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To celebrate the month of November with Mary:
Marian Commemoration Days
Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation. We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year. Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of November.
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A section on Marian Dogmas has been added to our Resources index. The latest addition was The Virginity of Mary. Expect more articles to follow.
A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index. The latest addition was a paper by Fr. Eamon Carroll on The Marian Spirituality of Carmelites. Expect more articles to follow.
A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to our Resources index. The latest updated was United States. Expect more countries to follow.
A section on Mary and Women is now under construction in our Resources index. The latest addition was Mary Reveals True Femininity. Expect more articles to follow.
We have updated our Directory of 20th Century Apparitions, and The Hail Mary in Foreign Languages and posted the latest list of Donors to ML/IMRI.
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MSA Call for Papers
The next meeting of the Mariological Society of America will take place at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine, May 18-22, 2005. The theme will be "Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church."
"Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church" is the title of a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (972) and also of an address of Pope John Paul II given on March 21, 2001. This MSA program will develop the following: Mary as Type of the Church, as Image of Freedom, as Model for the Church's Identity and Mission; the Assumption as Human Destiny and Anticipation of the Resurrection; Mary's Queenship and Role as Intercessor.
Papers are welcome which explore these images in Scripture, the Christian spiritual tradition, art and iconography, classical and contemporary theology. Submit a 500 word proposal which should include a tentative title and a description of the thesis. If you are proposing a panel, please include a list of the participants (no more than 3) and a description of each person's role. Proposals must be submitted to MSA Secretariat (Marian Library) by December 1, 2004.
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Mrs. Mildred Sutton recently completed her 44th year of volunteer service to the Marian Library! She began in 1959 when Fr. Hoelle was Director. Our thanks and best wishes to her as she embarks on year 45.
Violette Anne Onfroy-Curley, graduate student in Mariology and Religious Art, who previously worked with the Marian Library's art collection and exhibits, gave birth to an 8 1/4 lb., 19 1/2" long, boy on October 24, 2004. The baby's name is Tallis. Mother and baby are both doing fine.
We also wanted to mention the death of Fr. Michael O'Carroll, C.S.Sp on January 12, 2004 at age 92. He was the author of 24 books including Theotokos: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Symbols of Grace: Emblems of the Immaculate Conception
Rare engravings reproduced by The Society for the Preservation of the Roman Catholic Heritage will be shown at The Marian Library Gallery through November 12, 2004, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public! For more information, call 937-229-4214. For more information click into, Gallery.
Crèches and Stamps will also be on display in our museum.
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Collaboration with Catholic.net
An important Catholic web site, www.catholic.net, has added a section on the Virgin Mary to the top of their list of 'channels.' They plan to highlight particular items from The Mary Page and to encourage their audience to visit our site. Please visit their site in return. We expect more collaboration with them in the future.
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International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Fall 2004 semester commenced on October 18. The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.
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Special Event at the University of Dayton: Immaculate Conception Monument
The Immaculate Conception Monument on the lawn between the library and St. Mary's Hall was recently cleaned in preparation for a special event. A service to be held on the evening of Dec. 7 called "Festival: Ave Maria," will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the monument's dedication. Students at the former St. Mary's Institute, the forerunner to the University of Dayton, presented the monument to the school in 1904 to mark the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854. The monument, which cost about $3,000 in 1904, features a pedestal and column made of granite from Vermont. The statue of the Madonna is white Carrara marble. New landscaping will be installed around the monument. Details on the Festival will be forthcoming.
Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.
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You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions. Please take a look! This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!
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FROM THE MAILBAG OF SPIRIT DAILY: BEFORE KERRY WOULD COME, CAMPAIGN WANTED VIRGIN REMOVED
Dear Spirit Daily,
In reference to the article, "Catholics May Tip Scales for Bush" on your website, I just thought I'd add my personal experience with Kerry. I am a pro-life Republican. My husband is a very involved, pro-union Democrat, strongly supporting Kerry. We live in Delaware County and when Kerry was beginning his "porch tours," we were approached by the Delaware County Democratic representative for Kerry, a Mr. Tom Hickey, to have Kerry come to our home in Upper Darby to hold a press conference on our front porch.
When Mr. Hickey, came to set up the logistics of our home as a possible site and saw the Blessed Mother statue in front of our home, I was told by him that we would have to remove the Blessed Mother statue before Kerry could appear on our porch. This request was vehemently refused and our house was out of the running ...
