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St. Ignatius Parish at 3704 Spring Hill Ave, Mobile, AL 36608 US - Daughters of Mary Women Renewing Faith &Family

Daughters of Mary

Women Renewing Faith &Family

 


 

DAUGHTERS OF MARY

Women Renewing Faith and Family

 

 

 

 

Please join us  August 19, 2014

 

FORGING A FEMININE FAITH

Prayer:  Spiritual Formation in the Marian Tradition

Reflection:  Gospel Insight for Contemporary Women

Renewal:  Creating a Culture of Faith for Family, Church and Community

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IMPORTANT NOTICES:

 

Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—

Happy Feast Day to Mary our Mother!

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Reminder:  Last Day for collection for the is month’s Backpack Ministry is today—

Friday, August 15

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Please Join Us For A Special Guest Instructor:

Mr. Joseph O’Gorman

2008 Graduate of McGill-Toolen and Archdiocesan Seminarian

Tuesday Morning and Evening—August 19, 2014

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS— Join Us To Celebrate 

 

The Daughters of Mary of St. Ignatius Parish Invite  All Women in the Archdiocese for a Day of Prayer

Led by Retreat Director Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J. 

 

DAUGHTERS OF MARY DAY OF PRAYER:  

GREAT WOMEN OF THE GOSPEL: MODELS FOR LIFE

 

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother and the 3RD Birthday of the Daughters of Mary

Saturday6 September, 2014

St. Ignatius Church and Marian Center

Opening Mass:  8AM—Closing Prayer:  3PM

Bring Your Own Bag Lunch—Drinks and snacks provided—(Suggested Offering $20)—

REGISTRATION FORM ATTACHED

 

Called To Love, Catholic Women’s Conference

A Mobile Archdiocesan Event

October 4, 2014

http://www.calledtolovemobile.com

Please contact spduffey@gmail.com

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Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,

 

The Daughters of Mary was formed in response to the desire and need of lay Catholic women to prayerfully bond.  We come together each week and we pray.  Prayer is our primary purpose.  And while our deepest desire is to model the prayer of Mary, Mary’s intercession is our deepest need.

 

This week we reflect upon intercessory prayer.  Actually, because of the stellar teaching and preaching of Fr. Bart Hutcherson, O.P., we have done much more than mere reflection.  Fr Bart offered a focused and scripturally-based presentation, motivating us to be attentive to our call to intercessory prayer.

 

Fr. Bartholomew Hutcherson is a Dominican friar and a priest of the California Dominican Province. He is a convert who has been working professionally for the church almost as long as he has been Catholic, having accepted a youth ministry position less than a year after he entered the Church. During the 4 years he served as youth minister at St. Bartholomew Church in San Mateo, California, he discerned his vocation to priesthood and religious life and in 1990, he entered the Dominican novitiate in Oakland, receiving the habit and the religious name Bartholomew (which he chose to honor the people of the parish that had nurtured his vocation). While a student at Berkeley's Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, he was blessed to also spend significant time studying in Paris and Washington, DC. Since his 1997 ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Bart has served in university ministries in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Tucson, and has a true heart for serving the young church.  His academic loves are scripture and history, both of which Inform his preaching and teaching.  He loves watching and commenting on movies, is a big computer geek and has an active social media ministry.

Thank you Fr. Bart for your extraordinary gifts as a teacher and preacher of God’s Word.  You have consoled us, assuring us that God is near and hears our prayers.  You have inspired and affirmed us.  We are grateful for your enthusiasm and energy, and most of all, for your contagious joy.   We commit to intercede on behalf of those who have asked for our prayers, for those who need our prayers, and for those who have no one to pray for them.  We commit in other words, to stand in “the gap” as intercessors—to go to God for those who cannot—-to accept the burden of an intercessors’  heart.  

 

Fr. Bart we pray for your safety and solace during your sabbatical—and hopefully—you will return to St. Ignatius and Daughters of Mary in the future. Please pray for us.

