Our current exhibit of hundreds of creches was discussed on local news recently. It was discussed on the 'Bucher's Beat' segment of
the sunrise newscast on Wednesday, November 25, on Channel 2. The exhibit was also covered the morning of Friday, November 27, on
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.
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 2, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Gordon Fuchs and
Tom Reuth about helping families beginning with the Social Justice Commission
at their parish, St. Charles Borromeo Church in Kettering, Ohio and throughout
the world with action projects, educational programs and participating in the
Fair Trade Sale co-sponsored by the Catholic Social Action Office of the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Weavers of Justice, Bergamo Center and the CRS Fair
Trade to be held in Dayton at Bergamo Conference Center Saturday December 5 from
9:00 am-4:00 pm, featuring hand-made jewelry, clothing, toys, home decor,
ornaments, and gourmet foods from artisans in twenty developing countries sent
through Catholic Relief Services' Work of Human Hands Program. Volunteers from
the various organizations and numerous parishes work the event to insure
that the artisans receive a 'fair trade price' for their artistry/work, and to
support those present from Rwanda, Mexico, and Burundi who will also entertain with singing and dancing illustrative of their cultural talents. For more
crsfairtrade.org. 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 radiomaria.us The
website 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.
Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart,
(T5H) 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 radiomaria.us from
anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments,
suggestions at email@example.com. 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.
Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM
EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the
University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists
Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of
the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt
Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik
Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and
Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and
Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the
Founder of the Marianists, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II,
Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest
collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is the site of
post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more
by visiting marypage.org. The University of Dayton; The Marian Library and IMRI are
collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio. Click here for the complete
schedule of future programs planned to date.
This week's programs:
Sister M. Danielle Peters, Thursday, December 3, 2:30 PM on Mary and Advent
Sister M. Danielle Peters, Friday, December 4, 2:30 PM on Mary's Immaculate Conception
Advent: Season of Anticipation (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
The season of Advent has a twofold character, a double meaning. Advent prepares
us for Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s first coming to us. And it also
reminds us to direct our minds and hearts to be prepared for Christ’s second coming at the end of time.
In Christian usage the word 'advent' (adventus) has a special liturgical significance, but the origin of the word is pagan.
At the time of Jesus' birth the pagans observed a manifestation of
their pagan divinity that came to dwell in its temple at a certain time each
year. This pagan feast was called advent, and it marked an anniversary of the
return of their pagan god to the temple. During this special time the temple
was open. Ordinarily the temple was closed.
In the days of the Roman emperor, advent also celebrated the coming of the emperor.
The word 'advent' was suitable to describe the coming of the Son of God in the temple of
his flesh. Gradually the use of this word was limited to describe the coming of
the Lord. This advent, the coming of the Lord and the anniversary of his birth,
replaced the advent and birth of the unvanquished sun of the winter solstice.
This use of the word 'advent' gained prominence during the reign of the Emperor
Constantine (306-337). To grant tolerance to all religions and to allow the
open practice of Christianity, he issued the Edict of Milan in 313. As
Christian feasts were adopted and celebrated, pagan festivals were soon replaced and forgotten.
The ancient idea of advent underlies the prayers of
Advent that call forth the coming of the Lord, often with the same image of the temple.
Now Advent signals a time to prepare for Christmas, the
celebration of the first coming of the Lord. But the prayer texts and Scripture
readings of the Sunday Masses and the Liturgy of the Hours give ample attention
to the second coming of the Lord to which we look forward.
In reality the three distinct accents of the Liturgy of the Advent season are defined by
the three comings of the Lord: yesterday, at Bethlehem, when the Son of God was
born of the Virgin Mary; today, in our world, where he is incarnate in the
Church, in the sacraments, and in the faithful baptized into grace; tomorrow, when he returns in glory.
This, then, is the rich meaning of Advent.
From the beginning of the liturgical year we celebrate the whole panorama of the mystery of salvation history.
The variety of this season is not only desirable, it is truly appropriate because Advent is oriented toward the one who
has come once for all, who is coming, and who will come.
