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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Call For Films and Other Media

The International Catholic and Multimedia Festival in Niepokalanow in Poland is inviting submissions of films and other multi-media projects through December 31, 2008.  For more information, click into or
In the past, our documentary video, All Generations Shall Call Her Blessed, as well as our website, The Mary Page, have received awards at this festival.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS. Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, December 10, 2008, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation focusing on The Blessed Mother's personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the Birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in the Mystical City of God, the auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949) This is Part I of a three-part Series on the Incarnation of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Volume II Book 1 Chapters 14-21) Part II airs December 17 Vol. II Book I; Chapters 22-28; Part III airs December 24. For your perusal: The three programs in this Advent 2008 series will cover Incarnation Volume II pp. 146-392 in the Mystical City of God.

  CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or whichever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Her series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses watching "Preparing the Way of the Lord," and the Feast Day of Santa Lucia [December 13], patron saint of Termini Imerese, Sicilia and patron of the eyes focusing on the importance of personal devotions and intercessory prayer. The people of Termini Imerese eat no ground wheat or flour of any kind. Fran shares the traditional recipes sans ground flour for the celebration of Saint Lucy Day.  Recipe for Cuccia, (whole grain winter wheat) and Termini Imerese Sicilian Risotto.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's Message to Juan Diego (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

"Let not your heart be disturbed.  Do not fear sickness or any other anguish.  Am I not here, who am your Mother?  Are you not under my protection?  Am I not your health?  Are you not happily within my fold?  What else do you wish?  Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."

Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego (1531).

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New Exhibit!

Glory Offering: An Artist's Prayer

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Margaret Werlinger [photo at left] from November 18, 2008 through January 15, 2008. For more information, click into the article from UD's Campus Report or click here for virtual exhibit.

The artist has brought some packets of Christmas cards showing her award-winning renderings of the nativity scene.  These are available for purchase at The Marian Library for $8.50 for each set of ten with proceeds going entirely to pro-life work.

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214.

The Marian Library will also be displaying Nativity scenes in our Gallery, as well as off-campus at Gallery Saint John, and around the state in Ludlow Falls and Akron.

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Additional 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:;;;;;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site,, remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan, Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA [including FM 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST.]

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Advent Poetry by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.

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Pope's Schedule for November-January
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), November 21, 2008

Here is a list of the celebrations Benedict XVI will preside over in November through January. The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff released the agenda today.


-- Saturday 29: At 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, First Vespers for the first Sunday of Advent.

-- Sunday 30: First Sunday of Advent. Pastoral visit to the Roman basilica of San Lorenzo for the 1,750th anniversary of the martyrdom of the deacon saint. Mass at 9:45 a.m.


-- Monday 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At 4 p.m. in Rome's Piazza di Spagna, homage to Mary Immaculate.

-- Wednesday 24: Vigil of the Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord. Midnight Mass in the Vatican Basilica.

-- Thursday 25: Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord. At midday from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica, "Urbi et Orbi" blessing.

-- Wednesday 31: At 6 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, First Vespers of thanksgiving for the past year.


-- Thursday 1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Forty-second World Day of Peace. Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m.

-- Tuesday 6: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m.

-- Sunday, 11: Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. Mass in the Sistine Chapel at 10 a.m., conferment of the Sacrament of Baptism upon a number of children.

-- Sunday 25: Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. At 5:30 p.m. in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, celebration of Vespers.

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The director and editors of The 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.

Creche Dates to 1800s
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), December 4, 2008

This fall, an old Nativity set in a sacristy cabinet of the Immaculate Conception Chapel turned sacristan Kathy Sales, also a professional librarian, into a history detective.

With the help of Rachel DeHart and Sandy Braman in University archives, she turned up some clues that give convincing evidence that the crèche has been at UD almost as long as the 1869 chapel itself.

"The earliest picture I found is labeled 'Christmas at the Chapel, 1895'," Sales said. "When you use a magnifying glass, you can see outlines of the same figures. I don't know when we actually received it, but 1895 is the first picture. ... There are absolutely no markings of any kind on this set."

The seventeen-piece plaster crèche--including Sales' favorite piece, a dog--is still in excellent shape for its age, said Sister M. Jean Frisk, S.S.M., director of art and special projects for the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Some paint is chipping, and bits and pieces have been knocked off over the years. Restoration should be fairly simple, Sales said. ...

Click here to see the entire article (including a picture of the creche).

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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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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December with Mary:

The 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 December.

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Marian Events

El teatro campesino presents a play on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Title: La Virgen del Tepeyac

Date: November 28-December 21, 2008

Location: Mission San Juan Bautista in San Benito County in California

La Virgen del Tepeyac, a play about Our Lady of Guadalupe written by Luis Valdez and directed by Kinan Valdez and Adrian Torres is showing at Mission San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California from November 28 - December 21, 2008.  For more information click into

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