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Spiritual Gift of the Week

We ask for the grace to put our lives at the service of others as intercessors, 

constantly seeking grace on behalf of those in need.  

Mary, our Mother and Mother of our Lord, please intercede for us.

 

Spiritual Direction of the Week

The simple promise of prayer:

Ask—Receive

Seek—Find

Knock—Open

 

Gospel Reflection /Matthew 15: 21-28

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time— August 17 , 2014

By Rev. Bartholomew Hutcherson, O.P.

(An audio of Fr. Bart’s presentation will be available soon)

The text is Matthew 15:21-28:  

Jesus heals the Demoniac Daughter of the Canaanite Woman because of the Woman's Faith

 

Of the many ways we might look at this text, the one I wish to focus on is that of Intercessory Prayer.   What is intercessory prayer: allowing our prayer to be formed by the needs of another person.  Simply put, praying for someone else.  The big LIE: "I will remember you in my prayers."

Intercessory Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life which recognizes that at the heart of Christianity is the recognition of our connection to one another and our interdependence.

There is scriptural basis for our understanding of Intercessory Prayer:

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • Colossians 4:12-13
  • Ephesians 6:18

Where do we find it in Catholic Tradition:

  • The Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • The Charisms (Gifts of the Spirit)
  • Intercessions for the Dead and Intercession of the Saints.

Examples of Intercessory Prayer in the Old Testament:

Those who prayed to hold back the wrath of God against his people:  Abraham (Sodom and Gomorrah), Moses (in the Wilderness), Samuel and other prophets   MOSES STOOD IN THE GAP (Psalm 106:23)  Isn't this what the Persistent Canaanite Woman does in our present story - Doesn't she stand in the gap between Jesus and her demon-possessed daughter?  Her daughter cannot get to Jesus - so she goes on her behalf.  It is the essence of Intercession - we go when the person can't get there for themselves.

Other examples in the Gospels

    • Jairus intercedes  for his daughter (Mark 5, Mt 9, Lk 8)
    • A father intercedes for his demoniac son (Matthew 17)
    • The Roman Centurion with the sick servant (Matthew 8, Lk 7 and probably John 4)—“Lord I am not worthy…" There is a community dimension:  Jews intercede on behalf of the Centurion (in the Luke Version).
    • My favorite: the four men who bring their paralytic friend (Matthew 9, Mark 2, Luke 5)  BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH - in fact, in all of these stories of intercession, Jesus heals because of the faith of the intercessor.
  • The example of Jesus Himself - John 17 the final prayer of Jesus for his disciples and those who believe because of his disciples - again, this highlights the communal dimension of  Intercessory Prayer.
  • Jesus and Stephen both intercede on behalf of their executioners.

Great Intercessor Saints: 

  • St. Therese of Lisieux
  •  The Blessed Virgin Mary
  •  Our Guardian Angels and Patron Saints

Intercessory Prayer is Spiritual Charism - given for the building up of the Body of Christ

Some practical examples of ways to handle intercessory prayer:

  • Archbishop Peter Sartain who prays for a few people in his parish everyday./
  •  “Share a Coke" Campaign—Coke can be used to trigger prayer for friends with the same names as written on Coke bottles./
  • Lists and Directories—Just go through list and start praying.

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Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,

 

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, released on August 13, Pope Francis strongly condemned the violent persecution of Christians, making an urgent appeal for help for all those threatened and displaced people of Northern Iraq.   “It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days,”  Pope Francis wrote.  Let us begin our renewed commitment to accepting the intercessors’ heavy and anguished heart by praying for the victims of these terrible atrocities. 

 

Lord, give us the gift of peace.  Mary, assumed body and soul into heavenly glory, pray for us!

 

Preghiamo—Let us pray,

 

Deb


 

 

Deborah Madonia

Daughters of Mary, Facilitator

daughtersofmary@stignatius.org

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