Mary 2017Throughout our international community, the Sisters have gathered in prayer in different ways to thank our Lord for all the graces that He has bestowed upon the world over the past century through Mary's apparitions to the three Shepherd children in Fatima. Our Lady's message was a plea to prayer and penance for peace in the world and the conversion of sinners, with a particular emphasis on the prayer of the rosary. One Sunday, the Sisters prayed the rosary together and for each decade, a rose and light were carried in and placed before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. The Canadian Catholic Conferece of Bishops has announced:

"The Bishops of Canada are invited to consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Each Bishop is invited to consecrate his individual diocese or eparchy on 1 July 2017 or at another date thereabouts that might better suit the local pastoral situation.

"Later in the year, all the Bishops of Canada will be invited to participate jointly in the consecration of the country to the Blessed Mother following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the CCCB Plenary Assembly in September 2017.

"The adult catechetical resource which the CCCB has prepared explains that the consecration is a 'renewal of our first consecration at Baptism' but 'in the particular form of a personal pledge'. Noting that the Blessed Mother shines forth 'in the community of believers as the perfect example, icon, and model of what it means to live by faith', the resource affirms that 'in imploring Our Lady's help ... we welcome with joy and enthusiasm the joys of discipleship in the work of the New Evangelization.' As well as showing how consecration to Mary is linked with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, the adult catechetical resource also mentions the examples of recent Popes who consecrated or entrusted the Church to Mary, while noting the importance of devotion to Mary in the history of the Church in Canada as well as universally." (Click here for full article).