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Monday 24 May

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (M) Ecclesiasticus 17:24-29; Psalm 32; Mark 10:17-27 Hail Mary, full of grace Mary responded to the invitation to be the mother of God with her “yes,” that echoed throughout all of her being and all of her life from that moment on. The graciousness of her “yes” is […]

Thursday 15 August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (s) Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Mary’s reality, our destiny The Ark of the Covenant was where the glory and presence of God dwelt. It held the 10 Commandments, manna — bread — and Aaron’s staff, symbol of priestly authority. Luke has […]

Saturday 8 December

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 97 (98):1-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 God’s surprising activity Place this scene in its cosmic setting by imagining God and the Spirit suspended and waiting for Mary’s free response. She who has ‘found favour with God’ is not in Jerusalem […]

Saturday 8 September

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 13; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 Saying yes to God Mary’s whole life is a perfect example of an Israelite who hears the word of God and responds to that word. We heard that dramatically in our Gospel. To be able to say “yes”, she must […]

Wednesday 15 August

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Patronal Feast for Aotearoa, New Zealand Apoc 11:19;12:1-6,10; Psalm 45B; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 The call to set out Mary the young, pregnant unmarried woman. Mary the Visitor. Mary the life giver. Mary the lover. Mary the first disciple. Mary the faithful one. Mary the refugee. Mary the […]

Thursday 31 May

VISITATION of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zephaniah 3:14-18; Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6; Luke 1:39-56 Blessed is she who believed Believing the angel’s message and accepting the invitation of God, Mary’s response was then to visit her cousin Elizabeth to stay and help her with the coming birth. Mary not only gave support, but she was also […]

Friday 8 September

the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4, Psalm 13, Matthew 1:1-16,18-23, Feminine love Mary’s nativity seems to be overshadowed in the readings. In celebrating her birthday Mary would want us to focus on her Son. Who or what is Mary to me? Am I able to be part of the background fabric of […]

Pope Francis’ Act of Entrustment to Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your motherly presence we join in the voice of all generations that call you blessed. We celebrate in you the great works of God, who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save […]

Mary as Model

Mary shows us how to listen to God … The prayer of the rosary is, in many ways, the synthesis of the history of God’s mercy, which becomes a history of salvation for all who let themselves be shaped by grace. The mysteries we have contemplated are concrete events by which God’s intervention on our […]

Mary’s Life in Stained Glass (4)

The timeline after the Magi left Bethlehem is uncertain. Jewish law required Jesus to be circumcised at 8 days and be presented in the temple after 31 days, and Mary could be purified 40 days after Jesus’ birth. Luke’s gospel records Jesus’ circumcision, when He was named, then His presentation in the temple in Jerusalem, […]