I (Sally) visited two Schoenstatt shrines in WI, and your intentions were placed in the petition jar you see above in the Milwaukee Exile Shrine. I had the entire shrine all to myself, it was so serene and filled with graces.
Schoenstatt AZ – August Meeting
Our mtg is Aug. 16, 9:45am sharp in our home shrine, “MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL”.
We’ll begin with the rosary, then fellowship with healthy snacks you can bring. We’ve got a lot to accomplish.
We’ll continue discussing booklet on Father Kentenich YEAR, page 42-60, please read.
Sister Jessica is visiting us, September 25-27, so we’ll have to plan for her to visit with AZ SCHOENSTATT FAMILIES in far east valley (Chandler), Scottsdale area and West Valley. Please pray we are inspired with productive ways with Sister.
Marian Conference, August 24-26
America Needs Fatima Rosary OLPH (Scottsdale) 12-1pm October 13
AZ ROSARY CELEBRATION, honoring Mary under her title OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA …Schoenstatt participation in procession, October 21, 2pm-4pm
I am so looking forward to seeing you all. We had a grace-filled July meeting in Kathy Smith’s home shrine, “Mother of Our Savior,” and discussed our motto booklet on Father Kentenich.
These photos above are of Fr. John Ebbesmier, our present day Schoenstatt AZ diocesan priest. He celebrated his 40th Anniversary to the priesthood back in February, and made his Covenant of Love several years ago. He will celebrate a Mass with us some time in Sept or Oct.
ALSO, as Divine Providence would have it, he was Chaplain at Seton Catholic High School when our dear Margret Lewis (maiden name Lenhart) was a student there, back in 1990’s. So amazing how our awesome GOD works to touch all our AZ Schoentatt lives with Fr. John. Let’s continue working on our spiritual bouquets for Fr. John as a gift from us for a belated 40th!
The photo above is Kathy Smith’s home shrine “Mother of Our Savior” and crowned “Queen of All Families” where we had our Schoenstatt AZ July Mothers’ meeting. We began, as always, with our Schoenstatt Rosary (and remembered you all in our intentions) after which followed lots of laughter and fellowship/food. Freshly snacked and reacquainted, we studied some writings from Schoenstatt.
Our readings came from the motto booklet about the life of our founder, written and received from Sr. Marie Day, “One in the Father’s Heart: Omnibus Omnia” :
the years before Fr. Kentenich’s ordination
his total self surrender in all he did in his daily life
how the council of professors had the remark “HE WALKS A DANGEROUS PATH”
the events following January 20, 1942 : Fr’s death leap and the Joseph Engling Act
the connection of two events at beginning and end of his fourteen years of exile.
Those chapters were packed with knowledge for us of our founder and his breakthroughs of life. We talked too of Fr. Kentenich’s canonization and vowed to be conscientious when we ask our founder for a favor and receive it: TO LET SCHOENSTATT SISTERS KNOW AND WRITE IT DOWN!!!
Ended our meeting with our Covenant Prayer, picking a card with Fr. Kentenich’s quotes. Here are a couple:
See you next meeting at Sally’s, on August 16, at 9:45am!
2018 AZ Marian Conference “Be Apostles of my LOVE”
For anyone who missed this Mass last month for Schoenstatt at the the Schoenstatt Home Shrine, Our Lady of Love, Peace, and Joy, here are a few pictures. Thank you to Father Alvin, from the St.Joseph Mission in Mayer, AZ, for joining us as celebrant after driving all the way down from northern Arizona. And Schoenstatt-AZ would like to especially thank you to Thelma for hosting this Mass and Covenant and SRC Renewal in her lovely home shrine!
August brings many new and exciting things to be lived and experienced here in our [Austin] Shrine. We slowly transition from the summer to a new school year, and look forward to the closing of the special “Father Kentenich Year” in September.
Bethlehem Cradle of Sanctity Shrine ,Austin , TX: I invite you to mark your calendars to unite with the Movement worldwide in the closing of this special year on the week-end of Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. On Saturday we will have a morning of reflection on Fr Kentenich starting at 9:30 am and ending with noon Mass. Sunday, September 16 is Covenant Mass and all are invited to stay after Mass for a special lunch and sharing on Fr Kentenich.
As we prepare for the 50th anniversary commemorating his return to the house of the Father, I invite you to use this month of to continue learning about the person that was our Founder and Father, while reflecting on the question, who is Fr Kentenich to me?
I wish you many blessings as we celebrate the Assumption and Queenship of our Lady this month!
United in Christ and his Blessed Mother,
Fr. Patricio Rodriguez
Movement Director and Rector of the Shrine
Schoenstatt Shrine Support
Thank you to all who so generously support the Shrine and join us in our mission. The Shrine does not receive outside funding and counts on the generosity of Movement members and pilgrims for support and allows us to grow. The most helpful way to support the Shrine is to join the St. Joseph Circle and become a monthly supporter.