Comment on the Signing of European Constitutional Treaty
Christian Patrimony Remains Essential for Future of Union, Says Pope
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 31, 2004 (Zenit.org)
Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
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1. Last Friday, October 29, the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union was signed in the Capitol, here in Rome. It was a highly significant moment in the building of the "New Europe," which we continue to look to with confidence. It is the most recent stage of a road that is still long and that seems ever more exacting.
2. The Holy See has always been in favor of the promotion of a Europe united on the basis of those common values that are part of its history. To acknowledge the Christian roots of the Continent means to make use of a spiritual patrimony that remains essential for the future development of the Union.
Therefore, I hope that also in the years to come, Christians will continue to contribute in all ambits of European institutions that evangelical ferment that is the guarantee of peace and collaboration among all citizens in the shared commitment to serve the common good.
3. In prayer, we now entrust to Mary, Queen of Europe, all the peoples of the Continent.
First Focolare Center Marking 40th Anniversary
A Mixed Community in the Hills of Tuscany
ROME, OCT. 29, 2004 (Zenit.org)
The Little Town of Loppiano, the first of 33 centers of the Focolare Movement, is marking its 40th anniversary.
Situated on the hills of Tuscany not far from Florence, it has schools, industries and craft centers and a population of about 1,000 people from 70 countries.
Residents include students, teachers, craftsmen, farmers, artists, families, religious and priests, and non-Christians who form a new society based on the Gospel law of love.
More than 40,000 visitors go to Loppiano every year. On the occasion of the anniversary, the center's church dedicated to the Mother of God will be consecrated and opened this Saturday. The Mass will be presided over by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, archbishop of Florence.
"We felt the church in stone should come after we had built the community of living stones," Focolare founder Chiara Lubich said when the foundation stone was laid on May 15, 2003. "It comes last to seal the town, to be the summit, the symbol of the people who live here."
On the first floor there is an ecumenical chapel. A picture of Virgin and Child, painted by a Hindu artist and embellished with precious stones and gold, was brought here from India.
The Focolare Movement promotes spiritual and social renewal. It was founded by Lubich in 1943, based on the spirituality of unity rooted in the Gospel. It spread worldwide and has more than 2 million members and friends of various creeds.
John Paul II Hails Pilgrimages of "Communion and Liberation"
Ecclesial Movement Marking Its 50th Anniversary
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2004 (Zenit.org)
In Italy, where Communion and Liberation, CL, was founded, more than 45,000 defied the rain on Oct. 16 to celebrate the anniversary at the Marian shrine of Loreto.
The Italian members of CL consecrated themselves "once again to Mary, to obtain renewed impulse to follow Christ, the Way, Truth and Life, and to be credible heralds through the coherent testimony of their unreserved, personal adherence to his Gospel," the Pope wrote in his message to Monsignor Giussani for the occasion.
"Spiritually present in this act of praise and thanksgiving, I impart to you, dear Monsignor, and to the participants of the significant manifestation as well as to all those from different countries who will join in the Marian prayer initiative, the apostolic blessing, pledge of copious heavenly favors," the Holy Father said.
Monsignor Giussani, in his own message to the pilgrimage on CL's 50th anniversary, said: "Without the Virgin, we cannot be certain about the future, because the certainty of the future comes to us from Christ, the Mystery of God made man."
"Through her the gift of the Spirit has been communicated to man; the last stage of the history of humanity began in Mary's womb," the monsignor said.
"For us, prayer to Christ is ever more identified with prayer to the Virgin," he added. The CL founder encouraged daily recitation of the "holy rosary, which is contemplation of the Mystery; it is contemplation of the Most Holy Trinity."
The Rosary: a contemplative Prayer
ROME, OCT. 27, 2004 (Zenit.org)
The rosary helps prepare one for the Eucharist and prolongs communion with the Lord, says a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Q: Why has the Holy Father encouraged Christians to pray the rosary every day?
Father Castellano Cervera: For many reasons. Above all, he does so himself and gives an example to all. I remember that precisely at the beginning of his pontificate, in October 1978, he already recommended this prayer to everyone, which he described as "my favorite prayer."
He proposes it today, after the October 2002 apostolic letter on the rosary, because he wishes to stimulate the way of praying the rosary in communion with Mary, contemplating and living the mysteries of Jesus, and raising "vocal" prayer to the rank of contemplative prayer.
Cardinal Schotte, Papal Envoy to Immaculate Conception Celebrations in U.S.
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org)
John Paul II named Cardinal Jan P. Schotte as his special envoy to the closing celebration of the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Cardinal Schotte, secretary general emeritus of the Synod of Bishops and president of the Holy See's Labor Office, will participate in the celebration to take place on Dec. 8 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The Belgian-born cardinal was ordained a priest in 1952, and studied canon law at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, from 1953 to 1956, and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, from 1962 to 1963. In 1963 he became rector of the Immaculate Heart mission seminary in Washington, DC, USA, where he served until 1966.
