TEXAS, USA, Carlos Cantú. November 18th, 2014, will be a special day forever to the parishioners of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, Texas. The sixth Wayside Shrine of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt was dedicated on this day in the Diocese of Brownsville. It was noted that fifty years earlier on October 18, 1964, marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Schoenstatt Movement, the first MTA Wayside Shrine in the Brownsville Diocese was dedicated on the parish grounds of St. Francis Xavier Church in La Feria, Texas. Father Carlos Zúñiga, pastor of St. Pius X Church and an ardent Schoenstatt supporter, was the instrument used for making this new Wayside Shrine a reality.
ARGENTINA, mda. When Father Alan Sosa Tello from San Luis, Argentina went on pilgrimage to Rome in the context of the Covenant of Love Jubilee, he took a stone from Belmonte’s grounds to place on the grounds of the future San Luis Shrine. In additon he also took the blessing of the Holy Father, Francis, from the audience to this year’s Marian Youth Walk and of the blessing of the land for the greatly desired San Luis Shrine. As a missionary of the Rosary Campaign Youth and later as a seminarian, he began the Marian Youth Walk. “The presentation of the grounds was very Marian, impressive. EVERYTHING: the weather, rain, clouds, youths, Family, Movement, Bishop, Governor, etc. God the Father prepared everything to honor the Blessed Mother,” he shared. “The Bishop’s homily was the clear sign that the Blessed Mother already had taken possession of the place.”
FACKELLAUF 2014, mda. Until now in Schoenstatt, there has only been one rainy night before the real beginning of the Jubilee pilgrimage, and otherwise contrary to the weather forecast in Schoenstatt, a radiant sun and temperatures are almost summer-like while pilgrims – some of whom are dressed warmly just in case – arrived in Schoenstatt and going on pilgrimage to the Original Shrine. Meanwhile the burning torch, the symbol of the fire of the Covenant of Love is running through rain and storms to arrive on time for the Jubilee vigil in Schoenstatt. Since October 15th, the torch runners are in the final stretch, supported through encounters with the members of the Schoenstatt Family from Switzerland in Brunnen and the Schoenstatt Movement from Freiburg, by Archbishop Emeritus Dr. Robert Zollitsch and Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Michael Berber, who also ran one leg.
USA, Jesse Cortes. A mother walks into the little Schoenstatt chapel to spend some time in prayer with her son. At a glance, she looks around to see a group of young men pray a rosary as the sun penetrates gloriously through the stained glass windows. Sweet melodies fill the air as music is softly played by a young woman and her guitar. She glances up at the image of the Blessed Mother and immediately feels the grace of home. She crouches beside her son, his little hand in hers, and teaches him the Sign of the Cross. As they kneel down in front of the altar, she runs her hand across the dark wood, silently thinking of everything that has led to this moment. She thinks to herself, “Nothing without you, nothing without us, Blessed Mother.” She closes her eyes and remembers a rainy day. Just a couple of months ago, the Shrine still seemed like a dream to her. Searching back within her memories, she remembers how everything culminated that day in September—September 13th, Dedication Day.
AUSTRALIA, Sr. M. Rebecca Sampang. At 3.00pm, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, young mothers Antoinette Donegan and Kattie Watteau made their Covenant of Love with our Mother Thrice Admirable in the Shrine at Mt Richon, a few days before Schoenstatt’s centenary celebrations.
ARGENTINA, Alicia Granieri. The Archdiocesan pilgrimage of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign to the Shrine of the Mother and Queen of the People was held on the 14th of September. The attachments demonstrated between the pilgrims and missionaries who arrived from allover the Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca distinguished it– attachments with the Shrine, with the Mother of the people and between the large family of Paso Mayor, and attachments highlighted by those arriving for the first time and finding a “different place.”
GERMANY, Susanne Schenk/mda. "Socks on your feet or they will get wet, money out of your purse and into the piggy bank." Whoever speaks those words is talking about the project "A hundred pairs of socks for Belmonte". The fact that in the meantime more than 100 pairs of socks have been knitted – to date 225 pairs exactly – tells its own tale. This project is the work of the Schoenstatt Women's Federation and the Schoenstatt Movement in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany.
ARGENTINA, Cecilia Mata. On Thursday, September 18th at Tabor Shrine of Mary in the Belgrano neighborhood, the Buenos Aires’ Rosary Campaign gathered to renew the missionary commitment and to commission the new missionaries from Mary’s hand to take the Gospel to the families.
AUSTRALIA, Bernard Toutounji. Nine young families met for a weekend retreat at Mount Schoenstatt, Mulgoa, the past weekend. One of the mothers on the retreat is a journalist and wrote an article that went into the The Catholic Weekly, one of the Catholic newspapers of Australia - a different view on a weekend at the Shrine that for all was “really wonderful”.
MEXICO, Gabriela Tamayo. Like every year, the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth in Mexico organized the National Conference that was attended by girls from all the states where Schoenstatt Girls are present. This year Queretaro was the host state, which was a great challenge and at same time a great gift, since there was much to celebrate: 100 years of the Founding of the Movement, 100 years of the Covenant of Love. The great desire was to accomplish unity among the girls and to crown the MTA as Queen of the life of each one of them, Queen of the Girls’ Youth, and of these new times. The ceremony was carried out with the presentation of Lily Scepter, the Mexican Girls’ Youth symbol and for which each little girl in her state was preparing. For this reason, the conference had to be very special, but much more importantly; it was the Jubilee celebration of the Mexican Girls’ Youth.