Thank you for considering supporting our mission, know that you will be remembered in our prayers.
As you probably already know, we have 5 Schoenstatt seminarians from the US and 1 Seminarian also from the US one year away from becoming a Deacon. We ask you to please remember them in your daily prayers and in your contributions to the Capital of Grace.
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These days we will celebrate our Nation’s independence. It is an opportunity to entrust to the Lord and our Blessed Mother the future, mission and challenges of our life as country and Church. America is built on the principles of life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Fr. Kentenich, the founder of Schoenstatt, unites the value of exterior freedom, to the inner freedom of every human person. That freedom, that we want to give as a gift to the world, comes from a strong, deep and faithful spiritual life. All of this we can find in the life of Mary, our Mother and Queen. As Fr. Kentenich writes in Heavenwards, our Schoenstatt prayer book, “let us walk through life entirely like you, strong and noble, simple and kind, spreading love and peace and joy. Let’s stop by the Shrine and pray for our country. Blessed Mother, “nothing without you, nothing without us!”
United in Christ and his Blessed Mother,
Fr. Patricio Rodriguez
Movement Director and Rector of the Shrine
Schoenstatt Fathers from the US and Mexico gathered for a retreat in June and send many blessings and greetings to all the Schoenstatt Family in Texas from Mexico. Let us remember all the Schoenstatt Fathers in our prayers of gratitude
for all of their dedication and service.
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you had a blessed, fun and safe holiday!!
And, I also hope you’re still treasuring/relishing the memories of the Deacon John Pozzobon Mass we had with Fr. Alvin at Thelma’s on July 27. I want to thank each one of you who did your fair share in preparing for our Deacon John Mass. We all had a part in it and everything came together, with Our Mother Thrice Admirable and her loving son, to make a beautifully grace-filled day.
Our next Schoenstatt Meeting will be Friday, July 13, 945am sharp at Kathy’s home shrine. (Call Sally for address. )
Healthy Snacks Potluck
Sharing and fellowship
Discuss Motto Book, “ONE IN THE FATHER’s HEART”
After we pray the rosary, we’ll eat, share the graces we feel we received from Deacon John Mass, and have some fellowship. Wait’ll you hear the miracle that happened to me when I got home late afternoon!
Then, we’ll continue our motto booklet, “ONE IN THE FATHER’s HEART”, pages 26 through 41 . We are reading on our own and will discuss the questions at our mtg.
Just a gentle reminder that we will have our May meeting at Sally’s home shrine, on May 17, 9:45am sharp.
pray the Rosary
have some fellowship and snacks
education – One in the Father’s Heart: Omnibus Omnia
We will continue, as our group special resolution, to pray daily, the Father Kentenich Prayer.
Our homework is to prepare to answer the 3 questions, on page 15 and to read, on our own, pages 16-25, and discuss questions on page 25.
We will meet May 17, 9:45am sharp, at Sally’s home shrine “Mother of Good Counsel”. Mary Lou and Dee (our mature Schoenstatt moms) may be joining us. Healthy snacks welcome. Do not fret if you don’t have the motto booklet from Sr. Marie Day, as we’ll share.
Schoenstatt Mass June 27
Fr. John, the pastor at Sts Joachim & Anne, will celebrate a home Mass in Thelma’s home shrine, “Our Lady of Love, Peace and Joy,” June 27, 2018, 11am, (address soon).
We’ll celebrate Schoenstatt Deacon John Pozzobon’s feast and celebration of New Life back in 1985.
Also, Father will recommission us as missionaries of Pilgrim Mothers, and renew our COVENANT OF LOVE together.
POT LUCK TO FOLLOW. HEALTHY FOODS PLEASE.
More details forthcoming. See you at Sally’s home, May 17, 9:45 am sharp and we’ll begin straightaway with the rosary. Call Sally for addresses or questions.
Dear AZ Schoenstatt Family, “Mother with your loving son, bless us each and everyone!!”
Note from Sally: Greetings Dear AZ Schoenstatt Family,
Please read info below re. our mtg April 19. I thought I’d share these insights on the symbol of Father Kentenich’s “The wood carved Pelican,” which was above the main altar of Holy Cross Church, Milwaukee, WI. Father offered many Masses there (The Pelican is the symbol of Holy Eucharist). “In the five little ones we may see the five continents of the world.”
Father Kentenich said, “Yes, it is indeed true that the pelican who has held a place of honor in my room for so long….always was to me an example, and ideal, and a symbol”
Also, he said, “Observe how the big pelican completely gives himself to his little ones and how the little ones trustingly surrender to him. What a beautiful thing to behold! May this fact become quite self-understood to you also!”