Since 1967 he has been intensely involved in international and social issues in Rome, and has worked in the Curia holding various posts since 1972.
John Paul II Reflects on World Mission Sunday
"All Believers Invited to Proclaim the Gospel to All Peoples"
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org)
Here is a translation of John Paul II address at midday on Sunday, before praying the Angelus with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.
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1. Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday, dedicated to prayer and concrete support for the missions. Moreover, on this day, all believers are invited to revive their own responsibility to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples. I thank the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies which, in my name, promote this Day, and I encourage the diocesan and parish initiatives directed to this objective.
2. My heartfelt greetings and profound gratitude to all men and women missionaries, committed on the frontiers of evangelization. I assure them of a special remembrance in prayer. I remember in particular all those who crowned their testimony of Christ and service to man with the sacrifice of their lives.
3. May Mary Most Holy, Queen of the Missions, obtain everywhere in the Church the gift of numerous vocations to the missionary life.
The Rosary: a Fashion Accessory?
LONDON, OCT. 15, 2004 (Zenit.org)
The bishops' conference of England and Wales has issued an leaflet in response to the fashion trend among young people for wearing rosaries as necklaces and bracelets.
The Liturgy Office of the bishops' Department for Christian Life and Worship said that the wearing of rosary beads has become hugely popular this year, with jewelery shops reporting record sales.
"Apparently the rosary has recently joined the crucifix as a desirable secular fashion accessory," said Father Allen Morris, secretary of the department. "However, unlike the crucifix, it is generally available only from religious suppliers rather than high street jewelers."
He added: "Some of these suppliers have expressed concern that those buying them should know something of the religious significance of the rosary. To that end, the Liturgy Office has prepared a simple two-sided A5 sheet in order that those so minded might make them freely available, even placing one in the bag with the rosary."
The leaflet can be accessed at www.catholic-ew.org.uk/faith/celebrating/rosary2.htm.
Legacy of Founder of Crusaders of St. Mary
Institutes Recall Father Thomas Morales and His Vision
ROME, OCT. 15, 2004 (Zenit.org)
Oct. 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Father Thomas Morales, founder of the secular institutes of the Crusaders of St. Mary. To mark the event, the institutes organized an international congress last week in Madrid, Spain.
The Jesuit priest, whose cause for canonization is under way, also founded the Homes of St. Mary marriage movement and the Militia of St. Mary youth movement, present in the United States, Ireland, Spain, Germany and Latin America.
Before the congress in Spain, ZENIT interviewed Beatriz de Ancos, a St. Mary's crusader, one of the speakers at the congress. Among others, she answered the following questions:
Q: Ten years after the founder's death, what are the fundamental aspects of the charism?
De Ancos: What characterizes us is the determination for holiness without leaving the world, as contemplatives in action amid a multiplicity of activities -- a holiness which is, moreover, apostolic and Marian. Marian because we always live with the sweet name of Mary in our hearts and we imitate her life from the "Let it be done unto me" of the Incarnation to the "being" at the foot of the cross. Apostolic because we live the faith with a militant sense within the Church, acting and offering ourselves for Christ when the circumstances require it.
Q: If your commitment must be centered on small groups, how have the massive Vigils of Mary Immaculate arisen, held every year in different cities of Spain and other countries where you come together, or the mass Dawn Rosaries in the month of May, two initiatives promoted by you?
De Ancos: Because the Gospel is for all. Father Morales used to say: "All must be taken care of, but cultivate small groups." He was convinced that if he formed a small group he would reach the whole world, because that minority would be able to evangelize those around them.
Moreover, the Marian campaigns have always been a means of formation of Catholic militants, offering oneself for Christ, working generously to make love of the Virgin and the Gospel known to others. They are great campaigns to reach all, but at the same time they serve for formation, they have that double aspect.
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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.Sacred icon travels home to Mother Russia [Source: The Record (Bergen County, NJ), 9/16/2004]
VATICAN CITY--At the end of August, Pope John Paul II kissed a treasured Russian icon and sent it back to Moscow as a sign of his affection for the Russian Orthodox Church and his desire to end 1,000 years of division between the Catholic and Orthodox worlds. The pontiff expressed "special emotion" as he presided over a solemn celebration of the Liturgy of the Word for the veneration of the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan. He consigned the jewel-encrusted painting to a Vatican delegation, which carried it to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexey II at a Feast of the Dormition ceremony at the Kremlin.
