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Fall 2013

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

On the 13th of each month from May through October, the parish here at St. Michael’s leads a public Rosary procession through Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. As the long line wends its way through the site of the 1974 World’s Fair, crossing and re-crossing the roaring falls of the Spokane River, carrying banners, praying our Aves and singing hymns, you can be sure we attract quite a bit of attention in varying forms. Some do their best to ignore or avoid us, while others are brazen in their heckling. A few visitors to the area have actually interrupted the Rosary to get their picture with the Sisters. Thankfully there are those who will join us for part or all of the fifteen decades. One man I particularly remember was a tattooed fellow with multiple ear piercings who walked along fervently praying the rosary with us.

  Rosary march in downtown Spokane The Sisters join hundreds of other participants in the Rosary March in downtown Spokane on the 13th of every month from May through October.

This public devotion is, of course, in honor of  the apparitions that took place at Fatima in 1917. The Fatima message is something we Sisters think of frequently, since it was the catalyst for the founding of our Congregation back in 1967, the year of Fatima’s 50th anniversary.  

What exactly was the message which Our Lady gave to the three shepherd children at Fatima?
In each of the apparition over the six months, the Blessed Virgin repeated the request for the daily Rosary.

In May Our Lady asked the children if they were willing to accept in a spirit of reparation for sin, all the sufferings God would send them. On their assent, she assured them that His grace would sustain and console them.

After promising to take them all to heaven, Mary told Lucia, the oldest of the seers, that she would have to remain on earth for some time to help establish the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She promised that those who would embrace this devotion would be very dear to God. She promised Lucia, “Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

The bulk of Our Lady’s message seems to have been given during the July apparition. Here she taught them the familiar “Sacrifice Prayer”: “O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners.” Our Lady also showed the children a vision of hell which remained indelibly impressed on their minds. The devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was the means held out to save sinners from hell, to bring about the end of the war, the conversion of Russia and world peace, while a neglect to follow her desires would bring on new wars, the annihilation of nations, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father. But most of all, her message was one of hope: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!”

It was at this time that Mary taught the children the prayer to be said after each decade of the Rosary: “O my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”

The final apparition in October will ever be remembered for the amazing Miracle of the Sun which was seen at great distances, and was described even by the secular newspapers of the time. The sun danced and swirled about the sky sending off rainbow colors and finally seeming to plunge toward the earth.  While this was happening, Our Lady was speaking to the children, giving them the long awaited confirmation of her identity: “Have a chapel built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary.” After a few more words about the end of the war, she stated, “Do not offend the Lord our God any more; He is already so much offended.”

So the pith of the Fatima message is that we should amend our lives and cease committing sin, that we should offer penance and prayer in reparation for the many sins that have been committed, and that we should pray the Rosary daily.  The Rosary, prayed devoutly while meditating on the mysteries of the life, suffering and glory of Our Divine Lord, is a powerful means to learn how we should live and at the same time gain the graces to follow in the footsteps of Jesus through His Blessed Mother.


The Sisters annual retreat

Our Mission Apostolate

 
The Sisters praying during the 40 Hours Devotion

Our Apostolate of Prayer

Are you worried about a loved one? Is there a problem that is weighing heavily upon your heart? Send in your intentions, and the Sisters will commend them in their prayers and Masses, especially during our upcoming Novenas:

Our Lady of the Rosary
   (Feast: October 7)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
   (Feast: December 12)

From the very early days of our Congregation, apostolic mission centers formed an integral part of our quest to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Zeal for souls and a desire to bring souls to a greater knowledge and love of God were the underlying motives that filled the hearts of the Sisters as they left the motherhouse to undertake their duties at our mission houses.

The two earliest missions where our Sisters worked were Our Lady of Mount Carmel Center in Phoenix, Arizona and the Marylike Crusade Center in Bartelso, Illinois. Since then the Marian Sisters have helped to staff missions and small schools in many areas across the United States and as far away as New Zealand and Mexico. Currently the Sisters’ Congregation staffs four small missions: Tacoma, Washington; Olathe, Colorado; Wayne, Michigan and Boston, Massachusetts. The nuns who live at the first three locations operate small schools. At all four missions, the Sisters teach catechism to the young and to adults, and pray the rosary with the sick and shut-ins of the parish, often helping to assist the dying in their last moments. For some of the Sisters, this means traveling long distances each weekend.

Besides our mission houses, several groups of our Sisters travel during the summer in order to teach catechism and work with children and adults in areas throughout the country where there is not a convent or school. Although these catechism missions are short, they provide much-needed opportunities to instruct the young in the faith and Christian virtue.

The Sisters consider it a privilege and honor to be called by Our Lord through the voice of their superior to be an active laborer in His harvest. Through the faithful living of their religious life, they strive to be a shining light to others and a worthy representative of traditional Sisterhood in a world where this is so sadly lacking. They truly consider the souls with whom they work as their spiritual children and earnestly strive to lead them by word and  example to personal sanctification and a love for the Holy Catholic Faith.

A Sister sent on mission needs to be quite versatile and to be ready to practice plenty of abandonment to Divine Providence. In addition to her duty of teaching, whether in the classroom or catechism on the mission circuit, she may be asked to assist the pastor with a myriad of other apostolic duties in the parish.

Our Sisters may not be missionaries in the same sense as the saints we read of who traveled long distances to work among the pagans in a foreign land. Their lives may not be filled with the heroic deeds of a St. Francis Xavier or Mother Cabrini winning thousands of souls to Christ. Yet each truly has the heart of a missionary as she labors among the souls entrusted to her care.

In the future we hope to open more missions. We have received several requests to send our Sisters, either to open schools or to teach catechism on a more regular basis. Please join us in fervent prayer for more vocations to the religious life so that we may fulfill this very important need in our world today. “The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:37-38).

Calendar

September 8
12
26
29
  Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
Sr. Renee Marie’s feastday
Feast of St. Michael: Titular feast of Mount St. Michael, St. Michael’s Convent and Novitiate, and St. Michael’s Academy; Sr. Michael Marie’s feastday
October 3
7
9-13
13
  Sr. Therese Marie’s feastday
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
Fatima Conference at Mount St. Michael: “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Are Attentive to Your Supplications”
Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima (Miracle of the Sun)
November 1
16
19
  All Saints’ Day (holyday)
Sr. Maria Providencia’s feastday
Sr. Mary Isabella’s feastday
December 8
10
12
12-13
22
25
  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mary Immaculata’s feastday
Sr. Mary Loretta’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Concerts at the Bing Theater
Sr. Mary Cabrini’s feastday
Christmas Day; Sr. Marie Emmanuel’s feastday

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