One of the true joys of the Season of Lent is the common following of the Stations of the Cross. There is hardly a parish that doesn’t have a Friday night devotion of this type during Lent!
The Way of the Cross is a privileged way of entering into the Passion and Death of Our Lord. The Church attaches a plenary indulgence to it whenever it is made by moving from station to station at duly erected Stations. The Franciscans are charged with “duly erecting” the Stations throughout the Church because of their custody of the Holy Land and because St. Francis of Assisi invented the devotion. In the sacristy of every church is a “Decretum Erectionis” signed by a Franciscan for the Stations in that church. Thus, the Stations take us on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and into the heart of St. Francis.
We were blessed to have the presence of the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, at St. Margaret Mary’s for the launching of the diocese’s Reclaiming Christ’s Mission Together Campaign on March 6, 2015. This special endeavor aims to strengthen and stabilize the diocese’s long-term financial footing, increase funding for parish projects and needs, and demonstrate sound stewardship over the gifts the diocese has already received. Both Fr. Rafal Duda (Parochial Administrator of St. Margaret Mary’s) and Canon Olivier Meney (Episcopal Delegate for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Oakland) were also there to welcome the bishop. More information on the campaign can be found on the website: http://reclaimtogether.org. Click on the photo for the picture gallery of this special event.
Click on the photo for the picture gallery of the Stations of the Cross that takes place after each Friday’s 6pm EF Mass (during Lent) last March 6, 2015, at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA.
Click on the photo for the picture gallery of the High Mass for the First Friday during Lent, celebrated last March 6, 2015, at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA.
Saturday, May 2, 2015: Save the date! Honor our Blessed Lady and join the crowds in this spectacular 3-mile pilgrimage through the city. Here is your opportunity to give public witness to our Lord, our Faith, our Lady! Event concludes in Solemn Mass with Bishop Myron Cotta at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and glorious May Crowning ceremony.
For more details, be sure to visit BringMary.com!
You are invited on a 10 day pilgrimage to Italy, from June 27-July 6, 2015, for the Institute’s Ordinations’ Week in Florence! You will see the young seminarians receive their cassocks and Minor Orders, and you will assist at the Pontifical Masses of Ordinations for the Deacons and Subdeacons, as well as for the Priests, which will be conferred by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Receive a guided tour of St. Philip Neri International Seminary and the Institute’s Motherhouse, and visit the beautiful seminary grounds nestled in the Florentine hills among the olive groves and vineyards. Enjoy an afternoon in Siena, as well as sightseeing in Florence. Join the seminarians for buffet dinner and Ordinations banquet with fireworks. Having assisted at the First Mass of a newly-ordained priest, you will then visit the Basilica at Orvieto, site of a Eucharistic miracle, en route to Rome. For two full days you will pray at the Basilicas and Shrines of Rome, attend Sunday Mass at the Institute’s Apostolate in Chiesa Gesu e Maria in the heart of Rome, as well as the Sunday Angelus of the Holy Father.
Departure from Chicago O’Hare. Base price $2,999 + $769 airline/fuel surcharge. For this early bird rate, a $500 deposit is due March 27. See the brochure (PDF) for details.
For more information and to make reservations, please contact the group’s Chaplain, Canon Michael Stein, at 773-363-7409, ext. 3. or by email at email@example.com
Every Wednesday (starting this Wednesday, March 4, 2015), after the 6pm Low Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA), there will be a special adoration to be led by Canon Meney, in reparation for the evil atrocities committed by ISIS against our Christian brethen in the Middle East. Please come and join us in praying for them!