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Marian pilgrimage at Schoenstatt Shrine rekindles Pentecost flames


Catholic Outlook June 2015: Marian pilgrimage
Pilgrims were united in prayer with Mary, relying on the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Originally published in Catholic Outlook June 2015

By Sr Helen Ockerby ISSM

The annual pilgrimage at the Schoenstatt Shrine at Mulgoa took place on Pentecost Sunday this year. Looking across the crowd, the event of the first Pentecost came readily to mind – many people, united in prayer with Mary, relying on the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Opportunity was available before the 10.30am Mass to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. One could say, that to put on Christ Jesus (cf Romans 13:14), leaving behind one’s old self in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and participating in the Eucharist, is undoubtedly the greatest fruit gained by anyone participating in a pilgrimage.

Catholic Outlook June 2015: Marian pilgrimage
Talented students from St Dominic’s College, Kingswood.

The universal language of music was skilfully rendered by boys from St Dominic’s College, Kingswood, both orchestra and choir, under the leadership of Chris Wilson. The Prayer of the Faithful was in six languages.

Going down the hill to the gully, the young and agile gathered at 2pm to begin the Eucharistic procession, while the sick and elderly prayed the rosary outside the shrine and received the Sacrament of the Sick.

Tired children were carried, yet all followed the Lord in the monstrance, carried by Rev Fr Andrew Fornal OP, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood.

Both groups united for benediction outside the shrine where they prayed for Christian unity. Religious objects were blessed and the day came to a close.

Schoenstatt is a Catholic lay movement that strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the example and guidance of Mary, the Mother of God.

It was founded on 18 October 1914 by Rev Fr Joseph Kentenich in the Schoenstatt valley in the Rhine region of west-central Germany.

Schoenstatt means "beautiful place" and it is here that people from all walks of life find moments of peace and tranquility on their journey through life.

They are refreshed and renewed and find the possibility to deepen their commitment to Christ. It is a place of grace and pilgrimage where love for Christ and His Mother, Mary, are deeply rooted.

You are welcome to visit Schoenstatt at any time. For more information visit: http://www.schoenstatt.org.au/

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