2019 Pilgrim Mother Convention

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 his parish.

   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 Pilgrims. 

   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

St. John Neumann Classroom Shrines

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.
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Schoenstatt Celebration – 11/10/17


Gather at 7pm in the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Center, Maryville, IL

Guest Speaker:  Sister Mary Isabel

Topics include:

  • 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 carol.mechler@att.net

Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Picnic

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.

Message from Sr. Isabel to SRC Missionaries

Dear SRC Missionaries,

Soon we will crown our images of the Pilgrim Mother and with that storm Heaven with the countless petitions we have for our Blessed Mother, but in particular, for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters and for our country.

Pronto coronaremos nuestras imagenes de la Virgen Peregrina, y con ese acto esperamos recordarle a la Stma. Virgen que proteja a nuestros hermanos cristianos que estan siendo perseguidos y nuestro pais.

Attached to this email you will find a video message that you can use at the different ceremonies publically or privately. You do not need a password to view it. It will remain accessible until December. And, you will find the texts for the crowning ceremony, in case that anyone may still need them.

Adjunto encontraran un mensaje en video para compartir de forma publica o privada. No amerita contraseña. Tendran acceso hasta diciembre.

Brief Report /  Informe Breve

Once again, we ask that you please take photos or videos and send us a little write up covering the following points:

Les pedimos que preparen un breve informe de la coronacion en su area, siguiendo los siguientes puntos:

1. Place: Name ofthe parish, diocese, town, and state

2. People: Name of priest or deacon who officiated and about how many participated

3. Ceremony: if it was done in the context of Holy Mass, Benediction, or private family prayer. If there was a talk, please mention who spoke and the topic, e.g., mercy, the three graces, Mary’s queenship, or the like.

4. Did you focus the crowning on a particular intention, and did you add any other title to the Queen’s title?

Video links / Enlaces para videos



Deseandoles un fin de semana muy bendicido por el amor y las gracias de la coronacion,

Hna. M. Isabel