The 2019 Schoenstatt
Pilgrim Mother Convention took place at the International Retreat Center in
Waukesha, WI from Thursday June 27 – Sunday June 30. The Convention’s theme was Our Covenant
for the Church! Present were
more than 100 attendees from 15 States.
We had a group of 5 from our area who attended the Convention: Linda and Kent Jeanneret, Christine Poddig,
Keith and Carol Mechler. It was a fun
filled 4 days of beautiful Liturgies, Talks, Workshops, Testimonies, Group
Discussions, Shopping, and a Pilgrimage to St. Michael Parish, Exile Shrine,
and Movement House in Milwaukee, WI.
Alberto and Maria Garcia from Texas were the
MC’s for the Convention. They introduced
the theme on Thursday evening and provided information and guidance throughout
the rest of the weekend.
Carole DiFabio and Kathy Gall were our
pianists for the weekend Liturgies and did a beautiful job leading the music
and hymns Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
Ann, Luis, and Carol made up the choir and Carol added instrument
accompaniment with her clarinet.
Friday’s schedule included Sister Isabel’s
presentation “Missionaries of the Covenant Today!” She also gave a workshop “Mary Reaches Us!
Share the Fire of our Covenant of Love!” in which she outlined the necessary
education and preparation for the Covenant of Love with the MTA for Schoenstatt
Pilgrims. Schoenstatt Father Francisco
Rojas gave a workshop titled “Mary Guides Us!
Light the Way to Practical Faith in Divine Providence”. Carol Mechler gave a workshop titled “Mary
Among Us! Open hearts for the Three
Graces from the Shrine” in which Visit Notes on the Three Graces, the Covenant
of Love Promises and Requests, and the Home Shrine where discussed regarding
their purpose and where online they can be accessed for educational purposes
for the Pilgrim Mother Apostolate.
Father Edwin from CA gave a testimony about his history with Schoenstatt
and how he is using Schoenstatt spirituality with a Men’s Group he started in
Our Saturday Liturgy was in the basement of
St. Michael Parish. Father Kentenich served
as Pastor at St. Michael’s and celebrated many Holy Masses there with the
German families. Sister Margarite talked
to us about “Father Kentenich: Pastor of
Pilgrims”. Many of the Convention participants
accompanied the International Auxiliary Shrine praying the Rosary through the
streets of Milwaukee from St. Michael’s to the Exile Shrine. Saturday ended with a Covenant of Love
Ceremony in the Shrine in which 14 attendees made the Covenant of Love for
Sunday’s concluded with Holy Mass followed
by a Rosary Procession to the Shrine and a Commission Renewal and Sending Out Ceremony
for Missionaries. Such a beautiful
weekend for all as shown in just a few photos below. For more, see www.schoenstattrosarycampaign.com
A beautiful Covenant Day Celebration at Mother of Perpetual Help!
Pictured are those who made our Covenant Day Celebration special and heartwarming. We had a good group of 14 people including one little boy. We sang On This Day O Beautiful Mother and prayed the Rosary with meditations taken from the Requests of the Covenant of Love. We presented our Mother and Queen with our striving to make our Covenant Day Celebration fruitful for her Schoenstatt Work. A short commentary was given about the requirements needed to make the Covenant of Love as an Associate Member of Schoenstatt. Afterwards, those who have made the Covenant of Love renewed their Covenant Promises. Three Missionaries of the Pilgrim Mother Apostolate renewed their commitment for another year: Linda Jeanneret, Chris Poddig, and Carol Mechler. We ended the evening prayer service with our consecration prayer, My Queen, my Mother. We gathered up our Auxiliary Shrine and Pilgrim Mother Shrines and processed over to the Parish Center for refreshments and fellowship. We enjoyed the evening very much and hope more people will join us next time. Covenant Day blessings to all!
To review year one of the Pilgrim Mother Apostolate, select below:
Pilgrim Mother Apostolate – YEAR 1 IN REVIEW
Father Gerold Langsch presented the topics of Love and the Impact of Evil on the Family. Here are a few pictures from the day:
Father Joseph’s “Blessing and Sending of Schoenstatt Classroom Pilgrim Shrines” September 7 was attended by all the students at St. John Neuwmann Catholic Grade School located in Maryville, IL. Father Joseph Havrilka is currently the pastor of Mother of Perpetual Help in Maryville and the school’s current administrator.
It was a wonderful Catholic Grade School experience for the children and adults alike. Father Joseph went out of his way to make this a memorable occasion.
The children are to say the following prayer prepared by Father Joseph every school day:
Classroom Prayer to Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt
Dear Mother Mary, I want to be like you. Help me to think of Jesus in all I say and do. Make my hands more helpful as I work and play today. Help me to see the good in all people I meet this day. Open my ears to listen to those who care for me. Let my words be loving as you would have them be. Keep my heart pure, that, united with you and Jesus, my love may grow and grow. Amen.
SCHOENSTATT CELEBRATION TO HONOR OUR PILGRIM MOTHER’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HER JOURNEY OF LOVE INTO OUR HOMES
Gather at 7pm in the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Center, Maryville, IL
Guest Speaker: Sister Mary Isabel
- New Title and Mission: Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Apostolate
- The Importance of the Place of Honor
- Our Role as Instruments of the Three Graces of the Shrine
- What the Mother Thrice Admirable Image meant to John Pozzobon
- A Shrine Experience
- Children’s Illuminated One Decade Rosary Procession
- Children’s Coloring project
- Commissioning of Missionaries
- Opportunity to sign-up to receive the Pilgrim Mother for a year: YEAR 2 – The Promises and Requests of the Covenant of Love Refreshments, including Shrine Cookies, will be served.
Contact Carol Mechler at: 618-920-7227 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mother Mary,
I want to be like you. Help me to think of Jesus in all I say and do. Make my hands more helpful as I work and play today. Help me to see the good in all people I meet this day. Open my ears to listen to those who care for me. Let my words be loving as you would have them be. Keep my heart pure, that, united with you and Jesus, my love may grow and grow.
Father Gerold Langsch will lead the Day of Recollection on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pierron, IL.
Morning Talk, Holy Mass, Pot-luck Lunch, Confession, Afternoon Talk, Benediction
Please join us and bring a dish to share!
In Jesus and Mary’s hands…
Click below to view the novena in honor of Mother Thrice Admirable to make Deacon John Pozzobon better known:
A Hero Today Novena
Father Joseph Havrilka, pastor of Mother of Perpetual Help Church, and Carol Mechler, Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother coordinator and parishioner, are standing at the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother table during the MPH Parish Picnic on August 13.
The Pilgrim Mother Shrine Apostolate table welcomed prayer requests to be sent to the Schoenstatt Fathers for a Mass in the Shrine. In addition, families signed up to receive a visit from the Pilgrim Mother.
Flyers also advertised the upcoming Schoenstatt October 13 Celebration.
It was a beautiful day and the Parish Picnic and Chicken Dinner were a huge success.