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Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program
at St. Mary’s on September 7th and 8th
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program began August 3, 2011 at the 129th Supreme Convention in Denver. This program features an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady of Guadalupe, as patroness of the Americas, has special significance to the Knights of Columbus. When the Order sponsored a tour of a relic of St. Juan Diego’s tilma in 2003, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s role as mother of all in the Americas became very clear. In city after city, crowds of tens of thousands of people came to venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe. What was most striking was not the number of people, but the number of nationalities and ethnicities represented in each gathering. Likewise, at the Guadalupe Festival sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in 2009 in Phoenix, more than 20,000 people came to venerate and celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is our hope that this prayer program will continue to expand devotion to Our Lady and the evangelization of the Americas.
The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be venerated in our church sanctuary next Saturday and Sunday, with a prayer service following the Saturday evening Vigil Mass (beginning around 6:15pm). All are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to the Twelve Members of our Confirmation Class for 2012, who were Confirmed last Sunday, October 14th! Pictured with their Pastor, Fr. Lawrence, who was delegated as Extraordinary Minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, are [left to right, front row; Confirmation Names underlined]: Bridget Ann Elizabeth Tuschen; Victoria Mary Burgundofara Krempges, Emily Judith Julianna Heumiller, Danielle Marie Philomena Forster, Sammy Dawn Theresa Corbin & Miranda Margaret Alexandrina Maria da Costa Wilkinson. [Left to right, back row]: Kurtis Dean Joseph Mentele, Logan Patrick Patrick Weber, William Joseph Thomas Aquinas Gottlob, Mark Eugene Thomas Streff, Anthony James Sebastian Tuschen & Adam Joseph Isidore Eichacker. Fr. Lawrence would like to thank parishioner Frances Streff of Floral Bokay (and proud Grandmother of two of our Confirmandi) for donating the beautiful floral arrangements to adorn God’s Altar for the celebration of Confirmation.
Since 1908, a period of eight days (January 18th through 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul) has been set apart for the express purpose of seeking “that unity which was prayed for by Christ Himself.” This was the inspiration given by God to Father Paul Wattson. Fr. Paul, along with Mother Lurana White, founded, within the Episcopal Church, the Franciscan Society of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York. Father Paul, who converted to Roman Catholicism along with Mother Lurana in 1909, considered the Octave the greatest project which came from Graymoor, and even though it was overshadowed by the less-specific “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” during his own lifetime, he rejoiced that those separated from the Catholic Church felt called to observe the January period as a time of prayer for unity. The Octave, as originally conceived by Father Paul and approved by Pope St. Pius X, reflects the unchanging truth that there can be no real unity apart from union with that Rock, established by Christ Himself, which is Peter and his successors. The traditional prayers and daily intentions as set by Father Paul Wattson are as follows: