The Mission of the Legion of Mary is to deepen our own sanctification by increasing our knowledge concerning Our Blessed Mother and conducting outreach to our fellow parishioners and the community at large concerning the Virgin Mary. We invite our parishioners to become active members of our community and participate in service activities to further our cause. These include: giving the Eucharist to those unable to attend mass in private homes as well as area nursing homes, make contact with the newly baptized, share condolences to those who have experienced a recent death in their family and invite those who are not Catholics or have fallen away to the church to rejoin the faith.
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Office
Begun in 1921 the Legion of Mary is now a world-wide apostolic organization of Catholic men and women who place themselves under the banner of Mary, Queen of the Legion. With the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit they strive to develop greater spirituality in their lives while practicing the spiritual works of mercy. Their purpose is for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
The Legion setting follows the Roman Army whose members were called Legionaries. The local/parish unit of the Legion is the praesidium. A set of Praesidia form the Curia and so on. The international headquarters, Concilium, governs this worldwide organization from Dublin, Ireland. The Commander of this Army is Mother Mary herself who wishes to see all her children closer to her Son. Her Legionaries bring the Good News to all they meet.
Membership is open to all Catholics who lead edifying lives and are animated by the Legion spirit or at least desire to foster that spirit in themselves and are willing to fulfill the required duties. A member must be at least 18 years old; however, junior groups for those between ages ten and eighteen exist under the direction of a senior Legionary. Frank Duff, Founder of the Legion of Mary, describes the members as "Not special souls or unusual types, but ordinary Catholics living the everyday life of the world... the learned and the unlearned, laborers and leisured, the unemployed, widely differing classes, colors, races, including not a few whom the world would consider as primitive or depressed... typical" Catholics.