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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






Women Renewing Faith and Family


Please join us October 21, 2014



Prayer:  Spiritual Formation in the Marian Tradition

Reflection:  Gospel Insight for Contemporary Women

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





Next Tuesday October 21, 2014

Change of Venue

Morning DoM:  Frassati Center  

Evening DoM: Chapel



Daughters of Mary Needed!

Please consider helping MosSJ Outback with a special project:

The outdoor confessionals need decorating and other finishing touches.

Contact:  Chris Teague






Nov 16-21, Dec 14-19, Mar 8-13, Apr 19-24, May 10-15




Change of Venue Notice

DoM Morning:  Frassati Center—DoM Evening:  Chapel

    Directory Photo—October 21

      Election Voting——November 4

    Directory Photo—-November 18 and 2

      Directory Photo—-December 2


Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,


Cyrus was called and chosen—as King of Persia, he was hailed as a messiah figure, deliverer of the Jews.  Sunday’s first reading from Deutero-Isaiah expresses beautifully the story of Cyrus.  He was chosen to reveal the sovereign, saving presence of the divine in human history:  For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not…” (45:3).  


King Cyrus was called and he cooperated.  He liberated the Jews from Babylon—he helped to rebuild their Temple. He saw the suffering of the Jewish people and used the gift of his kingship to alleviate it.  Cyrus used his political power to serve the divine plan.  And yet Deutero-Isaiah is clear, it was God who directed Cyrus’ actions:   “I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.” (45:6)   

Ultimately, it is God who designs, directs and delivers his chosen people.


Israel’s history seems a bit lofty and far-removed for sure—and yet, this account of a 6th century king has great meaning for us.  For centuries in fact, Christians have recognized in Cyrus’ story the message of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.  Unlike Cyrus, Jesus was not a political king who served, but rather, he is the “suffering servant.”  He is the revelation of God’s sovereign presence in salvation history.   Jesus is ‘the Christ,’ the fulfillment of God’s saving design.  Jesus, the chosen one, was called to deliver God’s chosen people.   And we are called—we are chosen—by Jesus.


We are called and chosen.  And part of the divine design is that we also reveal God’s sovereign, saving presence in our world, in our personal history. No, we are not Queens with worldly power, but we are members of the Church—the Body of Christ.   And we are called as the Body of Christ—we are called as baptized women, as wives and mothers,  as sisters and friends, as Daughters of Mary.  We are chosen and we pray to cooperate, to use our gifts and graces, as God has deemed, to serve those who are suffering.  And in doing so, as his chosen ones, God will deliver us—THIS is God’s saving design for those he calls.

—Let us pray



Spiritual Gift of the Week

 We ask for the grace of generosity of heart and mind.  This week begins our 2014-2015 St. Ignatius Stewardship Drive.  We pray to share our time, talent and treasure with our parish.  Reading scripture and prayer inspires us to use our gifts generously, presenting them to our Lord.  Mary, Mother of our Lord, intercede for us.


     Spiritual Direction of the Week  

In prayer, we hear God’s call :“…My chosen one,  I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. “ (Isaiah 45:4-5)


Gospel Reflection /Matthew 22:15-21

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time—October 19, 2014

Written and Presented by Gayle Zieman

The Gospel of Matthew contains the famously often-quoted verse “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”.  Jesus at this time of His ministry was attaining celebrity status.  Many believed Jesus to be the Anointed One, The Son of God.  Some believed He was a gifted prophet and a miracle worker.  The Romans thought He was an endless nuisance and a threat to the order of their society.  He traveled through Judea and Jerusalem gathering disciples and followers of Jewish and Gentile descent.  The wealthy and the poor, the afflicted and the pious, the educated and the worker, the sick and the strong were all extensively listening to Jesus and following Him closely.  The Pharisees, however, were not only watching and listening, they were challenging, mocking and conspiring against Jesus in order to entrap Him.  It was almost a fatal obsession with which they pursued Him as He had recently predicted the downfall of their kind and the destruction of their temple.  They seemed unable to find that generosity of heart needed to open their eyes to Jesus's message.  Closing down  and hearing only their selfish words protected their status and wealth.  It became their unsuccessful and pertinacious trap.

  Jesus calls us to serve.  He wants us to be good stewards of our time, talent and financial resources. Yes, we have obligations much like the Jews and the Gentiles did as they paid taxes to the Romans.But we must take the gifts that God blessed us with and make the world a more spiritual place. Jesus does not leave us without an answer. Listen to how Matthew records what He expects of all of us at the Judgement Day.  “Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come , you who are blessed by my Father.  Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me'.  Then the righteous will answer Him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'  And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of  these

least brothers of mine, you did for me'.” 



Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,


Fr. J .William Harmless, S.J. was called to eternal life on October 14, 2014.  Many of us remember Fr. Harmless for his years as a professor of Church History at Spring Hill College.  Since he left Spring Hill he has served on the faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  Fr. Harmless published several books, and is most widely known for his scholarship on St. Augustine and the Early Church Fathers. It has been said that he “epitomized the intellectual apostolate” of the Society of Jesus. He was a stellar, dynamic teacher and a spiritual mentor for many.  He will be greatly missed not only by his family and friends, but also by his Jesuit brothers.  Please pray for all those who mourn the death of this wonderful Jesuit priest.   Requiescat in pace.

Preghiamo—Let us pray,







Deborah Madonia

Daughters of Mary, Facilitator



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