Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist
Rev. Peter Grover,
on Mary and Grace.
ANNUAL ACIES OF LEGION OF MARY BOSTON SENATUS-MARCH 26TH, 2017
BLESSED SACRAMENT, CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY CROSS
Psalms sung by Tanya Skypeck
Prayers of the Faithful with Celebrant
Brother F. Limbo of Legion of Mary: 1st Reading of Mass
Bishop Reed gave a beautiful homily on good stewardship, best servant in God's will
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan's opening prayers to start March
2nd Reading: Romams 9:1-5
Seminarian Br. Nathan began the praying of Joyful Mystery: the
His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York preside at the Vigil Mass and gave the homily
Surprise visit by Vice President (VP) Mike Pence. He spoke at Rally
LEGION OF MARY BOSTON SENATUS ANNUAL CATHOLIC TV MASS: Sunday August 7th, 2016
Celebrant: Most Rev. Robert Philip. Reed, Auxiliary Bishop, Director of Catholic TV, (ordained Aug. 24th, 2016),
Archdiocese of Boston, MA
Holy Gospel: Matt:14:22-33 by Most Rev. Bishop Robert Reed, Director of Catholic TV
1st Reading: I Kings19:9a, 11-13a by Sylvia Mary Ooi, MD, President Legion of Mary Boston Senatus
Homily by His Eminence Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley
GOOD FRIDAY PUBLIC STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LIFE PRAYING AT SEVERAL CHURCHES OF BOSTON ALONG
THE ROUTE WITH THE FINAL STATION ENDING WITH CONSECRATION TO JESUS CHRIST AT CATHEDRAL OF
THE HOLY CROSS, ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, MA
Birth of Jesus
ANNUAL CATHOLIC TV MASS OF LEGION OF MARY BOSTON SENATUS, AUGUST 13TH, 2017,
TELEVIZED BY CATHOLIC TV, ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, MA
CELEBRANT: Very Rev. Bishop Robert Reed
Members of Legion of Mary gave miraculous medals to those confirmed, encouraged them to be prayerful and pray the Holy Rosary daily.
NEW YEAR EVE CELEBRATIONS AT ST. CLEMENT EUCHARISTIC SHRINE TO WELCOME
NEW YEAR 2016:
Priests and Seminarians of Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV), and worshipers participated in praying of Holy Rosary with meditations, followed by Mass, con-celebrated by Priests of OMV, and Archdiocesan Priests, and presided by His Eminence Cardinal Archbishop, Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., Archdiocese of Boston, MA
Homily by His Eminence Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley
All members of Legion of Mary and invited donors of Catholic TV with Very Rev. Bishop Reed
Legionaries do their weekly Apostolic Work with the conviction that Mary accompanies them in their work,
helping them show the Face of Christ to those served:
(youtubes of events attended for Legion Outreach shown after description of Legion weekly work.)
Most Legionaries visit the sick in hospitals, in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, listening to them with empathy, participating in conversations with them when needed, giving them Holy Communion, assisting priests celebrating Mass, praying Holy Rosary, and singing hymns in nursing homes, and assisted living centers. Priests are informed when shut-ins need confession or when a nursing home resident is dying (Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed at the bedside of the dying).
Wakes of deceased Priests, Legionaries, Auxiliaries, and Parishioners are attended; with praying of the Holy Rosary with mourners, when mourners desire it, and funeral Mass is regularly attended. Visits to home of the Bereaved when desired, with praying of Holy Rosary for 9 days for the deceased and Bereaved. Auxiliary members pray daily prayers of Tessera (official prayers of Legion of Mary), for Legion of Mary: their prayers are extremely important for obtaining from the Lord strengthen and spiritual support of the Legion; thus together with prayers of Active members, they help sustain, strengthen, and extend Legion of Mary. Auxiliaries are visited once a year. Some Legionaries visited the UN for a conference on women's issues, with young adults of Pure in Heart, and distributed Hail Mary prayer cards and Miraculous Medals, recipients included Muslim women delegates. St Jude's Prayer cards were also distributed to Non-muslims.