Barb has graciously opened her home shrine MOTHER OF CONFIDENCE, to us all THIS Thursday, April 19. Rosary will begin at 9:45 sharp. All are welcome! (call Sally 4809456190 for address)
Rosary – starting at 9:45
Fellowship and “business” with healthy snacks (all are invited to share)
The booklets Sister Marie Day sent for us to study are on our motto this year, in preparation for celebrating our dear Father Kentenich’s 50th anniversary of death, Sept 15, 2018. Sally will have them available at the meeting for $3 for whomever wants to study with us. We truly love our founder and pray for his canonization, as he is a saint in waiting!
Please let Sally know that you’ve received this, and if you’ll make our mtg.
Planning – May
We’ll also discuss our group meeting at Thelma’s home shrine in May and the possibility of Fr. Ebbesmier celebrating MASS there!
Fr. Ebbesmier is a diocesan Schoenstatt Father, from St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish in Sun City, who made his Covenant of LOVE a few years ago in Jeanne’s home shrine. He’s very loving parish priest and said he’d celebrate Mass with us when we asked him.
I truly look forward to quality time with each of you.
The film will release on April 17, 2018
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It follows five single people ages 18-40 as they navigate beyond the hookup culture to traditional dating. Professor Kerry Cronin from Boston College is featured throughout as she teaches and encourages her students to return to traditional dating.
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THE DATING PROJECT provides a unique opportunity to expose the root problems that have taken hold of America and bring restoration and hope to single men and women and ultimately rebuild families, the domestic church. We need to create a strong dating culture to ensure a strong marriage culture.
The film will release on April 17, 2018, for a one-night only theatrical event nationwide and we need your support!
“Mother with your loving son, bless us each and everyone!”
Please let Sally know if you’ve received this, and if you’ll be able to attend our next meeting, April 19, 9:45am, at Barb’s home shrine, Mother of Confidence.
MARCH Meeting Summary
We had a very grace filled Schoenstatt March Mtg. at Melissa’s home. She shared a beautiful story of her home shrine beginning, which included her husband and hanging their big golden framed picture of Mother Thrice Admirable. We prayed the rosary, had fellowship and healthy snacks, and then listened to Sister Marie Day on a CD giving a wonderful and very detailed talk on the Blank Check, which is a deepening of our Covenant of Love. Sally will share the CD with whomever would like to listen to it.
Thursday, April 19, 9:45
Barb’s home shrine, Mother of Confidence
Fellowship and healthy snack potluck
Study motto: One in the Father’s Heart: Omnibus Omnia!
NOTE: Booklets $3, all invited to gathering!
Barb has graciously opened her home shrine, MOTHER OF CONFIDENCE, to us all on Thursday, April 19, for our Schoenstatt mtg. 945 sharp. As always, we’ll pray the Rosary together then share fellowship and healthy snacks. Afterwards, we will really buckle down to the booklets Sister Marie Day sent on our motto this year of Father Kentenich’s 50th celebration of death, Sept 15, 2018. The booklets are $3 and available from Sally to whomever wants to study with us. We truly love our founder and pray for his canonization, as he is a saint in waiting.
“Mother with your loving son, bless us each and everyone!!”
We will plan for the possibility of Rev. John L. Ebbesmier celebrating MASS in Thelma B.’s home shrine. Fr. Ebbesmier is a diocesan Schoenstatt Father from Sts Joachim and Anne Parish. He is a very loving parish priest who made his Covenant of LOVE a few years ago in Jeanne G.’s home shrine and offered to celebrate Mass with us when we asked him!
Just a quick change for our January meeting. We will convene tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, 9:45am, in Kathy’s Scottsdale home shrine, “Mother of Our Savior”. You’ll have the opportunity o receive more graces in another home shrine (same graces Fr. Kentenich said as though you visited the Original Schoenstatt Shrine(Germany), or any of 230+ shrines all over the world!!!)
We are so excited to have Sr. Jessica visit with us for one day Feb. 1; we’ll plan our day with her when we meet.
Fellowship with healthy snacks (potluck)
Planning for Sr.Jessica visit for Feb.1
continue studying our motto: “ONE IN THE FATHER’S HEART OMNIBUS OMNIA!”
*Please RSVP to Sally for attendance.
United with through our MTA and her loving Son on Covenant Day, Jan. 18, 2018!
Fundraising for Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in Dominican Republic for children
Fundraising for Sisters of Mary at Lamar/Rockport, TX for hurricane recovery
Finished Fear Not, Proclaim the Father’s Love; new book to come
Begin/continue praying for the beatification of Fr.Kentenich
located below and on back of the card with his black/white portrait
Eternal Triune God, for love of You and Your Holy Church,the founder of Schoenstatt always tried to do your will and lead many people to you.
