"...through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring humanity, the objects of God's merciful love, into communion with Christ."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 725
Father Daniel preaching on the Virgin at Holy Family Catholic Church
"Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.
Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God."
Luke 1:28&30 NAB
We have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary as our community's patron due to her faithfulness as a servant of the Lord. With Mary, we strive to be found in favor with God: due to our faithful love of God and one another, just as we faithfully love ourselves (Mark 12:30-31).
Mary's faithfulness as God's perpetual virgin servant allowed for her significant removal from the patriarchal powers of her day. Her virginal conception reminds us that God is not limited by human expectation and understandings of relationship and family.
Mary's virginity is the sign of her faith!
Therefore, as Catholics, we continue to affirm Mary's perpetual virginity while not accepting that personal relationship practices must be decidedly controlled by clergy or uninformed dogma. Mary's life experiences reveal that God's ways are higher and may seem foolish to some.
With the Virgin Mary, we find ourselves blessed because of our faith in Christ and readiness to give of ourselves to God and others, not because of unhealthy anxious concerns over ones God-given sexuality, gender, gender identity, spouse, or family!
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will
all ages call me blessed."
Luke 1:46-48 NAB
We have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary as our community's patron due to her courage to prophetically proclaim the will of God to all the nations.
Following her conception of God Incarnate, Mary visited her cousin and offered the
prophetic hymn of praise, The Magnificat:
"The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Luke 1:46-55 NAB
With the Virgin Mary, we find ourselves called to be a prophetic pilgrim people
announcing the inclusive kingdom of God. Just as Our Lady spoke against destructive practices and established the importance of social justice in our faith system, we continue her prophetic cry!
"...she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes
and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7 NAB
We have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary as our community's patron due to her motherly affirmation of all people.
At the birth of Jesus, Mary affirms the humanity and dignity of all individuals regardless of their race, class, origin, or other arbitrary human divisions. The shepherds, typically poor, and the Magi, typically rich, are both welcomed to adore the Christ Child by his mother and
foster-father, St. Joseph.
Mary brought forth her Son into a humble stable, affirming the early stages of the work our community.
Catholic Catechism, 521 teaches us:
"By his incarnation...the Son of God...
has united himself with each man."
This miraculous uniting of God to humanity is only possible because of the Blessed Mother's abundant faith and determination in the midst of
societal doubt and persecution.
With the Virgin Mary, we find ourselves invited to an inclusive faith journey and, thorough her faithfulness, we are united to Christ, Our God. We are humbled to receive the parental love of Almighty God and Mother Mary.
"Never be afraid of loving
the Blessed Virgin too much.
You can never love her more than Jesus did."
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
OUR INTERCESSOR, OUR QUEEN, OUR LADY
"Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."
Revelation 11:19-12:1 NAB
We have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary as our community's patron due to her determination as intercessor for the people of God, her grace as the Mother of God and Queen, and her abiding presence, through the merit and gift of Christ, as our own Mother in this life and the life to come.
In the midst of joy, at the Wedding in Cana, Mary perceives human need and quickly intercedes. Through a spirit of grace, love, and humility, Mary is the tool used by God to bring about the first miracle of her Son. Furthermore, on the Day of Pentecost, Mary was joined by her Son's disciples and, together, they experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Her presence in the Upper Room affirms the desire of the Holy Trinity to make use of all genders to spread the Good News of Christ's love and build up the Church. The sacred tradition of Mary's ancient missionary journeys to Ephesus, Antioch, Mt. Athos, Jerusalem, and Cyprus remind us that Mary was herself a dedicated apostle of her Son's divine promise.
The early Church, and the patristic fathers and mothers, quickly recognized the grace of Mary, foretold in Genesis 3:15, as the first-gospel. From the moment of sin's first appearance, both in the creation narrative and in our own personal lives, Mary appears as a shining star of hope leading us to Jesus. The Church teaches that Mary's acceptance of God's mercy allowed her to first experience the fruit of Christ's Resurrection. At the end of her life, Mary was assumed into Heaven and crowned by Jesus. Through Our Queen's assumption we find hope, for her reality is our promise:
"For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ."
I Corinthians 15:23 NAB
Before Our Lady's passing from this Earth, she stood at the foot of the Cross and attested to her role in the salvation of the world.
"Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross.
Ever since, her motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers..."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2674
With the Virgin Mary, we find ourselves determined to be a community of hope for those in need, offering grace-filled Holy Sacraments that will allow Mary's children to discern God's abiding presence within them and walk more truly in the love of the fruit of Mary's womb, Jesus Christ!