Legion work for Senior Active Legionaries are: serving as greeters, Eucharistic ministers, Lectors, or wash altar linens, arrange flowers for the altars, or do some light cleaning in the Church, bring back lapsed Catholics, invite new people in the community to come into the church listening to the voice of Jesus: 'Come and see'.
Some Legionaries give Bible study class, CCD, RCIA and Confirmation class; participate in book clubs in parishes and in homes, on lives of Saints, with praying of Holy Rosary. Some young adults of Pure in Heart who are also Legionaries give talks on theology of the Body based on the writings of Pope St. John Paul II. Chastity, Purity of body and soul, Marriage as a Sacrament of God's Love, Headship in families, are given in parishes, shrines. Family Rosary is promoted; some with training and expertise, give counseling on marriage. Some help students with homework; drive elderly and handicapped to Sunday Mass, giving needed help where possible, as a way of evangelizing by works of charity and mercy. Families with newly baptized children / babies are followed up and encouraged to attend Sunday Mass, register their children for CCD. Some give Bible study class with Catechesis in prisons; some Prison Praesidia have been set up. Families of prisoners had communicated that they also benefited from these spiritual works in the prisons, especially when the prisoner had finished his/her prison term and released. Spanish Legionaries like to do Posada,during Christmas, visiting parish communities, and singing Christmas carols; many Legionaries celebrate crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary in May; promote Stations of the Cross on the street during Lent; promote Vocations to the Priesthood by daily prayers for vocations to the Priesthood as the families circulate the Vocation Cross to be kept within one family at a time for a week. Book barrow is set up with distribution of Spiritual books/pamphlets/Rosary beads with Rosary instruction pamphlets, green or brown scapulas and Miraculous Medals and Legion books/pamphlets, Tessera and Legion literature. Each council organizes annual Acies to renew Legion promise of total Love and devotion to Mary; organizes Annual Retreat and Day of Recollection, Pilgrimages for continuous spiritual development of Legionaries.
Legionaries of Boston Regional Senatus Holy Rosary Co-fraternity pray Holy Rosary in unity every Sunday at 6 PM.
APOSTOLIC WORK DONE WEEKLY BY MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS
COUNCILS OF THE LEGION OF MARY BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS
LEGIONARIES ATTENDED THE 150 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BASILICA
OF OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP, BOSTON, MA, ON MAY 20TH, 2015
Mass ready to begin with Very Rev. Robert Reed as celebrant, assisted by Deacon Richard Field, and Fernando Limbo III as altar server
Legionaries at TV Mass left to right: Br. Robert Frazer, Sr. Barbara Haley, Sr. Samantha Craig, Sr. Sylvia Mary Yuet Ooi, MD, and Br. Patrick Ryan
Priests and Seminarians of Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV), and worshipers participated in praying of Holy Rosary with meditations, followed by Mass, presided by His Eminence Cardinal Archbishop, Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., Archbishop, Archdiocese of Boston, MA, and con-celebrated with Priests of OMV, and Archdiocesan Priests.
Gospel: Presentation of Jesus in the temple
EVENTS OF 2017 ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF LEGION OF MARY
Members of Legion of Mary (Lay Catholics called Srs. and Brs.) and Friends gathered for Mass
Legion of Mary Members participated in the March for Life; Marchers were not deterred by the forecast of a blizzard that was to blanket Washington DC on the day of the March. The March began with a Life Rally at the National Mall, after morning Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After Mass Legion of Mary members distributed Legion of Mary pamphlets to youths at the Shrine. Marchers were filled with zeal and resolve to protect the dignity of human life from conception to the end of natural life; arriving in front of the Supreme Court. Thanks be to God that moderate snowing started only after the march was over: we arrived back to Boston safely.