The icon's antique image depicts the Christ child held upright by the Virgin Mary. John Paul said it spoke of his "affection" for the Russian Orthodox Church "and all the faithful entrusted" to it. The pontiff referred to "the great spiritual tradition of which the Holy Russian Church is custodian." He said it was "the desire and the firm intention of the Pope of Rome to progress together with them on the path of reciprocal knowledge and reconciliation to hasten the day of that full unity of believers for which the Lord Jesus ardently prayed."
John Paul had hoped to deliver the icon himself in a visit to Russia that would mark a major step forward in relations between the churches separated by the Great Schism of 1054. He offered last summer to make a stop in Kazan en route to Mongolia to return the icon to its place of origin, but the Moscow Patriarchate protested, and the trip was canceled. Alexey II has said repeatedly that he will not meet with the pope until they have resolved serious problems that have arisen between the churches following the fall of communism.
The Russian Orthodox Church accuses Catholics of seeking converts in its traditional territories, especially in Ukraine where the Eastern Rite Catholics and Russian Orthodox churches are also at odds over church property. Earlier, Alexey had indicated that the icon--one of many copies made in the late 17th and early 18th century of the original, 16th-century, miracle-working Madonna of Kazan--was not a good enough bargaining chip to win a papal visit. Because the pope's icon "is only a copy," he told the Itar-Tass news agency, "there is no need at all for him to deliver it himself." But an aide to the patriarch spoke in a more conciliatory tone later in the month.
The Rev. Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy director of foreign relations, said that returning the icon "is without doubt a worthy act" that demonstrates "goodwill and a sense of justice." The original icon was discovered in Kazan in 1579. Led by visions of the Virgin Mary, a 9-year-old girl found it buried under an oven in a house destroyed by a fire that had swept the Volga River city 500 miles east of Moscow. Art historians believe it had been painted between 1540 and 1550. The icon is credited with many miracles, including the defeat in 1612 of the Polish army that invaded Moscow on the death of the last czar of the Riurik dynasty. Taken from Kazan to Moscow, it was carried at the head of an army of peasants and beggars that prevailed over the Poles. A thief stole the original icon in 1904 and, when arrested, claimed he had burned it after removing its decorations of gold, silver and gems. But the Russian Orthodox Church still devotes two feast days each year to it, marking its finding and the victory over the Poles.
The Vatican reported earlier this week that four Russian and four Vatican experts who examined the pope's copy last year found it to be "an authentic icon attributable to a period not later than the first half of the 18th century." John Lindsay Opie, professor of Byzantine art at the University of Rome and an expert on icons, said he considered it to be "a poor, provincial copy," one of thousands and with no evidence of miracle-working. But he said that it and all other authentic copies are valued because the Orthodox Church has believed since the Seventh Ecumenical Council in Constantinople in 787 that just as Christ's body and blood are materially present in the Eucharist, his form is present in sacred art.
The Rev. Paul Kucynda of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Wayne said the return of the icon is a "good gesture" because many such icons taken out of the country from the time of the Russian revolution till the 1990s had lost their have spiritual and historical significance. "When it's brought back there it's much more meaningful," Kucynda said, referring to the July return of another revered icon, the Virgin of Tikhvin, which had been in the United States for decades. But he added that "a lack of attention to the Ukrainian situation" still hinders reconciliation between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, as do a host of doctrinal and administrative issues. "There have been centuries where animosity has been very high," he said. "I don't know that it can be easily rectified. But the attitude of the people has to be overcome emotionally. We need an openness of heart and respect for all people who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. That commonness needs to be emphasized for whatever period it takes to lead to something more."
Nuestra Seora says goodbye to old home, hello to new one [Source: Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA), 8/30/2004]
Julio Mendoza of Westford, front left, and Raul Cardenas of Lowell, right, carry the statue of the Virgin Mary past Nuestra Seora del Carmen Church on Merrimack Street on their way to their new home at St. Patrick Church on Suffolk Street. It started with parishioners lamenting the loss of their church. It ended with them celebrating a new beginning.
The Hispanic community of Lowell attended their last Sunday Mass yesterday at Nuestra Seora del Carmen, one of several churches slated to close this month. Following the Mass, parishioners joined a procession and a multilingual rosary at their new home, St. Patrick Church. About 350 Latinos yesterday morning climbed the steps to the big gray building at 725 Merrimack St., one last time. One last time, they shook hands with Rev. Diego Taggard at the entrance of their church. One last time, they filled the pews where many of them were baptized, received their First Communion or got married. One last time, they sang hymns and listened to the sermon in their native language.
