Mother St. Henry, Father Lobsinger,
Mother Dorothy and Mary Clare
Mother St. Henry, Father Lobsinger,
A memorial Requiem Mass for our Father Founder, Father Ryan, was celebrated today at St. Clement’s Parish in Cambridge ON by Father Wayne Lobsinger in the Extraordinary Form. Father Ryan’s sister, Mary Clare, was able to be with us for the occasion. Mr. David Hall and his Schola provided music for the Mass and Father Ian Duffy together with some members of his parish served the Mass. A reception was held in the Church hall following Mass. many of father Ryan’s friends and past parishioners were in attendance.
Mother St. Henry, Father Lobsinger,
Rising at around 3 am, six of our sisters collected their traveling bags and headed out like thousands of others to witness to the sanctity of life at the March for life in Ottawa. Arriving close to 10 am the sisters attended Mass at Notre Dame Basilica. Archbishop Prendergast and a multitude of con-celebrating Cardinals, bishops, and priests filled the sanctuary of the beautiful church which was filled to overflowing! As the March began the rain began to fall and soon the wind began to blow fiercely…a powerful sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit with those who stand up for life. Half way through the March we were greeted by Pro-choice protesters, but were just encouraged to pray even more earnestly to Our Lady to touch the hearts and minds of our Canadian brothers and sisters, that they might realize the dignity of each and every child of God from conception to natural death. We and those with us continued praying the rosary and litany of Our Lady, at times almost being swept up by the power of the wind!! As we passed the abortion clinic of Henry Morgentaler there were large images of late term aborted babies being displayed by the organization “Show the Truth”( …yes, let the truth be shown…for as Christ said, it will set us free). As we rounded the last turn and returned to Parliment Hill the rain stopped and the sun began to shine bringing a great feeling of hope for the future – of a Canada without abortion.
Meeting up with some friends in Ottawa:
Father Ross Bartley from the London diocese
and The Queenship of Mary
Father Ryan on Our Blessed Lady
Today I would like to talk to you about our Blessed Mother. I feel sure that during this month of May she will be occupying more time even than usual in your prayers and thoughts, and that you are trying to learn ever more and more about the wonderful graces that God gave her and trying also day by day to imitate her more perfectly. There is almost an endless source of inspiration in the life of our Blessed Mother. Someone has said that she is like the ocean with all its hidden treasures – and just as the study of the contents of the ocean, with its million forms of life, is a very fruitful one for those who are interested in such things, so also, meditating on Mary, on her life, her virtues, God’s gifts to her, is most fruitful for those who are striving after perfection in the Religious Life, (or in any walk of life for that matter). For Mary is God’s masterpiece among all his creatures. The Church in her Liturgy often applies to Mary the text from Proverbs which refers primarily to Divine Wisdom. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity and of old before the earth was made.” It was as though God were just waiting for the time to arrive when He would bring her into existence and lavish on her His greatest graces.
In the past centuries, thousands of volumes have appeared in which Our Lady’s clients have extolled her virtues and tried to help others to understand a little better how wonderful she is. We might think that by our time everything has been said and written. But such is not the case. In fact in our time more is being written and spoken of Mary than ever before. And especially have the Popes since Pius IX’s time used every opportunity to clarify and explain the teaching of the church concerning Mary. We know how very true this is of Our Beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. All their pronouncements radiate an ever greater emphasis on Mary’s part in our salvation and our sanctification. It makes you think that we have arrived at that period in the life of the church in which Mary’s place is to be fully understood by all mankind. Many of the saints, especially St. Louis Marie de Montfort, prophesied an age of Mary, when Mary would be honored and through her intercession mankind would return to honoring and loving God. Our Blessed Lady herself assured us that through devotion to her Immaculate Heart, the world would come back (that
We don’t have to be reminded that all of the Grace God gives us comes to us through Mary, as our channel. It stands to reason then that the closer our union with Mary and the more we use the help she gives us, the more we will please God and the more we will grow in the love of God. For God has given such a high place to Mary in His plans, she was Co-Redemptrix, uniting with Him in our Redemption, and now all grace comes through her (Mediatrix). As we wish to imitate Him, we too give her this high place in our spiritual lives. Our devotion to her is not just one of our many devotions, but it is a part of all of the others. We let her influence us in our daily round of spiritual exercises, prayer, our Mass and Holy Communion, in our daily task of trying to grow in virtue, in the keeping of our Religious Rule, which is itself such a powerful means of acquiring virtue. We want her to be constantly with us, not just occasionally, but constantly, in order that she can make us Christ-like. We could borrow a phrase from
On Sunday, May 3rd, 22 children received their First Holy Communion at St. Hedwig’s Parish in Barry’s Bay. This holy day was filled with many blessings from the Lord and His Blessed Mother!
After the Mass,all the children were enrolled in the Brown Scapular, under the protection of Our Blessed Mother. This truly was a holy day to remember!
Also on Sunday, May 3rd, some of the the students in the Parish Catechectical Program at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Kitchener also made their First Holy Communion. Father Wayne Lobsinger, in his homily, reminded everyone in the Church of the awesome gift and privilege we have in being able to receive Our Lord Jesus in Holy Communion at every Holy Mass. At the end of Mass the children were each given a blessed medal, placing them under the protection of Our Lady.
The two Sisters who are studying at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Sister Mary catherine and Sister Mary Augustine received, upon completion of one year at the Academy, a Basic Certificate in Christian Humanities. The graduation was held on May 2, 2009 at St. Hedwig’s Parish in Barry’s Bay.
The Sisters received their certificates from the president of the Academy, Dr. David Warner.
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Congratulations to Catherine and Elizabeth on their completion of the SOLI Catechetical Program in 2009. The twins have been attending the Program for a number of years and are now graduating and preparing for University. God Bless you both!
Over the Easter school break the sisters were glad to have Sister Mary Catherine and Sister Mary Augustine home for a few days…one day during Easter Week we all went out to the Formation House to get a few photos for our new community brochure and of course couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take one or two at St. Clement’s Parish where all the professed sisters fondly remember being wedded to their Heavenly Spouse!
Happy 92nd Birthday Mother St. Henry!
On the Feast of St. Luke we held a surprise party for Mother St. Henry and were so happy that so many of Mother’s friends and family could join us on this momentous occasion!