FAMILY PILGRIMAGE WITH MARY
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.
Family Pilgrimage with Mary in honour of St. Joseph
As we celebrate the Year of St. Joseph, the Centre for Marriage and Family has organised a Family Pilgrimage with Mary in honour of St. Joseph. Click here for the programme. You are welcome to join from any location and/or go all the way to St. Joseph's Hiruharama. Spaces for overnight stay are limited so register now!
Things to bring for the Family Pilgrimage (overnight):
1) Food/Lunch for the first day (1 May)
2) Drink bottles
6) Shared lunch for Sunday (2 May)
If you are staying overnight, please pay the Registration fee for your accommodation and food for the Family Pilgrimage (Dinner on May 1 & Breakfast on May 2) by direct credit to the CMF account: 06-0513-0345186-10. Kindly use your name as the reference.
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