FAMILY PILGRIMAGE WITH MARY IN HONOUR OF ST. JOSEPH
Every year, in the month of May, the Centre for Marriage and Family together with the Legion of Mary organise a Family Pilgrimage with Mary to pray for the needs of families. A contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites in the North Island associated with the titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The first Family Pilgrimage with Mary began in 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother to three shepherd children — Lucia do Santos, and Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto at Fatima, Portugal , during the height of World War I. In these apparitions, the Blessed Mother revealed herself as the Lady of the Rosary and gave them a message of hope to pray the rosary and to offer sacrifices for peace in the world.
The scripture that serves as an inspiration for the Family Pilgrimage is the Wedding at Cana from the Gospel of John, where Jesus turned water into wine for the newly married couple at the request of His mother---though his “hour” had not yet come (John 2:1-12). It shows the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother and her maternal care for families.
The following intentions are offered during the pilgrimage: (1) For Men and women and young people to discover their true identity and dignity in Christ; (2) For human life to be respected from conception up to natural death; (3) For an increase in marriage, priestly and religious vocations; (4) For love and unity in the family, and for an increase in the number of Christian families living and passing on the Christian faith; and (5) For support for the weak, the elderly and those marginalised in society.
As we celebrate the Year of St. Joseph this year, the Centre for Marriage and Family is organising a Family Pilgrimage with Mary in honour of St. Joseph. Watch this space for more details!