The Mass started at 10 a.m., with the altar boys and pastoral staff, clad in white robes, walking down the aisle, holding up a cross and the Bible. The parishioners rose. Some held hands; others clapped. Some sang; others sobbed quietly. "The last two weeks," Taggard started his sermon, "we've been celebrating. We've been celebrating God's grand plan." Taggard said the closing of Nuestra Seora del Carmen can be viewed as a positive sign. "We can be sad, or we can trust Christ. We can cry and pity ourselves, or we can follow His example," he said in Spanish. While members of the Hispanic community lamented the loss of their church, many agreed with Taggard's message. "That's God's wish, and we have to accept it," said Carmen Sanches, 60, of Lowell.
Sanches, originally from Puerto Rico, has been attending the church for the past 20 years, since she first moved to Lowell. "This was our church," she said, "but we can share. We are all Catholics, after all." Others were not as understanding as Sanches. "I can see why some people are angry," said Larry Ramirez, 27, of Lowell. "They feel robbed. They've worked so hard to have their own church." But by noon, the music had ceased and the pews had emptied.
Parishioners still had the taste of bread and water on their lips, the throbbing sound of music in their ears, and the smell of incense in their nostrils. A procession of people singing, and cars honking behind them, accompanied the moving of the Virgin Mary's statue to St. Patrick's, at 282 Suffolk St. Halfway, current members of St. Patrick Church joined the procession, welcoming the Hispanic community. "I am sad, and I feel betrayed by politicians and the city," said Carmen Brown, 40, of Lowell. "But, at the same time, we have decided that we will move together as a family and will be the role models of this reconfiguration."
Some Greater Lowell residents came to witness the merger. "This is exactly what I wanted to see from the church [St. Patrick's] reaching out and embracing people of different ethnic backgrounds," said Sister Regena Whalen of Notre Dome in Lawrence, hugging a woman walking next to her.
As the procession made its way to St. Patrick's, worshippers of several cultures including Koreans, Vietnamese and Hispanics filled the pews. Their priests lined up in front of them. "To our new brothers and sisters, we say 'bienvenidos,' " said Richard P. Cornell, St. Patrick's church administrator, using the Spanish word for "welcome." Prayers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese followed. "It's going to work," said Vietnamese-born Theresa Phamdui, 17. "We just need to evolve as a diverse community with new and different ideas."
While a few people left during the multilingual rosary, the majority stayed for the reception in the Church Hall, located in the basement of the building, where refreshments were served. Johny Florez and his family, originally from Columbia, stayed for the entire event. "We love the new place," said Florez, 31. "It's pretty. At first, I was a little sad, but when I came here I thought it was beautiful and we can learn a lot from the other communities." The pastoral staff of Nuestra Seora del Carmen also remained optimistic. "Everything should be the same," said altar server David Lazu, 14. "The only difference is that our team has become bigger."
Filipino group's feast honors Virgin Mary [Source: The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), 9/16/2004]
The Bicol Association of Charleston will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia starting at noon Saturday with a banquet at the U.S. Navy's Short Stay recreational facilities in Moncks Corner. The Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia is in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the Bicol Region in the Philippines. Many Filipino-Americans and guests who reside in the Lowcountry will participate in the activities.
Events start with a Mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek incorporated in the regular 8:30 a.m. Mass to honor the miraculous Lady of Penafrancia. A luncheon will start at noon at Short Stay Convention Center to be followed by a traditional fluvial procession in the waters of Lake Moultrie. After the procession, a traditional Mass in Filipino that incorporates Filipino songs will follow at the Short Stay Pavilion.
Father Elias Boroin, of Baao, Philippines, will officiate at the Mass. The Mass will be followed by an entertainment program, in which participants will showcase songs and dances highlighting Filipino culture. The Filipino-American group has celebrated this devotion to the Virgin Mary in the Lowcountry for the past 23 years. For more information, call Orfelina Romano, president of the Bicol Association of Charleston at 744-5986.
ART STOLEN IN STORM [Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 8/24/2004]
An Orlando art gallery lost a bronze bust of the Virgin Mary in a smash-and-grab burglary at the height of Hurricane Charley. Police are looking for the Vatican-commissioned Madonna Dela Pieta, which was based on Michelangelo's famed sculpture Pieta. It is worth $25,000 and was stolen from Inspiration Living Fine Art Gallery. The gallery's alarm went off Aug. 13 at 9:35 p.m., police said. With Charley's winds topping 100 mph, the alarm was assumed to be false. The next morning a front window was found broken. The 65-pound bust and a smaller work worth $3,000 were missing.
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