CELEBRATION OF NEW YEAR EVE MASS FOR 2017, AT ST. CLEMENTS EUCHARISTIC SHRINE, PRESIDED
BY HIS EMENENCE, ARCHBISHOP CARDINAL SEAN P. O'MALLEY, CAP. OFM., ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
Tanya Skypeck sang 'Proclamation of Gospel antiphon'
ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE IN PROTEST OF ROE V. WADE IN WASHINGTON DC, USA
JAN. 27TH, 2017
FOLLOWED VIGIL MASS AT BASILICA OF NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
A Segment of March
for Life depicted
Exaltation of Jesus, Bread of Life, for worship and adoration
I. Reading (Wis 16: 6-9) by Sr. Sylvia Mary Y. Ooi, MD
MASS OF PROFESSION OF NOVICE SOLANUS TO BE A BROTHER OF FRANCISCANS OF PRIMITIVE OBSERVANCE (FPO) JANUARY 2017, AT St. PATRICK'S CHURCH, ROXBURY, MA
THE EVENT WAS VERY JOYFUL AND THE FAITHFUL ATTENDED THE RECEPTION AFTER MASS
MEMBERS OF LEGION OF MARY PARTICIPATED IN THE EVENTS AND WERE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE AS THEY
WITNESSED GOD'S BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS
2016 EVENTS PARTICIPATED BY LEGION OF MARY MEMBERS
(In these events Legion of Mary members introduced themselves, engaged in conversation on Legion of Mary
and distributed pamphlets and sacramentals)
1. DOOR TO DOOR VISITS:
Visits are made to new residents in the community; lapsed Catholics are invited back to Church. Spiritual books/pamphlets, prayer cards with holy pictures of Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Holy Angels and Saints are distributed to the families, with Miraculous Medals, Rosary beads with Rosary prayer instruction pamphlet, sometimes with letters of invitation from pastors welcoming everyone back to Church. These door to door visits are sometimes organized as a parish event, called 'Day of Evangelization', visiting parish neighborhoods. Providence Comitium, Rhode Island, participate in these events 2-3x a year.
2. EVANGELIZATION/NEO-EVANGELIZATION ON STREET AND NEIGHBORHOOD:
Legionaries pray first asking for the Holy Spirit to guide them to the people the Holy Spirit wishes them to approach; then they go in pairs, engage strangers in ordinary conversation and end up saying: Thank you for your kindness to me; then say Jesus loves you very much (Jesus name is very powerful and will work on the soul; all we do is to sow whatever the Holy Spirit prompts): encourage them to talk to Jesus like you talk to your Loved Ones close to you, be it your parent / relative/or best friend; tell him all your problems because He is God; He loves you more than any human being can love you: He wants you to spend Heaven with Him; He died on the cross to help you go to Heaven; even if you are the only one on earth, He will come down to die for you on the Cross and bring you to heaven. He only wants to give you Love without end. There is no sin greater than God's mercy; this is how deeply He loves you. So tell Him everything you want to get off your conscience; open your heart to Him. He loves to listen to you and help you; there is no greater listener than Jesus; don't keep anything from Him; ask Him for His mercy, thank Him for your life, health and your family, all good things that has happened in your life. This is a brief summary of our approach to evangelization one on one, and how much we can communicate the Gospel/its principles, depends on the Holy Spirit who gives us discernment and prudence on how to begin and end for each individual. It is the Holy spirit who leads us to the people He wants us to help and proclaim Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us courage and love, to share Jesus by proclaiming Him, thus making His Love known.
Usually we encourage the person to sit in the Catholic Church and talk to Jesus; we also advise that when the person gets more comfortable confiding in Jesus in Church, we encourage them to join the Church in worship; there are so many good priests and good Catholics in the Church community who will welcome you and want to be your friend. It is very important to keep one's focus on Jesus. His Mother Mary, loves you very much like Jesus who loves very much. Ask Mary to pray for you to find Jesus. Without fail she will lead you to Jesus. Legionaries commend to God all those they have evangelized by remembering their faces and uniting their crosses with the passion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, praying for their conversion at Mass.
