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Tomorrow, Wednesday June 16th, is the last of our Upper Room series with Sr. Kathleen Burns SND at St. Cornelius Church in Long Beach. This last class is on the Beatitudes and it’s going to be a good one (well, they’ve all been good IMHO), so if you can make it, please join us!

St. Cornelius Catholic Church / Large Hall

5500 Wardlow Ave. Long Beach, CA 90808

7:30 pm

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The Immaculate Conception of Mary

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”

During the second week of Advent in most years we celebrate a very significant feast of Our Lady on December 8th— her Immaculate Conception. Perhaps it would be best to begin with the text of the declaration of this dogma promulgated on December 8, 1854 in Ineffabilis Deus:

We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

We who live in the 21st century need to be reminded that as inheritors of original sin we have an intercessor with God who was preserved from this alienation from God. It is up to American Catholics to cherish and to pass on to succeeding generations of Catholics our rich heritage of devotion to Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church. She will continue to assist us since she is indeed the Mother of the Church and of all of us if we only turn to her with confidence and love.

Reflection:

Does my devotion to Mary continue to grow and do I determine to imitate her holy life through humility, simplicity and trust in our loving God?

Do I pray to Mary, as patroness of the United States, for our country and its needs?

Prayer:

Most holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the innocence of our children. Grant the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.  Amen.

–Sr. Mary Antonine Manning

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2086549905_0302be4dcc_o-1Just a reminder that our next Upper Room is Wednesday, 11/18. That’s next week, so mark your calendars! The subject is the Trinity, and yes, somehow Sr. Kathleen will still keep the class to one hour! We have refreshments before if you’d like to come be earlier, but it is not required. The presentation starts at 7:30 pm.

Last month’s presentation was a lively, sometimes humorous, and at times challenging overview of our faith. In the following lectures Sr. Kathleen will go into depth on each of the main pillars of what we believe as a Catholic people, and hopefully lead you to a deeper and more enriching understanding of our beautiful heritage of faith. We hope to see you there.

Blessings!

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Check out our Events page (tab at top) for the latest upcoming talks and other activities of the sisters. Starting next week we’re proud to announce the first evening of  “The Upper Room”, our young adult faith enrichment series. The presentations will be given by Sr. Kathleen Burns, many of you may already know her from the various retreats she facilitates around the greater L.A. area. The Upper Room will take place one Wednesday a month from October thru June. Hope you can make it.

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