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To celebrate the month of July 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 July.
The Eucharist with Mary
Eucharist with Mary is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "a special Year of the Eucharist" (2004-2005). This feature will explore facets of Mary's relationship with the Eucharist and will be updated frequently throughout this year. Our latest addition is A "Eucharistic" Life at the School of Mary.
A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our About Mary page. The latest addition was Saint Marcellin Champagnat and the Little Brothers of Mary. Expect more articles to follow.
New Web Addresses for The Mary Page
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs: marypage.org; themarypage.org; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.
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Available at The Marian Library
Four different prints are now available from the "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit currently showing in the Roesch and Marian Library galleries. The Polish Madonnas, painted by Wislawa Kwiatkowska, were the cover story of the JUne issue of St. Anthony Messenger and have generated national interest.
The images on the prints measure 10" x 12 1/4" on a sheet of 80# 11" x 14" paper. The prints are $5.00 each. The four prints available are: Golden Green Mother of God; Madonna of the Mountains; Madonna Riding on a Deer; and Mother of God of Lichen. For details, click into the virtual exhibit.
The prints are on sale at The Marian Library, located on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm, and most weekends from noon to 6 pm. If you have any questions, please call 937-229-4254 or 937-229-4214.
Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry
An exhibit of Marian paintings by renowned Polish artist, Wislawa Kwiatkowska, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery on the 7th floor of Roesch Library until September 8 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays (except holidays). A portion of the fifty paintings will also be display in the Gallery on the first floor of Roesch Library from 8am to 10 pm Monday-Thursday, 8am - 6 pm Friday, and 12-6 pm weekends (except holidays) through July 31. For further information, or to arrange a special visit during other times, call 937-229-4214. Click here for a virtual exhibit.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Summer 2005 semester started on June 13! The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.
2005 Fatima Marian Conference and RetreatThe 101 Foundation is sponsoring a pilgrimage on the topic, Our Lady and the Reality of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, from July 7 - July 14, 2005. The itinerary includes visits in Portugal to Santarem, Fatima and Nazare, and special feast day ceremonies on July 13. For more information call 908-689-8792.
Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.
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!
Benedict XV on the Importance of Sunday Mass
[Excerpted from Zenit]
From now on I entrust this meeting to the Virgin Mary that she may teach us to love Jesus ever more, in constant meditation of his Word and adoration of his Eucharistic presence, and help us to make young generations discover the "precious pearl" of the Eucharist, which gives true and full meaning to life.
Benedict XVI on the Sacred Heart [Excerpted
Undoubtedly, the heart that is most like Christ's is the heart of Mary, his Immaculate Mother, and precisely for this reason, the liturgy introduces her for our veneration. Responding to the invitation addressed by the Virgin of Fatima, let us commend to her Immaculate Heart, which we contemplated in a particular way yesterday, the whole world so that it will experience the merciful love of God and true peace.
Peter's Pence Has a Marian Theme
[Excerpted from Zenit]
Archbishop John Vlazny, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Economic Concerns of the Holy See recalled that last year, at a Mass on the solemnity of the Assumption, "Pope John Paul II urged us to follow Mary's example, calling us to serve with trust and joy." The new Pope Benedict XVI continues the work of his predecessors, the prelate noted.
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.
Parishoners Sue to Keep Church Open
When the clock struck noon yesterday, parishioners at St. Jeremiah Church in Framingham took their appeal to the Virgin Mary and to Middlesex Superior Court. While nearly two-dozen parishioners huddled in pews to recite the rosary, lawyers representing them walked into court and filed a civil lawsuit that seeks to block the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston from closing their parish.
The parishioners, marking the official closing date for their church, coordinated the court filing with the recitation of the rosary, in hope of drawing spiritual guidance and perhaps a little earthly help from the Virgin Mary. "The rosary is a very special prayer and a very powerful prayer, especially in a time of need," said Mary Beth Carmody, one of the leaders of a vigil that parishioners have been keeping since last week. "The blessed mother is a powerful lady. We're asking for her help during this reconfiguration nightmare."
As in similar lawsuits recently filed by closed churches, the parishioners at St. Jeremiah seek to challenge the archdiocese's rights to the property. They contend the archdiocese has merely been a steward of the property, not its true owner, because parishioners paid for the church's construction. Those keeping the vigil argue that the Moynahan family, which provided the money to build the 1958 church, donated the funds on the condition that it be used "to establish a church for the people of Framingham, with the provision that the church be named for their father, Jeremiah." "We believe that we own the parish," said Jackie Lemmerhirt, another vigil leader and a plaintiff in the case. "It can't just be taken away by the Archdiocese of Boston." Parishioners also contend in the suit that they are entitled to the building because they paid off a mortgage that the archdiocese took out on it years ago. In addition, they are seeking an injunction to prevent archdiocesan officials from removing sacred objects from the church. Thomas Tierney and Grace Corrigan, both Framingham residents and founding members of the 47-year-old parish, are also named as plaintiffs in the suit. Corrigan is the mother of Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, the New Hampshire school teacher and Framingham native who died in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Terry Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the church does not comment on pending or proposed litigation. Howard P. Speicher a real estate lawyer with Davis, Malm & D'Agostine said that without a written trust spelling out out that the family intended the property to remain for the people of Framingham, it's going to be an uphill battle.