Other activities are praying Rosary near the vicinity of Planned Parenthood facilities, attending 'March for Life' in Washington DC, and locally in Boston, and participating in the annual National Rosary Rally Across America in October.
IV. ENTHRONEMENT OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS;ENTHRONEMENT OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY IN HOMES:
Legionaries promote this sacred practice in as many homes of Legionaries, Auxiliaries, and parishioners as possible. These enthronements deepen the Faith and promote the True conversion of Catholics, increasing their zeal in the Lord's mission in the salvation of souls and help extension and recruitment of new Legionaries.
V. EXTENSION / RECRUITMENT:
Legionaries get permission from the pastor to give talks on the Legion of Mary, after Mass; Legion table is set up for sign-up of new members after or during talk. These Recruitment Drives are also set up at parishes /parish school fairs, family fairs.
Legionaries introduced themselves as members of Legion of Mary to some friends and guests who attended the
150 Anniversary Celebration. They spoke about the Legion of Mary in conversations with guests inviting them to join Legion of Mary.
Procession of Very Holy Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at beginning of Mass Celebration
Mass of Confirmation of Youths of the Boston Chinese Catholic Commuinty (BCCC), at St James Church
Sunday May 22nd, 2016
Msgr. James Flavin Presided; he ministered the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Youths;
Rev. Peter Shen, Vicar, St. James was one of the concelebrants
The Congreagation rejoiced exultantly over God's great blessing on their community
Chris Shaw: 2nd Reading of Mass
Members of Legion of Mary and Friends at Mass
SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR REV. JOHN FUREY, CSsR, LED THE OPENING LEGION PRAYERS; AND HOLY ROSARY WAS PRAYED IN ENGLISH, CHINESE, SPANISH, VIETNAMESE AND PORTUGUESE. REV. FUREY GAVE A HOMILY ON THE MATERNAL ROLE OF MARY, QUEEN AND MOTHER OF THE LEGION OF MARY. SHE FULFILLS GOD'S WILL PERFECTLY BY HER 'FIAT', PRESENTING JESUS OUR REDEEMER WITH PERFECT DIVINITY AND PERFECT HUMANITY AS OUR BROTHER. SHE WILL LEAD US INTO UNION WITH JESUS IF WE TRUST HER COMPLETELY, IF WE GIVE OUR TOTAL DEVOTION TO HER. ACIES ENABLES US TO RENEW OUR TOTAL DEVOTION TO MARY TO BE STRENGTHENED ANEW IN FAITHFULNESS AND DEEPENED IN LOVE OF HER.
LEGION OF MAR MEMBER FILED INDIVIDUALLY TO RENEW THIS PROMISE: 'I AM ALL YOURS, MY QUEEN, MY MOTHER, AND ALL THAT I HAVE IS YOURS'.THERE WAS EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT AND BENEDICTION AND AFTER CONCLUDING LEGION PRAYERS, A RECEPTION FOLLOWED
Faithful receive Holy Communion
Reading of Gospel by Deacon Field
Dr. Sylvia Mary Ooi and Maria Gabral with Very Rev. Bishop Reed
Opening prayers for Liturgy of the word
MARCH FOR LIFE: JANUARY 22ND, 2016: WASHINGTON DC
VP Mike Pence's continued Rally speech
Prayers of the Faithful by led by Deacon
Exaltation of Jesus, Precious Blood, for worship and adoration
II. Reading ( Heb 11:1-2, 8-19) by Legionary Sr. Samantha Craig,
Processional Hymn of Vigil Mass for Life. Many Priests attended and concelebrated the Mass
Eucharistic Prayers Consecration
Rev. Matt Williams: Gospel