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"A Weekly Bulletin Note From the Pastor" November 6, 2017
The Legion of Mary Society was established in Dublin, Ireland, in 1921. It has since spread to many countries and dioceses. In our Buffalo Diocese, the Legion of Mary currently has 19 chapters with over 100 active members and over 1,000 auxiliary members.
Bishop Henry Mansell wrote in a September 1996 letter to priests of our diocese: "The Legion of Mary is an organization of lay people specifically dedicated to the cause of evangelization. Emphasizing both prayer and action, the first purpose of the Legion is the sanctification of its members by a desire to develop a life of holiness in accord with the Gospel of Jesus, the teachings of the Church and a profound devotion to Our Lady. Secondly, members of the Legion of Mary are very dedicated in exercising their duty as baptized Catholics to engage in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Legion works include pastoral visits to homes, bringing people back to the sacraments, visitation of the imprisoned and the sick in nursing homes for the aged, weekly visits to parishioners in hospitals and those confined to home because of illness. Many are involved in religious education programs, RCIA teams and various other adult education programs.
In this decade of the New Evangelization many priests are seeking effective means to involve their parishioners more fully in the mission of the Church. If any priest were to ask me what he can do to bring fervor to his parish, bring his people to the sacraments, reclaim the lapsed or bring the separated and alienated into the Church, I would strongly recommend that he start the Legion of Mary. The Legion of Mary has proven to be an effective and highly organized system of evangelization.”
Even though these words were written over 20 years ago, I believe this message is still valid today and is applicable to our parish. The first exploratory meeting of the Legion of Mary was held on Monday, week ago. There were nine parishioner women in attendance plus four members of the Legion of Mary team from St. John the Baptist parish in Alden (!). We thank them for coming such a long distance and facilitating the meeting. Enough parishioners committed themselves to attending weekly meetings, so the Legion of Mary is a go at Blessed Sacrament. Those who cannot meet weekly can become auxiliary members. They would not have to come to meetings on regular basis, but would pray the rosary daily plus do some works of evangelization of their choosing. The second informational meeting will be held this Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 pm in the new RCIA room in FCH. Then regular meetings may be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (rosary will be prayed at 6:45 pm in the chapel). All are invited to come to this Monday's meeting to discern if the Holy Spirit is calling them to join this new parish evangelization society.