The Pilgrim Queen Shrine of the Family
The Pilgrim Queen of the Family is a movement which promotes family praying of the Rosary. This devotion sees a beautiful portable shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe move from home to home on pilgrimage, spending three days in the month with each family. A prayer book accompanies the shrine, helping families to say the Rosary and offer prayers for life, family and vocations.
Bishop Peter Doyle has blessed the use of this shrine throughout our parishes.
“Receiving Our Blessed mother into our home was quite an unexpected grace as neither myself nor my husband pray the rosary. Our children brought the shrine home from school one week and now we can’t imagine what life would be like without Our Lady’s visit. It was simple and a great excuse for us to pray together as a family. At the moment we pray one decade each day during that week. My husband has chosen June to receive the shrine as it is the anniversary of his mum’s death. We light a candle and use the booklet to help us.” (A.B. St. Brendan’s parish, Corby).
If you would like to help with this project or to receive Our Blessed Mother into your home (linking the devotion between St. Nicholas Owen, St. Edward and Holy Trinity and St. Bernadette’s), please contact Wanda or Mags who would be delighted to assist you.
Contact: Wanda Leckie 01536 511200 and Mags Reilly 01536 742036, email: email@example.com
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a native American (St. Juan Diego) at Tepeyac, northwest of what is now Mexico City, in 1531. She sent to all a message of love and compassion and a universal promise of help and protection to all mankind.
Mary requested a church be built on the hill at Tepeyac, and when the local bishop asked for a sign she caused roses to bloom out of season. Juan Diego carried the roses in his cloak (tilma), made of a poor quality cactus-cloth. When he opened out the cloak to give the roses to the Bishop, there, inside, was an image of Our Lady, complete with a native American complexion, imprinted on the material. Cactus cloth normally lasts only a couple of decades, nearly 500 years later, the tilma still shows no sign of decay.
Taking place only 10 years after the fall of the Aztec capital city to Spanish forces, the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe helped in the conversion of millions of South American Indians during the next twenty years.
Nowadays 18-20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City annually, and Our Lady of Guadalupe is known as the Mother of the Americas.
In 1999 Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to Our Lady of Guadalupe’s loving protection, and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born. Pro-life movements worldwide in particular therefore hold Our Lady of Guadalupe in high esteem.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.