Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

December 9, 2008

Patronness of the Americas


Friday, December 12, is the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the "Patronness of the Americas." Several prayer, devotions, photos, and information are offered about Our Lady of Guadalupe at this website.

Of course there are many days throughout the Church Year to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Ask your students to examine the following list. Then have them write a journal entry explaining which title they are most drawn to and why. Finally, have them write a short report detailing more information about the title (e.g., origin, place, practices, meaning, etc.)

JANUARY
1 —Mary, Mother of God
21—Our Lady of Altagracia
23—Espousal of the Virgin Mary
24—Madonna del Pianto (Our Lady of Tears)

FEBRUARY
2 —Purification of Mary
11—Our Lady of Lourdes

MARCH
25—Annunciation to Mary

APRIL
25—Our Lady of Good Counsel (at Genezzano)
26—Our Lady of Good Counsel (elsewhere)

MAY
13—Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
24—Mary, Help of Christians
31—Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

JUNE
3 —Our Lady of the Holy Letter
9 —Mary, Virgin Mother of Grace
27—Our Lady of Perpetual Help

JULY
16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
17—Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary

AUGUST
2 —Our Lady of the Angels
5 —Our Lady of the Snow
Our Lady of Copacabana
13—Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners
15—Assumption of Mary into Heaven
21—Our Lady of Knock
22—Immaculate Heart of Mary
Queenship of Mary

SEPTEMBER
8 —Nativity of Mary
Our Lady of Charity
Our Lady of Meritxell
12—Most Holy Name of Mary
15—Our Lady of Sorrows
24—Our Lady of Mercy
Our Lady of Walsingham

OCTOBER
1 —Holy Protection of the Mother of God
7 —Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
11—Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12—Our Lady of Pilar
16—Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

NOVEMBER
21—Presentation of Mary at the Temple

DECEMBER
8 —Immaculate Conception of Mary
12—Our Lady of Guadalupe
18—Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

MOVEABLE FEASTS
Friday in Passion Week—The Seven Dolors of Mary
Saturday after Ascension—Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles
Saturday before the last Sunday in Aug.—Our Lady, Health of the Sick
Saturday after the Feast of St. Augustine—Our Lady of Consolation
Saturday before Nov. 3—Mary, Mother of Divine Providence

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