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December 22, 2000

Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

We Wish You A Christ-filled Christmas
Christmas Resources
Marian Award Scouts Visit Marian Library
Like Winter Waiting
January 1: Solemnity, Mary Mother of God
Pope John Paul and Mary
Virginia Kimble Featured on 20/20
Founder of Marian Helpers Bulletin Dies on Mary's Feastday
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Life of Mary
Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt
William  Joseph Chaminade
From the Marianist Tradition
Our Single Purpose as Marianists


We Wish You a Christ-filled Christmas

The director, faculty and staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute wish you a truly blessed Christmas! May the mother of Jesus present the Christchild to you as she did to the shepherds and sages of old! As she gave birth to Christ, may you also assist in giving birth to him in your heart and the hearts of countless who are simple and pure of heart.

[Bamboo Nativity]

See our new nativities at: The Christmas Story

If You Missed December 8th's News...

We are not certain how it happened, but our news feature of two weeks ago was posted incorrectly. If you would like to catch up on what was missed, please see:

News, December 8, 2000

Christmas Resources

See our feature on resources for the Christmas season at:

Resources: Mary and the Christmas Season

Marian Award Scouts Visit Marian Library

On Sunday, December 17, seven young women and their troop leader, Mrs. Tina Wagoner, visited the Marian Library as part of their formation and training in the girl scouts' Marian Award program. The girls braved the bitter cold to give part of their Sunday to learn more about the library and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

[Marian Award group]

In the jps featured here, the group tours the library with its many devotional statues of Mary and listens as the library symbol, Our Lady of the Book, is explained.


[Marian Award group]

[M. Jean
Jpgs courtesy of Tina Wagoner.

Like Winter Waiting

This Advent saw the premier of a Christmas musical written by Rev. John Foley, SJ, "Like Winter Waiting". The Miami Valley Catholic Church Musicians presented the new musical at three locations in the Dayton area December 15, 16, and 17. Fr. Foley could be present for two of the premiers. To quote the evening's program:

Christ is the way. Christ is the light, Christ is the word of life. Come, Lord Jesus, shine!

John Foley, of St. Louis Jesuits fame, composed this musical play that recounts the Advent story with humor, poignancy and joy. It celebrates the anticipation of Christmas the way an expectant mother joyously awaits the birth of her child -- the waiting is a sacred time of reflection, preparation and hope

The Miami Valley Catholic Church Musicians was founded in 1993 for the purpose of supporting and sharing music ministry among the pastoral musicians in the parishes of the greater Dayton area. Through conversation, education, discussion, and performances such as "Like Winter Waiting", MVCCM is building bridges with many benefits beyond music and liturgy.

The performance of "Like Winter Waiting" was dedicated to the memory of the late Brother Todd Ritter, SM, whose hard work, vision and dedication in the founding of this organization was an inspiration to all. Besides his position at the University of Dayton, Brother Todd Ritter also gave courses in Marian Music to students of the International Marian Research Institute.

January 1: Solemnity, Mary Mother of God

EWTN will transmit live, the Solemn Mass of Mary, Mother of God from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, at 12 noon, EST.

Pope John Paul II and Mary

Virginia Kimble Featured on 20/20

Barbara Walters hosted a 20/20 TV segment titled "Who was Mary; Life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and how she has affected the world" on ABC News December 15. Featured on the show was recent IMRI student, Virginia Kimble.

Kimble defended her licentiate thesis on November 11, 2000 at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Her research was entitled: Liturgical Illustrations: Marian Theology in the Ancient, Eastern Orthos, Morning Hours.

Kimble was contacted by ABC just prior to the 20/20 feature, wisked off to New York from her home near Boston, and given the joy of being interviewed by Barbara Walters. Kimble, mother of nine, is used to surprises. Prior to her current college teaching position, she was a religion journalist for an eastern network of papers.

Founder of Marian Helpers Bulletin Dies on Mary's Feastday

Fr. Walter Pelczynski, MIC,died on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, of a heart attack at his community's provincialate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 84 years old and a long standing member and supporter of the Mariological Society of America. He was the founder of the "Marian Helpers Bulletin" and was a great promoter of Marian devotion and piety. Fr. Pelczynski is also well known for his promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion to the Heart of Jesus.

The faculty and staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute remembers him in gratitude for his love for Our Lady and untiring efforts to promote Marian devotion.

The Marian Library Newsletter

The Winter 2000-2001 edition of The Marian Library Newsletter was mailed in time to reach the homes of its subscribers by Christmas. The newsletter contains the following features:

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from December 6 through 17, 2000.

The director and editors of Mary Page 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.

The Life of Mary
Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt

The Mary Page theme for this news brief about the Blessed Mother is culled from magisterial documents since Vatican II. The theme covers various aspects of Mary's life. Mary is a real, historical person who lived in Nazareth 2000.

The example from magisterial writings below is derived from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

526 To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. (Cf.. Mt 18:3-4) For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become "children of God" we must be "born from above" or "born of God." (Jn 3:7 et al) Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. (Cf.. Gal 4:19) Christmas is the mystery of this "marvelous exchange": ...

O marvelous exchange! Man's Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity. [ See Catechism of the Catholic Church]

The Life of Mary: Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

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