The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization and one of the best in the Catholic Church for us lay people! The Legion of Mary is the perfect combination of the 3 things that all all Catholic life should be about: deepening prayer life, continuous learning about the truths of our Faith (as Matthew Kelly said!) and sharing the beauty of the Faith with others in our community on a regular basis. The Legion of Mary is for men and women, and we meet every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock in the parish office. You are welcome any time to come and see what we are all about.
Please feel free to come, there is no obligation! Membership in the Legion is a great way to undertake great things for God and the salvation of souls! For further information, please contact Nancy Hudock, 421-0250.
Our Lady of Fatima
The apparition of Our Lady of Fatima is truly one of the most remarkable of all the major Marian apparitions. The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of her appearances to the 3 shepherd children of Fatima: Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. She came to them six times starting on May 13, 1917. The heavenly visits culminated on October 13, 1917, with the great Miracle of the Sun, a miracle witnessed by more than 70,000 people.
As always, when Our Lady comes to us, her desire is to draw us closer to her Son and to His Church. Some of the truths of the Fatima apparitions are:
- the need for conversion of the world
- the reality of Heaven, Hell, Purgatory
- the necessity of self-sacrifice and prayer, especially the Rosary
The Legion of Mary has a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, that we would love to bring to the homes of our parishioners! Each family would be able to keep the statue for a week — a week of amazing blessings and grace!
Family Spirituality: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
The Legion of Mary has an apostolate at Saint Joseph Parish: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the homes of our fellow parishioners.
“Enthronement” means to place on a throne in recognition of someone’s authority. To enthrone the image of Christ in our homes thus means to recognize His rule over us. “Heart,” when applied to Christ, refers to His physical heart as a symbol of His person and nature, which is love. “Sacred Heart” signifies that Our Lord’s heart is that of God.
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart means the recognition of Jesus as the King and friend of the family by placing a picture or statue of Jesus showing His beautiful heart in a special, prominent place in our homes. It means giving our Lord the first place in our family life.
From the approved apparitions of our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque come many powerful promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart, including:
· I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
- I will establish peace in their families.
- I will console them in all their difficulties.
- I will be their assured refuge in life and most especially at death.
- I will pour out abundant benediction on all their undertakings.
- Sinners will find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
The Legion of Mary will be happy to schedule a time for you and your family to enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home.. The Legion of Mary will donate all the prayer information, the images of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart, and a beautiful certificate to commemorate the day. Families need only supply flowers, candles, and a Bible.
As you invite the Lord into your home in such a special way, this will undoubtedly be some of the best spiritual time your family will ever spend together!