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Articles in this newsletter:
Living the Fatima Message
Our New Mission in California
The Fifteen Promises of the Rosary
Photos of Summer Events
Photos of Retreat, Vows, Jubilee
Calendar

Our Apostolate of Prayer
Send intentions for Sisters’ Novenas

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Sr. Mary Bernadette rededicates herself to Our Lady of Fatima, after 50 years of loving service.
The Sisters’ vow ceremony closed with the chanting of the Te Deum, the Church’s hymn of thanksgiving.
vows ceremonies On June 27th, Sr. Mary Bernadette celebrated her Golden Jubilee of religious profession, Sr. Helen Marie took final vows, Sr. Mary Andrea made her triennial profession, and Sr. Philomena Marie took first vows.

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Fall 2017

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Beginning with May 13th, the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen has been very focused on the current Fatima Centennial. Actually, I guess you could say we have been focused on it since last summer when we made our pilgrimage to Fatima. In our public chapel here at St. Michael’s, the shrine to Our Lady of Fatima has been bedecked with flowers throughout the past four months. Recently, lights have been added as well, fittingly as we approach the anniversary of the climactic miracle of Fatima. Plans for the elaborate celebration on October 13th are in full swing. The monthly Rosary marches have been well attended. Yet all this, important as it is, counts for little in the vast scheme of things. In the last issue of our newsletter, thoughts were presented regarding a renewed fervor in our living of the message of Fatima. After all, that is the crux of the matter. Our Lady gave us a Peace Plan from heaven. It was simple, though perhaps not always easy: Prayer, especially the daily Rosary, sacrifice — particularly in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners, modesty, amendment of life.

What does it mean to amend our lives? “If men do not cease offending God, another and worse war will break out in the next pontificate”   Have men stopped offending God? Have we? Is our own conversion perhaps what we need to pray and sacrifice for?

In the vast panorama of our world, how many are there who even believe in God or see Him as an important factor in their lives? Immodesty and sensuality govern the lives of countless souls. Materialism holds numberless souls in its clutches. Selfishness poisons the hearts of many who seem to be good people. It seems a bleak horizon. What can we do?

Let us not be overwhelmed or discouraged in the face of so much evil. Remember that the devil said that three men with the zeal of St. John Vianney would destroy his kingdom. What is our zeal like? Do we pray the rosary fervently every day? Have we done all we can to uproot sin from our own lives? Do we pray and sacrifice for the conversion of sinners? Small as they may seem, these acts DO make a difference.   

As I write the citizens of southeastern Texas are undergoing severe trials as the result of Hurricane Harvey. Thirty-seven people so far have lost their lives, thousands of homes destroyed, tens of thousands damaged, almost 30,000 square miles covered with 20-40 inches of rain in just seven days.  Let us us consider this briefly from two angles. First, if we do not do penance on our own, God will send it to us, as He seems to be doing more and more frequently. Unfortunately, too few people see the growing number of natural disasters as warnings from God, partly because God is so far from their thought, and partly because they do not want to consider that they need a warning.

Second, look at the far reaching results that accrued from tiny drops of rain. We may consider each of our prayers and sacrifices as of little value. How can they make any headway against the vast landscape of evil that surrounds us? But if each person who has at heart the triumph of Christ and His Mother does every small act in his or her power towards the coming of that Kingdom, will not each of those tiny drops of water swell the flood of His Grace that will turn the tide? “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” “Have confidence, I have overcome the world.”  

In Jesus and Mary,
The Sisters of Mary Immaculate Queen

Sr. Mary Josephine and Sr. Mary Veronica at our new mission
Sr. Mary Josephine and Sr. Mary Veronica at our new mission

Our New Mission in California

Please pray for the spiritual success of our new mission convent in Rosamond, California, where Sr. Mary Josephine and Sr. Mary Veronica will be teaching at Immaculate Heart of Mary School and helping at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish as well as at Queen of Angels Parish in Santa Clarita.

The Promises of the Holy Rosary

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)
 

Since the Rosary is one of the most important aspects of the Fatima message, it is good to remind ourselves of its great power. Moreover, Sister Lucia, in a 1957 interview, said that Our Lady has given it a “new efficacy” in our times, so that “there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, …that cannot be solved by the Rosary.”

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
     
    Rosary crusade leads to the Communists leaving Austria
    In 1946, a Franciscan priest in Austria was praying that his country might be freed from the Communists when he was inspired to found a Rosary crusade of reparation. Within a few years, 70,000 Austrians were keeping a constant Rosary vigil, and by May 13, 1955, the Communists agreed to leave Austria.
     
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenititude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Calendar

September 8
12
16
29
  Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
Sr. Mary Andrea’s feastday (day of the death of Bl. Andrew Kim Taegon, Korean martyr)
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
11-15
13
  Feastday of Sr. Therese Marie, Sr. Mary Teresita, and Sr. Theresa Doll (she just entered Sept. 12!)
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
Fatima Conference at Mount St. Michael
100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima! (Miracle of the Sun)
November 1
19
  All Saints’ Day (holyday)
Sr. Mary Isabella’s feastday (St. Elizabeth of Hungary)
Sr. Maria Providencia’s feastday (Our Mother of Divine Providence)

December 8
10
12
16-17
22
25
27
  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mary Immaculata’s feastday
Sr. Mary Loretta’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Concerts
Sr. Mary Cabrini’s feastday
Christmas Day; Sr. Marie Emmanuel’s feastday
Sr. Mary Evangeline’s feastday

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