Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is the Feast of the Great St. Paul. His Conversion is such an encouraging Feast for we can see the powerful work of God's Grace transforming one who persecuted the Church. There is always hope that any soul can be converted, because nothing is impossible with God. The Church teaches all Grace comes to us through Mary and so I decided to post this morning on one of the beautiful ways in which Mary continues her motherly role in the Church today and how she urges us to work with her to bring Jesus to all.
Last Saturday, I gave the annual report of our small Legion of Mary group. I sent this excerpt to our parish bulletin:
Stewardship and the Legion of Mary at St. Peter's Parish
Annually, each small unit of the Legion of Mary reports at the Diocesan level; all reports from SC are presented to the Bishop . At our Stewardship Workshop, it was suggested sharing reports can encourage all parishioners, so I am sharing a part of our report of Jan. 19, 2013. This excerpt contains works done by our 10 Active Members. Our 65 Auxiliary Members pray the Rosary daily; we are grateful to them for their "spiritual work". How beautiful to see prayer and work accomplishing, by God's Grace, all the following:
Assigned Works: Legionaries conduct weekly Bible Study at local jail. One coordinates funerals for our Parish. One is involved with evangelization, devotion to Mary, and promotion of the Legion on the internet. Two serve in Our Lady’s Pantry: assisting in interviewing/ compiling computer data, and in organizing materials to be distributed. Pamphlets on our Returning Catholics series are made available in the Church Narthex, the lobby of our Catholic School, at the Pantry and at jail. One reaches out by phone to shut-ins, also visits. One works with Hospice. Two Legion members are involved in outreach to non practicing Catholics in our 6 wk series held before Christmas and Lent each year. Last year, 9 persons returned to the practice of their faith through this program. Last school year 2 worked at parish grade school. One made college contacts.
Statistics: Total Internet contacts: 54, 349 (determined by the number of persons viewing items written by legionary, esp. in areas of Evangelization and Devotion to Mary) Total Personal Contacts: 965
If you are interested in learning more about the Legion of Mary, see: http://www.legionofmary.ie/
This is the largest lay apostolate in the world, yet hidden in many respects. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and would greatly appreciate any thoughts you may have. The Legion was founded in 1921 by Servant of God Frank Duff who was also an observer at Vatican II. He received a standing ovation from all the Bishops for his outstanding work.
The role of Mary has been from the beginning to bring Jesus into our world and she continues to live her vocation today! http://www.legionofmary.ie/