"I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION!" Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on February 11th, marking the beginning of the Church approved apparitions where Our Lady announced to the world that she was the Immaculate Conception in 1858!
"Would you be so kind as to tell me who you are?" The answer finally came: "I am the Immaculate Conception."
"I went every day for a fortnight, and each day I asked her who she was–and this petition always made her smile. After the fortnight I asked her three times consecutively. She always smiled. At last I tried for the fourth time. She stopped smiling. With her arms down, she raised her eyes to heaven and then, folding her hands over her breast she said, 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' Then I went back to M. le Curé to tell him that she had said she was the Immaculate Conception, and he asked was I absolutely certain. I said yes, and so as not to forget the words, I had repeated them all the way home." "I cannot promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next” was the promise of the Blessed Mother to her daughter. Bernadette trusted in this promise, with that childlike faith and obedience that were so exemplary in her visits with Mary. This is an example of how Mary is a mother to us. Her apparitions to her gentle daughter Bernadette brings us a message of prayer and healing.
The apparitions at Lourdes took place only four years after the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, in 1854, and given their nature it is only natural to see a strong link between the two. More info from CatholicPilgrims.org mreraseMraser =] am tI AmM_______________________________________________________________________________________
National Marriage Week USA
Bishop Richard J. Malone (Buffalo, chairman of USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth) sent a letter to all U.S. bishops, saying that National Marriage Week, World Marriage Sunday, and Valentine's Day "provide an opportunity to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples." In his letter, Bishop Malone recommends resources for dioceses and parishes to "continue to build a culture that honors and promotes marriage and the family."
The goal of this annual event is to promote the benefits of marriage for men, women, children and society, and to connect people with marriage resources around the country. For more information: www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org
The icon of “Our Lady of Czestochowa” (“the Black Madonna”) is reputed to have been “written” on Mary’s table top from her house in Nazareth by Luke the Evangelist. She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings – both of a spiritual and physical nature. A beautiful copy of this icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family. Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe, she will journey to Baton Rouge and Kenner, Louisiana on her global pilgrimage. Father Peter West, Vice President of HLI and chairman of the pilgrimage committee, will celebrate Holy Mass and ask for her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions. followed by the recitation of the rosary and veneration of the icon at the following Catholic Churches:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner Sat. and Sun. Feb 15 and 16th
West speak at all the weekend Masses, 4:00 p.m. & 5;30 Vigil
Masses, 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge
Tues. February 18th 6:00 PM Mass
more information about the icon pilgrimage to Louisiana from February
15-20, please visit www.hli.org/oceantoocean or contact Charlotte
Bergeron at 225-229-7135
Fr. West at the La March for Life 2011, Baton Rouge, La
2014 Update on the Proposed Planned Parenthood Site
Archbishop Gregory Aymond delcares a Boycott with the proposed 7000 sq. ft. Planned Parenthood.."All citizens of the New Orleans area must stand together for a peaceful community, not one with more abortion and more Planned Parenthood,” he said.