Through Mary, Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt, grant him what he requests on my behalf and let him soon be beatified, so that he may be even more fruitful here on Earth for You and Your Kingdom.
CROSS and CROWN — Our Auxiliary Shrine for Arizona, recently lost her crown and her cross. Towards the end of the meeting, we agreed to add the return of or purchase of a new Cross and Crown to our prayer intentions. Just two days later, Margret’s husband located the Crown, apparently fallen in transit prior to Knights’ visit, and Sally received the new Cross in the mail! Mother does take perfect care! Payment for the Cross will be discussed at the next meeting.
Marian Conference – Among other events, Father Calloway gave talks on Mary, the Rosary, apparitions, and even mentioned Fr. Kentenich and Schoenstatt.
Visit with Knights of Columbus – Margret, with her 2 daughters and her father, drove through the big thunderstorm of August 3, during rush hour, through the flooded city streets, to bring our auxiliary Shrine to the Knights of Columbus group meeting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tempe. She showed the small group of about 15 Knights a PowerPoint presentation of a brief history of Father Kentenich and Schoenstatt’s Mission. The Knights were very hospitable and gracious, and seemed interested in becoming friends with Schoenstatt AZ, as we have similar missions for education and family development.
Pennies – Sally collects pennies for the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in the Dominican Republic who help children and families with nutrition, clothing, and other needs.
Change – Margret and the Youth Group at St.Anne’s Catholic Church are collecting change to send to the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary at Rockport in Lamar, Texas, who have many repairs to make after surviving Hurricane Harvey. They are also praying Hail Marys, Our Fathers, and the Consecration Prayer (My Queen, My Mother). These are counted by marking a card and by counting wildflower seeds into a jar, which will also be sent to the Sisters for planting.
Intentions for people may be brought to Mass with you and prayed for, lifted up in our hearts, when the priest says, “Through Him, with Him, and in Him…” at the Consecration Prayer.
When a person prays in petition for blessings upon their knees, in the morning and at night, Father Kentenich will happily bless all for whom the blessing is requested.
Prayer Intentions: Mark LeRoy, Dee’s back, hurricane and earthquake victims
In the Home Shrine, Mother of Good Counsel, we all prayed together the Rosary of Deacon John Pozzobon with all intentions in our hearts.
We gathered in the kitchen for healthy snacks and drinks and shared about our events and the last month around the table.
After briefings on the Marian Conference and the visit with the Knights of Columbus, we decided on a few jobs for the upcoming ARC, Arizona Rosary Celebration. Alma will carry the banner and Margret’s husband, Travis, will carry the Auxiliary MTA.
We read and discussed the last few pages of our study book, Fear Not, Proclaim the Father’s Love, titled for the theme for this last year. Since we will have our next meeting in October, we hope to start a new booklet for the upcoming annual theme, yet to be announced.
We will be praying for, or continuing to pray for, intercession through Father Joseph Kentenich for our requests and needs, with the prayer for his beatification, on the back of his picture card. Also, in hopes to aid in the process towards Fr. Kentenich’s beatification, we will keep track of petitions and answers requested and received through the intercession of Fr. Kentenich.
October 19, 2017, 9:45 am, Thursday
East Side Schoenstatt AZ Mothers’ Group
Barbara’s Home Shrine
October 22, 2017, 2 – 4:15pm, Sunday
AZ Rosary Celebration, Phoenix
opens at NOON for confessions and adoration
a concert at 1:30 with “Limitless”
Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F & G
3rd Street and Jefferson, in downtown Phoenix
Presided by Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix
Guest speaker Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Just a friendly reminder of our September 21, 2017, 945am (SHARP) meeting in our home shrine “MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL”.Looking forward to seeing you all, healthy treats are welcome. Feel free to invite your family and friends.
We’ll pray the rosary (so many intentions I’m sure you all have), fellowship, discussion of AZ ROSARY CELEBRATION, October 22, 2017, 2pm (you’ll want to get there early though, lots of religious items’ booths, confession, adoration and pre-program music). We’ll discuss who carries what, Margret’s husband has graciously agreed to carry the big Auxiliary MTA, but we’ll need others to carry banners we have. Also, bring your Pilgrim Mothers for procession.
Hopefully we’ll finish up our motto booklet for this year, or by Oct. Motto is “Fear not, Proclaim the Father’s Love” and we’ll study/discuss from it; those who don’t have a booklet, don’t worry, we can share. Our special resolution, for this month is Fr. Kentenich’s short prayer from HEAVENWARDS….pray daily “Though storm may rage, and wind may howl and lightning strike again, I think as does the mariner’s child, my FATHER is at the helm.” (quite appropriate too, with the hurricanes we’ve had).