The parishioners at St. Jeremiah do not have such a trust. It will be a challenge, he said, to persuade the court that the archdiocese, despite holding the deed to the property, does not have final say about what happens to the church. "Generally, the person who holds the legal title to a piece of property owns that property and has the right to do with it what they please," he said.
But lawyer Austin O’ Toole who represents a group of Italian-American Catholics who brought the first such complaint against the archdiocese, over the closure of Sacred Heart Church in the North End said the Framingham parishioners have a good argument. "Not only did parishioners take money out of their own pockets to pay for the construction of the rectory," said O' Toole, who reviewed the St. Jeremiah lawsuit yesterday. "But the church then collected monies from the parishioners on a regular course under a mortgage obligation imposed upon them in exchange for nothing."
The St. Jeremiah's suit is based on a similar case brought by parishioners last year at St. Albert the Great in Weymouth, which was also scheduled to close, but was granted a reprieve in March. The Boston law firm of Galvin & Ames filed the suit on behalf of both parishes.
Not everyone at St. Jeremiah supports the effort to challenge the archdiocese's decision to shutter their parish. But those who do spent much of the day yesterday putting back in place statues and other items that had been taken down in anticipation of the church shutting its doors. "We felt that it was important, instead of having the statutes of Mary and Joseph lying on the altar, to put them back on the wall," said Bill Sell, one keeping the vigil. "People are in there praying, and it is a church. Sacred objects, they should be where they belong. And having them lying there doesn't give people very much comfort."
Mary Returns after graffiti attack
Less than 24 hours after she was lacquered in dark brown paint and mocking graffiti, the "Virgin Mary" emerged again to greet her flock Friday afternoon. But it wasn't a miracle that brought back what many believe is an image of the blessed mother on a wall of the Kennedy Expy. underpass. An industrial-strength degreaser used to clean car engines and grimy tires did the trick.
Armed with "Engine Shampoo," devout Catholics Rosa Diaz and Anna Reczek walked to the Fullerton underpass during their lunch break at a nearby car wash to remove the paint and vandalism that obstructed believers' view of the holy apparition. During the cleanup, the women may have wiped off part of the salt stain shape that has been drawing national attention since it was discovered last month. However, it didn't stop throngs of believers from visiting the makeshift shrine overflowing with a white cross, candles, fresh flowers and pictures. "Like they say, 'We shall overcome,' "
52-year-old Theresa Lacis of Des Plaines said as pilgrims ducked under police barricades to touch the grainy image on the concrete wall. Chicago Police directed Illinois Department of Transportation officials to cover the figure for safety reasons after a 37-year-old Chicago man allegedly defaced it with black shoe dye Thursday night, IDOT spokesman Mike Claffey said.
Victor L. Gonzalez, of the 2700 block of North Menard, was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to state-supported property for writing "Big Lie" over the image, police said. Police spokesman Dave Bayless said Gonzalez, unlike other vandals who scribbled religious messages on the wall, was arrested because witnesses saw him and alerted authorities. "I was disappointed with humanity with what they can do to what is sacred," Teresa Backus, of Dallas, Texas, said hours before the Express Car Wash employees wiped the wall.
Diaz, a Mexican immigrant, and Reczek, an immigrant from Poland, plan to do more cleaning today. "They thought cleaning it off so people could see it was a better idea than covering it up," the pair's boss Stan Novotny said. 'This is ridiculous' Claffey said IDOT will keep an eye on the underpass. "We're trying to be as hands off as possible and let things be as they are now and assess the situation Monday," he said.
Even when the brown paint was caked on the wall, worshippers swore the Virgin Mary was peering through. "You can still see the Virgin Mary," Boguslawa Raczkowska said. "I think God wants to send a sign from heaven." "If it's from God, it'll come back no matter how much paint is put on there," said 50-year-old Maria Guerreo of Logan Square. Others weren't as easily convinced. "To be honest, I don't see anything," said cabdriver Fikr Fentahun, an Orthodox Christian. North Sider Joe Pace was more blunt. "It was just a stain on the wall," Pace said, watching the small crowd from his bicycle as they lit candles and compared cell phone photos of the image. "If a child were killed here, I'd bring a candle myself. But this is ridiculous."
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