Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:58

Legion of Mary Annual Mass 2021

annualmass02 2021 150"Friends, this year marks 100 years of the Legion of Mary, and today I had the privilege of celebrating Mass with Fr Justin Ford and other members of the Legion at St Mary's Church in Ascot Vale. The Legion of Mary is an international Catholic lay-run organisation of men and women who, by virtue of their baptism and under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, work together to bring the Good News of of our Lord Jesus to the peripheries. Inspired by the witness of the Legion's founder Frank Duff (now a Servant of God), may we too place ourselves under the patronage of our heavenly Mother, as we seek to live out our baptismal call in this time and place." - Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

100lm logo 150The Legion of Mary celebrated 100 years on 7 September 2021. It was a time of joy, of celebration and of thanksgiving.

Fr Justin Ford will celebrated Mass from St Mary's Church, Ascot Vale on Tuesday 7 September at 10am (AEST). Click here to view on YouTube.

Archbishop Dermot Farrell celebrated Mass on Saturday 4th September at 4.30am (AEST) in St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Dublin, Ireland. Click here to view.

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Heavenly Father, we praise and bless you as we celebrate the joyful centenary of Mary’s Legion. Under the loving rule and guidance of their Mother and Queen, and in the grace of the Holy Spirit, legionaries have come to Jesus through Mary and have led countless souls on that same shining way. Grant that in our own time, we her Legion may be renewed on this path of holiness and evangelisation, for the salvation of the world, to the praise of your glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary Immaculate, our Queen, our Mother, intercede with your divine Son for your Legion, that it may be strong in faithfulness and abundant in fruitfulness, as we move forward in trustful hope.

rosary01 150The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked for a worldwide relay of Rosaries everyday during the month of May for an end to the pandemic. Drawing on Acts 12:5, “Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (this verse refers to the unceasing prayer the whole Church made for the release of Peter from prison), the Holy Father is asking everyone around the world to pray unceasingly during the month of Mary for an end to COVID.

pdf Rosary Marathon for End of COVID-19 Liturgical Guide (256 KB)

archbishopcomensoli01 150Last weekend I wrote to the clergy of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne expressing concerns regarding a new government bill, tabled in Parliament:

Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Table of Provisions
Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Explanatory Memorandum

The bill purports to protect vulnerable people from harm through what has been called ‘conversion therapies’. In faith communities, ‘conversion’ has a meaning of positive change, upholding human freedom and dignity.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:52

The Year of Saint Joseph

stjosephpainting 150For the 150th Anniversary of Saint Joseph being proclaimed Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has declared a ‘Year of St Joseph’ from 8 December 2020 until 8 December 2021, publishing for the occasion the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (‘With a father’s heart’).

Many will be especially delighted by this – simply because we love St Joseph! In the Legion there is deep awareness that the heartbeat of faith isn’t ideas and abstractions, but enthusiastic and devoted love for real-life persons. Ruling all, obviously, is our encounter and relationship with God, who has become flesh in Jesus Christ. Yet this love overflows – most especially into our love for Our Lady, but also for all the Saints, and in a special way for the humble St Joseph, the ‘just man’ chosen by God for the extraordinary role of husband of the Blessed Virgin and foster-father of God the Son made man.

Saturday, 12 December 2020 13:10

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

ourladyofguadalupe 150O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children.

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 09:23

Hour of Grace

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  1. Day and time – December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception – to be started at 12 noon and will continue until 1 PM (one full hour of prayer).
  2. During this hour the person making the ‘Hour of Grace’ either at home or in the Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the telephone or answer any doors or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special Hour of Grace)
  3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms.
  4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favourite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other Psalms, etc.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:13

Petition and Prayers

prayrosaryprotection 150Dear Spiritual Directors and Legionaries,

Many of you may be aware of the petition to the Premier of Victoria regarding the right of people of faith to be able to attend religious services. The Senatus executive is also very concerned about an occult event being held in Noosa, Queensland on Oct 30th

Saturday, 22 August 2020 11:43

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

queenshipofmary 15022 August is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  On 11 October 1954, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the world, and commanded that on that day each year, the world should renew its consecration to her. 

But Mary’s Queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord”.  As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her Queenship is a share in Jesus’ Kingship. 

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