of the one hundredth Mass was offered Our Lady came to visit Knock.

Surely, that extraordinary devotion to the Holy Souls had a part to play in the gift of the vision from Heaven. If such a response came from Heaven to Archdeacon Cavanagh, then surely Our Lady wants to encourage us all to remove the torment of our dead. Our Lady is the mother of her children, above all her suffering children. She is the Refuge of Sinners on earth and in purgatory.

Indeed, we can dig deeper there for a link with our own day regarding this apparition. The reason the parish priest turned in this way to the Holy Souls was a painful problem similar to what affects many countries today. A secret organization resorting to violence had threatened the priest by letter for preaching against their tactics. They resented his condemnation of violence, which prevented them from gaining recruits in the Knock parish. In his distress, he turned to the suffering souls and called on his parishioners to fill the church for 100 days of these offered Masses. And what an answer he was given from Heaven!  (more…)

Thousands of Chinese Catholics go to Our Lady of Sheshan shrine

Monday, May 27th, 2013

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The faith is strong in China and so is Devotion to Mary. Go Chinese Catholics!

Over 2500 Catholic pilgrims came together in prayer to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan. The Pope sent his first public message to the Church of China since his election

At least 2500 faithful took part in the Sheshan pilgrimage in the outskirts of Shanghai, in celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, China’s patron saint.

In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI wrote a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan  – venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title “Help of Christians” – placing the fate of the Church of China in her hands. The former Pope entrusted the Chinese Church to her once before, on 27 May 2007, when he wrote the famous “Letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops, Priests, Consecrated Persons and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Church in the People’s Republic of China,” asking that “the date 24 May could in the future become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China.” This year, the new Pope sent a tweet to join China’s Catholics in prayer as they celebrate the feast.


Not far from the Minor Basilica that houses the statue of Our Lady of Zose (the Shanghainese pronunciation of Sheshan), is the seminary where the former Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai, Taddheus Ma Daqin, has been spending his so-called “spiritual retreat”. Bishop Ma Daqin was consecrated on 7 July 2012, with papal approval, but announced he was resigning from his position within the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association on the very day he was ordained in order to concentrate more on his ministry. He has been at the seminary ever since and has had no contact with the outside world, which is tantamount to being held under arrest. In December he was stripped of his title as Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai.

via Chinese Catholics go on pilgrimage of hope to Sheshan shrine – Vatican Insider.