When Purple Meets All Other Colors,
by Darel Sparling will be on display at the Marian Library Gallery from November 23, 2009 through January 28, 2010.
The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214.
It is free and open to the public. Click here to see a
The Marian Library received its largest single gift recently from Australian
collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep. Employees and volunteers have
been busy processing the gift which includes over twenty-three hundred items. A selection
of crèches from this outstanding donation will be unveiled in a special
exhibition, At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions,
during the 2009 Christmas season. Opening on
Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house from 1-4 pm on November
28, 2009, the displays will run through January 24, 2010. Exhibits will be shown on the first and second floors of Roesch Library and the
crèche room of The Marian Library. Stop by often and enjoy these marvelous gifts.
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be
reached at the following URLs: lapagedemarie.org; lapaginademaria.org; marypage.org; themarypage.org;
marypage.udayton.edu; campus.udayton.edu/mary; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site,
www.udayton.edu/mary, remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners.
items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News.
Catholic.net 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].
Mary's Gardens, the website of the late
John S. Stokes, Jr. is in the process of being migrated to The Mary Page in
accord with his bequest. His children have also donated related physical
holdings to The Marian Library. Click
here for more
Cardinal Puljic on Medjugorje: God Blesses Prayer
Sarajevo Archbishop Notes Hope for Vatican Commission
Source: Zenit (Rome), November 23, 2009
The president of the Bosnian episcopal conference has been in Rome, but not to
discuss the controversy surrounding Medjugorje, as some reports have contended.
Instead, Cardinal Vinko Puljic participated last week in the plenary assembly of
the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which focused on St. Paul and the "new areopagi."
The cardinal did talk to ZENIT about Medjugorje,
affirming that the reports of apparitions there and the consequent popularity of
the site for pilgrimages is a matter dealt with by the bishop of Mostar, Ratko
Peric, and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
As an episcopal conference, we await suggestions and proposals on how to proceed, and
I believe the Holy See wants to carry on in this way, he added. The sixty-four-year-old
cardinal referred back to a 1991 statement from what was then the Yugoslavian
bishops' conference. That declaration notes that "nothing supernatural could be
confirmed in what was happening, [and] affirmed the responsibility of parish
priests and local bishops to pastorally assist all those who go there to pray," he recalled.
"I hope that the Holy See will give indications on confessions
and Eucharistic celebrations," Cardinal Puljic added. "And perhaps also on the
establishment of a commission that will follow the phenomenon, recording the
contents of the apparitions and of the messages, keeping in mind that up to today there are more than
Mary reportedly began appearing in Medjugorje almost thirty years ago. In June of 1984, six children of the little town of
Medjugorje, located twenty kilometers (twelve miles) from Mostar, said they had seen the
Blessed Virgin on a nearby hill. Since then, the hamlet has become part of the
world circuit of pilgrimages, drawing millions of people. Prayer meetings and associations of all kinds have started worldwide. ...
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.
UD to Exhibit Hundreds of Nativity Scenes
Source: Dayton Daily News, (Dayton, Ohio) November 24, 2009
As described in the Bible, the birth of Jesus Christ did not include a kayak,
dog sled or polar bears. However, those items are featured in a Nativity scene
from Alaska that is part of a vast collection of creches at the University of
Dayton's Marian Library. On Saturday, Nov. 28, the university will premiere "At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions," an exhibit of
more than two hundred Nativity
scenes from the collection at UD's Roesch Library and four other Dayton-area locations. ...
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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!
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
Anniversary Year of Devotion to Our Lady of Good Success
Title: Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso
Date: February 2, 2010 through February 2, 2011
Location: Monastery of the Immaculate Conception (Quito, Ecuador)
We invite you to participate in the four-hundredth anniversary year of the
devotion to Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador and the public veneration
of the miraculous statue which resides in the Monastery of the Immaculate
Conception (Conceptionist Sisters).
For more info call Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success at 262-567-0920, email them at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website,
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