Mary is the mother of Jesus, who is God. Jesus made her sinless from her first moment of existence in her mother's womb because of the singular role she was to play in our salvation. No other human person forms as vital and direct a link in the coming of Christ. If we allow it, her example and prayers will safeguard our pilgrim way through this valley of tears until we reach the blessed vision of her son, Jesus.
Mary, a Mother worthy of all praise.
She is the morning star,
the comforter of the afflicted
and the refuge of sinners.
Mary is the Mother of the Church.
We celebrate many feast days for her.
They reflect what we believe about Mary and the role she plays in our Church.
Feast Days Of Mary
The SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD.
This title is Mary's highest honor.
She was the Mother of Jesus and therefore the Mother of GOD.
OUR LADY Of LOURDES
The Blessed Mother appeared 18 times to Bernadette at Lourdes, France.
The 1st time was February 11, 1858
THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD
The Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin that she was to be the Mother of CHRIST, the promised Redeemer.The beginning of the "HAIL MARY" prayer is taken from this part of the Bible. The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and coming to her said "Hail favored one ! The Lord is with you." (Luke,1:28)
VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
Mary goes to visit her cousin Saint Elizabeth who is with child. Another Part of the "HAIL MARY " prayer is taken from here when Elizabeth saw Mary and cried out in a loud voice saying "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Luke,1:42)
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
When Mary's life was over on earth she was taken up into Heaven body and soul.
Pope Pius X named Our Lady of the Assumption the patroness of the Acadian people and her feast day is celebrated on August 15, by the Acadians. The Ave Marie Stella was adopted as the national hymn of the Acadian people.
BIRTH OF MARY.
Saint Ann and Saint Joachim are Mary's parents
and the earthly Grandparents of JESUS.
OUR LADY Of SORROWS
This Feast reminds us of the spiritual sufferings Mary went through
by watching her Son have physical sufferings and die on the cross.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
The Rosary was revealed by the Blessed Virgin to Saint Dominic in Prouille, France (1208) Domingo de Guzman was a Spanish preacher who went to southern France to oppose the Albegesian heresy which was spreading rapidly. In 1208, while he was praying at a chapel in Prouille, Mary appeared to him and gave him the Rosary and urged him to preach the Rosary to all people as a remedy against heresy and sin. Domingo (Dominic) founded an order of preaching friars and establish monasteries all over the world. The order is commonly referred to as the Dominicans.
PRESENTATION OF MARY
Mary was 3 years old when her parents took her to the temple
and presented her to God, promising to dedicate her life to God.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
This Feast honors the preservation of the Blessed Virgin from Original Sin at the moment of conception. God would not let the mother of His Son be born with sin.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE.
In December of 1531 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian convert, Juan Diego. She left him a picture of herself impressed upon his cloak. A Shrine was built near Mexico City where many miracles have taken place.