Novena Mass inaugurated at St Agatha’s Parish, Pennant Hills

By Bianca Kallukaran

On Saturday, 22nd June 2024 a Novena Mass in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal was celebrated at St Agatha’s Parish, Pennant Hills.

This was the first Novena Mass in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to be celebrated at the Parish. Parishioners (Mercedes and Lita) who have been long-time regulars of the First Saturday Novena Masses at St Anthony’s, Marsfield, were looking forward to bringing the Novena Mass to their beloved parish of St Agatha’s in Pennant Hills to spread devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the wider community. Parishioners, Mercedes and Lita, together with the Legion of Mary group in the Parish, and with the support of the AMM in Marsfield, ran the event, which started with Holy Mass at 10.30 a.m.  and ended with morning tea fellowship.  

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AMM Sydney celebrates Flores de Mayo

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Our Lady and began from as early as the 13th century. In the Northern Hemisphere, May is considered a season of growth flourishing, and renewal of nature which is closely connected to the Incarnation (when Mary gave her “yes” to God and birthed our Lord Jesus Christ into the world). This devotion became even more popular in the 1700s, among students in the Jesuit Order and when it was celebrated in the Gesu Church in Rome spreading to the wider church. Interestingly, the Flores De Mayo devotion was borne out of this in Italy among the Jesuit Orders to “counteract immorality and infidelity” among its students and spread to the other churches in the Latin Rite. Many Popes have also strongly advocated and fostered devotion to Our Lady in the church (especially from the 19th century onwards): Pope Pius IX ‘s declaring the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, Pope Pius XII in his encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy Mediator Dei in 1947, and Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical Mense Maio in 1965. It was in this time, around 1854, that the devotion became an integral part of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, during the Spanish colonization. 

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