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Jesus meets his Mother, Stations of the Cross, Our Lady and St Joseph Church, Kingsland

The Rosary is recited twice a day from Monday to Friday after the 9am and 6pm Masses

On Saturday there is a Novena of Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour which takes place after the 12noon Mass which includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

At the 2nd Vatican Council in the 1960’s, in the document called Lumen Gentium (or in English, Light for the Nations) there is an entire chapter devoted to Mary entitled ‘The role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and the Church’.

This document states that the Catholic Church, being taught and inspired as it is by the Holy Spirit, honours Mary with loving affection and piety as a most beloved mother and at the close of the Council, Pope Paul VI proclaimed her to be mother of the whole Church because the Church sees herself symbolised in the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The story of Mary, as the Church has come to see her, is at the same time a record of the Church’s own journey of self discovery which continues with each generation. Mary can never be separated from the Church because to speak of Mary is to speak of the Church.

Mary is the mother of all Christians because she is the mother of Jesus – it’s as simple as that. She gives birth to him and so makes it possible for Jesus to give birth to us anew in the Holy Spirit.

There are some important facts about Mary which are worthy of our reflection in the hope that by pondering upon them, we may come to appreciate her role and draw us closer to her in veneration and genuine love, devotion and affection. This devotion ultimately enhances the love we have of her Son.

  • She was faithful
  • She is redeemed by Christ, just as we are
  • She is a sign of God’s presence among us, just as we are
  • She is transformed by the presence of God within her, just as we hope to be!

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