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Every year, in the month of May, the Centre for Marriage and Family organises a Family Pilgrimage with Mary to pray for the needs of families. A contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites 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.

To dowload the Family Pilgrimage booklet, please click here.

Family Pilgrimage with Mary
18 May 2024(Saturday)

8:00 am- 1:00 pm

Itinerary of Sacred Sites

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8:00 am


St Mary of the Angels Church

National Shrine of Aotearoa- NZ

17 Boulcott Street, Wellington Central, WELLINGTON


8:30 am Mass

Connolly Hall

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

40 Hill Street



9:45 am

Our Lady of Fatima Church

169 Main Road



10:15 am

Holy Family Church

169 Mungavin Avenue,

Cannons Creek


5 & 6

10:45 am

Our Lady of Kapiti Church

1 Presentation Way


11:15 am

Stations of the Cross

Our Lady of Kapiti statue

Tongariro Street



12:30 pm

St. Mary's Church

4 Convent Road


*Times serve as a guide and may change.

Things to Bring: Rosary, Snacks,Sunblock, Water and Lunch to Share

If you would like to make a Koha, click on Donate Now. We appreciate any donation to help us advance the mission of the Centre to build up the family as a community of life and love.



Patricia Sison       022 028 9737
Lucia Aiga            021 022 89544

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