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Winter 2012

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Often the Sisters have sung the Christmas hymn, Once in Royal David’s City, in their Christmas concerts. The last line (see below) certainly can have more than one meaning, and might give some a picture of bored folks in white robes waiting around in heaven for something to happen. Waiting. It is something that only happens with the passage of time, and could never happen in heaven. Waiting. Advent in the season of waiting. Waiting for the birth of the Baby.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him, but in heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
When like stars
His children crowned,
All in white shall wait around.
 

Who is waiting? For four thousand years the descendants of Adam waited for the Redeemer that was promised to their father after his Fall in the garden.

For nine months, Mary waited to see the Face of her Child, Who was also her God.

For nine months He waited, now that He had come into time; He waited in silence and seclusion, the nine-month retreat of the God-Man as He prepared to reveal Himself and His Love.

And we wait. We wait for the celebration of His Birth at Christmas. We wait for His purposes to be fulfilled in our lives. We wait for the final summons that will at last take us into His presence.

“O admirable exchange!” sings the Church, “The Maker of man hath taken to Himself a living body and hath been pleased to be born of a Virgin. He is come forth conceived without seed and hath made us partakers of His Divine Nature.” This reminds us of the second Offertory prayer at Mass, “...by the mystery signified in the mingling of this water and wine, grant us to have part in the Godhead of Him Who hath vouchsafed to share our manhood, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord…”

Our Blessed Mother is with us through our time of waiting. From her Immaculate Conception in December to Candlemas in February, she is lighting our way, leading us on in the footsteps of her Son. With her, then, let us ponder within our hearts the wonderful mysteries of the life of the Incarnate God as we see them unfold before us during these months of holy waiting.

Our Earliest Apostolate

 
The Sisters at prayer

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 Prompt Succor
   (Feast: Jan. 15)
Our Lady of Lourdes
   (Feast: Feb. 11)

Although the Marian Sisters are known for their work in Catholic education, when our Congregation first began, our main work was that of spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima by means of printing and distributing literature, arranging lectures and conferences, organizing and conducting weekly study groups, and sending out mailings. And this apostolate continues to this day, although it now makes use of more modern technology.

  two of our first Center Sisters Sr. Mary Bridget (left), our order-filler, and Rev. Mother both worked at our center in the early days of our Congregation.

In our early days, our mailing list consisted of about 10,000 names. Each Sister received a shoebox of envelopes to address — by hand — and she considered these names to be her “spiritual children,” even though she might never meet them. She would address each envelope as an act of love to gain graces for souls.

With time, the Sisters became more involved in the print shop, eventually even operating the printing presses. Then came the computers, and more changes in technology that led to our presses being replaced by large multi-function color printers. Finally, in the mid-90’s, our apostolate expanded to include maintaining web sites, which enable us to reach people all over the world.

Two Center Sisters working at a computer Sr. Mary Agatha and Sr. Mary Loretta look over a project on the computer before it is printed.
 

“Go teach all nations,” Christ commanded His disciples. Through this apostolate, the Marian Sisters take part in the missionary work of the Church by helping to spread the Catholic Faith far and wide.

As the patron saint of the Catholic press, St. Anthony Mary Claret, so aptly said, “Since we cannot send missionaries everywhere, let us send good books, which can do as much as the missionaries themselves.” Souls who would not otherwise be reached learn about our holy Faith through materials published and distributed by the Sisters, who are well aware that it is by sacrifice, obedience and a fervent prayer life that they earn graces to win souls to Christ and repair for the sins of men.

Calendar

Vocations Weekend March 8 - 10, 2013
December 25   Christmas Day
Sr. Marie Emmanuel’s feastday
January 1
3
15

21

31
  Feast of the Circumcision
Sr. Mary Genevieve’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Novena: Jan. 6-14)
Rev. Mother’s Feastday
Sr. Maria Ines’s feastday
Sr. Giovanna Marie’s feastday
February 1
2
5
11

13
18
20
  Sr. Mary Bridget’s feastday
Purification BVM (Candlemas)
Sr. Mary Agatha’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Novena: Feb. 2-10)
Ash Wednesday
Sr. Mary Bernadette’s feastday
Sr. Marie Jacinta’s feastday
March 4
8-10
9
19
  Sr. Maria Kazimiera’s feastday
Vocations Weekend
Mother Mary Dominica’s feastday
Feast of St. Joseph
Sr. Mary Josephine’s feastday

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